Title - ‘Roots: The Saga Of An American Family’
Artist - Quincy Jones
With an all new ‘Roots’ mini-series having debuting Memorial weekend on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel, now we can also listen to this timely re-release of the original soundtrack to the ground-breaking 1977 mini-series.
That ‘Roots’ four-night, eight-hour event series garnered 5.3 million viewers, the highest ratings for a cable miniseries opening in three years. The main score running through the entire ‘Roots’ remake is called “Binta’s Theme,” composed by the miniseries executive music producer and The Roots drummer/co-front man, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. It is a song Kunta Kinte’s grandmother in Africa would sing in the fields and passed through the generations in America.
Other highlights include the 'Roots Mural Theme' composed by Gerald Fried and the 28 minute 'Roots Suite' with Letta Mbulu as the featured vocalist. Also included are snippets of dialogue from Roots actor Lou Gossett with some of the actual featured players including: Shelly Manne, Victor Feldman, Ernie Watts and Lee Ritenour.
Broken into two chapters, Roots: The Saga Of An American Family begins with Part One: Africa (The Motherland) and culminates in Part Two: America (The Promised Land).
2. Roots Mural Theme (Performed by The Quincy Jones Orchestra)
3. Main Title: Mama Aifambeni (Premiere Episode)
4. Behold, The Only Thing Greater Than Yourself (Birth)
5. Oluwa (Many Rains Ago): (African Theme, African Version)
6. Boyhood To Manhood (African Manhood Training)
7. The Toubob Is Here! (The Capture)
8. Middle Passage (Slaveship Crossing)
9. You in Americuh' Now, African
10. Roots Mural Theme Intro (Slave Auction)
11. Ole Fiddler
12. Jumpin' De Broom Ceremony (Marriage Ceremony)
13. What Shall I Do? (Hush, Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name)
14. Roots Mural Theme Bridge (Plantation Life)
15. Oh Lord, Come By Here
16. Free at Last? (The Civil War)
17. (Many Rains Ago) Oluwa (African Theme/English Version)
Another common theme running through the ‘Roots’ remake is the song “Born This Way” by Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Jared Gustadt, the co-founder/president of the music licensing company Jingle Punks. Poo Bear recently collaborated with Justin Bieber on the Purpose tracks “Where Are You Now,” “What Do You Mean?” “Company” and more.