Genre-blending SA band, Trenton & Free Radical of ‘Mr Mandela’ fame has announced the release of their final track, Grootboom. The elegiac song with a clarion call to ‘legalise ganja’, features legendary Jamaican musician and producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, famous for his extensive work with Bob Marley as well as the Beastie Boys and The Clash, and Redondo of the Driemanskap hip-hop crew from Cape Town.
Grootboom is an evocative tribute to cannabis activist Julian Stobbs who was murdered during an armed robbery at his Gauteng home in July 2020. A percentage of proceeds from Grootboom will be donated to Fields of Green for All, the non-profit organisation Stobbs co-founded to fight ongoing cannabis prohibitions in South Africa. Stobbs and his partner Myrtle Clarke were dubbed by the media as the ‘Dagga Couple’ as they fought relentlessly in the SA courts for their right to use cannabis. Watch it below:
Evoking reggae music’s revered roots in timeless peace-and-love protest, Grootboom is a modern take on making a stand against unfairness and inequality. The song was co-produced by Anton Miroschnikow, creator of Apes on Plastic, and award-winning German producer, Stephan Bader. With a blessing by no less than the legendary, dub pioneer and Bob Marley collaborator, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Trenton & Free Radical’s Grootboom is the anthem for summer 2020 in South Africa.