Now in its 25th year, Roots Knotty Roots is a research collaboration that began in book form and now exists as an online database
RKR is a comprehensive, precise discography of Jamaican singles. It now contains over 99,000 listings covering the years 1953-1999. The individual listings have also grown over the years and have been expanded to include information about riddims, song origins, genre, studio notes and related B Sides. This contextual information gives a better understanding of the music itself, particularly with a view towards our planned expansion that will include sound files. And of course, we remain the authoritative reference on Jamaican matrix numbers, with over 32,000 listings.
This year we upgraded our search capabilities, adding an Advance Search function, that will make it much easier for the reader to find, sort and cross-reference RKR's 1,400,000 cells of data.
Michael Turner continues as original co-editor in partnership with Markus Vogel and Reggae Fever.
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