Roots Reality

Image of Jahlin - Roots Reality
Record Label
Jam Wax

About this item

Jahlin, whose real name is Colin Pitter, was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and moved to Canada in 1975 for his education. He graduated from high school majoring in welding in 1979 and began working as a welder in Toronto while pursuing his musical career.

In 1980, Jahlin joined the reggae band Joshua on the recommendation of a fellow musician, Gregory Frank. Later, he recorded his first single "Roots Reality" under his own label, Black Echo.

Jahlin's "Roots Reality" is a roots reggae song that was originally released on the Roots Reality label in 1983. Overall, "Roots Reality" is a powerful roots reggae song that showcases Jahlin's talent as a singer and songwriter, as well as his commitment to spreading messages through his music. Its particularity is the addition of violin which is rarely heard in roots reggae music.


Matt says: More deeply dug, hard to find roots from the Jamwax firm. Another 12" that'll cost you a few ton for an OG; the label have done a great job of this repress with the original artwork included for good measure. Not often you a hear a fiddle in a reggae jam - but it works!


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