The Defragmentations of Roots Grown Deep

by Joel Karabo Elliott



'The Defragmentations' are part of the first two movements of Roots Grown Deep, jKe's musical story of unlearning, awakening and ascension from the pavements of America to the river valleys of the Limpopo in South Africa . . .


In truth, the going forward may be the going backward, but the remainder is ambition petrified by time.

Living in harmony with the land defragments the mind. Distinctions and definitions fall away, and language becomes musical rather than definitive. As I weary of the ideological battles waged through politics and religion, I turn back to that which was always within and faith. Slowly I awake from a modern slumber in which institutions have lordship over my decision-making and a faux intelligence disguises insecurity. Welcome nakedness. Unfold lost history and herstory. I fall in love with our humanity, our agency, and the essential sameness we all share and see clearly when we face one another and the earth, living in competition with neither.

These song-poems are the outcries and defragmentations of a painful pregnancy giving birth to true nature. In the dogged pursuit of perfection I had become uprooted, only to find that I am a tree and the only way I can feed my self is from the earth. Slowly I grow, giving and taking in equal measure. Balance in love is the only destination of this aFREAKan unlearning. - jKe

Produced by Joel Karabo Elliott
Recorded & mixed by Harold Kolkman and Chris Mocke in Makgobaskloof, Limpopo, South Africa


released March 27, 2013


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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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