Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019: Bin Laden on the Grassy Knoll!

Greetings,

My Saturday routine:

  1. Wake
  2. Bake
  3. Shower
  4. Dress: Reggae T shirt for Smile Jamaica broadcast, shorts and sandals. Plus tin foil hat
  5. Hit the morning news cycle of my favorite news sources via Ipad: RT, Truthdig, Moon of Alabama, Zerohedge

No CNN (CIA News Nutwork); No FUX news; No MS-NBC (Mainstream nothing but crap); No Presstitute Bullshit Syndicate (PBS) for I ‘n’ I.

Since 2003 and the corporate media’s providing of legitimate cover for an illegal war, I am strictly alt news. I do not trust the 6 companies who own 90+ percent of our news media. Mostly Alt-Left but I’m a fan of a libertarian Bulgarian market site called Zerohedge for leavening. (They predicted the 2008 economic collapse before anyone else.)

I’m so “alt” I am driving 500 plus miles to Denver in a week to watch this political comedian: Jimmy Dore.

Jeffery Epstein allegedly committed “suicide.” My first reaction? How neat and tidy. Dead men tell no tales, eh? Especially considering the document dump the day before outed several high profile politicians, academics and hedge fund billionaires as accused of having sex with underage girls procured by the odious creep.

<Jeffery Epstein’s murder? suicide? escape? 2 min. 29 sec.>

I try to live the moral and upright life that I absorb through 30+ plus years of listening to Reggae music. I’m more of a paradox of virtue than any sort of saint, but I do believe government corruption and the abuse of children are part of that lens. Government interference led to Epstein’s slap on the wrist sentence a decade ago.

As compelling a story as the lurid conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death: Was it suicide? murder? alien abduction? It still comes down to the outrageous sexual exploitation of children. Which is getting completely lost in the #EpsteinMurder and #ClintonBodyCount back and forth.

Mea culpa. I am susceptible to conspiracy theories. Probably due to my belief in Ancient Astronaut Theory, via the Anunnaki skygods traveling back to Earth from Nibiru. I do not believe 9/11 happened  the way they said it did anymore than I would believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.

When this went down, my brother in law said to my sister: “Can’t wait to see how your wacko brother responds to  all this.”

I went for breakfast with my best friend Nardo-jan (fellow Anunnaki/UFOria enthusiast, Ph.D. in Medieval History, librarian) and our mutual friend John (former journalist at the Salt Lake Tribune).

Of course Epstein’s “suicide” was the coffee topic of conversation. I queried both of them: (I knew Nardo-jan’s answer) but wanted to see what a professional newsman thought.

None of us believed the suicide story. Neither does my Mom, Dad and Sister.

What do I believe?

Now you understand where my brother in law is coming from!Don’t even get me started on Building 7.

Inconvenient conspiracy fact. Trust your eyes! Do not scoff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 70 sec.

Set 1:

  • Pancho Alphanso – Watch This Sound; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus NJ vinyl
  • Supersonics – Construction Dub Style; Treasure Isle Dub vol. 1 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Aug. in Montego Bay, JA

<“Entertainment for you, martyrdom for me”; 30 sec.>

  • Carlene Davis – My Mistake; 15 Classics (Sonic)
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict; Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (Soul Jazz) ’87 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dan I – Like a Seed; 10″ (Moa Anbessa) 2008 Jah-taly

Set 2:

  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79 gospel/Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Rolands – Johnny Dollar; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’84
  • Afro Omega – Watcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – City Too Hot; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK Black Ark

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Prince Buster – Shake a Leg; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Melodisc) ’61: Burning Spear – Oh What a Happy Day; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’74
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK roots dawtas; Curtis Mayfield tune
  • Jah Iney & Augustus Pablo – Classic Rockers Chapter 1 & Chapter 3; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • General Public – Never You Done That; All the Rage (I.R.S.) ’84 post 2 Tone ska/pop
  • Rhoda Dakar – The Wreck; Cleaning in a Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska World) 2007
  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78
  • Earl Sixteen – Gates of Hell; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rolling Stone; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’82 JA vinyl; Bunny Wailer lead vox

<Bob Dylan cover; 2 min.>

  • The Jaytees – A Prayer to Jah; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA female duo
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Everything Is Great (Island) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Ken Boothe – I Shot the Sheriff; Blood Brothers (Trojans) ’78 UK Wailers cover

<Why the Sheriff hated Bob; 27 sec.>

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music (Island) ’75 US – Bob Dylan cover

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • King Stitt – Herbsman Shuffle; 7″ (Trojan) ’80 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7″ (Sir J.J.) ’72 JA
  • Sharon Black – Struggling; 7″ (Clintones) ’77 US
  • Dennis Brown – Armagideon; 7″ (Emmanuel) ’80 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching Me; Anthem UK Rmx (Island) ’83 cover of Rockwell soul
  • Bunny Wailer – Revolution; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 NYC @ the Ritz

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Is This Love; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translation: Mutant Dub Set
  • Likkle Mai – Your Love; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-ponese dawta from Dry & Heavy
  • Alpha & Omega – Fire; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – Haste Make Waste; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 on Bunny Wailer Armagideon riddim
  • Rockers Vibration – 23 + 2; King Size Chapter 10 (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ.
  • Mahanee feat. Mikey Murka & Disrupt – Police; 12″ (Police in Helicopter) 2009 Germ. John Holt herbtune cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 3, 2019 – Oh Bumbo Klaat!

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Greetings,

Reggae Radio for 31 years. I am a fundamentalist when it comes to how I program Smile Jamaica

No digital for I ‘n’ I. I play LPs, 7″ vinyl, 12″/10″ vinyl singles and CDs. I don’t care to learn your virtual deejay software. Let it be a mystery. As I tell my nieces and nephews: I put the “old” in Old School.

My weapon of choice!

Vinyl is sleek and beautiful. Large size album covers tell a visual story. CDs are smaller and more functional. You would think more durable too.

KRCL has two turntables and three CD players. I was juggling some Wailers Family Tree. Hoped to debut a Peter Tosh bootleg: NYC ’81. Pop the CD into a tray. Cue it up. Fade Studio One Wailers vinyl….remote start the disk.

After 20 seconds the CD started looping back to the beginning. WTF? I usually always have a disk in the tray in case of sonic malfunction. This time I was caught dry. I fumbled for a Bunny Wailer CD and recovered.

30 seconds of dead air on Radio? Is the equivalent of an hour to the listener. It is the worst screw up a deejay can make outside Carlin’s seven dirty words.

No worries. I keep a trusty cloth in my kit to wipe down CDs. Bunny fades and Peter 2.0 segues. Same thing: 20 seconds and loop, loop, loop.

So all I could say was BUMBO KLAAT

Listen to Peter describe what is Bumbo Klaat

<Bumbo Klaat; 96 sec.>

In Jamaica, a bumbo klaat is a vulgar derivative of  the American femine hygiene product. In the U.S. the vernacular, “Are you on the rag?” Would be “Oh bumbo klaat” in Jamaica. But times ten in offensiveness.

I could be wrong on this but: In England “fanny” or “bum” refers not to the buttocks, as Americans assume, but the vagina.

So a sanitary napkin translates in Jamaican patois turns as “bum” cloth. Which elides to bumbaclot. As in cloth/clotting effect of the material.

That word however, is a YUUGE expletive in Jamaica. Like imagining saying MOTHER FUCKER in church or a staff meeting.

Peter, the Malcolm X to Bob Marley’s Martin Luther King, was always willing to push the buttons of the Babylonian shitstem against the Crime Minister and the House of Represenathief.

As an anti-authoritarian curmudgeon myself, I always love the “in your face grit” of Tosh. Even his violent death was in tune with dark forces that haunted him.

So for him to release a love song duet with Gwen Guthrie, called Nothing But Love b/w Oh Bumbo Klaat on the flip? That’s the kind of fuck you attitude I’m talking about!

For Peter, paralyzed by a psychic vampire during the night, he called out to Jah: “What do I do?” His Imperial Majesty telepathed to him the statement: “Son, use the word!”

OH BUMBO KLAAT

“Now I am free as a bird.” Selah!

bless, Bobbylon

Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
I said I came upon this land
To guide and teach my fellow man
But one thing I can’t overstand
Is why them don’t love his brother man
Sometimes I sit and look around
And listen to the daily sound
But when I check, there’s so much lies
And that’s the reason why the children cry
It’s been so long, we need a change
So the shitstem we got to rearrange
And if there’s obstacles in the road,
We got to throw them overboard
One night, an evil spirit held me down
I could not make one single sound
Jah told me, ‘Son, use the word’
And now I’m as free as a bird

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 3, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 77 sec.

Set 1:

  • Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; Chip In (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Indiana Jones (Paragons); Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango) ’81 US vinyl dub album of the hour

<Sued for copyright infringement>

  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (Afro Omega)
  • Jimmy Cliff – Third World People; Club Paradise Soundtrack (Sony) ’86
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Mind; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Tristan Palmer – Joker Smoker; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
Lucas/Spielberg sued Mango Records for copyright infringement. Rare and collectible vinyl now

Set 2:

  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wonderer; Chronicles (Kaz) ’94/’89
  • Hortense Ellis – Breakfast in Bed (Horns Mix); I’m Still in Love With You
  • Tony Curtis – Leave the Collie Alone; Leave the Collie Alone (Cou$ins) 2006  herbtune
  • Culture – Black Rose (Stand Up and Fight); Production Something (Heartbeat) ’79
  • Tapper Zukie – Raggy Joey Boy; 10″ (Mobiliser) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dr. Alimantado – Johnny Was a Baker; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Keyman) ’75 
  • Rasheda – Mr. Roots Man; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Earth Last Messengers & Black Disciples – Hypocrites + Brezensky Dub; Jack Ruby Hi Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80

Set 4:

  • Ken Boothe – In the Summertime; 70’s Reggae Hits (Sanctuary) ’70 Mungo Jerry skiffle cover
  • Barry Brown – Be Careful; General For All General (Hitbound) ’84 herbtune
  • Simone – Mr. Right; Inner City Roots (Crazy Joe) 2005
  • Prince David & the Dubiterian – Jah Will Never Let Me Down; 10″ (Moa Anbessa) 2008 Jah-talian militant stepper

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Lion Zion – Gas Guzzler;  Reggae in America (House of Natty) ’76 Oakland; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • The Marvels – Think; Reggae Treasure (Upper Class Records) ’81 UK Aretha Franklin cover w/ female vox
  • Milo – Hell Is On Fire; Positive Movement (Rooney) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Lef Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Blues Busters – I Shot the Sheriff; Phillip & Lloyd (Scepter) ’75 NY
  • Dub Specialist – Why Oh Why Version; Version Dread (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour; Studio One dubs

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lonesome Track; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Coxsone) ’82/’66 JA vinyl

<Bob Marley train song; 82 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Rat Race; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob’s birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient rmx
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’81
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: : Rockers do Reggae Set

  • Taj Mahal – Desperate Lover; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Bob Andy cover
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul/rock
  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Choice) ’73 single: NYC biracial rockers
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’79

Set 8: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Nishka – Bind Us Together; Safe in the Ark (A & O) ’94 UK trance dub
  • Hollie Cook – Turn It Around; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Don’t Make the Children Cry; New Creation (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Dao – Had Gedam; Essential Bombay Lounge (UBL) 2006 Hindi
  • Dayjah Meets the Disciples – Storm Clouds; Storm Clouds (Third Eye) ’96 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah’ly 27, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Greetings,

The year was 1988. Early Spring. My college roommate and I were having a slice at The Pie Pizzeria near our apartment close to the University of Utah campus.

The pizza place had KRCL 90.9FM on the hi fi. Community radio. Programmed by volunteers who pick their own music. We heard they were doing a new volunteer training. My roommate wanted to do 80’s indie. I had recently discovered KRCL’s Smile Jamaica.

Another college friend had turned me on to Reggae via the album at the top of this blog post: Sly & Robbie 80’s hardcore digital mix of Black Uhuru. Militant Reggae in a drum and bass style.

<Black Uhuru – Anthem and what it means to Smile Jamaica; 38 sec.>

Thanks to Pres. Ronald Raygun’s student loan program, I  started collecting Reggae and had enough to be trained for an late Sunday night/early Monday morning show called 3 o’clock Roadblock

<How I started at KRCL; 39 sec.>

It was just before 4th of July 1988 when I debuted. I found that I couldn’t sleep if I needed to be loading my car for the 20 minute drive to the station. So I would stay up all night, lay down riddims, go home and crash and then get up to go class mid Monday morning.

I did the show for a little more than a year. It was a great way to learn radio without a lot of pressure. My listeners? Night owls, insomniacs, graveyard shift workers and cab drivers.

A month prior, I tried to recreate the first radio show of 3 o’clock Roadblock with what was a new medium at the time: the compact disk. This week I went through my Ark-Ive and harvest vinyl LPs.

And to mix it up, I organize from A-Z and Z-O for the black wax nostalgia mixdown.

<Early vinyl gems laid out A-Z; 36 sec.> 

And 31 years later, except for 1 LP (Eek a Mouse), the black wax is sounding crisp. Or criss as the dreads would say.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

bless, Bobbylon

“Vinyl is what we listened to before CDs.”

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives July 27, 2019: 31 Years of Vinyl A-Z

Set 1: A-E

  • Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) ’76 UK Porgy & Bess cover
  • Soul Syndicate – Only Jah Dub; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour (Earl Zero bonus dubs)
  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord, Why Lord; Best of Horace Andy (Coxsone) ’72 JA
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’83 UK Groucho Smykle rmx
  • Culture – Behold the Land; Africa Stand Alone (April) ’79 US
  • Carlene Davis; Angel in Your Arms; At the Right Track (Carib Gems) ’80 UK Hot soul cover
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 US 4:20 Cannabis Service
Just about the only LP that had surface noise from today’s all vinyl show

 

Set 2: F-J

  • Phillip Frazer – 2000 Years; Come Ethiopians (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Sophie George – Girlie Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ’86 UK
  • Heptones – Cool Rasta; Cool Rasta (Trojan) ’76 UK
  • I Roy – Union Call; Whap’n Bap’n (Virgin) ’80 UK
  • Wayne Jarrett – Love in a Mi Heart; Chip In (Greensleeves) ’82 UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 3: K-N

  • Ini Kamoze – Rough; Pirate (Mango) ’86 US
  • Ijahman Levi – Are We a Warrior; Are We a Warrior (Mango) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Mr. Big Man; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
  • Natural Ites – What About the Africans; Marvellous (CSA) ’87 UK
  • Scientist – Miss Know It All; Trojan Dub Box Set (Trojan) ’98 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: O-R

  • Johnny Osbourne – Rude Boy; In Ah Disco Style (Cha Cha) ’81 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Give Me the Right; Blood Stain (Ashantites) ’83 DC
  • Quasar – Stir It Up; Fresh (LASN) US Bob Marley cover
  • Ras Midas – Too Long in the Wind; Rastaman in Exile (Disc’ AZ International) ’80 Fr.

Set 5: S-W

  • Sister Nancy –  Gwan a School; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Tamlins – Big Girl Now; I’ll Be Waiting (Live & Learn) ’87 DC Stylistics cover
  • U-Roy – Babylon Burning; Natty Rebel (Virgin) ’76 UK
  • Viceroys – Brethren & Sistren; Brethren & Sistren (CSA) ’83 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Stranded in L.A.; Stranded (Greensleeves) ’84 US

Set 6: X-Z

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus (Island) ’77 UK
  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ’84 US
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal dawta
  • Dub Syndicate – Overloader; Towering Dub Inferno (Rykodisc) ’90 Dub Album of the Hour
Letter X – Exodus

Set 7: Z-V

  • Zap Pow – Roots Man Reggae; Zap Pow (Mango) ’78 US
  • Yabby U & the Prophets – Get Lost Babylon; Babylon Queen (Clappers) ’82 US
  • Delroy Williams – Learn; I Stand Black (Message) ’84 US
  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 US Wailers cover

Set 8: U-O

  • Unity – Star Gazing; Heat Your Body Up (Charisma) ’83 UK
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; 12″ EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 US
  • Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon + Scream; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’89 UK dub poet
  • Ras Michael – Mr. Brown; Rastafari (Top Ranking) ’75 JA
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 US
  • Oku Onuora – Wi a Come; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah’ly 20, 2019: Happy Birthday to the World’s First Hippie!

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica pays tribute to the King of Kings/Negusa Negast, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Elect of God. Everliving God. Earth’s Rightful Ruler. Ras Tafari – the Head Creator. Haile Selassie I – Power of the Trinity. Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930-1974. The Jah in Reggae Music Gospel produced by Rastafari devotees.

<Honorifics of His Imperial Majesty; 25 sec.>

Or is he the world’s first hippie?; 48 sec.

Descended from the lineage of King David by way of his son, Solomon. Abyssinian (the name of Ethiopia in antiquity) princess Queen Makeda married Solomon. Which is why His Imperial Majesty is often called the Lion of Judah.

<Lamb of Judah; 30 sec.>

And as befits the Lion of Judah, you and I might have pet cats or dogs or goldfish. His Imperial Majesty had pet lions! 56 sec,

Why Rastafari from Jamaica? 

In the 1800’s slavery was abolished in Jamaica. Freed black slaves didn’t want to harvest sugar cane for rich British colonials. So, the plantation owners looked to another colony for indentured labor: India.

In the rural areas where freed blacks now eked out an existence as small farmers, Hindus in the area cut the cane. As the two cultures mixed, two ideas from Hinduism meshed with local protestant Christian religion imposed on the black Jamaicans:

  1. Reincarnation
  2. Cannabis
Jesus Dread aka Haile Selassie – Return of Jesus

This crossing of cultures would later come to pass in the early 20th century. Jamaican born African Nationalist, Marcus Garvey, said look to the east where a king will be crowned and that will be the signal for repatriation to Africa. Get out of Babylon captivity as the ancient Hebrews left their bondage in Mesopotamia.

Marcus Garvey – the Moses of Rastafari

Haile Selassie was prophecy. Long story short: Ras Tafari – the Head Creator, was foretold to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. (Pronounced Jess-us by the Rastas.)

As a signal of faith, these esoteric Christians began to grow dreadlocks as part of the old Hebrew Nazarite tradition:

  1. Do not partake of wine or liquor.
  2. No razor shall crease thy flesh nor thine hair.
  3. Avoid anything dead. (Consume no flesh.)

If wine is not allowed as a Rasta sacrament, locally grown cannabis fit the criterion. Cutting sugar cane is hard work, the Hindus brought herb with them to take the edge off their labors. The psychoactive plant was part of their devotion to their Goddess Kali.

<Hindusm and Rastafari; 98 sec.>

Rastas adapted to collie (sinsemilla smoked in chalices) for their devotion to Haile Selassie.

Burning Spear smokes the chalice

Here is the foundation book on Rastafari*

*Rastas tend to avoid isms and schisms. They don’t want to be called Rastafarian. That is an “ism”. Rastas as a collective would be: Rastafari. I tend to say Rastafari fellows. Or Rastafari believers.

Reggae music prior to “Rastafari Gospel” was limited to pop radio covers, love songs and novelty records. What was loved world wide was shunned by local Jamaicans horrified by these dreadlock ruffians. To be a Rasta in Jamaica was like being a punk rocker in London: a target for police abuse.

The cops and army in Jamaica had discriminated against Rastas. There was even a notorious massacre chronicled in song called the Green Bay Killing.

Green Bay Massacre

<Discrimination against dreads in Jamaica; 44 sec.>

Rastas would often be shaved by Johnny Law in Jamaica: the ultimate insult. Imagine knocking a yarmulke off of a Jewish man’s head. Or ripping the habit or hijab from a Nun/Muslim woman.

<Police Trim Rasta; 30 sec.>

Selassie’s hold on Reggae music is best epitomized by Bob Marley. He took HIM’s speech to the United Nations against War and put the words to song.

<Bob Marley’s War; 82 sec.>

1963 United Nations speech against war

  • On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson:
  • that until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned;
  • that until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation;
  • that until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes;
  • that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race;
  • that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.
  • And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed;
  • until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will;
  • until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven;
  • until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.

But alas, it wasn’t to be. Ethiopia got caught up in the maelstrom of the Cold War proxy hot wars. Famine in the provinces led to communist revolution. The Soviet Union looked to topple a Western allied autocracy. Selassie’s governors were corrupt and incompetent.

In Sept. 1974, the Dergue communists overthew the Emperor and Selassie died an ignominious death similar to the Czar in Russia.

Rastas, refused to believe it. You can’t kill God! Bob Marley’s Jah Live and Peter Tosh’s Fools Die speak to this heresy.

<Jah Live; 2 min. 57 sec.>

One man who means so much to Reggae music. No Jah. No Roots Reggae. No Smile Jamaica. That is why I ‘n’ I pay tribute today.

bless, Bobbylon

Selassie kept pet cheetahs too

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah’ly 20, 2019: Annotated Playlist: Haile Selassie I Birthday Showcase; 69 sec.

Set 1:

  • Natural Ites & Realistics – Picture on the Wall; Picture on the Wall (CSA) ’85 UK vinyl: 3 Hours for Haile Selassie 7/23/1892
  • Ja-Man All-Stars – King’s Dub; King’s Dub (Manzie) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Love Joys – Wherever Jah Send Me; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female roots duo
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ’84
  • Mikey Dread – Walk Rastafari Way; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84

Set 2:

  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Wherever He Leads Me; Face the Music (VP) ’81
  • Sister Carol – Jah Disciple; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89
  • Lee & Jimmy – Rasta Train; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) ’75 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’
  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79

Set 3:

  • Keith Hudson – I Broke the Comb; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’83 update of Michael Jackson’s Human Nature
  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Is No Secret; Haile I Hymn (Island) ’78
  • Augustus Pablo – Well Red; Trojan Dub Box Set 2 (Trojan) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ’84
  • Judy Mowatt – Hold Them Jah; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87
  • Prince Buster – Police Trim Rasta; Sister Big Stuff (Sunspot) ’71
  • Silvertones – Rejoice Jah Jah Children; Words of My Mouth (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Every Time I Talk About Jah; Musical History (Trojan) ’83 uK
  • In Crowd – His Majesty is Coming; His Majesty is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Zema – Selassie; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 So Cal roots dawta
  • Owen Gray – Jah Jah Train; Dreams of Owen Gray (Trojan) ’79 UK Curtis Mayfield People Get Ready
  • Ricky Grant – I Love Jah Rastafari; I Love Jah Rastafari + dub (Rockers) ’78 JA A. Pablo prod’n

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – War; Rastaman Vibration (Tuff Gong) ’76 + Haile Selassie’s speech to the United Nations
  • Bunny Wailer – War; Tribute (Solomonic) ’81 JA vinyl; cover version
  • Rita Marley – That’s the Way (Jah Jah Planned It); 12″ (Trident) ’80 UK disco mix
  • The Revolutionaries – 79 Rock; Outlaw Dub (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Promised Heights (Sequel) ’74 UK rock/reggae/soul/jazz
  • Aisha – Only Jah Works; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94
  • Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Wingless Angels (MIndless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds and nyahbinghi drummers
  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk reggae

Set 8:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; 7″ (Tuff Gong) ’75 – you can’t kill Jah
  • Peter Tosh – Fools Die; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81 – you can’t kill Jah
  • Toots & the Maytals – 80,000 Careless Ethiopians; Knock Out! (Mango) ’81
  • Alpha & Omega – Jah Is Gonna Help Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Barry Isaac – Let’s Praise H.I.M.; Man of the Century (Reggae on Top) 2001
  • Tena Stelin & Jah Warrior – Keep Jah Vibes; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Summer Roots – Cratedigging in 115 Degrees!

Greetings,

My Dad has been laid up in Sun City West, AZ. He has something called NPH: Excess spinal fluid builds up on the part of the brain that controls walking, bowel/bladder control and short term dementia.

I, my brother and sister have been tag teaming with my Mom in his treatment. July was my turn.

Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.

I am mainly on the hunt for collector Reggae vinyl. The temp in Phoenix is 115 degrees.

Here is how you cratedig in triple digits without your vinyl stash melting.

  1. From the retirement community my parents live in, Sun City West, to Tempe is about 45 minutes. Run the AC at 60 degrees. By the time I got out of the car, I was frozen. I literally wished I had worn socks.
  2. But, getting out of the car into that heat felt good. My joints thawed out from the drive. Enter the shop ad cratedig.
  3. Going back to the car was like walking into a furnace blower.
  4. My mom had set up one of those cooling bags and we added a zip loc bag full of ice. Even then I placed a thick blanket. Must avoid sunlight and high temps.
  5. Placed the records in the bag and rinse and repeat.

The uniqueness of cratedigging. At Xmas time, I didn’t find any vinyl in Phoenix. Hellish summer I found good collectors vinyl if three shops. Getting them home is part of the story.

Enjoy this musical mash up podcast for when I was off air.

bless, Bobbylon

Vinyl only shop by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate July 2019 Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross – Version Girl (Virgin) ’85 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Culture – Trod On (Extended Mix); Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 herbtune
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Wailers cover
  • Organized Kryme feat. Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Organized Kryme (1st Step) 2000

30-60 min.

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 female vox on Jr. Byles cover
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’75 comp.
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Reggae Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Jah Lion – Hay Fever; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76 dj to Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (sic) (Different Drummer) 2004 mutant dub to Creole classic
  • Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbing; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK mutant dub

60-90 min.

  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail HIM (Heartbeat)  ‘80
  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybiane Miranda
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’82
  • Queen Majeeda – Gye Name; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 
  • Mighty Diamonds – The Real Enemy; The Real Enemy (Rohit) ‘87
  • Heavy Manners – Complicated Decency;  Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago group w/ female vox

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Third World – Rhythm of Life; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ‘94 UK mutant dub
  • Welton Irie – Jah Come;  Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Aswad – Love Fire; Live and Direct (Mango)  ’83
Sun City West, AZ – 115 degrees in the shade

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Time; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Cymande – The Message;  Cymande (Sequal/Janus) ’72 UK reggae/rock/soul/jazz
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (China) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Ras Command – Culture Move; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant Dub
  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’83
  • U Roy – Trenchtown Rock; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Musical Youth – Political /General; 7″ (021) ‘81
  • Big Youth – A Luta Continua; A Luta Continua (Heartbeat)  ’84 the struggle
  • continues
  • King Kong – Ethiopia; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Kings of Reggae feat. Chris Hinze – Let’s Have a Party; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 flute jazz reggae
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – The Roots; Dub Magic (Zion’s Gate) ‘98 UK trance dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 6, 2019: UFO-ria!

Greetings,

When you get to do a radio program on a non-commercial station for 31 years, that entitles one to some indulgences.

For I n’ I that is mashing up Reggae music with UFO’s. WTF?

<How I ‘n’ I got into UFOs; 27 sec.>

The connections of Smile Jamaica to UF0ria (UFO’s + euphoria = UFOria).

  1. The TV show Ancient Aliens on History Channel; 55 sec.

2. Which taught us about the 1947 Roswell UFO crash

<Roswell UFO crash, July 1947; 90 sec.>

DENVER – UNDATED: Major Jesse Marcel from the Roswell Army Air Field with debris found 75 miles north west of Roswell, NM, in June 1947. The debris has been identified as that of a radar target. The Air Force released a report on 24 June debunking reports of a UFO crash near Roswell, NM, in 1947. (Photo by: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Ancient Astronaut Theory – the notion that Sumerian sky gods were in fact ancient astronauts coming from the outer edge of the galaxy. As an Assyrian-American, anything to do with my ancestors in Mesopotamia/Modern Iraq fascinates me.

4. The Skygods from Planet Nibiru* called the Anunnaki. Anu (sky) + na (verb – to go down) + Ki (Earth.) Those who came down from the sky.

*Also called Planet X or the 12th Planet

The Anunnaki created mankind to mine gold for their home planet (under climate change devastation….). When their creation got “noisy” and the minor gods were having sex with Earth women, the decision was to wipe out mankind with a Flood

<Who are the Anunnaki?; 75 sec.>

5. The connections between space travel and descriptions of celestial phenomenon in the Bible.

  • Chariots of the Gods – space ship
  • Jacob’s Ladder – space ship
  • Burning bush – space ship
  • Prophet Ezekiel and his crystal ship – space ship
  • Stairway to Heaven – space ship
  • Noah’s grand dad Enoch “walked with God and then was not”. Taken to heave in a space ship
  • Magic carpets in the Arabian Nights – space ship
  • Vimanas from Hindu cosmology – space ship

<Ancient astronauts in the Bible; 27 sec.>

Stairway to Heaven – Page and Plant Ancient Astronaut Theorists?

<New Jerusalem in the Bible is a gigantic cubed space ship; 37 sec.>

New Jerusalem is not a city but a huge space shipReggae and Dub have plenty of songs about outer space and UFOs.

6. And now the US government  can’t keep UFO encounters secret or in the realm of “conspiracy theory”. Too many people with phone cameras. A new show on History Channel, Unidentified, covers Air Force, Navy and Deep State reports of UFO encounters with Tic Tac UFO’s.

<Unidentified TV show on History Channel; 75 sec.>

Roswell, The Anunnaki, Ancient Astronauts lead me to comb through the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives looking for UFO/space travel songs. I have about 150 CDs and another 50 LPs/vinyl singles.

So like my other theme shows, like Jah-loween and 420, enjoy these space age tunes from Reggae, Dub, Calypso and even a few rock tunes sifted in.

And as I say: Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

And if they are here with malevolent intent? Let’s go out with a bang!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 6, 2019 – UFOria; 1 min. 22 sec.

Set 1:

  • John Williams Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Columbia) ’68 soundtrack to 2001 a Space Odyssey – 3 hours of UFO-ria
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Michael Franti – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Capitol) 2013
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ‘90
  • Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70 UK ska
  • Intergalactic Farmer (Smile Jamaica UFOria rmx) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Claudious Linton – Star Wars; Signtime (Sun King) 2008
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; Pama Years (Pama) ’69

<Apollo 12  – 2nd moon landing; Nov. ’69; 39 sec.>

  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 LA

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Lost ina Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC vinyl

<Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy; 58 sec.>

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – EXP; Axis: Bold as Love (MCA) ‘67
  • Dubadelic – MIB; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 Men in Black
  • Dennis Alcapone – Flying Machine (The Sky’s the Limit); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’70
  • Phil Pratt – Lazer Dub; Star Wars 2 (Pratt Music) ‘96

Set 4:

  • Anubian Lights – Outflight;  Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 New Jerusalem space ship
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files Theme
New Jeruslam from the Bible is a gigantic spaceship

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA: UFO vinyl set
  • Prince Lincoln & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK produced by new waver Joe Jackson
  • Lone Ranger – U.F.O.; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female

Set 6:

  • David Bowie – Space Oddity; Changesonebowie (MCA) ‘69
  • Elton John – Rocket Man; #1s (MCA) ‘72

<Livicated to Kim Jong Un from Donald J. Trump; 35 sec.>

  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ‘69
  • Gene Roddenberry – Star Trek Theme
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’80 FL. Vinyl

Set 7:

  • Leonard Nimoy – Alien;  Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space (Dot) ‘67
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Satellite;  Calypso Carnival (Cook) ’58 calypso about Sputnik and Laika the space dog

<Laika the Space puppy. Gave his life for space travel; 35 sec.>

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) female in love with an Ancient Astronaut
  • Scientist – Beam Down; Meets the Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’81 dub

Set 8:

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) 2001
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’82 UK New Wave
  • Easy Star feat. The Meditations – Eclipse; Dubber Side of the Moon (Easy Stars) 2010 Pink Floyd cover
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive; Relics (Capitol) ’71 comp.
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

<New broom sweeps clean, old broom knows the corners!>

Early spring 1988,  my roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near the Univ. of Utah campus. They were listening to the local community radio station, KRCL. I had discovered its Saturday afternoon Reggae program called Smile Jamaica about a year previous. KRCL were looking for new volunteers to train for graveyard shift shows.

My roommate, also a music fanatic, wanted to do a mid 80s college show. I was interested in Reggae. They had enough rock programmers but wanted someone to do a late night program that could mix up Reggae with Ska and World.

I started training late spring and was granted a show that debuted just before the 4th of July 1988: 3 o’clock Roadblock – named for the Bob Marley song because the show aired from 3am-6am late Sunday night/early Monday morning.

includes 3 o’clock Roadblock

I learned how to juggle tunes for a radio audience for probably a couple hundred graveyard shift workers, night owls and insomniacs.

Black Uhuru was the group that got me into Reggae music. I loved them: Michael Rose, Puma Jones (dawta) and Ducky Simpson (dread.) Their album, Anthem (the first Reggae Grammy award) was a booming 80’s synth from Sly & Robbie meshed with heartical roots and dread anthems.

I had met a guy in the U of U dorms, Neil Copperman. Jewish kid from Baltimore who had all these new compact disks on a massive hi fi with Bose speakers. I had been an early adopter of the round aluminum disks, (and I also favored Bose 301’s),  when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, Montana; Fall Semester 1986. So we would trade disks and listen to each other’s selections.

The dorms were concrete bunkers and the drum and bass from Sly & Robbie ricocheted around the room.  I was hooked on Reggae from that moment forward. I had a few Marley’s, Tosh’s, Toot’s & Cliff’s. None of them made the instant impact Black Uhuru did.

From late June 1988-Aug. 1989 when I quit the late night, I would always start each edition of 3 o’clock Roadblock with a Black Uhuru tune.

<Anthem lit the fuse; 66 sec.>

I was only off air for about 2 months. In Oct. 1989, my mentor Rutabaga Reese offered to have me split Smile Jamaica with him. And that lead to my Saturday adventure of almost 30 years.

In between I have been a part of the digital media transition and this podcast was created before there was even a word for it. I knew that radio was gonna go internationally online.

<Smile Jamaica pre-podcasting “podcast”; 23 sec.>

But that’s a story I will continue Oct. 2019 – when, Jah wiling, I get my 30 year badge.

Humans of the U: Robert Nelson

So enjoy this possible recreation of the very first 3 hours of Reggae Radio from I ‘n’ I. CDs on this podcast. In a month, I will do the same for vinyl.

Thanks for listening from day 1 or 31 years fresh.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 56 sec.

Set 1: 1972-1976

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’83 Best of 31 Years of Reggae Radio
  • Augustus Pablo – Unity Dub; Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub (Rockers) ’83 YS US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<The Harder They Come and Reggae in US/UK; 74 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73 US w/ guitar and piano overdubs

<Catch a Fire and Reggae in the US/UK; 65 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76

Set 2: 1976

  • The Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 soul producer, Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailer cover
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark riddim shower (1) – vox
  • Prince Jazzbo – Ital Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Black Ark riddim shower (2): deejay

<Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio>

Set 3: 1976-1977

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob prod’n/Perry mix/Wailers on the riddims/Wailers cover

<Martha Velez; 38 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • The Revolutionaries – Dawn Creation; Phase  One Dub Wise volume 2 (Phase One) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 4: 1977

  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77

<When the 2 7’s clashed; 72 sec.>

  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’77

Set 5: 1978-1979

  • I Roy – Tiddle Le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on organ
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’78 female dj duo
  • Dennis Brown – Love Jah; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79

Set 6: 1979

  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – Bit By Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’79
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group w/ female harmonies
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie)
  • Sugar Minott & Soul Syndicate – Walking Through the Ghetto; Ghetto-ology + Dub (Easy Star) ’79
  • Roots Radics – Rockers Almighty Dub; Rockers Almighty Dub (Clocktower) Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7: 1979-1980

  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’79
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths and Rights (Studio One) ’79
  • Earl Zero – I No Lie; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’80 comp.
New broom sweeps clean. Old broom knows the corners!

Set 8: 1980-1981

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeni Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80
  • Sister Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Flo & Eddie – Rock With Me; Rock Steady With Flo & Eddie (Epiphany) ’81 of the Turtles; Melodians cover
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NY rock artist w/ dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Smile Jamaica is hosted by Robert Nelson on 90.9 FM KRCL in Salt Lake City, Utah (Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. MT). Ark-ives available weekly here at the Smile Jamaica blog.