Roots Daughters

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This compilation was originally issued during a long-overdue wave of collections designed to showcase the talents of female reggae singers, who have typically been ignored in favor of male soloists and harmony trios. But Mad Professor has long championed women singers, and luckily for them he's one of the finest reggae producers around; his signature sound is crisp and digitally clean, but still grounded in the heavy, one-drop riddim that distinguishes "roots" or "cultural" reggae from the modern, dancehall sound. The women featured on this collection are not especially well-known in the U.S., though reggae fans will probably recognize Sandra Cross and Kofi's names. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This compilation was originally issued during a long-overdue wave of collections designed to showcase the talents of female reggae singers, who have typically been ignored in favor of male soloists and harmony trios. But Mad Professor has long championed women singers, and luckily for them he's one of the finest reggae producers around; his signature sound is crisp and digitally clean, but still grounded in the heavy, one-drop riddim that distinguishes "roots" or "cultural" reggae from the modern, dancehall sound. The women featured on this collection are not especially well-known in the U.S., though reggae fans will probably recognize Sandra Cross and Kofi's names. The album's weakness is in the sameyness of the singers -- Mad Professor has an uncanny ability to make all women sound alike. But it's a good sound, and several tracks stand out, including the haunting "Fire" sung by Fabienne and Sister Audrey's "English Girl" "Don't call me no English girl/Just call me by my name". A number of songs are appended by the Professor's dub mixes, which are always welcome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/1996
  • Label: Ariwa
  • UPC: 060768988125
  • Catalog Number: 89881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guide and Protect - Aisha (6:55)
  2. 2 Catch the Boat (8:43)
  3. 3 English Girl (4:49)
  4. 4 Free South Africa - Sandra Cross (3:25)
  5. 5 Fire (6:52)
  6. 6 Until You Come Back (7:29)
  7. 7 Place in the Sun - Kofi (4:07)
  8. 8 Mr. Roots Man (5:29)
  9. 9 D.J. Mama (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wild Bunch Track Performer
Jah Shaka Percussion
Sandra Cross Track Performer
Sister Audrey Track Performer
Black Steel Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Horn, Keyboards, Synthesizer Horn
Pauline Catlin Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Cross Drums
Victor Cross Keyboards
Bernard Cumberbatch Bass
Macka Dub Bass, Guitar, Percussion
Kofi Track Performer
Popeye Keyboards
Preacher Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Robotiks Track Performer
Sgt. Pepper Piano
Robotics Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Aisha Track Performer
Clive Brown Drums
Fish Keyboards
Lloyd Clarke Flute
Simi Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mad Professor Producer
Black Steel Contributor
Ian McCann Liner Notes
Ray Lewis Producer
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