1973 was the year of the international breakthrough of Bob Marley, the undisputed king of Reggae with the album Catch A Fire.
With his sultry and rousing rhythms, his socially moving lyrics and a message of universal love, Bob Marley and his backing band The Wailers grew that decade into one of the greatest tastemakers in music history. Far too young, he was only 36, he died in 1981 from the effects of cancer, nevertheless leaving behind a very extensive and impressive oeuvre.
Rootsriders, who have been one of the most famous Bob Marley tribute bands in the world for years, 50 years after that breakthrough, put this iconic album in the spotlight even more with which the band once again shows why they have become "the best Marley tribute band in the world" in the past 17 years. (BBC Radio)
Rootsriders were once founded to commemorate Bob Marley's 25th death anniversary and the band has become a fixture in the Dutch live circuit over the years. Singers Giovanca Ostiana and Shirma Rouse, as well as former The Voice runner-up Mitchell Brunings, whose blind audition of - of course - a song by Marley went viral worldwide, are well-known former members. The current singer Mo Ali was found in Sudan via social media.
The band reached the final of the SBS6 program 'The Tribute, Battle of the Bands' at the beginning of 2022. As a reward, the band performed on May 7 of that year in a sold-out Ziggo Dome, together with the 3 other finalists of the program.