running time: 38:59
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|Misty In Roots
lead singer Poko reasons with Ireggae about
how he and his brother Delvin Tyson
left St. Kitts to start a band in England that
eventually ended up becoming Nicky Thomas. Poko talks
about the South Hall region where the People's Unite Cooperative
was formed and became a musical commune. Poko discusses
the substantial involvement of Misty In Roots in the Rock
Against Racism campaign.
On the eve of their very first performance ever
in the United States, Poko
reflects on the long history of Misty In Roots,
including the time they spent in Africa, their
numerous "John Peel Sessions", and their hopes of bringing their
brand of roots music to America.
"To me, the roots music is a spiritual form
of music. Whereupon a man know it, where he is at within the scheme
of things. Whereupon we see our self from the roots, which as we
know is Africa. And we are a part of the roots all the way.
Although we are living abroad, we are within the African lineage.
So roots to us, means that we check for Africa. We deal with the
spiritual side and the physical part of Africa. That is roots."