Duane Stephenson may have left August Town to tour the world as an artist in his own right and one of the lead singers for The Wailers featuring Aston “Family Man” Barrett, but his heart and livity are still rooted in this community in Kingston’s Blue Mountain foothills.
For his third album, Duane links Greensleeves Records, a suited partner with its lengthy roster of historic albums in roots reggae and international marketing of the same. He also linked producers that have made some of reggae’s greatest grooves, man like Clive Hunt, Donovan Germaine and newcomer Phillip “Winta” James. The final mixes for this album were mostly done by Greg “Grammy” Morris who works out of the Tuff Gong Studio. He also enlisted Romel Marshall who mixed the "From August Town" album. Each step taken for this release was deliberate in order to continue the mission of cultural reggae as freedom fighters music and music that reaches the souls and minds of many.
The album title, Dangerously Roots makes the inherent claim that this is now an act of rebellion in and of itself as a Jamaican reggae artist - to be deep in the roots, the riddim structure, the vibe of the past and its revolutionary message, still so very relevant is a dangerous road to trod in these times.
The album opens with Rasta For an anthem that appears to broaden the spectrum for what rasta means and who and what can be rasta in the society. It offers a chance to sing along with an amazing chorus whose lyrics play on the “ iyata ” Rasta linguistic term I and I. It fends off the demons, those that bring the danger, who would co-opt the message and mission of rasta which is that of peace, cultural awareness, hope and unity.