Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Preview: May 31, 2014: 3 Hours of Vinyl is Vital

3 bags of Vinyl. A rare glimpse into the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Located in the Fortress of Dubitude


Don’t know what happened, but last week’s May 24 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive is the first time I have popped up on any social media charts in the deejay world. I park my Ark-Ives on Mixcloud

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive May 24, 2014

This upload has reached 7th in the Vinyl chart, 19th in the Dub chart and 24th in the Reggae chart .

Have no idea how it happened, but cool yah! Thanks for listening and spreading around the message of Roots Reggae Radio in Utah

Plus my 420 shows: Mutant Dub Files Episode 4: Space Dust and 20th Annual Cannabliss have more than 100 listeners. Also cool.

Vinyl sounds as sweet as these cupcakes taste

Living in Utah for nearly three decades, you become familiar with the missionary concept one way or another. I certainly am a devotee of the vinyl over the digital on Smile Jamaica from day 1 of 25 years now. Preaching the black wax manifesto and now it is Vinyl’s time. The only format of musical sales that is growing, not shrinking.

The Church of Smile Jamaica – Save your soul for half the price. Selah!

So to celebrate 25 years of Vinyl Saturdays on Smile Jamaica. Here is another 3 hour Vinyl is Vital (rhymes with Ital) show to usher in Summer.

Smile Jamaica: The Soundtrack to your Summer BBQ

I’m gonna fire up the turntables and feature these Black Wax delicacies

  • Gonna start with a celebration of the Reggae sound by Dillinger – Reggae Beat
  • 4:20 Cannabliss Vinyl set to start the show
  • A Deejay clash of the sexes: Sophia George vs. Charlie Chaplin
  • Plenty of female roots and chanters
  • Extended mix singles to sink into the riddim
  • Mutant dub vinyl to close the festivities

Plus we will have an interview around 5 o’clock with a New Zealand Reggae group in town called NRG Rising and our Dub Album of the Week between the Vinyl: UB40 – Present Arms in Dub (DEP)


Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for when it is live

bless, robt

Mi vinyl sharp like a razor

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 24, 2014: From One Bob to Another (Stream + Playlist)

Bob Dylan turned The Beatles on to the Seven Leaf


Here is the Bob Dylan 73rd Birthday Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica (May 24, 2014)

  • First set devoted to Bob Dylan on his birthday: 2 Bobs, 2 vinyls
  • Wailers Family Tree: Live Bob, rare Peter, 80s Bunny, 70s Marcia, Marley cover
  • Vinyl is Vital: Jah-ronto, Canajah by way of Emoryville, Collie-fornya, Ja-High-O Seven Leaf, Live Sunsplash to Bob, Rockers Soundtrack, Inner Circle covers Rupie Edwards
  • Mutant Dub World Tour: France, Jah-many, UK

11 of 33 Vinyl. Coincidence? I think not!

bless, robt



Don Carlos – I Love Jah; 10” (Negus Roots) ‘80

4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; (Scientific) Higher Ranking Dubb (EMI) ’77 Dennis Bovell: Dub Album of the Week

Bob Dylan – Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away; Hawaii Five-O Soundtrack (CBS); Happy Birthday Bob Dylan Set

Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of Matumbi (Trojan) ’76 UK vinyl roots update of Dylan song from New Morning

Arthur Louis – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US vinyl from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Soundtrack

Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; Live at Budokan (Columbia) Jah-pon 1979; ***End of Set 1

Also ran to Cheap Trick in Best 1979 Budokan, Jah-pon live album

Abja – Good Sensimilla; Mahogany Road (I Grade) 2006 US Virgin Islands; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Horace Andy – Problems; 10” (Glimmer) ‘78

Pato Banton – Absolute Perfection; Never Give In (Primitive Man) ’88 UK toaster

Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out in Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79***End of Set 2

The Aretha Franklin of Reggae

Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Heathen; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); last live show: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania; 9/23/80

Peter Tosh – Blame the Yout (sic) (Dub Version); Equal Rights (Columbia/Legacy) ’77 dubble disk of rarities

Bunny Wailer – Cry to Me; Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie) ’86; Wailers update

Pluto Shervington – Natty Dread; Jah Love (Music Club); **End of 3, Wailer Family Tree


Aswad – Roxanne; Big Up (Gut/Mesa) ’97 The Police cover

Johnny Clarke – Don’t Let Jah Down!; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2007 UK militant steppers

Aisha – Downpressor; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Professor prod’n

Bedouin Soundclash feat. Vernon Buckley – Higher Ground; Street Gospels (Sideondummy) 2007 Jah-ronto, Canada; lead singer of The Maytones; ***End of Set 4

1988 foundation record in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Lillian Allen – Rub a Dub Style in a Regent Park; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’85 Canadian dub poet; Vinyl is Vital set

Satta – Ganga Bongo; Light of the World (Satta) ’87 Beechwood, Ja-high-O herb tune

Inner Circle – Irey Feelings; Blame It on the Sun (Trojan) ’75 UK Rupie Edwards herb instrumental

The Wailers – Them Belly Full; Live at Reggae Sunsplash: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’82 US

Burning Spear – Jah No Dead; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ’79 Jah-maica***End of Set 5

Vinyl Is Vital rhymes with Ital!

Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Live at Budokan (Columbia) ’79 in Jah-pon

Gregory Isaacs – Rock On (Horns Version); 10” (Observer Gold) Niney prod’n

Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ’87 rmx “don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work”***End of Set 6

“Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work”…Michael Rose, Black Uhuru

The Selecter – Red Reflections; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska w/ female vox

Robert Emanuel – You Can’t Push I Over; 10” (Main Line) ‘77

Easy Star All Stars – Money (Mad Professor rmx); Dubber Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2010***End of Set 7


Botom Botom – Something Divine; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass); Mutant dub: France w/ female vox

Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Angry Dub; King Size Dub vol. 10 (Echo Beach) Jah-man label

The Chosen – Mash Down Rome; Rhythm & Sound w/ the Artists + Versions (Asphodel) Zion Train – Hovercraft; Get Ready EP (China) ’95 UK

Zion Train – Hovercraft; Get Ready EP (China) ’95 UK

Yoda loves the Mutant Dub


Smile Jamaica Preview: May 24, 2014: All My Heroes are Named Bob

Robert Allen Zimmerman: b. May 24, 1941; Duluth, Minnesota


All my heroes are named Bob*

  1. Bob Marley (natch)
  2. Bob Dylan (Happy Birthday Bob!)
  3. R. (Bob) Crumb – cartoonist and fellow crate digger extraordinaire

*(mere coincidence that I am a Bob as well. Known as Bobby to my family and friends in Montana. Son of a Bob, grandson of a Bob. I became Robert when I moved to Utah in 1986)


Today at 4 PM on Smile Jamaica: 90.9FM KRCL or live stream

  • Happy Birthday Bob Dylan: covers and woozy Reggae originals by Bob in livication for his birthday. Brilliant Roots updates of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Man in Me”
  • Dub Album of the Week: Dennis Bovell’s 4th Street Orchestra – Scientific Higher Ranking Dubb ’77; UK dubwize
  • Wailers Family Tree:  Bob’s last live show in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania (9/23/80); rarities from dubble disk upgrade of Peter Tosh’s Equal Rights ’77. Bunny Wailer – Rootsman Skanking ’86. Bob cover disk
  • Vinyl is Vital: Half way through. I give you one extra in every Vinyl set. Female dub poetry, herb tune,  Sunsplash Live
  • Mutant Dub Files: Last half hour acoustic levitation inna Irie meditation! Heavy bass downtro, lounge, echo, dub step

Plus music from the sistren, 10″ extended mix vinyl, Seven Leaf tributes.

Interstellar overdub!

bless, robt

Sandra Bullock, “Houston! I need more bass for re-entry”

Smile Jamaica Playlist: May 17, 2014 (No stream this week)



KRCL’s top rank Windows 95 machines just could not handle the dub wise of last Saturday (May 17) edition of Smile Jamaica. 

Alas, no stream but here is the Playlist:

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: May 17, 2014

Crucial Bee – Give Thanks and Praises; Just a Sting (All Star) US Virgin Islands vinyl

Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Westons); ’77 Canadian dub version of Bob Marley LP; Dub Album of the Week

Aswad – Red Up; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK; Aswad = black in Arabic/Amharic

Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (Universal Egg) ’93 UK mutant dub instrumental

Patrick Andy – Join Me; 10” (Channel One) ’83 JA

Lone Ranger – Ganja Man; Top of the Class (Studio One) JA vinyl; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Zema – How Long?; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 female artist out of SoCal***End of Set 1

Aswad – “black man” in Arabic and Amharic

Bunny Wailer – Rock ‘n’ Groove; Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie) ‘86

Christine Adelsi – Babylon Shores; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 militant steppers

B.B. Seaton – Rainbow Love; The Great Ken Boothe Meets B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads (Soul Beat) ‘74

Beat International – Three Foot Skank; Excursion on the Version (Go-Beat) ’91 Fatboy Slim***End of Set 2


Bob Marley & the Wailers – Them Belly Full; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); last live show: 9/23/80: Stanley Theatre; Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania

Pato Banton – King Step; Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton (Ariwa) ‘85

Dennis Alcapone – This a Butter; My Voice Is Insured for Half a Million Dollars (Trojan); compilation

Marcia Griffiths – Tell Me Now; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78***End of Set 3


Concert poster for Bob Marley’s last live performance 

Peter Tosh – Hammer (ShaJahShoka Dub Plate); Equal Rights (Columbia/Legacy) ’77 dubble disk of rarities

Horace Andy – Kunta Kinte; Roots and Branches (Ariwa) ’97 riddim shower: (1) vox; update of Creole “Beware” riddim

Aquizm & Mad Professor – Kunta Kinte version; 10” (Ariwa): riddim shower (2) dub; **End of Set 4

Alex Haley’s Roots

Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK; Vinyl is Vital set

Riot Squad – A Chapter a Day; What the Hell is Going On? (Riot Squad) ’89 Margate, Florida

Sly & Robbie – Fire and Brimstone; Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango) ’81 UK Black Uhuru dub

Scorcher – African Princess; Roach in a de Corner (Scorcher) ’80 JA

Third World – Satta-Amasa-Gana; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ’79 JA***End of Set 5

“put da needle pon de record!”

Apache Indian w/ Desmond Dekker – Israelites; Time for Change (Explorer) 2005 update

Mike Brooks – Sinner Man; 10” (Teams)

Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78

Aggrolites – Jimmy Jack; Live (Brixton) 2011; Los Jahngeles ska group***End of Set 6

#9 Billboard Top 100; June, 1969

Dennis Brown – Live After You; 10” (Observer Gold)

Asherman Meets Dub Street Rockers – Keep Steady + Steady As She Goes; Zion Ready (Jump Up); Jah-cago, IL

Blackstones – Tribute to Studio One; Tribute to Studio One (Studio One); tribute to the foundation Coxsone Dodd label***End of Set 7

Coxsone Dodd – Inventor of Reggae Music 

Aldubb feat. Nuwella Love – So Many Tears; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 Jah-many; mutant dub set

Black Star Liner – Ga Ga; Yemen Cutta Connection (Echo Beach);  ’96 Hindi style dub

Boozoo Bajou – Night Over Manaus (Soulboy Collective Version); Boozoo Bajou Remixes (Stereo Deluxe) Jah-many 2003

Dubphonic – Nora Sun; Relight (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.

Dub Syndicate – Guns and Cocaine Crime; Acres of Space (Lion and Roots) 2001 UK

Grace Jones – Well Well Well; Hurricane (Lookout) 2011

Nibiru – The Mutant Dub Homeworld


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Listening Diary; Sunday May 11, 2014 (Vinyl Sabbath)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Grade: A/A-


Been really homebound at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Allergies for sure-ty. Cold wet weekend made me an invalid. Dayquil, Nyquil. No dice.

Called my beloved mother, Jeannette, wished her a happy Mother’s Day in a Jah-tana blizzard.  Chatted up my best pal Tristin. And watched my beloved Giants spank the hated Dodgers in extra innings.


Being homeward bound made me plow into the treasures of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

So I am a Librarian by trade. And like Sanitation Engineers mop floors, Librarians are Information Engineers. We organize information into searchable format.

I am in the perpetual state of cataloging and creating discographies of my collection by format. Right now I am in the mood for the most esoteric of my Reggae formats* (10″ vinyl extended mix single.)

*other than my treasured Bob Marley 8 Tracks

From the Dead Formats Shelf of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I have an Excel database that tracks A side: Artist, Song; B side: Artist,Song; Record Label; Producer;  Year (very hard sometimes to find); Reggae Band laying down the riddims. Other metadata like: herb tune, Marley tribute, soul cover, etc. Then I give each side a grade.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Grade: B+/A-

Here is what I cataloged and listened to on my Hi-Fi. Vinyl Sabbath (May 11, 2014: Mother’s Day and 33 Years of Bob Marley’s tragic passing)

10″ vinyl: Dirty Dub Dozen

*b & w = backed with or the B side

  • Boney ‘L’ & Vibronics – Babylon Children b/w* Vibronics – The Return (Jah Tubbys); A side is female roots on a good militant steppers riddim. Militant Steppers is the martial Euro dubble time stiff drum and spongy echo. B side is cool instrumental by the Dub group Vibronics.

Grade: A/A-

  • Dennis Brown – Tenement Yard b/w Open the Gates. Part of a latter-day reissue series of vinyl classics from Niney’s Observer label. Revive/Reissue Label: Observer Gold. Dennis at his roots best. Sufferers A side with Rasta imagery B side

Grade: A/A+

  • Johnny Clarke – Dreader Dread + Clint Eastwood – Dread Lion b/w Horace Andy – Guiding Star + Tappa Zukie – Jah Is I Guiding Star (Attack Gold); cut ‘n’ mix using Bunny Lee’s production of King Tubby mixing the flying cymbal attack of the Aggrovators. Version rides recycling hard riddims. Both jams are high impact examples of early 70s Rasta commercial roots.

Grade: A/A

  • The Congos – Some are Having Fun b/w Mad Professor & the Robotics feat. Michael Walters – Jungle Vibrations (Ariwa) 2002. Gorgeous A side featuring the falsetto of Cedric Myton. B is a great ricochet echo mostly instrumental jam with that trademark Mad Professor sound

Grade: A/A

  • Mikey Dread – Heavyweight Style b/w Rub-a-Dub (Dread the Controls) ’82 picture sleeve. Spongy riddims featuring the singjay. Studio craft with false starts, trombone melodies and sticky downbeat. Mikey’s cartoon vox celebrates the tough riddims. B side is a notch better. “Music is my butter, music is my bread.” Rub a Dub: the excuse needed to grab your gal and wind up her waist on the dance floor. Deliberate one drop, more measured, where the twisty groove pumps bass at your groin.

Grade: B+/A-

  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace b/w The Stranger (Island) ’82 picture sleeve. Mixed by Groucho Smykle  who updated Black Uhuru’s contemporary sound. These are inverted tracks where it is mostly dub riddim where Gregory meanders in and warbles over an early 80s digital drum sound.

Grade: A/A-

  • Carlton Jackson – Only Jah Will Do b/w Jonny (sic) Osburne (sic) – The  Love of Music (Ital International) ’82. Wow what a great roots record. A side is sublime Rasta celebration. While Johnny or Jonny celebrates the philosophy of celebrating Reggae music

Grade: A+/A

Purchased at Streetlight Records in San Francisco circa 1989
  • Jah Mason & Robbie Valentine – Ganja afe Free b/w Mike Anthony – Culture Calling (Sip a Cup); 2005 Militant Steppers powerhouse produced by Gussie P with riddims by Mafia & Fluxy. A side is a combination style herb tune. B side is a great roots and contemporary dub jam.

Grade: A-/A

  • Keith & Tex + Scotty – Tonight + Children Children b/w Pablo & Fay – Bedroom Mazurka (Trojan) UK reissue of some classic Derrick Harriott productions. A side is the great slinky riddim moving into Scotty toasting a nursery rhyme. B side is Pablo’s melodica dreamscape over Fay’s come hither seduction. Jamaican novelty update.

Grade: A/B+

  • King General – They Say b/w Centry – King of Kings (Lovedub Music) 2006 Conscious Sounds Bush Chemists militant steppers mutant dub mashup. A side is a great high voiced singjay herb tune, “They say Sensimilla can’t smoke”. B side is a different riddim instrumental. I used this one to test out my new stereo setup since I had to upgrade my TV/entertainment center over the weekend.

Grade: A/A-

Love mi Dubplate: “They say Sensimilla cyaan smoke”

Barrington Levy –  Mr. Money Man b/w Super Chick  Me a Champion (Hit Bound) ’83. Trademark Barry warble over a subtle rub a dub groover. Very atmospheric protesting against the banksters vexing the working poor way back when.  B Side is female sing jay. Very off key on the singing while stepping it lively on the deejay toast ‘n’ boast. Psychedelic extended mix once Chick steps aside.


  • Derrick Morgan  – Conquering Ruler (2002 Re-Visit) b/w Martin Campbell – Old Time Dance (Channel One UK). Featuring the Hi-Tech Roots Radics. A is a Rock Steady classic update. B side is better as a celebration of Reggae inna dancehall style. 3 versions per side: vox, vocal/dub, dub. Bonus beats are always a treat!

Grade: B+/A

Good day to celebrate His Imperial Majesty with roots ‘n’ dubbers paying tribute!

bless, robt

Praises to Jah: Truly the Conquering Lion





RIP Robert Nesta Marley: May 11, 1981

Bob Marley: Feb. 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981. Conductor of Jah’s Heavenly Choir


A sad milestone in the history of Reggae music. On this day in 1981 Bob Marley lost his brutal fight with cancer.

How does as black man die of melanoma? Ah, but remember, Bob’s father was a white man. Cruelest of ironies.

Bob’s father: Capt. Norval Marley

There has been a lot of second guessing with Bob’s disease. He supposedly had an infected toe from accidentally being spiked while playing soccer. As the wound festered, somehow it turned to cancer.

The Secret History of Reggae would suggest that Bob needed to have half of his foot amputated.

One of the theories is that Bob would not abide amputation because it went against his Rasta/Nazirite beliefs that you neither cut nor crease your flesh.

Wikipedia on Nazirite vows blended with Rasta belief by Bob and his fellow Rastas:

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegargrapesraisins;
  • Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head;
  • Avoid corpses and graves, even those of family members, and any structure which contains such.
  • Leviticus 19:28: “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”

Here is a great Wikipedia entry devoted to the diversity of belief within the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica and the Diaspora

Mansions of Rastafari

Iyesus Kristos an Emperor Haile Selassie I is 1

Surgery of that magnitude  would have made Bob’s phenomenally successful “Babylon By Bus” tours promoting Exodus and Kaya impossible. Bob was conquering Europe, Japan and America during those crucial years.  100,000 in Milan, Jah-taly.

And to validate his rebel spirit, Bob was the musical act to celebrate the liberation of African Zimbabwe ousting white minority Rhodesia. Bob Marley the Real Revolutionary.


By Survival and his last album, Uprising. Bob was starting to gain the support of the last holdouts to his musical charisma. That would be the important American black music consumer coming out of the decadence of Disco.

Kevin MacDonald’s superb biography of Bob’s life Marley went as far to suggest that doctors would have preferred to have Bob’s leg disarticulated entirely.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Grade: A+

Disarticulation is the clinical term for radical amputation.

In the wake of Bob’s passing, at least a score of his bredrin & sistren took to the recording studios to rush tribute songs to the airwaves.


Over the decades, I have devoted Smile Jamaica editions to his legacy entitled Memorial Roots: Livicated to the life works of Bob Marley.

Livicated never dead-icated. One of the Nazirite vows is to not be around death or houses of death. As The Wailers, Peter Tosh and Bunny have sang: No Funeral. No Burial.

Yet, for me, the tragedy becomes the mechanism to recognize the dramatic legacy of Bob who died as he was just about to shoot off into superstardom. With MTV, the breakdown of barriers to black music sold to white kids, his exotic charisma, Bob Marley would have had an 80s musical discography to rival Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna.

Imagine Bob Marley at the vanguard against Reaganism and  Thatcherism in the 80s. How he would have celebrated the end of the Cold War, the liberation of South Africa. So for me I can’t resist the tragic irony.

Saturday May 11, 2013, the calendar synched for Smile Jamaica to feature 3 hours of Bob Tributes, bootleg live, covers and rarities. Worth a listen to hear the love Bob’s contemporaries had for him and his legacy.

I think in 500 years they will be talking about three artists of the 20th century like we all know Bach, Mozart and Beethoven: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley

bless, robt


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Presents: Memorial Roots – Tribute to Bob Marley; May 11, 2013


Tribute to Bob Marley who joined Jah’s Heavenly Choir on this date, 32 years ago.

Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ‘84; tribute from Bob’s Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae in Dub vol. 1 (Tuff Gong); Dub Album of the Week; dub cuts to Marley vox

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Wake Up and Live; Brisbane, Australia ‘79

Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Jah Love (Music Club);  4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; version galore(1); Bob cover vox

Shorty the President – Kaya; Fire Fire (Charmers); ‘78 Canadian vinyl; version galore(2): Bob cover deejay; ***End of Set 1

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Kaya; Milan, Italy ‘80; herb tune

Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ‘84 singjay tribute

Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind (Wounded Bird) ‘75 cover

Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) ‘76 UK vinyl ‘76; ***End of Set 2

Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Hotter Than July (Motown) ‘80

Jah Pelikaho & the Wailers – Jammin’; 21st Century Dub (ROIR)  ’80 Wailers go a Jah-pon

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Heathen; Live at the Sunplaza; Tokyo, Jah-pon Apr. 10, 1979; ***End of Set 3

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Africans Unite; Libreville Gabon West Africa; Libreville Jan. 6, 1980

Rita Marley – I’m Still Waiting; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘87 Order of Merit Jamaica’s highest honor; ***End of Set 4

Heptones – Natural Mystic; Good Life (Greensleeves) UK vinyl ‘79

Ziggy Marley – Pass It On; Hawaii 5-0 Soundtrack (CBS)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Positive Vibration; Kaya Deluxe Edition (Tuff Gong) ‘78; bonus disk: Live at the Ahoy, Rotterdam Netherlands July 17, 1978

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76; comparing Bob to the Biblical Prophet

Bob Marley & the Wailers – War/No More Trouble – Portland July 14, 1978; Request. Lyrics from speech HIM gave at the UN

Gregory Isaacs – Slave Driver; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS)  ’87

Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojna) ‘80; ***End of Set 6

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Conquering Lion; One Love Peace Concert; Kingston, JA; 4/22/78; Bob plays political peacemaker

Ijahman Levi – Bob and Friends Over There; Inside Out (Jahmani); ‘89; ***End of Set 7

Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); S.W.A.L.K. (Heartbeat)

Bob Marley & the Wailers- Slave Driver; Boston ‘75; June 25 @ Paul’s Mall

Tinga Stewart – Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ‘83’ Florida vinyl

Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic; Studio One Rub a Dub (Studio One/s/Soul Jazz)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Live Forever; Live at the Stanel Theater 93/23/80

Bob Marley & the Wailers


Happy Mother’s Day from The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Maximum love to the Mothers in my world: Jeannette and Sistah Stacey


Just in from the homeland: Fort Benton, Jah-tana:

“Only in Montana, snow on Mother’s Day”

Grand Union Hotel – Fort Benton, Montana; 1882

Happy Mother’s Day! Be sure to wish your mom  a glorious day or think of her memory today.  I know my beloved mother Jeannette has been a great supporter of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. (Even though she wonders why I keep doing Reggae Radio for free going on 25 years.)

“Yimma*, if they pay me, then they get to tell me what to do and what to play.” Bumba klaat to that notion!

*Mother in the Assyrian language

I usually get her flowers and always have them sign the card, “Love you more than Bob Marley”. This year I got her an RFID money clip to stash her credit cards in. She’s got more of those than I have Marley discs.

Cedella Marley Booker – Bob’s Mom. RIP Bob Marley; died this day, 1981

Facebook has caused a Civil War in my family and my Mom has been reeling from the fallout.

This is a perfect song to set the mood of the day:

Melba Montgomery – No Charge

A young boy hands his mother an itemized list of charges he says he’s owed for performing various chores and comes to collect; the singer performs this in spoken word. The mother responds (singing) by reminding her son about all the things she’s done for him, that she never asked him to pay for services rendered and that, all things considered, “the cost of real love is no charge.”

Enlightened, the young boy realizes that his mother is right and forgives the charges (once again, narrated) before the singer sings the moral. “No Charge” was one of the few songs that talked about motherhood during this time, which might be one of the reasons why it was so popular.

So of course I have a Reggae version. I had to take yesterday’s Smile Jamaica off because Beast Buy sold me a TV that had no picture and thought I would pay a $1000 for it.

Every Saturday prior to Mother’s Day, for probably two decades – certainly as long as the Cannabis Service Shows , I have played this tune by Sonya Spence as the lead off track to that day’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive show.

The year our family feud was running well hot, I had to choke back tears. And that never happens to me.

<Sonya Spence – No Charge; 3 min 22 sec>

Love you Yimma, my Sistah Stacey, any Mothers who check in with Smile Jamaica, Happy Mother’s Day!

bless, robt



Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: May 3, 2014: Tribal War Edition



“Tribal War. We don’t need no more of dat” – Dillinger

Ruff week at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Pretty vexed that on the same weekend my TV puked, they  “fired up” the Cold War (pun intended) in Ukraine. And my hay fever went Chernobyl.

I hacked and wheezed through the air checks on this week’s Ark-Ive. My apologies. So I have to protect my voice. My “radio instrument” connecting Reggae stories to Reggae music.

I went to my pharmacist and said I was Fukashima level allergy on its way to bronchitis. What over the counter pill would be kosher/halal with my Doc’s meds? She said some none of the placebos (my cynical take) on the aisle were any good. I needed the “hard stuff”.

So no wonder I can’t find my Springtime go-to Drixoral or Sudafed. They asked me to promise not to cook meth and show my ID and sign here. Gladly. Pato Banton’s lyrics flashed in my head as the nice lady walked me through the anti-meth speech. “I do not snort the meth”….fill in the rest.

So I probably was spending $200 a year on nothing. After two days on the “hard stuff”.: my right ear is unplugged and no further bronchial ick. Praise Jah! Selah!


So I’m a little cranky on the mic. WTF Ukraine? Who is keeping an eye on Chernobyl? Quit killing one another and get your eye back on the ball. Yes-eye! Rastafar-eye!

Chernobyl – Russian for wormwood. WTF?

I started co-hosting Smile Jamaica the Fall of the Fall of the Iron Curtain. 1989. (KRCL’s top rank Saturday Night Punk Show by the station’s first Bad Brad – Brad Collins was called Behind the Zion Curtain).

Optimism all around. After a heavy duty Cold War 80s, it was over. At the “end” as I was beginning to play a peace show. Alpha & Omega. 70’s 80’s Reggae always for peace and the 99ers before they were called that. Socialism small “s”. Love your brother. Share your bounty. “Blessed are the meek for they are the children of Heaven”.*

*The Beatitudes. Sunday school never worked on me. I know all my Bible strictly from Reggae Music!

Now we’re back full circle with the Cold War. I am not happy. I will not harangue politics on a music show. Let the music do the talking and pay attention to the prophecy sung in 1974 “rewind and come again” in 2014.

2 generations later still packs a wallop.

Bunny Wailer – Cease fire and light the Chalice!

Here is what you can savor from last Sat Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

Vinyl warning from the twins. Ruffy and Tuffy: “If the Third World War is a must, Russia and America haffe bust”

Di Eagle and di Bear trying to conquer outer space
  • Start it off with a horse racing set livicated to the Kentucky Derby
  • Rockers do Reggae: followed through on my threat to play Billy Idol punkdub; Patti Smith (dubble dose  of punkdub!); Ben Harper Live 420; Garland Jeffreys new roots-rock-reggae hybrid. (Cryptic Game of Thrones reference?) Proto Bad Brains DC punkdub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob last show Pittsburgh; Tosh Dubplate from Equal Rights. Bunny Rootsman Skaning ’86. Marcia and the Revolutionaries ’78
  • Vinyl Is Ital midway. Always one extra for the lovers of Black Wax
  • Mutant Dub with Natacha Atlas heading into World Village 7pm. Last half hour

Nuff Reggae protest: LKJ, Jimmy Cliff via Joe Higgs, Althea & Donna, Burning Spear

Truce music. Check it!

bless, robt

“if puss and dog can get together, why can’t mankind love one another?” – Bob Marley


Smile Jamaica Preview: May 3, 2014



While you enjoy your Mint Julip watching the best two minutes in sports. What you gonna do for the next 2 hr and 58 minutes?

Check Smile Jamaica: 90.9FM KRCL; 4 -7 Mtn. Time

  • Gonna start off with a set of Jah-maican horse race songs
  • Dub Album of the Week: 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – 10 Deadly Shots vol. II (ROIR)
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob’s last live performance in Pittsburgh, PA; Peter Tosh’s dubble disk of rarities Equal Rights; Bunny Wailer – Rootsman Skanking ’86
  • Vinyl Is Vital (rhymes with Ital): Midway
  • Mutant Dub in the last half hour
  • Rockers doing Reggae: recent vintage Garland Jeffreys, Live 420 Ben Harper, Patti Smith and as I promised earlier in the week: Billy Idol w/ Generation X



Plus roots from the Sistren, 420 Cannabis Service to the Seven Leaf; classics from Spear, Cliff and Dennis Brown

Check it live: KRCL 90.9FM Live Stream

Here on the Smile Jamaica Blog later in the weekend without commercial interruptions. Selah!

bless, robt