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A Whole Regeneration

by Joel Karabo Elliott & Roots Grown Deep

Talkin' Bout Regeneration
Pure Soul
Blood On My Finger
Purify 06:07
You can't put a plaster on a disease / And think that it's gonna cure the cancer that lies deep beneath your skin / Gotta eat from the garden to be free / Purify your blood from all these lies and toxins that deceive / You can't put a plaster on a disease / And think that it's gonna cure the cancer that lies deep beneath your skin / Discern the Spirit reality / Know your purpose in the universe and walk eternally / You say it's so hard to change your life / Well we say look around, grow within, change is right / Take a deeper breath / Stretch your mind to the sun(Son) / Let the light illuminate the crystal of your cells / And be aware of the fear in your heart / For at these crossroads there's no turning back from the whole new start / You say it's so hard to change your life? / Well we say grow within, there's a new light !
There’s a new light coming over the mountain And we’re already warmer for it now There’s a good life springing up from this fountain And we’re drinking with our lips kissing the ground But there’s a new light coming over the mountain…
Election Victory Dance
Pass It On
Reach Out And Heal The World
When I See You I See Myself


A Whole Regeneration follows upon Traveling Light as the second album chapter in the prelude to The Musical Ecology of Roots Grown Deep audio epic.

The Musical Ecology of Roots Grown Deep expresses the longings and values of a presently scattered cosmic family that is gradually finding their place and purpose through divine guidance in this confused and corrupted world (‘find your self, find your peace, find your home!’). The deep listener who relates personally to this journey imagines herself as the epic’s protagonist. In harmony with the music of life, he learns to travel light through error and pain toward wholistic healing, a universal purification adventure that comes through multi-dimensional reconnection in the union of earthly, celestial and divine energies which are inaugurating a new planetary epoch of light and life. In the process, she finds her soul’s purpose while participating in the birthing and raising of new, righteously woven communities. The Musical Ecology is a head-meets-heart sound journey, replete with the prayers and songs of communal fellowship, celebration and deep solitude, as our soul adventure traverses the mountaintops, river valleys and village chants of our precious earthen homes.

Musically, this is a post-genre world fusion sound, combining rhythms, instrumentation, tonalities, structures, lyrical phrasing and spoken languages from a sea of backgrounds and traditions as diverse as the Roots Grown Deep ensemble itself. American jazz, rhythm and blues, country and bluegrass, southern African dinaka tsa bapedi, mbaqanga, Xhosa praise singing, Native American and African chant-praise, zydeco, Caribbean reggae, gospel, hip-hop, European classical and Indian raga are all poignantly present throughout the work, yet in most cases these influences are seamlessly woven into one compositional tapestry, creating a truly “world music”.

We are Traveling Light toward A Whole Regeneration in The Musical Ecology of Roots Grown Deep.

[to be continued...]


releases October 10, 2022

The Roots Grown Deep ensemble musicians for The Musical Ecology audio epic are:

Naftali Kholofelo Mphago Matibela [core band]
Ntando Basslyn Mbatha Majola [core band]
Nelius Nortje [core band]
Lantern Seka Maleka [core band]
Joel Karabo Elliott [core band]
Chris J Mocke
Stompie Selibe
Daniel Boshoff
Asanda Msaki Mvana
Sibusile Xaba
Ntombozuko Nkoane
Qhawekazi Giyosi
Bonolo Nkoane
Nkoto Malebye Modiba
Neahtyah Baht Ammi
Nobina Morimoto
Francois le Roux
Roland Pickl Mudungaze
Ilke Lea Alexander
Pierre Dufloo
Brittany Young
Luis Cerqueiro
Joao Marrime
Asmita Parshotam
Carolina Neves
Oja Soundtwista Vincent
Jeremy Thomas
Maritza Camacho Pedraza
Arjen Pennekamp
Carolin Brugger
Michelle Sintaa Morna
Abel Jovo
and the children’s choir of Southern Villas in Naturena

Exuding infinite heart-space thanks to our Family-tribe’s mother-chiefs, the care takers, healers and chefs who have made the path between us smoother, that we might find and see one another more easily:

Phillippa Yaa Devilliers
Zoxolo Mcobo
Liesl Haasbroek
Tanith Christie Scott
Sonia José Induna
Candice Christine Tilly
Otilia da Conceicao Aquino
Nombuso Nomk’phiwa Zulu
Catherina Vosloo Mocke
Modipadi Mavis Mogasie Mathabatha Mphahlele (may she ascend in peace)

The audio epic has been co-produced through the engineering genius Roland Pickl at his balmy musical paradise of Studio Bom Dia in Inhambane, Mozambique. Additional recordings were made with great thanks to Philip Pells (Africa Sun Studios) in Cape Town, Gary Ndlovu in East London, Ashley Kgabo (Phunk Deposit Records) in Tshwane, and Chris Mocke (Katbok Studios) in Tzaneen. A number of recordings of natural soundscapes and children singing were recorded with a Samsung phone. Great thanks to the Swiss Arts Council – Prohelvitia Johannesburg for their sponsorship of our 2017 ‘Roots Grown Deep in Mozambique’ tour, during which we began the recordings that would become The Musical Ecology. We give thanks also for these organizations, communities and institutions which have supported our work over the years: Capital Arts Revolution, One Shushu Day, Concerts SA, JabuMind, Ntinga Ntaba ka Ndoda, Jozi Unsigned, The Hive Muizenberg, Village Tourism Trust, Bjatladi Youth Development, Open Africa, Love Limpopo, Mondo Bizarro, Urban Ecovillage East Nashville, Broken Chords Creative, Nature Roots & the Peter Tosh Memorial, Clear Creek Creative, Akino Café, Museu Mafalala, Tofo Tofo Twice As Good, Terra Khaya, Emerald Hill Farm, Loerie’s Love, Learning Clan, Sumi Restaurant, Heartland School of Self-Sufficiency, Afrikan Freedom Station, Re-Imagined Learning Centre, Sedikong sa Lerato & Organic Farming.

Love and elevation to those in my/our Family who have continuously guided, inspired, encouraged, upheld and danced to this vision: Dennias Moribo Mashegwane, Boitumelo Tseya Phasha, Daniel Stompie Selibe, Martin Glinister, Bob Martin & Carrie Brunk, Madala Kunene, Bruce Copley, Nick Slie, Matthias Abercherli & Kalindi Karabo Matjokana, Sibusile Xaba, Rebecca Kinslow, Nokuzola Amani Chalufu, Marc Leistner, Masauko Chipembere, Mpho Tinyiko Azah Mphago, Nontsikelelo Zoba Mqhayi, Nduduzo Makhatini, Daniel Miller & Elsebe Cronje, Jill Apperson Manly, Tom Barker, Alex Dau, Rethabile Ts’eiso Phakisi, Antonio Jamisse, Gugu Duma, Tawanda Mhandu, Taleszia Pillay Raubenheimer, Dr Philip Thabane & Malombo, Mike Gardner, Ivan Augusto Laranjeira, Lesedi Ntsane, Samantha Dry, Lerato Kuzwayo, Thandwefika Tshabalala, Duncan Harling, Bra Steve Kwena Mokoena, Busisiwe Nzongo Masondo, Retang Segodi Malahlela, Matthew John Purkis, Anna-Lena May, Anja Gunther, Luyolo Lenga, Tumi Mogorosi & Gabisile Motuba, Joana Amorim & Michael Beck, John & Mary Miller, Tebogo Modisane, Mercy Dhliwayo, Mukondi Knowledge Makhwara, Avhashoni Mainganye, Chanel Badenhorst, Maggie Baleta, Sally Kuiper, Roberto Brazy, Whitney Freya, Chris Auret, Phillip Noland Gilbert, Maya Christobel, Alina Talyad, Michelle Carter, Micah Ben-Avi, Ché-Vanni Beon Davids, Victoria Snyder, Jeffrey D Woodard, Amina Ahmad Ford, Sthembiso Mngadi, Mongezi Ntaka, Kristen Gremillion, Lauren Hind, Dan Ellappa, Tebogo & Conny Mametja, Mikyle Busson, Ana Alecia Lyman, Denise & Rob Tooley, Hloki & Moseamo Sebola, Shilongoane Nkoana, Gavin Veitch, Siyabonga & Zweli & Nkululeku Mthembu, Nancy Ginindza, Thabiso Wa Ga Nkoana, Hazel Tobo, Nicole Garneau, the family of Peter Tosh, Andre Mario Smith, Tsepo Pooe & Sophie Ribstein, Alexander Kendzia, Leigh Suarez & Olivia Arreguin, Daniel Sigauque Walter, Arlette Franks, Kagiso Ashley Kgabo, Chrissy Kirkwood, Stuart Schussler, Sthembiso & Selina Gumede, Umtha Namanyange, Christine Klotz, Deon Pienaar, Niann Emerson Chase & Gabriel of Urantia, Merran Roy, Jimi Curve, Nhoza Sitsholwana, Geronimo Mbowa, Angie & Rod Curtis, Rebecca Laven Titus, Leslie & Carol James. I especially love to acknowledge Joyce and Larry Stoecker, Steve and Stacey Elliott, Earl and June Elliott, and Richard and Kristin Elliott for your love and support, for guiding me towards the basketball band, the train, and the piano, for sharing with me The Good News, and for always faithfully sharpening the religious edges of my spiritual development.

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Joel Karabo Elliott (jKe) is an Amer-Afrikan composer, musical healer and steward of the global ensemble Roots Grown Deep. Joel's instrumental versatility and unique blend of guitar, voice, winds, piano and percussion gives his music the feeling of a focused wandering between the American and African continents. ... more

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