And Happy New Year! On Smile Jamaica that means 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Let’s start out 2019 with heavyweight drum & bass.
<Mutant Dub New Year; 20 sec.>
<What is Mutant Dub? 36 sec.>
Not everybody likes it. I can expect about 1-2 complaints that Techno ain’t Reggae.
But I get to decide where those boundaries lie. And take Jamaican drum & bass and dub echo and stitch in some electronic sounds, dubstep and wobble. Turn up the subwoofer and take knives to the treble.
Plus it fits hand in glove with my recent UFOria fascination. Congrats to the China Space Agency. They landed what was said couldn’t be done: a probe on the dark side of the Moon. Alien lore says the Greys told NASA the dark side was off limits. The Chinese didn’t get the message, apparently
<Lunar Lander Module – Chang’e 4; 50 sec.>
Bonus Alien fascination. I tell you the story of the Epic of Gilgamesh and how a dread named Utnapishtim
Wasn’t Noah in a ricketty ass wooden Ark. It was a tessaract space ship and DNA seed bank for plants and animals. 500 years in space until the flood water could recede and then the Anunnaki could re-seed Earth.
Astro-physicists of today are exploring the tessaract mode of space transport to flex in and out of time. That could shorten the massive distances in space from Earth and negate the inefficient jet propulsion space travel we engage in currently.
<Gilgamesh; 51 sec.>
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jan. 5, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 44 sec.
African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90 – Mutant Dub New Year show
Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist & Jammy Strike Back! (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Imperial Sound Army feat. Marcus Asher – Praise His Name; Dubplate Collection vol. 1 (Imperial Roots) 2013 Sicilian Roots
Major Lazer feat. Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial; Free the Universe (Domino) 2013 dubstep
Noiseshaper feat. Juggla – All a Dem a Do; The Signal (Different Drummer) 2003 Jah-stria
Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Afro Omega – Whatcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Shining; Shining (Acid Jazz) ’97 UK
Smith & Mighty feat. Andy Scholes – Down in Rwanda; Retrospective (!K7) 2005 Fr.
G.T. Moore & the Roots Crusaders – King David’s Dub; 10” (Jah Works) ’95
Little Axe – Long Way to Go; Hard Grind (Fat Possum) 2002 blues w/ Adrian Sherwood
Rockers Hi-Fi – What a Life; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
Nightmares on Wax – 70’s & 80’s (Upbringing Mix); Roots Manuva – Back to Mine (DMC) 2005
Sista Jane & Nasree – Don’t Leave From Africa + Kunta Kinte; 10” (Dreadlyon) 2006 Fr.
Dub Syndicate – Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Pounding System (ON U Sound) ‘82
Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon (G-Corp rmx); Outernational Sound (ESL) 2004
Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighers + Dub is Mightier Than the Sword; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance w/ female vox
Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital
Super Mystic Brakes – Beri Version; 10” (ON U Sound) 2016 UK picture sleeve
Singers & Players feat. Brent Dowe – These Eyes; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’89 UK: Melodians singer covers The Guess Who
The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Crooked Beat; Sandinista (CBS) ’80 UK
African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK comp.
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Them Belly Full (But We Hungry); Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient rmx
Hollie Cook – Lunar Addiction; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Echodelic Remix Secret Circuit Shockblast Mix) 10” (Delicious Vinyl) 2011 picture sleeve
Samia Farah – Hothentot; Many Moods of (SAM) 2009 Fr.-Tunisian songstress
The Lions – Givin Up Food for Jah; Jungle Struttin’ (Ubiquity) 2008 LA
Earl Cunningham – African Man; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’83 UK
Set 8: UFOria
UFO feat DeeDee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr. – UFOria set
SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was an Alien (Because Music) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Mutant Hi Fi – Apollo 11; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK
Tena Stelin – Flying Saucer + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live at the Festival de Jazz de Montreal (BSI) 2002
Is Reggae music gospel music? Yes and no. What attracted me to Reggae back in the mid 80s was certainly the Rastafari themed music from stalwarts (pronounced stal-a-watt in Jamaica) like Marley, Tosh and Spear.
Of course there is plenty of non-religious Reggae: love songs, pop and soul covers.
I doubt Reggae would have had such cultural saturation in the West on the backs of novelty hits like “Fattie Boom Boom” and “Israelites” or AM covers with a shuffle beat. Something about Reggae’s heavenly message attracted interested Westerners looking for something exotic and non-mainstream.
In the 70s lots of people in the West opted out of Christianity, (especially Catholicism and Judaism), and went for something new. Some went to cults. Others went for Reggae: Movement of Jah People while also protesting against the “system.” Or the corrupt and greedy “shit-stem” as Peter Tosh called it. Socialism with a small “s”.
You don’t have to be a Rasta to sing or enjoy Reggae. But the conventional wisdom is that Reggae is identified as a counter cultural exploration of worship of His Imperial Majesty as a Black Jesus. West Africans ripped from the continent, put down in Jamaica in bondage and expected to worship their master’s white god.
Rebelling against that physical and mental slavery, while still preserving Christian traditions, led to Rastafari in Jamaica: Look to a black king crowned in East Africa. The return of Jesus who will lead blacks out of “Babylon” (The West, Jamaica, UK, America, etc.) to “Zion” (Africa or better still Ethiopia.)
I’m not a Rasta. My roots are in Northern Europe and Iran. I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Someone who understands and appreciates the religion as a devoted observer. Not a devotee.
I grew up a twice a year Methodist: Christmas Eve and Easter. The only time the Nelson family really went to weekly Sunday service was the two years my Dad was on the City Council in Fort Benton Montana.
Not that I haven’t been trying to be a “missionary” for the secular consumption of Reggae music. I celebrate Jah for the inspiration in thousands of Reggae tunes that fill my soul with joy. But I am careful not to endorse HIM out of respect for true believers. I don’t want to be a part of what Jacob Miller complained about: Too much commercialization of Rastafari!
The reason I bring this up: I had an interview with Jamaican Reggae singer Etana. So I do what I normally do before a phone interview: go on Wikipedia and read up on the artist’s entry.
Her album I Rise starts off with a gospel cover of a brilliant Bob Marley cover tune: Selassie is the Chapel. Itself an update of an old American gospel tune. Covered by Elvis.
Etana’s entry mentioned her recording genres thusly: Reggae, Gospel.
While introducing her to the radio listeners, I casually mentioned Etana was a Reggae and Gospel artist coming to town. She interrupted me and corrected me. She was most certainly NOT a Gospel singer. Her music was not geared to religiosity.
No worries. I did political interviews for 9 years. You don’t have to agree with me to have a conversation.
But when you lead off your album with a Rasta cover of a full on gospel song you can see where I might have been mistaken!; 21 sec.
By the way, I am not religious either. What earthlings worshipped as Skygods were Ancient Aliens colonizing Earth to mine gold to take back to their homeworld, Nibiru, beyond our galaxy.
Set your I watch alarm to 2900AD. That’s when the Anunnaki return to Earth.
In fact Etana the Reggae Singer, meet Etana the Sumerian King
Etana was an ancient Sumerian king of the city of Kish. According to the Sumerian King List, he reigned after the deluge. The list also calls Etana “the shepherd, who ascended to heaven and consolidated all the foreign countries”, and states that he ruled 1560 years.
Ascended to Heaven in a Chariot of the Gods (Erich Von Daniken)
Here is what I have for you during the next 3 hours of Roots Reggae, Dubwize and Gospel; 18 sec.
Annotated Playlist (photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes)
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 3015:
Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; 12” (Dub Irator) ‘80
Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week