Roots, Trunks & Branches

Forward To Zion

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Joseph White aka Joe White is a foundation of Jamaican music. He started singing in the late 50's and did his first recordings for Duke Reid in the early 60's. He moved to Sonia Pottinger's label later and get a first success in 1965 with the song "Every Night". He also recorded for Prince Buster, Coxsone Dodd and Rupie Edwards. In the 70's, Joe White was one of the only melodica players in Jamaica with Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh and Bobby Kalphat. He released beautiful melodica instrumentals like "Kenyata", "Call Me Trinity" for Derrick Harriott and "Cheer Up" for Glen Brown. Joe White was also a member of the famous BB Seaton's backing / studio band, The Conscious Minds. In the mid seventies, he moved to London and released his classic album "Love For Every Family".

Joe White formed the group Roots, Trunks & Branches to release several tracks on the label Splendour Heights. "Forward To Zion" was released in 1979 and became a roots / steppers anthem for sound systems across the globe. A song of peace, love, freedom and emancipation of people - 'Uplift your selection, listen to the words of the prophet, it's time for us to get together, we are going forward to Zion. Jah don't care whether you are a natty dread or you're a baldhead, just as long as we unite and stop the fight, we are going forward to Zion !' On the flip, "Join Them" is a rootsical flavoured dub track, deep and dread and littered with delays it's the perfect ganga-soaked alternative to the flip.


Matt says: 'Nuther big ting from the Jaxwax camp. I've literally been craving 12" disco reggae for like, ever. Love it. One hit per side, pressed nice and loud with loads of detail. Megoh!


A. Forward To Zion 
B. Join Them

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