Music became central to Roots Manuva’s life when he was just a young boy, living a tough life in South London. The barrage of bass he’d hear emanating from sound systems set-up in Stockwell’s stake park compelled and absorbed him. Life giving bass that he said sounded ‘so good, so rich’.
He was hooked by those sounds and after early years of experimentation with various artists and labels, 1999 saw the release of debut album Brand New Second Hand on Big Dada. Beautifully penned and produced, with a mixture of peaced-out trip-hop alongside snappier beats, hints of jazzy playfulness and big bass sounds, lyrically and vocally the album feels real and candid. A poignant view on modern, urban life.
2001’s single Witness (1 Hope) from follow-up album Run Come Save Me propelled him towards a far wider audience and the track became a huge hit right across the UK’s dance floors. To this day, it remains one of the UK’s top rap anthems with that classic, grimy bass line still so distinct – and still so danceable!
Roots Manuva’s discography now stretches to nine studio albums and last release, 2015’s Bleeds – a dark, brooding album that offers new, deeper soulful melodies alongside his already distinctive rapping style – demonstrates Roots Manuva’s continued artistic evolution and importance.
Vice Magazine described him as ‘one of the most influential artists in British music history’, and that’s a fair reflection of a man that’s always been and remains at the pinnacle of the UK rap scene. We’re delighted to welcome him to our main stage for what promises to be a truly memorable and powerful headline show.
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