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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 2, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist): UFO-ria – Roswell in a Rub a Dub Stylee!

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Greetings,

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!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica’s Digital Dubplate Tribute to Roswell – UFO-ria

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0-30 min.

  • 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.
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To Medieval Arabs – flying carpet would be their description of a space craft. makes sensi to me!

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)
  • Tena Stelin& Jah Warrior – Flying Chariots Dub; Jah Warrior & Friends (Jah Warrior)
  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live From the International Festival de Jazz de Montreal (BSI) July 7, 2002; Sumerian tale
  • Gil Scott Heron – Whitey on the Moon; Small Talk at 125th and Lexington (Flying Dutchman) ’70 black poet
  • The Poliece – Walking on the Moon; Reggae de Blanc (A & M) ’79 UK new wave
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Gilgamesh of Uruk (Sumer) weeps at the death of his bredrin Enkidu

60-90 min.

  • The Carpenters – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft; Greatest Hits (A & M) ’77 Klaatu cover
  • B-52’s – 53 Miles West of Venus; Wild Planet (Warner Bros.) ’80 US New Wave
  • Kraftwerk – Space Lab; Man Machine (Capitol) ’78 Germ. New Wave
  • Graham Parker – Waiting for the UFOs; Squeezing Out Sparks (Arista) ’79 UK rocker
  • Dubadelic – Thuds Like Scuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 Mutant Dub
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The Carpenters on Smile Jamaica, WTF?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Anjali – Space Lust (in the Space Dust); Anjali (Wiiija) 2006 UK Hindi female
  • Camper Van Beethoven – The Day That Lassie Went to the Moon; Telephone Free Landslide Victory (Independent Project) 2005
  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tune) ’99 American Reggae
  • Devo – Space Junk; Q: Are We Not Men, A: We Are Devo (Warner Bros.) ‘79; about Spacelab crash to earth
  • Lee Perry – Jamaican E.T.; Jamaican E.T. (Trojan) 2002
  • Boxcutter – Spacebass; Arecibo Message; Arecibo Puerto Rico (Planet Mu) 2009 UK dubstep: where SETI telescopes are
  • Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (Live); Umma Gumma (Harvest) ‘69
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Arecibo Puerto Rico – SETI Radio Telescope array calling out to space visitors

2 hr – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound)  ’95 Japanese dubbers
  • Audio Active & Laraaji – Space Visitors for Tea (That Lump on Your Head); They Way Out Is the Way In (Gyroscope)  ’97 Japanese dubbers again
  • WordSound I Powa – Intro; Live From the Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 UFO weed hunters
  • Fred Schneider – Orbit; Fred Schneider & the Shake Society (Reprise) ’84: B-52 singer
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Audio Active – Jah-ponese Spaceheads

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship – Starship; Blows Against the Empire (Grunt) ‘70
  • Full Moon Scientist – Lunar Base Dub; Planet Dub (Mammoth) ’96 UK dub
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Claudious Linton – Star Wars; Sign Time (Sunking) 2008
  • Sister Carol – Lost in a Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ‘89
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’81 UK New Wave
  • Air – Venus; Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks) 2004 Fr. techno
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Paul Kantner’s Sci Fi rock album

 

 

Smile Jamaica Playlist – Jah-cember 6, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist)

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“If you don’t legalize, you will be getting coal in your stocking” 4 down, 46 to go!

Jump to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-cember 6, 2014

Annotated Playlist:

Set 1:

  • Horace Andy – Musical Episode; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK vinyl; Wackies prod’n
  • Dub Specialist – 17 Dub Shots From Studio One (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Week

<Studio One Dubwize; 21 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Natural Reggae Beat; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ’83 w/ Sly & Robbie
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootikal Deep Riddim Dubwise); 12” EP (Greensleeves); 4:20 Cannabis Service
  • Announcement; mutant dub version

<Cannabis Service Herbtune; 31 sec.>

  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
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Feelin’ High. 4 down, 46 to go!

 Set 2:

  • Aswad – Invisible Sun; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’99; Reggae cover of Police tune

<Police and Reggae; 34 sec.>

  • Aisha – One God, One Aim; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94 Mad Professor prod’n
  • Kenny Knots & Bush Chemists – Going Home (Conscious Sounds) 10” 2003 UK mutant dub
  • Capleton & Big Youth – Mark of the Beast (African Star) ‘97 niyabinghi ballad

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Set 3:

<Wailers Live at Leeds: 11/23/73; 40 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; Live at Leeds 11/23/73; Burning Disk 2 (Tuff Gong)

<How Bunny and Peter left the Wailers; 88 sec.>

  • Phillip Frazer – Good Morning Mr. Officer; Blood of the Saint (Silver Kamel)
  • Johnny Clarke – One Love: Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino UK); Bunny Lee/Bob cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Sweet Bitter Love; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79

 <From the Wailers to Bob Marley & the Wailers; 25 sec.>

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Leeds ’73. Bunny stayed home. England cold

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Hot Foot Head; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Joe Axumite – Troubled Land; Black World (Wackies) ‘79

<Axum – Ancient Ethiopia; 11 sec.>

  • Robbie Levi – War; 10” (Conscious Sounds) 2010 mutant dub Bob Marley cover of Selassie UN speech
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Axum (Abyssinia/Ethiopia) – home of the Ark of the Covenant

 Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital!

<Strictly Black Wax, No digital for I ‘n’ I; 12 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Oh What Joy; The Gladiators (Virgin Front Line) ‘ 80 UK; Vinyl is V-Ital Set
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Star Wars Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 Los Jahngeles, Collie-fornya; female artist
  • Freddie McGregor – Leave Jah; Freddie McGregor (High Times) ’78 JA; Chinna Smith prod’n
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Smile Jamaica Holy Trinity: Black Wax, Roots Dawta, UFOria; 1987

 Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica (1978, 1984)

<Student Loans funded the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 13 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – I Broke the Comb; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78; Best of Smile Jamaica set
  • Ini Kamoze – Hail Mi Idrin; Mini LP (Island) ’84 Sly & Robbie
  • Justin Hinds & the Dominos – Travel With Love; Travel With Love (Nighthawk)
  • Don Carlos – Gimme Gimme Your Love (Blue Moon) ‘84
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Desert Island Disc: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 1984

 Set 7: Peter Tosh harangue from the One Love Peace Concert

>Tosh’s harangue nearly got him killed; 20 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Speech + Funeral (Burial); Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); One Love Peace Concert; 4/22/78; 12 minute harangue
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4/22/78. Kingston Jamaica; National Stadium

 Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • African Head Charge – Free Chant; Shrunken Head (ON U Sound) Best of
  • Joe Ariwa & the Trixsters – Swagga Dub; Dubstep Dub (Ariwa) 2011 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Come Down Moses; Tree of Life (A & O) ’96 UK trance dubbers w/ female vox
  • Dubphonic – Outland; Relight (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.
  • Abassi All Stars – Edutainment; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2007 UK
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Fanatic) 2006 Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya
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trance dub with female vox. Heavenly

Happy Birthday His Imperial Majesty: July 23, 1892

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Portrait painted by University of Utah Art Professor Alvin Gittens. This hangs in the Marriott Library where I work

Greetings,

Happy Birthday to the inspiration of tens of thousands of Roots Reggae songs. Born July 23, 1892

Haile Selassie (born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael)

I work in an Academic Library (The Marriott Library at the University of Utah). Part of my duties is to assist patrons at the Help Desk on Level 2.

It is really quiet in the Summer. I thought I would work up a little birthday posting on account of His Imperial Majesty.

I went to the Marriott’s webpage and found a copy of the above photo: Drawn by Alvin Gittens. Hanging on the fifth floor of the Marriott Library.*

*Alvin’s son Chris trained me at KRCL 90.9FM. His father was flown in to Addis Ababa to paint an impatient Emperor. HIM was only willing to sit for about the half the time Gittens’ usually devoted to his portraits. Chris passed away about a decade ago of cancer.

As I was finishing the caption above, a dapper black gentlemen approached my desk. This is a case of serendipity or synchronicity or kismet. The patron wanted to know, in a crisp African accent,  where the Library kept its History books on Ethiopia. The Zion of Rastafari. The Kingdom of His Imperial Majesty. Goosebumps!

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East Africa. Capital is Addis Ababa (New Flower)

The Library of Congress Classification for Ethiopian History  (or its former name Abyssinia) is in the DT 371-390 shelves.

While I walked this gentleman and his wife to the section, I asked him if he knew today (July 23) was Haile Selassie’s Birthday. His eyes lit up. “How did you know that!”. I told him about Smile Jamaica and my 26 years of devotion to Ethiopian-esque and especially paying tribute and respect to His Imperial Majesty.

He was amazed. I recommended several books I had read. This man is a Physician who was writing a novel set in his home country. We chatted about our mutual admiration for Selassie. He was proud that his country had come out of 25 years of Civil War and repression to be the fastest growing economy in Africa.

It was really nice to know that my admiration of Selassie could be of use in my professional job. And even better: I recruited another soldier of Jah’s Army by virtue of the Rastafari Gospel that I “preach” for 26 years doing Reggae Radio. I let the music function as hymns to HIM.

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Go on the Google and search for Ethiopian Angel images. Love their art

A suggestion: It is preferred to call believers in HIM: Rastafari. Singular and plural. As Bob Marley said, “Don’t bother me with your isms and schisms”

<Carlene Davis – Isms and Schisms; 4 min>

That said there are two important caveats: The Rastafarians – the  Reggae group out of Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. And Leonard E. Barrett’s crucial academic book The Rastafarians

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Vinyl outta Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. Featuring the greatest performer name in the history of Reggae Music: Herb Daly

Barrett’s book was a huge influence on me. Some of the lessons learned were how important Hinduism was to early Rastas. When Jamaicans threw off the yoke of slavery, British plantation owners imported Hindu laborers from Britain’s India Colony. Blacks and Indians worked side by side.

Hindu influences include:

  • Reincarnation: Some sects of Rastafari believe that HIM is the embodiment of Christ returning to Earth.
  • Ganja – Hindus brought Cannabis from India to Jamaica where blacks partook of the Seven Leaf as well
  • Kali – The Hindu Goddess of destruction where the ritual consumption of cannabis was part of worship. Rastas also ritually smoke cannabis or Collie. “Collie gives you wisdom.”
  • Dreadlocks – Hindu Sadhus flashed dreads as a physical manifestation of belief. Rastas adopted the practice and modified it with the Old Testament Nazarite Vow
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Bookdigging in San Francisco, 1987

<Invoking Amharic; 45 sec.>

From the line of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia)

  • Ras Tafari Makonnen – He Who inspires Awe, The Angel
  • Jah Rastafari
  • His Imperial Majesty
  • Light of the World
  • Negusa Negast (King of Kings)
  • Lord of Lords
  • Power of the Trinity
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • Elect of God, Everliving God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Iyesos Christos (Jesus Christ)
  • Gedamawi –  First among the Holy
  • Kibir Am Lak – The Great God
  • Igzaibeher Yimmasgan – Let Jah Be Praised
  • Ababa Janhoi – Father Majesty

bless, robt

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