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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 20, 2018 – Oh, Bumba Klaat!

Greetings,

Jah-tober 20th Smile Jamaica, livicated to the late great Peter Tosh – born Oct. 19, 1947.

Jah-tober is Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica,

Peter was at the pinnacle of the masses of Reggae songs devoted to the Halloween menagerie: vampires, ghosts (duppies in Jamaica), witches, mummies, anti-Christs, zombies and general evil. I and I have hundreds of Jah-loween tunes on CD, black wax: LP, 12″, 10″ and 7″.

Peter’s additions to the canon?

  • Dracula
  • Vampire
  • Mark of the Beast – about his brutal beating at the hands of Jamaican cops
  • Jumbie Jamboree – ska update of a classic soca song about the cousin of the duppy – jumbies.
  • With the Wailers: Mr. Brown (who drives around in a coffin) and Duppy Conqueror.

There is one more….

My very first Reggae LP was Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Christmas 1981. Thanks mom!

My American copy had this track list:

Coming In Hot 3:37
Nothing But Love 5:01
Reggae-Mylitis 6:31
The Poor Man Feel It 4:09
Cold Blood 4:37
Wanted Dread And Alive 4:24
Rastafari Is 6:14
That’s What They Will Do 4:35
Fools Die

It was only after I got into Reggae that I discovered that was not the intended track list.

For European markets: lose Poor Man Feel It, Cold Blood and That’s What They Will Do. Substitute: Rok With Me, Guide Me From My Friends and Oh, Bumbo Klaat.

Peter’s tale of how a Jamaican spirit (Duppy) had him paralyzed. The only way to free himself from malevolent possession was to scream the Jamaican equivalent of Mother F******: Oh Bumbo Klaat

Bum: coarse word for our four letter “c” word. Klaat as in cloth – menstrual rags, not to be indelicate.

Such a foul epithet would horrify Jamaicans to hear uttered anywhere. But Peter mustered all his energy and burst out: OH BUMBA KLAAT

The duppy was so shocked at hearing such an utterance that he let go of Peter and the Stepping Razor broke free of his paralysis:

<Smile Jamaica story on Peter’s possession: Oh Bumbo Klaat; 102 sec.

Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat

[Verse 4]
One night, an evil spirit held me down
I could not make one single sound
Until Jah told me, “Son, use the word”
And now I’m as free as a bird

[Chorus]
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat

***

I was very happy to be cratedigging in SLC, at Get In Here Records  I scored the above 12″ black wax aboved.

Tosh’s tragic end belied an “Omen”. I had just got into Reggae bigly as 45 would say around Sept. ’86. A year later I was working at Graywhale CD and used my employee discount to buy 2 CDs:

  1. Ramones – Halfway to Sanity
  2. Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War.

I think the Tosh album dropped on Sept. 3, 1987. On Sept. 12, I remember going to the SLC airport to pick up my sister off the plane. On page 2 of the paper that morning:

Reggae singer Peter Tosh killed in Jamaica.

Peter Tosh dead on, …wait for it: Sept. 11.

The other 9/11 tragedy

Peter the mystic did not go quietly to Jah’s Heavenly Choir. He got his “revenge” on his birthday that year: Oct. 19, 1987:

<Peter Tosh murder: Sept. 11, 1987. Black Monday – Oct. 19, 1987; 75 sec.>

Black Monday was the worst stock market collapse since the Great Depression. Only, since, eclipsed by the Great Recession of 2008.

Dow Jones stock market lost 22.6% of its valuation in one day. Peter Tosh exacted his revenge against the “shystem” in A-sad-ica. Because for the poor there is nothing “merry” about America.

Poor man feel it, indeed!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 20, 2018 – Annotated Playlist: 67 sec. 

  • Anicia Banks – Thank You Lord; 7″ (Ashandan) ’77 Curtis Mayfield/Bob Marley cover
  • Dread and Fred – Dub Connection; Powerhouse (Dub Venture) ’96 UK vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Max Romeo – I Chase the Devil; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Sister Carol – Blackman Time; Call Mi Sister Carol (Heartbeat) ’94 I Roy update
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Live at the Maritime Hall San Francisco (2B1) 2001 Police cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Easy Skanking; Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino UK) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bob Marley cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience- Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 update of Max Romeo

Set 2:

  • Yabby You – Anti Christ; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’83 comp.
  • Garland Jeffreys – We the People; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 Dennis Bovell 12″ mix
  • Wendy Shaw – Sensimilla Crisis; Sing Out (Izachaar Muzik) mid 90’s herbtune

<North Dakota. Next to legalize?; 16 sec.>

  • Moses – When the Vampire (Comes to Your Neighbourhood); 12″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx

<Vampire = Informers in Jamaica>

10 down 40 to go

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 Jah-loween

  • Dennis Alcapone – Mr. Brown; 7″ (Observer) ’70 Mr. Brown in his coffin

<Mr. Brown, the talk of the town in his coffin; 49 sec.>

  • Yami Bolo – Traitors; 7″ (Yam Euphony) Traitors = Vampires
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7″ (Sir J.J.) ’72
  • Lone Ranger – Frankenstine (sic); 7″ (Greedy Puppy) ’79
  • Twinkle Brothers – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Twinkle) 2000
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Rolling Down the River; Yuh Learn! (Rama) ’77 Dennis Bovell dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Wailing Wailers – I’m Still Waiting; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Song story: I’m Still Waiting; 79 sec.>

  • Mad Professor feat. Love Clinic – Studio 54 Dub; Black Liberation Dub 5 (Ariwa) cover of Blondie’s Rapture w/ female group
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 I’m a ghostbuster
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Ghost Town – fighting closed the clubs down; 39 sec.>

Set : Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween

  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK Ernie Smith; Duppy = Jamaican ghost – Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween
  • The Ethiopians – Satan’s Kingdom; No Baptism (Crystal) ’70 JA
  • U Roy – Evil Doers; Crucial Cuts (Virgin Front Line) ’83 UK comp. dj to Gladiators
  • Leo Graham & the Upsetters – Voodooism + Dub; Voodooism (Anachron) ’89 Neth. Black Ark reissue

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years – Jah-loween

  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’75: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years – Jah-loween
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 about Soap Opera vampire Barnabas Collins

<Please sir. May I have a cup of blood?>

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’86
  • Scientist – The Mummy’s Shroud; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81
  • The Revolutionaries – False Ruler Dub; Kool Roots Dub (Pressure Sounds) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Barnabas Collins

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree Jah-loween

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81
  • The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; Live 1973-1975 (Starucks) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds Polytechnic
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 even the lions fear him
  • Peter Tosh – Jumbie Jamboree; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64? Jumbie = ghost

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Heavweight Dub Champion – Exorcism; Return of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009: Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Alpha & Omega – Mystical Things; Mystical Things (BSI) 2001 UK trance dub
  • Got to Move feat. Bim Sherman – Melting Pot pt. 2 (The Mix); King Size Dub Chapter 1 (Echo Beach) ’95
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Pupajim – Boat People; Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnett) 2011 UK
  • Weeding Dub feat. Humble-I – Sound of Reality; Sound of Reality (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. herb tune
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampire; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 Best of

Smile Jamaica Livicated to Peter Tosh: Oct. 19, 1944

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Winston Hubert McIntosh; Oct. 19, 1944-Sept. 11, 1987 on guitar and baritone vox in Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica pays tribute to the man who put the militant wrath to Roots Reggae. Peter Tosh born Oct. 19, 1944.

Let us honor him by spinning his music today pon your Hi Fi. Vinyl Preferred

<Smile Jamaica Peter Tosh Listening Day; Oct. 19; 23 sec.>

Huge huge influence on me. Not just for Reggae Music but my personal politics. Tosh did not do “Lesser of Two Evils”. 

He defined support for the Seven Leaf with Legalize It. No pussy footin’

<Peter live in the studio: Don’t Wanna Get Busted; 2 min 26 sec.>

 Here are my personal Tributes in the form of Reggae History Lesson vox files from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts.

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Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die…Peter Tosh

bless, robt

No. 1: Tosh History Lesson: Oct.. 18, 2014

Peter was murdered in terrible circumstances on the eerie foreshadowed date of Sept. 11, 1987.

From Wikipedia:

On 11 September 1987, just after Tosh had returned to his home in Jamaica, a three-man gang came to his house demanding money.[13] Tosh replied that he did not have any with him but the gang did not believe him. They stayed at his residence for several hours and tortured him in an attempt to extort money from Tosh. During this time, Tosh’s associates came to his house to greet him because of his return to Jamaica. As people arrived, the gunmen became more and more frustrated, especially the chief thug, Dennis “Leppo” Lobban, a man whom Tosh had previously befriended and tried to help find work after a long jail sentence.[13] Tosh said he did not have any money in the house, after which Lobban put a gun to Tosh’s head and shot once, killing him. The other gunmen began shooting, wounding several other people and also killing disc jockeys Doc Brown and Jeff “Free I” Dixon. Leppo surrendered to the authorities. He was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted in 1995 and he remains in jail. The other two gunmen were never identified by name.[14]

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Many rumors about why and who killed The Bush Doctor….

I remember how I found out about this tragedy. My sister was in SLC and I went to pick her up at the airport. I pick up a newspaper and at the top of Page 2: “Reggae star murdered in Jamaica”

F-Bomb! I had just bought his album, No Nuclear War, and expected I would get to see him on tour to promote it. Nope.

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Was looking forward to a 1988 American Tour to support this album that came out Sept. 1987, within days of his murder

Ah, but the story doesn’t end there. 38 days later, on Peter’s birthday, Oct. 19th, 1987 the Stock Market suffered the greatest crash since The Great Depression in 1929.

Wikipedia:

Black Monday refers to Monday, October 19, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped by 508 points to 1738.74 (22.61%).

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Black Monday? More like Peter Tosh’s Hairy Eyeball

I like to think that Peter Tosh got in his licks from beyond this world. Praise Jah, his birthday fell on a Sunday this year. Because the conditions are ripe for another crash.

De-dollarization is what Ukraine is really about. Russia doesn’t want to sell energy in the reserve currency: dollars. They will accept rubles, yuan (Chinese currency) or gold. Tosh predicted this with his tune The Day the Dollar Died.

<Peter Tosh: Livicated to his legacy, prophecy and his supernatural powers; 1 min 55>

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Dollar or green toilet paper?

No 2 Peter Toshisms. Peter had a unique lexicon of word mashups that twisted convention into cynical reality. Here are a few off the top of my head:

  1. “No such thing as a diatribe, I preach livatribes”
  2. “The Crime Ministers who shit in the House of Represent-A-T’ief”.
  • America – A-sad-ica; because there is nothing “merry” about America
  • <Toshism: America = A-sad-ica>
  • Edward Seaga – head of right wing Jamaican Labour Party – Edward CIA-ga
  • House of Representatives – House of Represent a Thief
  • Poltics = Politricks
  • Prime Minster – Crime Minsister
  • System – Shitstem
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Militant dread in full kuffiyeh

 No. 3: Reggae History Lesson: Peter Tosh pays a steep price for “Legalize It, I will advertise it” at the One Love Peace Concert

From Wikipedia:

The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978 at The National Stadium in KingstonJamaica.

This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ performance of “Jammin'”, when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP)

The One Love Peace Concert brought together 16 of Reggae’s biggest acts, and was dubbed by the media as the “Third World Woodstock”, “Bob Marley plays for Peace” and simply, “Bob Marley Is Back.” The concert attracted more than 32,000 spectators with the proceeds of the show going towards “much needed sanitary facilities and housing for the sufferahs in West Kinston.” The concert was kicked off at exactly 5:00 PM with a message from Asfa Wossen, the crown prince of Ethiopia, praising the concert organizers’ efforts to restore peace in Jamaica. This introduction to the event is important in illustrating the growing prevalence of the Rastafari movement in everyday Jamaican culture. The concert was divided into two halves, with the first half devoted to showcasing some of Reggae’s newer talent, and the second half devoted to the more established artists.

Tosh harangued the audience from the stage. Taunting the cops and poltrixters on legalizing herb and supporting colonial states like Rhodesia and South Africa. The cops caught up to him later and beat him nearly to death.

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One Love Peace Concert movie: Bob, Peter, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown and more; Apr. 22, 1978

Here is my take on the story:

Here is Peter himself telling the story:

 

Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-tober 18, 2014: Jah-loween Sundown Soon Come!

 

 

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Smile Jamaica 20+ Jah-loween Jah-mboree! Sat. Sept. 25, 2014; 4 to 7 Mtn. krcl.org. 90.9FM Afternoon of the Living Dread!

<Jah-loween Seasons Greetings from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives!); 62 sec.>

Greetings,

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Even year magic. Kansas City will feel no pity from Bruce Bochy who is well Nitty ‘n’ Gritty! GO GIANTS!

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  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
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<Smile Jamaica 20+ years of Jah-loween; 60 sec.>

Here are the High-lights of today’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Your station that rules the nation….

<Don’t touch that dial!>

Peter Tosh Birthday tomorrow. Oct. 19, 1944 marks the birth of Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh).

He was murdered….wait for it…. Sept. 11, 1987. I’m going to tell you a story about how Peter crashed the stock market on the anniversary of his Oct. birthday 5 weeks after his murder. Then we’ll hear him prophesize about it in The Day the Dollar Died. What about WTC Building 7?

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Peter Tosh prophecy: The Day the Dollar Died. Russia and China are in process of that very notion. Nelstradamus told you!

<Zombies love the Roots ‘n’ Dubbers; 17 sec.>

Next week is Jah-loween Show. Twenty plus years of ghosts, vampires, witches and zombies. I’ll tell you why I do it 6 days early instead of one day late. (Halloween is Friday this year). Last week I played about 44% of the show. Nuff Jah-loween tunes this week as well! Pick up your cross and follow me! Lee “Scratch” Perry

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All treats no tricks! Gorillaza have a dubble dose of Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica

<Vincent Price: Abominable Dr. Phibes; 14 sec.>

  • Roots Dawtas: Mutant Dubstresses: Sevendub, Ranking Ann, Grace Jones, Zema, Hollie Cook
  • 4:20 Seven Leaf: Vinyl mystierioso!

<Big Youth: Don’t get stoned pon mi tombstone! 9 sec.>

  • Disco Mix: Extended mix Vinyl
  • Vinyl is Vital: Jah-loween with spooky soundbytes (half-way point)
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45 vinyl rarities obscurities
  • Mutant Dub: More Jah-loween plus Orson Welles War of the Worlds (last half hour)
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Do not scoff like mi bredrin Aqua Boy: Ronald Reagan and Nestradamus tried to warn you!

<Orson Welles War of the Worlds. Soon come fi real! UFO-ria for sure-ya!; 90 sec.>

bless/curse, robt

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  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
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“Vncent Price: Can you dig it!>

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Can you dig it? Pon the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives DVD Player this Jah-loween Season. Vincent Price unleashes plagues of Biblical proportions against the Hospital Staff who killed his wife in surgery. That is not covered under Obamacare!