33 years anniversary 1977 - 2010
Roots Operator, Propaganda Ltd, Hardstrasse 69, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland
Always struggling hard for Reggae music, the Roots Operator organised hundreds of sessions, and infected thousands of people with the very contageous Reggae-virus. Over all these years the sound system would never stop play, even though sometimes under hostile conditions. Reggae sessions were kept in Germany, in England, in Italy - unforgettable nights under moon and stars - and all over Switzerland. Many singers and Deejays were brought in from England and Jamaica, to enlighten the crowd for a night.
Sound system sessions are like a "live" event, because the operator mixes and alters the sound in a special way, adding various effects, so that the turntable ends up to be an instrument more than just a record player. On the mixing console new versions are created, in the original tradition of King Tubbys the inventor of Dub. Moreover, exclusive studio-recordings, so called Dub Plates and Specials are introduced, which will never be released to the public. Additionally deejays will rap or "toast" live to the music. The Deejays are the talking newspapers of the underpriviledged and downpressed masses. They are not afraid of addressing problems and injusties on the microphone. More than just being entertaining their lyrics speak against racism, against oppression and against exploitation; they stand for an equal distribution of wealth, more freedom, peace and love in the real sense.
Every month the hottest records arrive from Kingston - the capital of Jamaica - straight to the turntable, where to European less known artists of the ghettos will get a chance to bring their message over to a remote crowd. Roots Reggae, Dub and Lovers, as well as the latest Dancehall and Raggamuffin will get a treatment by the Roots Operator, who will come along with a bunch of local selectors and deejays as well as Jamaican singers. Roots Operator sessions are known for its high quality and loved for their peaceful bringing together of many different peoples.
No other Sound System in Europe has been playing Reggae music non stop for 33 years. The Roots Operator sessions are truly historical, and have survived all other styles, fashions and music tastes through the decades. Even in 2007 the sessions are well attended by 400 to 800 reggae lovers every time.