Irie Magazine | Roots | Nelson Mandela
2018, July 2018 – World Reggae, Roots

Roots | Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | Soweto Uprising
2018, June 2018 – Cali Reggae, Roots

Roots | Soweto Uprising

Soweto Uprising June 16, 1976 On the morning of June 16, 1976, between 10,000 and 20,000 black students walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium for a rally to protest against having to learn through Afrikaans in school. Many students who later participated in the protest arrived at school that morning without prior knowledge of […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | Sly Dunbar
2018, May 2018 – World Reggae, Roots

Roots | Sly Dunbar

Sly Dunbar May 10, 1952 Lowell ‘Sly’ Fillmore Dunbar, born May 10, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica, is a drummer, best known as one half of the prolific Jamaican rhythm section and reggae production duo Sly & Robbie. Dunbar began playing at the age of 15 in a band called The Yardbrooms. His first appearance on a recording was on the […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | Kaya
2018, April '420' 2018 – World Reggae, Roots

Roots | Kaya

Kaya March 23, 1978 40 years ago, the roots reggae album, KAYA, was released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The album consisted of tracks recorded alongside those present on the Exodus album in 1977. The album’s release coincided with the One Love Peace Concert at the National Stadium in Kingston, heralding Marley’s […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | Women's History Month
2018, March 2018 - Cali Reggae, Roots

Roots | Women’s History Month

Roots | Women’s History Month March 1-31, 2018 Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | #IWD2018
2018, March 2018 - World Reggae, Roots

Roots | #IWD2018

#IWD2018 March 8, 2018 Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually. After […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | W. E. B. Du Bois
2018, February 2018 - Cali Reggae, Roots

Roots | W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois February 23, 1868 William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate […]

Irie Magazine | Roots | William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke
2018, February 2018 - World Reggae, Roots

Roots | Bunny Rugs

William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke Chronicle: February 6, 1948 “I’m very happy where I am right now. It’s a great ‘TIME’ for me.” William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, February 6, 1948 – February 2, 2014 Blessed with one of the richest, most expressive talents in contemporary music, the vocals of William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke are an essential […]