Smile Jamaica Preview: All Trix! No Treats!: Jah-loween Stylee! (4-7 PM, MTN.)


Boo-tiful: Smile Jamaica 20 Years of the Undead Roots Reggae

<Smile Jamaica – DEADicated this week>


20th year and then some of Jah-loween: 3 hours for the ghouls ‘n’ gals!

Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica. Got my Black Magic Reggae sorted by:

  • The Devil
  • Mark of the Beast/666
  • Ghosts and Duppies (Jamaican ghosts)
  • Vampires
  • Voodoo
  • Witchcraft
  • Frankenstein
  • Zombies

Plus after every song a spooky soundbyte or Horror movie trailer.

Black Uhuru Anthem – It’s hard to be a dread on this ya Night of the Dead!

curse, robt

Black Widow: Vincent Price vs. Alice Cooper (2 min.)

Vincent Price




Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Jah-tober 22, 2016: Jah-loween Soon Come!

Halloween? No! JAH-loween!

<All Treats! No Tricks! – Smile Jamaica Loves Halloween>


It’s Fall and winter is coming. So that means October is Jah-loween Season on Smile Jamaica. The ghouls , witches and vampires doing rub a dub in the boneyard.

Half the set is devoted to instead of the usual’s King’s Music. Now it’s the Devil’s turn. Scratch. As in Lee “Scratch” Perry. Half the show devoted to the Witching Season: Best of 27 Years (the early discoveries in ’89-90), vinyl, 7″ Jamaican Jukebox and the undead and of course MUTANT dub

Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!

bless, I mean curse, robt


Set 1:

  • Lord Creator – Such Is Life; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) ’78 UK vinyl: Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Chalawa – Exodus Dub; (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour to Marley’s Exodus
  • Peter Broggs – Pick Up the Reggae; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Lee Perry – Jungle Lion; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’73 instrumental
  • Dennis Bovell – Living in Babylon; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ‘80
  • Bushman – Backweh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2012 UK EP Jah-loween tune
  • Lovejoys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Rita Marley’s herbtune: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
An A+ grade doesn’t do justice. Lee “Scratch” Perrry and his mythic Black Ark. Such is Life indeed

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Black Dignity; Honorary Citizens: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’69 rarity
  • Trinity – Vampire; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘79
  • Jennifer Gad – Babylon Must Fall; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Dennis Brown & the Observers – Live After You; 10” (Observer Gold) ’75 Niney prod’n


Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years – Jah-loween Set; 11 sec.

  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77: 
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK
  • Devon Irons & Doctor Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘76
  • King Tubby – I am the King vol. 3 (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour


Set 4:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 about Margaret Thatcher in UK

<Margaret Thatcher = Madame Medusa = Maggrot Torture; 22 sec.>

<Neocon Margaret Thatcher – Middle finger from UB40; 37 sec>.

The Iron Lady: Britain’s Margaret Thatcher. Showed that women could be Neoliberal/Neoconservative too

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl is Vital set

  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK:  duppy = J’can ghost
  • Clint Eastwood and General Saint – Talk About Run; Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) ’81 UK: update of calypso tune about making out w/ your girl in the boneyard
  • Cultural Roots – Devil-ites; Drift Away from Evil (Revolutionary Sounds) ’82 UK
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Locka, FL
  • Chalice – Back Way Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK


Set 6:

  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – United We Stand; Just My Imagination (Trojan) ’70 update of soul cover by Brotherhood of Man
  • Cocoa Tea – Weh di Drugs; Unforgettable (Roaring Lion) ’99 herbtune
  • Rastafarians – Rasta Theme; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Wine Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) ‘78
  • Scientist – The Voodoo Curse; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour


Set 7: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox of Jah-loween

  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ’72
  • Ringo –Frankenstine; 7” (Greedy Puppy) ‘79
  • Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Intel Diplo) about his beating by the cops
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • Twinkle Brothers – Devil Worshippers; 7” (Crystal) 2001
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror (Upsetter) ‘70

<Duppy = Jamaican Ghost; 19 sec.>

I see the mark of the beast on their ugly faces

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US
  • Tino – Loch Ness Monster Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp.) 2002 US: breaks artist
  • Sinead O’Connor & Sly & Robbie – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 cover of Devon Irons tune played earlier
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Small Axe – Witchdoctor; Earthjuice vol. 1 (Waveform) ‘98






Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 15, 2016: Is it Rolling, (Nobel) Bob?


<Is It Rolling, Bob?>


All my heroes are named Bob: Marley, Crumb and Dylan. Congrats to Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan. The first popular music artist to be chosen. Well deserving.

So I start off Smile Jamaica with a 3 song Reggae Tribute to his Bobness!

<Winner, winner Nobel Prize chicken dinner! 33 sec.>

bless, robt


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 15, 2016: Annotated Playlist – photos, captions, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons; 51 sec.

  • Bob Dylan Tribute
  • Wailers Family Tree
  • Vinyl is Vital
  • Jah-loween Stylee
  • Disco Mix 10″/12″
  • Roots Dawtas
  • UFO-ria inna Mutant Dub Stylee

Intro: 33 sec.

Set 1: From one Bob to another: Dylan Tribute – Nobel Winner

<Amazing achievement. Nobel deserving; 52 sec.>

  • Jimmy London – Ride On; Welcome to My World (Burning Sounds) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Sould Syndicate – Black Pride – Dub; King Tubby & Friends – Sound System Dub Vol. (Original) JA vinyl, 1975-78: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; Live at Budokan (Columbia): ’78 Reggae Tribute to Nobel Laureate, Bob Dylan
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Coming (Columbia) ’79 Gospel Grammy winner
  • Bob Dylan – Jokerman; Infidels (Columbia) ’83 Sly & Robbie on the riddims
  • Peter Broggs – Internaitonal Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • African Pearl – Zion Bound; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK: female roots


Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Touch &  Hugh Roy – Rightful Ruler; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’69 box set

<Peter Touch – hands on communicator; 18 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Hall Music; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’87 roots comp
  • Rita Marley – Who Can Be Against Us; Harambe (Shanachie)  ‘82

<Harambe – Kenyan revolutionary slogan: Pull together!>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming (Long Version); Exodus (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) ’77 bonus track

<Dessert before dinner: dub before the vox – Jamming; 18 sec.>


Set 3:

<Request: The one album that led to Smile Jamaica – Black Uhuru Anthem; 35 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Black Uhuru Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’84 Night of the Living Dead, Request; 19 sec.
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Painstaker; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to New Age Steppers cover of Michael Rose “Observe Life
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
  • Scientist – Heavyweight Dub Champion (Greensleeves) ’80: Dub Album of the Hour
This album made me a Reggae Fanatic – Hard to live in dread in the dawn of the living dead!

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27 Years

  • Yellowman – Morning Ride; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84

<The Morning Ride – a different commute!; 25 sec.>

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Barry Brown – Run Wicked Man; Far East (Hitbound) ‘81
  • Keith Hudson – My Eyes Are Red (Unlreased Version); Brand (Pressure Sounds) ‘77
The morning ride is the longest ride

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Icarus – Land of Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Earl Sixteen – Freedom; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) Black Ark/Lee Perry prod’n
  • Clint Eastwood – Sweet, Sweet Jamaica; Sex Education (Greensleeves) ’80 UK
  • Tony Tuff – Born in the Ghetto; Presenting Mr. Tuff (Black Roots) ’81 JA
  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – At Midnite; Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP – Black Ark prod’n


Set 6:

  • Tino – Bats in My Belfrey Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino’s) Jah-loween beats artist
  • Yesca – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros)  ’78 herbal update of the Coasters 50 r & b
  • Ther Herbaliser – The Hard Stuff; Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) 2002 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Version feat. Sista Widey – Put On; 10” (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr. mutant dub
  • Black Roots Players – Redder Than Red; Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Makes your flesh creep: next 2 Saturdays nuff Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica. 3 hours Digital Dubplate mix on Mixcloud Oct. 31

Set 7: Jah-loween Stylee

  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 – NY bi-racial rocker

<Don’t get stoned on my tombstone! 25 sec.>

  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad feat. Macka B – Devil Dance; Solid Foundation (Flag) 1992
  • Bomb the Bass feat. Sinead O’Connor & Benjamin Zephaniah; Empire; clear (Quango) ’95 UK mutant dubbers; Empire=Vampire
Don’t get stoned on mi tombstone!

Set 8: UFO-ria: 38 sec.

  • Audio Active – Space Children; Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Rockers Hi Fi – Dick From Outaspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Disrupt – Asteroid Dub Force; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) Germ.
  • Public Service Broadcasting– Gagarin; Beyond Saturn (Mojo)

<Yuri Gagarin, original Russian cosmonaut>

  • Troubleman – Intergalactic You, Intergalactic Me; Far Out Spaced Odyssey (Far Out) 2010 Brazilian dubfunk instrumental


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 8, 2016: Autumnal Roots



Every fall, we hunker down and spend two Saturdays raising money. Smile Jamaica only exists becuase of the commercial free nature of community radio KRCL

So I didnt’ put up the last two weeks’ steams since we beg ‘n’ plead after every song.

So enjoy Fall with fresh roots!

bless, robt


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 10, 2016 Annotated Playlist – tracklist, photos, captions and Reggae History Lessons

Set 1:

  • The Jay Tees – Prayer to Jah; Pirate’s Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA vinyl: female group
  • Black Slates Meet Soul Syndicate – Bum Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) ’78: Dub Album of the Hour
  • The Rastafarians – Jah Greatest Blessing; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya
  • Bunny Wailer – Warrior; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’90: Johnny Osbourne cover from roots best of
  • Dennis Alcapone – Revelation; Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’70 comp.
  • 2 Bad Card  – Weed Specialist; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’95 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Starkey Banton – Loose Talk; 10” (Coptic Lion) dj to Barry Brown’s Big Big Pollution



Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain (unreleased mix); Exodus (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) ‘77
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’82 – ska, soul, rock steady, funk & dub in Jamaica
  • Tennors – Ride Your Donkey; Broken Flowers Soundtrack (Decca) ’68 Jim Jarmusch movie
  • Capital Letters – House Breaker; Rootikal Rebild + Rootikal Dubwise; 12” (British Reggae Archive) 2014


Set 3:

  • Jah Bull – Free Jah Children; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 A. Pablo prod’n over Delroy Williams
  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK lovers rock
  • Sugar Minott – The People Got to Know; Ghetto-ology + Dub (Easy Star) ‘79
  • Keith Hudson – Image Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour



Set 4: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards – Words of Wonder; Main Offender (Virgin) ’92
  • Tom Tom Club – Bambootown; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83 Talking Heads side group
  • Prince Flo & Jah Edward – Dancing Mood; (Epiphany) ’81 Turtles members cover Delroy Wilson ‘81
The Turtles meet Soul Syndicate

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa International) ’80 NY – Soca Halloween tune: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Snowman – Black Heroes; Rockers Showcase Volume III (Rockers) ’87 Phil.
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion (Warner); Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet, LKJ prod’n
  • Jah Walton – The Seed You Sow; Magnificent Seven (Burning Sounds) ’78 UK red vinyl


Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – You Can’t Fool Me Again; Honorary Citizen (Columbia) ’69 Jamaican singles box set – nursery rhyme
  • Jimmy Cliff – You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down;  Club Paradise Soundtrack (CBS) ‘86
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad – Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Love Joys – All I Can Say; Lovers Rock Showcase (Bullwackies) ’80 female duo
  • Ronnie Davis – Raining Dub; Jamming in Dub (Kingston Sound) Dub Album of the Hour


Set 7: Jah-loween

  • Dubskin – Heavy Load; No End in Time (Dubskin) 2009 Boulder, Collie-rado; vampires: Halloween Set
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the White Belly Rats – de Devil Dead (Live); Panic in Babylon (DAMP) 2004
  • The Reddies – Voodoo Woman; Cultivation (Reddies) 2009 Jah-stin, Texas

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sounds) ’90
  • Dubsac – Dub Anthem; Dubsac (Annica) 2007
  • The Archives – Melodical Funk; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC: ½ Thievery Corporation
  • Audio Active – Robot War; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon
  • Ari Up – Baby Mother + Version; Dread More Than Dead (Collision) 2005 female singer of the Slits and New Age Steppers