the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Elect of God. Everliving God. Earth’s Rightful Ruler. Light of the World. The Power of the Trinity…..Haile Selassie I – His Imperial Majesty, July 23, 1892
Early in my Smile Jamaica career (since 1988/89), I was getting crosseyed with a friend who slurred, “What’s the deal with all this I Love Jah? Are Rastas gay.”
I snapped out of my fog and could feel anger before I took Gregory Isaacs’ advice and cooled down the pace.
I calmly replied: “Jesus Loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
Happy Birthday to the well spring of the concept I have developed of: Reggae music is the power of Rastafari gospel.
Marcus Garvey said: Look to the east for a black king shall be crowned. And lo, in 1930 Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael become his Imperial Majesty: Haile Selassie I – the Power of the Trinity. 52 sec.
Smile Jamaica celebrates that legacy with 3 hours on his 124th anniversary of his birth. 1 min.
Livicate, never deadicate
Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’85: Happy Birthday Haile Selassie: July 23, 1892
Joe Gibbs & the Professionals – Snipers; All Mighty Dub Chapter 4 (Joe Gibbs) ’79: Dub Album of the Hour
<Celebrating 28 Years of Reggae Radio- best of the early years; 28 sec.>
Spring of 1988 my college roommate and I were having pizza at The Pie near the University of Utah campus. They were playing the local community radio station, KRCL over their hi fi.
We heard for a new volunteer call. My roommate was doing modern 80’s indie sounds and I was doing Reggae on the Univ. of Utah’s radio club K-UTE. Even on that low frills setup (they only broadcast in the Student Union) we had some radio experience. How to mix songs, do set breaks, maintain logs etc.
So we went down to KRCL and pitched our shows. KRCL was set for modern indie sounds but they wanted to expand their ethnic music programming. They accepted my application to do a Sunday Night/Monday AM show I called 3 o’clock Roadblock – after the Bob Marley song on Natty Dread. The show went from 3AM to 6AM.
After about six weeks of training, I debuted either late June or early July 1988. For the nite owls, insomniacs and graveyard workers. Not a lot of listeners but I learned radio. I did that for a year or so (during the coldest winter in 40 years.) I had to call AAA twice that winter.
In Oct. of ’89, I switched to Saturdays on Smile Jamaica. We were on at 1pm back in the 80’s. My bredren Rutaabaga Reese and I together until about summer of 1990 and then I flew solo. And I just keep on keeping on!
So we celebrate that legacy today with 28 years of Roots Reggae and Dubwize!
Smile Jamaica’s Top 5 Salt Lake City Record Stores, 1986-1990
Smokey’s Records; (defunct mid 90’s)
Cosmic Aeroplane (defunct around ’90)
Randy’s Records (still going, mostly vinyl now!)
Starbound (defunct mid 2000’s)
Mad Platter (defunct)
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 16, 2016: Annotated Playlist – 28 Years: CD version; 17 sec.
Black Uhuru – What Is Life? (E.T. Thorngren rmx); Anthem (Island) ’83
<It was Black Uhuru that made me a Reggae fanatic; 1 min 3 sec.>
Impact! All-Stars; Java; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’72 UK vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
Naturalites & Realistics – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86 UK
<#1 hit of the Islands – Picture on the Wall; 31 sec.>
Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ‘83
Peter Broggs – International Farmer; International Farmer (RAS) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK dawta trio
Set 2: Seven Leaf Set; 13 aec.
Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine)
Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK
Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleves) ’79 UK youth group
Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ‘77
<Jamaican Heroes martyred in their fight against the Brits; 32 sec.>
Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Prof.
The Beat – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go-Feet) ’80 Smokey Robinson 2 Tone ska cover
Don Carlos – Jah, Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub cover of Bob Marley
Set 4: Wailers Family Tree; 23 sec.
Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76, William Bell cover
Bunny Wailer – Burial; Sings the Wailers (Mango) ’81, Tosh cover
Bob Marley & the Wailers – 3 o’clock Roadblock; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82: diff. mix: the name of my 1988-89 Reggae show; 1min.
Set 4: Wailers Family Tree – Sistas
Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82
Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley cover
On (or thereabouts) the 4th of July 1947, an Alien spacecraft crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Smile Jamaica celebrates 3 hours of Alien stylee; 1 min. 16 sec.
<Two stories on the date of the Roswell crash>
True story on Roswell:
My brother in law sells high tech pipe to agricultural, research labs, salsa manufacturers. He lives in Albuquerque but travels the length of New Mexico.
One day in Roswell he asked his customer about the 1947 UFO crash. Was it real or bullflop?
His customer said: the local mortuary owner, salt of the earth rural America. Veteran. Straight shooter. The Air Force came to him and asked him to provide 3 children’s size coffins.
“If that’s what he said, that’s how it happened”
Look to the skies! Do not scoff!
Smile Jamaica’s Alien media consumption
Ancient Aliens TV – Friday Nights on the History Channel. This explores the various connections between Earth’s history and Alien contact before there was recorded history.
<My love of Sumerian history led to UFO-ria; > 2 min 6 sec
Basically Aliens from Nibiru called Anunnaki (Those who came down from the sky) who came to Earth b/c we had the gold they needed for their ruined planet. They were essentially too lazy to mine the gold themselves so they created a race of humans to do the work. When the humans got too noisy, they were destroyed with a flood.
Click image for a better view of how Nibiru’s orbit intersects with Earth and the Sun
Every 3600 years the orbit of Nibiru approaches earth: The Anunnaki drop their space ships to space ports in:
Sumer (lower Iraq)
Sinai (Egypt) – the pyramids are guide posts for entry
Mohenjo Daro (Pakistan)
Humans mine the gold. Nibiru whips around the sun heading back out to the edge of our Universe, the ships go up and land on Nibiru for the journey home.
They will be back in 3440 AD.
2. Zecharia Sitchin
An Azerbaijani Jew who translated thousands of cuneiform texts that showed what we know from the Bible and Greek Mythology were actually much older from original source stories from Sumer.
His book series, Earth Chronicles, discusses these topics
What have I learned from my bingewatching and binge reading?
All those stories from the Bible and parts of stories from Greek Mythology, Iraqi A Thousand and One Nights, Hindi religious literature is all “plagiarized” from my ancestors the Sumerians (I am an Assyrian from that area on my mom’s side. Assyrians adapted from the Sumerian cosmology).
What is in the Bible or world literature that relates to Alien space travel?
On the night of July 4, 1947 on a ranch outside Roswell, New Mexico a UFO crashed. That has never really been disputed. The Air Force even released a press release later that week that, of course, that later had to be “walked back.”
Binge watching Ancient Aliens on History Channel, I asked my brother in law – who lives in Albuquerque – about Roswell. My bro in law Michael sells high tech pipe to the labs at Sandia, Intel and even salsa manufacturers. Roswell is on his beat.
He asked someone in Roswell about the crash. One of the old timers told Michael: the local coroner was instructed by the Air Force to provide 3 children’s coffins. The local coroner was total salt of the earth rural America. He would never have been involved in any sensationalized tomfoolery about UFO’s.
That’s good enough for me. So I harvested all my sci fi, alien, UFO-ria for some late night skywatching in case they come back for more.
Look to the skies! Do not scoff!
Smile Jamaica’s Digital Dubplate Tribute to Roswell – UFO-ria
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Also Sprach Zaratustra (CBS) UFO-ria Digital Dubplate: Roswell crash July 1947
Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft; Hope (Capitol) ’77 Canadian rock
The Byrds – Mr. Spaceman (Smile Jamaica UFO-ria Rmx)
Elegants – Little Star; Destroy All Humans (Lakeshore) 50’s doowop video game techno rmx
SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien; I Thought I was an Alien (Because) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Spiritual Rez – Anunnaki Invasion + Let’s Go Out With a Bang (Spiritual Rez) 2014 US reggae
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride (Smile Jamaica Destroy All Humans rmx); Magic Carpet = ancient Arab space ship
Elton John – Rocket Man; Honky Chateau (Polygram) ‘72***30 min.
30 – 60 min.
David Bowie – Starman; Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (EMI) ‘72
Langley Schools Music Project – Space Oddity; Starman (Uncut) David Bowie cover by schoolkids
Tena Stelin – Flying Chariots; 7” (Mascot) 2003: singing about all the aliens from the Bible)
During the last year of Reagan. Who funded the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives thru the Student Loan Program.
KRCL was looking for graveyard shows. I was picked for late Sunday/early Monday AM. The show? 3 o’clock Roadblock – 3 hours of Reggae and World sounds at 3am during the coldest winter in 40 years in Salt Lake City.
<Smile Jamaica bio; 37 sec.>
You gots to pay your dues to get the prime time. I did graveyard for a year and decided that was enough. Then my bredrin, Rutabaga Reese, who was hosting Smile Jamaica was looking to transition out. So I sat in with him from Oct. ’89 til Summer of ’90 when he “retired”. I took over the chair, planted my flag and 28 years later it’s Saturday afternoon Roots Reggae ‘n’ Dub fix
<Early morning before prime time – gotta pay your dues; 23 sec.>
So it was the tail end of June, June 25th probably that I flicked the switch and started the Ark-Ive. Celebrate that legacy with all vinyl
No digital for I ‘n’ I
28 Years of Reggae Radio: Smile Jamaica June 25, 2016 Playlist; 1 min 8 sec.
Set 1 – All Vinyl 28 Years
Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12” (DEB) ’76 cover of Porgy & Bess classic
King Tubby – Dub From the Roots; Dub From the Roots (Attack) ’74 dub album of the hour
Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-Election Remix (Ora International) ’85 St. Louis
<Nancy & Ron a gwan a Russia; 23 sec.>
Edi Fitzroy – Youthman Penitentiary; Dreadlocks Party (Alligator) ’82 Chicago blues label
Michael Smith – Picture No Pictures; Mi Cyaan Believe It (Mango) ’82 LKJ produced dub poet
Tapper Zukie – Cally Dolly; I Man Ah Warrior (mer) ’77 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Bloodfire Posse – Get Flat; Are You Ready (CBS) ’86 UK, Jamaican dance, “get flat while bullets fly overhead”
Set 2: Roots Dawta vinyl
Casselberry & DuPree’ – Comin’ in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee
Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots, Rock, Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
Singers & Players feat. Sister B – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 UK Adrian Sherwood
Aisha – Don’t Tire; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK
Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK: boxing Babylon loses to Natty Dread
Morwells – Reggae Party; Wiser Dread (Nighthawk) ’82 St. Louis
Sister Carol – Show Business; Liberation For Africans (Serious Gold) ’83 NY
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie (Special Dub Mix); ’83 12” EP