Roots 97.1 FM is born out of a passion for Reggae music.
We are Nigeria’s first indigenous radio station dedicated to 70% Reggae music, located in the rocky city of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Reggae is that style of jamaican music that evolved in the 60s, and later became a major part of the Nigerian music genre with the rise of musical artists like Sunny Okosuns, Terra Kota, Ras Kimono, Majek Fashek, Oritis Williki, Daniel Wilson, Blakkie, Evi Edna Ogholi, Peterside Otong amongst several others.
Reggae music propelled into mainstream Nigerian music scene in the 80s and as the years progressed, songs the face of Reggae music.
The fusing of many styles with reggae beats has created a new generation of Nigerian reggae artists who have emerged, and blending their styles with reggae, hip hop, R&B, with dance hall traditions.
Artists like Timaya, P Square, Banky W, Pantoranking, Ice Prince, Burna Boy are taking the world by storm using this medium.
Consequently, UNESCO, on November 29, 2018 placed reggae music on the list of “intangible cultural heritage ” of humanity, worthy of preservation, protection and promotions.
If any society today needs the powerful and instructive messages of reggae music, Nigeria is one.