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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 7, 2019 – 3 Songs for 30 Years!

Greetings,

KRCL celebrated 40 years on air with a party in downtown SLC. My tenure of that for Smile Jamaica is 30 years. (31 and 1/2 total).

I attended the birthday bash and it was great to see a lot of volunteers I hadn’t talked to since KRCL’s format change in 2008.

Plus there was a great love of what I ‘n’ I do with Roots Reggae and Dub with many listeners who were happy to meet me and pass on their thanks. Great to collect stories from people and how they discovered and continue to enjoy my sets on Smile Jamaica.

People love my commitment to vinyl!

The common thread is what Smile Jamaica means to their Saturday afternoon routines. For decades. Fathers and sons. Mom’s and dawtas. If I ‘n’ I had accepted every drink offer, I would have been a drunken mess! (However, it would have been downright rude to decline surreptitious hits of green vapor. Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies…)

It really was a validation of my joy of community radio that is still driven by independent music selection. Where you might hear a Scorpions Reggae jam followed by some UFO dubwize.

You ain’t gwan hear that on your Spotify playlist.

Spotify Reggae vs. Smile Jamaica. Computers or a human?

When my great friend and now KRCL station manager, Tristin Tabish asked me to spin a 15 minute set between bands, I ‘n’ I agreed.

This is essentially I ‘n’ I speech from the stage.

KRCL celebrates 40 years of all killer no filler radio. It has been my pleasure to be a part of that ride for 30 plus years.

“And KRCL has always championed Reggae music from day 1. Dreadlock Holiday to Smile Jamaica. My bredrin Rutabaga Reese taught me about quality Roots Reggae. Much love to Papa Pilgrm on Nite Roots.”

“For my set, I ‘n’ I was asked to put together 15 minutes of Smile Jamaica. How do you distill 10,000 albums. 10,000 cds and 10,000 singles into 3 songs?”

“A little bit of Marley. A little bit of 420. A little bit of dubwise.”

And Selah! Did the crowd roar when that opening lick of Bob Marley’s Smile Jamaica blast forth on the club’s hi-fi!

Thank you KRCL. And thank you KRCL listeners for the kind words for this deejay on your station that rules the nation! Forward ever, backwards never.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica: KRCL 40th Anniversary Set live and on-air; Dec. 4, 2019 at the Union; Salt Lake City, Utah (60 sec.)

  1. Bob Marley – Smile Jamaica (Marley)
  2. Rita Marley – One Draw (420)
  3. Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong (Dub – Bill Laswell mix)

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 7, 2019

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – Foggy Road; Message From the King (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Wackies Rhythm Force – African Roots Act I (Wackies) ’77 Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; Kaya (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix: 40th Anniversary Party Mix (1) – Marley
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’82 (2) – 420
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 (3) – dub/Bill Laswell mix
  • Culture – Legalisation + Ganja Time; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 15, 2000 live in Capetown, South Africa; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Meta and the Corner Stones – Cornerstone/ Forward Music (No Soundz) 2008 Senegalese
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is After Me/ Happy Together (Heartbeat) ’91
  • Hortense Ellis – Woman of the Ghetto; Impact! (Universal Sound) ’70? Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; 12″ (Ballstic) ’78 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Judge Dread; Judge Dread – Rocksteady Hush Up (Melodisc) ’67
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Rocking Time (Studio One) ’74
  • Third World – Jah Glory; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81; Police cover

Set 4:

  • Noel Phillips – Jah No Dead; Youthman Vibrations (Jammys) ’81 UK vinyl
  • The Congos – Ark of the Covenant; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • DJ Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Monyaka – Go Deh Yaka (Go Deh to the Top); 12″ (Easy Steet) ’83 NY
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Christmas

  • Michigan & Smiley – LIttle Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Norwood Rockers – Rocking; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA instrumental medley
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War Is Over); Reggae Christmas Album (Trojan) ’86 UK – John Lennon cover
  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’79? JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party; Best of (ALA) ’71 JA vinyl: Lesley Kong sides

<Lesley Kong producer who exploited The Wailers and died suddenly soon after; 1 min 51 sec>

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 –  NYC at the Ritz
  • Bunny Wailer – So Much Things to Say; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 – 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Marcia Griffiths – Tribulation; 12″ (Solomonic) ’76 JA – Bunny Wailer prod’n

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Force (Megaforce) 2012: DC punk dub; Rockers do Reggae Set
  • H.R. – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007
  • Ben Harper – With My Own Hands; CD Single (Virgin) 2003
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83


Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Culture of Fear (ESL) 2012 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Big Youth – Emanuel; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; No Sign of Bad (Quango) 2006 Norwegian dub w/ JA dub poet
  • Jonah Dan Meets the Bush Chemists – Guidance; Dubs From Zion Valley (Conscious Sounds/Abba Christos Tafari)
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’96
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang feat. Nishka – Show Me a Purpose; Show Me a Purpose (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 11, 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day Reggae Special!

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day Special from Smile Jamaica. Pulled about 60 Mom love tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. (Nice that more vinyl choices than cd for a change!). We hear 40 of the best on this podcast.

And I always start with a country-reggae hybrid. Nashville meets Kingston inna rub a dub stylee.

<Sonya Spence – No Charge; 32 sec.>

Tammy Wynette tear jerker. Little boy presents a list of chores he has completed: mowed the lawn, went to the store, babysit baby brother. Total $14.75 (in 1976 dollars; $66.25 in 2019 coinage.)

Here are the lyrics:

My little girl came into the kitchen this evenin’,
While I was fixin’ supper,
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on,
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron,
I read it – and this is what it said:For mowin’ the yard – five dollars,
And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar, 
And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents, 
An’ playin’ with little sister, while you went to the store – twenty-five cents, 
Takin’ out the trash – one dollar, 
Gettin’ a good report card – five dollars, 
And for rakin’ the yard – two dollars, 
Total owed – fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents. Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly, 
And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind, 
So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over, 
This is what I wrote: For the nine months I carried you, 
Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE, 
For the nights I’ve sat up with you, 
Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE, 
For the toys, food and clothes. 
And for wiping your nose, there’s NO CHARGE, 
When you add it all up. 
The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE. 

Well, when she finished readin’, 
She had great big old tears in her eyes, 
And she looked up at me and said, 
“Mama, I sure do love you.” 
Then she took the pen, 
And in great big letters, 
She wrote: “PAID IN FULL.” 

When you add it all up, 
The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE; 33 sec.

So much love to my Mother, Jeannette, “no charge” taking care of my Dad right now who is up against a rare and debilitating health situation in Arizona. And much love to anyone reading this towards your Mother. Here or looking down from Jah’s Heavenly Abode.

Bless, Bobbylon 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 11, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 80 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – Oh Mother; Visions of (Blue Moon) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Junior Dan – Bushmaster Workout; KTW Dub (Clappers) ’82 Bronx vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonia Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day tune
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ‘74
  • Big Youth – Mama Look; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ‘82
  • The Chosen Brothers & unknown deejay – Mother I Love You; 12” (City Line) ’77 Bronx

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ‘83
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Mama; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ‘93
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • Carl Dawkins – Motherland Land; Motherland Africa (Abraham) Downsview, Ontario vinyl
  • Dennis Bovell – Oh Mama, Oh Papa; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ‘83

Set 3:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Ryodisc) ’84; Bob’s Mom on Bob’s passing (May 11, 1981); 52 sec.
  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ‘70
  • Michael Robinson – Mother and Father; 7” (Horse) ’77 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Mama Baby; More She Love It (Yvonne’s Special) ’77 UK
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Israelites (Trojan) ‘62
  • Lillian Allen – This Ya Mumma Earth (Peace Poem); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, CA vinyl; Canadian dub poet
  • Ben Harper – Mama’s Trippin’; The Will to Live (Virgin) ‘97
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12” (Jah) ’86 UK

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ‘83
  • Judy Mowatt – Mother Africa; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Taj Mahal – Big Mama; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ‘74
  • Charlie Chaplin – Don’t Leave Your Baby Mother; Roots & Culture (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl

Set 6:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 (1) original recorded in Jamaica; 27 sec.
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’73 (2)
  • The Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion; (Extended Mix); CD Single (Tuff Gong) request
  • Shakeena – We Are the Mothers of the World; Dance Music (Majicca) ’97 Los Angeles vinyl
  • Macka B – Respect Our Mothers; Buppie Culture (Ariwa) ’89 UK vinyl
  • Little John – I Love My Mamie (sic); Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC vinyl
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK vinyl
  • The Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8:

  • Blackalicious feat. Erinn Anova – Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni; NIA (Mo Wax) ’99 female dub poet
  • Mutabaruka & Tony Rebel – Mama Land; 7” (Flames) ‘97
  • Michael Enkrumah & I – Mother; Jah Jah (Tashi) ’86 Rockvill, MD vinyl
  • Tena Stelin – Mother’s Song; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek)  2006 UK
  • Fun-Da-Mental – Mother India; Select Cuts Nation (Select Cuts) 2002 Hindi dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Pot-Cast 2019; 4 hrs., 20 min., 0 sec.!

Greetings,

That time of year. Just after winter, just before allergy season. While we were off raising money for your station that rules the nation (thank you for your continued support for KRCL), I was in my Secret Dubratory stitching up 4 hours and 20 minutes, 00 seconds of herbal medication inna irie meditation.

Includes all my infamous bong rips, movie trailers, Reggae and Dub soundbytes all for your mood elevation that rules the nation!

10 down, 40 to go

bless, Bobbylon

You all got Sensi. We got Ruderalis

Smile Jamaica 2019 Digital Dubplate: 420

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly)
  • Dub Syndicate- Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Glen Brown – Lambsbread; Way to Mt. Zion (ROIR) ”79
  • Yesca – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Coasters update
  • Dr. Israel Presents Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005

30-60 min.

  • Frankie Paul – Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng; Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng (Greensleeves) ’84
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Meets the Fatman Riddim Section (Top Ranking) ’78
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Peter Tosh cover
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) Rita Marley cover 

60-90 min.

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live on KCGL Eugene, OR
  • Macka B & Mad Professor – Legalise the Herb + Smoking Dub; Hold Onto Your Culture (Ariwa) ’95 UK
  • Mike Brooks – Good Herb; Earth Is the Fullness (Moll-Selekta) 2004
  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Seefari – Homegrown; Dread Pon da Scene (Upful Sound) ’98
  • See-I – Dinner of Herb; Dinner of Herb EP (Exile) 2004
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Marley-juana Megamix (Smile Jamaica 420 Rmx)
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Sammy Dread – Plant the Sensi; Jah Live (Heartbeat Europe)
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Soom T Marijuana-Mix (Bobbylon Seven Leaf Rmx)
  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7″ (blank)  Mashup
  • Rootz Underground – Herb Fields; Movements (Mystic Urchin) 2007

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Prince Far I –  Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK) ’79?
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Lone Ranger – National Herb; Collections (Grapevine) ’84
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Disco Mix); Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redder Than Red + Dubb; All the Hits (Rohit) ’73

3-3 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Yellowman – Couchie; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone)
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83
  • Dub Lounge International – Dub Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Anchor & Vessel)
  • Eek a Mouse – Ganja Smuggling; Wa Do Dem (Greensleeves) ’81
  • Eric Smith – Marijuana; Rocky Road (CTA) 2007 cover of Black Uhuru Sinsemilla

3 and 1/2 – 4 hrs.

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Sip Your Cup; Rally Round (Shanachie) ’78 nyahbinghi
  • Sugar Minott – Sensimilla; 20 Super Hits (Sonic)
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) SLC world/reggae group
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Herbs an’ Spices; Jahmekya (Virgin) ’91
  • Tippa Irie – Senci (Remix); Sign of the Times (Chackhouse) 2003
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks  (Wailing Souls) ’83
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; 7″ (Attack) ’78 Bob Marley cover

4 hr. and 20 min.

  • The Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan) ’69
  • Adrian Sherwood – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Cliche (Real World) 2006
  • Armagideon – Herbal Input; Steppin’ Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Live From Mars (Virgin) 2001 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers!

Greetings,

Went to a conference in Seattle last weekend. Land of 10 down, 40 to go! Stayed near the water and even got in some cratedigging.

Does KEXP do deejay exchange? Definitely heading back to Bezosstan for vacation this Summer.

So enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in my Secret Dubratory: 3 hours of Smile Jamaica’s favorite cover tunes. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers: Rock, Soul, Reggae

0-30 min.

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan)  ’73 (Bob Dylan/George Harrison)
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group covers (Curtis Mayfield)
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Virgin) ’79 (Woody Guthrie)
  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’79 (Bob Marley)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 (Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain)
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’80 (Jimmy Cliff)
  • Doctor Alimantado – Sitting in the Park; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’77 (Billy Stewart)
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Super Hits (Sonic) ’85 (Isaac Hayes)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke – Simmer Down; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 (Bob Marley)
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Presents (Studio One) ’81 (Sam Cooke)
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72 (Bob Marley)
  • Sly & Robbie – Peter Gun; The Sting (Taxi) ’86 (Henry Mancini)
  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 (The Beatles)
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Your Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 (UB40)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Louie, Louie; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’73 (Kingsmen)
  • UB40 – Red, Red Wine; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83 (Neil Diamond)

60-90 min.

  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 (King Floyd)
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 (Bob Marley)
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 (Temptations)
  • Doctor Dread – I For an Eye; Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 (Bob Dylan)
  • Dub Pistols feat. Rodney P & Terry Hall – Peaches; Speakers & Tweeters (Sunday Best) 2007 (The Stranglers)
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Great Dub in the Sky; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 (Pink Floyd)
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 (Wilson Pickett, Lee Dorsey)

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75 (Bob Marley)
  • Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Armagideon Time (Live); CD Single (Hellcat) 2003 (Willi Williams)
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 (Bob Dylan)
  • Lone Ranger – Natty Burial; M-16 (Hitbound) ’82 (Peter Tosh)
  • Martha Velez – Get Up, Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 (The Wailers)
  • Mos Def – Johnny Too Beef; Mos Dub (Mos Def) 2010 (Slickers – Johnny Too Bad)
  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style! (MCA) ’83 (Desmond Dekker)
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Universal Love (I.R.S.) ’92 (The Police)

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Treasure Isle) ’72 (Marlena Shaw)
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 (The Specials)
  • Lloyd Parks & U Brown – Into the Night; Strictly Dancehall vol. 1 (Omni) ’81 Benny Mardones
  • Randy’s All-Stars – Mission Impossible; Randy’s 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds)  (Lalo Schifrin)
  • Mad Professor – Studio 54 Dub; Afrocentric Dub Chapter 5 – Black Liberation Dub (Ariwa) ’98 (Blondie – Rapture)
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together; The Archives (ESL) 2012 (Timmy Thomas)
  • Aswad – Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology); Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 (Marvin Gaye)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Ben Harper – Sexual Healing; Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Virgin)  2003 (Marvin Gaye)
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 female trio covers Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Just My Imagination
  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 (The Heptones)
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Rock It With I; Win This Record (Asylum) ’82 (The Melodians)
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Every Crowd (Polydor)  75 (Gospel hymn)
  • Half Pint – Political Fiction; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’84 (Rolling Stones – Winsome)
  • Deep Dish feat. Stevie Nicks – Dreams; George Is On (Thrive) 2005 (Fleetwood Mac)

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) May 12, 2018: Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

Bob and his beloved mother, Cedella. Happy Mother’s Day from Smile Jamaica!

Greetings,

To my beloved mother, Jeannette and my sister, Stacey. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s, Mom’s, Mommies & Mamas.

Harvested tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive celebrating motherhood.

By tradition, I will always begin each show with this beautiful country ballad about a youth who does chores, babysits and gets good grades. Youthman tallies up  his bill and presents it to mom for reimbursement.

Mom, takes a look and this is what she says:

<No Charge>

No Charge by Tammy Wynette, Reggae version by Sonya Spence

Now our little boy came up to his mom
In the kitchen this evenin’ while she was fixin’ supper
And he handed her a piece of paper he’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ her hands on her apronn
She read it, and this is what it said.
For mowin’ the lawn, five dollars
For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar
And for goin’ to the store, fifty cents
An’ playin’ with little brother while you went shoppin’, twenty-five cents.
Takin’ out the trash, one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen seventy-five.
Well, as mom looked at him standin’ there expectantly
And I could see the mem’ries flashing through her mind
And so she picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over
This is what she wrote.
For the nine months I carried you growin’ inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you
Doctored you, and prayed for you, no charge
For the time and the tears
That you’ve cost through the years, there’s no charge
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is no charge.
For the nights filled with dread
And all the worries ahead, no charge
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college, no charge
For the toys, food and clothes and even for wipin’ your nose
There’s no charge, son
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is, no charge.
Well, when he finished readin’
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at her standing there and said
Mama, I sure do love you
Then he took the pen,
And in great big letters
He wrote paid in full.
Lord knows when you add it all up
The cost of real love is, no charge…
bless, Bobbylon
This one will bring a tear to your I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 12, 2018 – 3 Hours Mother’s  Day; 38 sec.

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72

<Paul Simon at Dynamic Studios: Kingston JA; 23 sec.>

  • Mother Earth – The Quiet Storm; A Breath of Fresh Air (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day
  • Mighty Diamonds – Hey Mommy; Speak the Truth (RAS) ’94
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2004
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Father & Mother; Israelites: Best of (Trojan) ’63
Paul Simon paid union wages while recording in Jamaica.

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75
  • Peter Roots – Poor Mama; 7″ (Belleville International) 2002 Fr.
  • Black Roots – Childless Mother; All Day, All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12″ (Jah Records)) ’86 UK picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jah Messengers – Mama Mama; Reggae Time (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Mama Look Deh; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 
  • Reggay Boys – Mama Look Deh; 7″ (Amalgamated) ’68
  • Chosen Brothers – Mother I Love You; 12″ (City Line) ’77 Bronx
  • Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’82 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox set
  • Barry Brown – Thank You Mama; 7″ (Observer) ’83
  • Dennis Brown – Song My Mother Used to Sing; 7″ (Aquarius)
  • Doctor Alimantado –  Mama (I Thank You); 7″ (Vital Food) ’77
  • Chantells – Baby Mother; 7″ (Communicating) ’74
10 poems, 2 sides, 33 and 1/3

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Yellowman – Honor Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
  • Simple Simon – Obey Your Mother and Father; Reggae Move (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Little John –  I Love My Mommy; Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK

Set 6:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 on Bob’s deathbead: 5/11/81

<Bob going to a better place, “Mother don’t cry”>

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’83
  • Mighty Maytones – Father and Mother; Madness (Burning Sounds) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) Paul Simon
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mother Don’t Cry, I’m going to a better place

Set 7;

  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Mama’s Trippin’; Voodoo Child (bootleg) Bonn, Germany Apr. 1998
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’86
  • Hugh Griffiths – Mother Africa; Mother Africa (My-o-lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 8:

  • Creation Rebel – Mother Don’t Cry; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 UK mutant dub
  • Fun-da-Mental feat. Thievery Corporation; Mother Africa Feeding Sister India DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Nicodemus – Mother-in-Law; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 US
  • Prince Alla – Mama Don’t Fight; Reggae All Stars (Freedom Sounds) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Donna V – Black Mother Cry; 7″ (Grade One) ’94
  • Michael Rose – Mama Africa; 7″ (RCR) 2008 for Darfur, Sudan
  • Ari Up – Baby Mother; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2012 UK dubstress
RIP mutant dub mama

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Cannabliss A-Z!

Happy 420. Celebrate early and often!

Greetings,

Thank you to a successful Spring Radiothon at KRCL. The coffers are replenished, let’s get back to the Roots.

While fundraising, I spend my evenings cooking up a special herbal brew in the Secret Dubratory: Smile Jamaica’s 420 Cannabliss A-Z. Plus a number

From Aswad to dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah plus the 2 Bad Card.

All my favorite 420 movie c,ips Joe Friday cautionary tales and other Seven Leaf shoutouts.

9 down, 41 to go!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: 420 Cannabliss from A-Z

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo – Best of (Ensign) ’84 UK
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″ Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK dubbers
  • Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Reggae Hits Sounds (Trojan) ’69 

30-60 min.

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 German w/ female vox
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/98 Germany
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of Inner Circle (Island) ’79
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Mutant Dubber 
Bern One Down

60-90 min.

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’71
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80 don’t pee in my garden or mushroom will grow
  • Tristan Palma – Spliff Tail; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun v. 1 (Charm) 2005

90 min – 2 hr. plus

  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’99
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska w/ female vox
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at KZEL: Eugene, OR
  • UB40 – Buzz Feeling; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • Various w/ Sugar Minott – Oh Mr. D.C.; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Yellowman – Couchine; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’84 UK dub poet
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Digital Dubplate Cannabliss Preview!

 

Greetings,

KRCL is able to spin Smile Jamaica because of its Non-Profit license. That means 2 shows in the Spring and 2 in the Fall are devoted to listener pledges so I can get 60 months of creative roots and dubbers.

Since my livelihood is a sound editor, it is easy for me to hunker down in my own studio, The Secret Dubratory, 

to craft what I call Digital Dubplates so I have weekly content (1 million minutes listened on Mixcloud!) on the Smile Jamaica Podcast.

April is Cannabliss!

bless, robt

0-30 min.

  • Rita Marley – One Draw 12” Mix; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ‘81
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’81 – two farmers named Peter and Bob
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 mutant dub
  • Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Cheech  & Chong on old Coasters R& B
  • Soom T- Ganja Megamix (Smile Jamaica dubplate); Glasgow female weed stepper
  • Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine)  ’81 – with chalice in hand!
…with chalice in hand!

30-60 min.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ‘96
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Mystic Man (EMI America)  ’79 smoking w/ the Quee
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Bagariddim (Virgin) ‘85
  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83

60-90 min.

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ‘97
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005
  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down;  Voodoo Child (bootleg)  Bonn, Germ.; 4/12/98
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Hits Reggae Style (Sanctuary) Brewer & Shipley cover
  • Prince Far I – Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK)
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room – War in a Babylon (Mango) 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley – Marleyjuana Mixup; Smile Jamaica dubplate
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12” mix; Headline News (Deluxe Edition) ’79 UK youth group
  • Yellowman – Couchie; One in a Million (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig)  ’91 Germ.
  • Pato Baton – Legalize It (Acapella); Live at the Maritime San Francisco (2B1) Tosh cover 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Sammy Dread – Plant Mi Sensi; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Ace Boon) ’81 UK ska
  • Michael Franti – Ganja Babe; Live at the Baobob (Boo Boo)  2000
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lamb’s Bread + Lamb’s Bread International (Blood and Fire) ’79 (2 and ½ hr.)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Prince Alla – Sesimilia; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ‘83
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ‘93
  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness: The Best of (Heartbeat) 2004 best of
  • Peabody & Sherman – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7” (blank) Black Sabbath vs. Black Uhuru
Ozzy Osborne on Smile Jamaica WTF?