Don't Forget Your Roots (song)

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"Don't Forget Your Roots"
Single by Six60
from the album Six60
Released18 July 2011
FormatDigital download
GenrePop rock, reggae fusion
Songwriter(s)Ji Fraser, Matiu Walters
Six60 singles chronology
"Rise Up 2.0"
"Don't Forget Your Roots"
"Only to Be"

"Don't Forget Your Roots" is a single by New Zealand rock band Six60. It was released as on 18 July 2011 as the second single from their self-titled debut studio album. It reached number 2 on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

In September 2019, Six60 re-recorded the song for Waiata / Anthems, a collection of re-recorded New Zealand pop songs to promote Māori Language Week. The new version, retitled "Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō / Don't Forget Your Roots", featured lyrics reinterpreted by scholar Tīmoti Kāretu.[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "Don't Forget Your Roots" was first released onto YouTube on 13 July 2011 at a total length of three minutes and forty-eight seconds.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
  1. "Don't Forget Your Roots" – 3:53
  2. "Don't Forget Your Roots" () – 3:41
  3. "Don't Forget Your Roots" () – 3:58

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't Forget Your Roots" debuted on the RIANZ charts at number 10 and has peaked to number 2.


Chart (2011) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 2
New Zealand NZ Singles (RIANZ)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
New Zealand NZ Singles (RIANZ) 10

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
New Zealand 18 July 2011[5] Digital Download Massive Entertainment


  1. ^ "Waiata / Anthems". iTunes. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ "SIX60 - Don't Forget Your Roots". YouTube. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ " – Six60 – Don't Forget Your Roots". Top 40 Singles.
  4. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Don't Forget Your Roots - Single by Six60 on Apple Music". Retrieved 6 July 2017.