Official Music Video by North Carolina Band Rootzie Echoes Moral Monday Message
Raleigh area reggae and blues band ROOTZIE was selected by local artist-driven video production company Blue Clay Studios for development of a music video, "Rise Up Babylon." The song is a call to action for people to step up and be heard and the video includes Moral Monday footage.
By: ClearSight Creative
"We really liked the message, the groove of it and the good harmonies. The team at Blue Clay Studios was fully on board with this song and the video concept," J. Andrew Loy, a co-founder said. "We're proud of the song, the music and the video. Its message is important, about people needing to come together."
"J. knew this song and had played it back when he was a drummer with ROOTZIE," Gregory Blaine said. "When he came to us it was amazing. He said Blue Clay Studios wanted to produce the video with no charge, just a split of the proceeds." Blaine continued. "They told us, 'You've got the music, you've got the talent, you've got the song. Let's see what we can do with it. We'll get the video done, and get it on sites where people can hear it and buy it.'"
"Rise Up Babylon" was written by Gregory Blaine with his partner, Dolores "Doli" Chandler inspired by "observing the less-than-ideal response of state and local governments to the people," Blaine said. "'Rise Up Babylon,' is our strongest social statement so far. We do a lot of spiritual music, or music that has a lot of spirit in it. This song was written during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill when oil was gushing out in the gulf. These things continue to happen."
Including footage of the Moral Monday marches in the music video gives historic and political resonance to the song. Moral Monday marches were started in North Carolina in April 2013 to raise attention to the impact of political changes on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Video on YouTube
4:00 p.m. SEPTEMBER 19, 2015. Burlington's Carousel Festival. Thataways Stage. http://www.btowneventsnc.com/
8:00 p.m. OCTOBER 3, 2015. The Pittsboro Roadhouse
Rise Up Babylon Online
Rise Up Babylon on iTunes
Blue Clay Studio, LLC
Blue Clay Studios opened January 2015 in Thompson Township in Saxapahaw with a business model for the art of it, to invest in their artists. "We don't want to balance our books on the backs of hard working artists," is the Studio motto.
ROOTZIE is a Reggae, Blues & Soul band based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Gregory Blaine performs solo, as a duo with his partner of ten years in both music and love, Dolores "Doli" Chandler; as a trio in the "Rise Up Babylon" music video, with John Buchannon; and with the full 7+ member band ROOTZIE.
ROOTZIE Music: http://rootziemusic.com/
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