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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: Jah-vember 9, 2019 – Wailers Family Stories!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I just have time to share 3 Wailers Family Tree stories:

Why Jamaicans called Peter Tosh – Peter Touch (1); 1 min. 46

Aesop’s fable about the craven choke puppy (2); 26 sec.

Haile Selassie’s speech to the United Nations, in Amharic, chanting down war (3); 32 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 annotated playlist: 36 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cimarons – Reggae Time; In Time (Trojan) ’75 UK vinyl

<Cimarons in Jamaica; 29 sec.>

  • Studio One Band – A Gal Dem a Lie; Jucks Dub vol. 2 (Studio One) ’77 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Eclipse – Let Jah Be the One; Corrupted Society (Bristol Reggae Archive) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Downpressor; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Barry Brown – Give Thanks; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; Impact! (Soul Jazz) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’75 herb tune
  • Don Carlos – Here I Come; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC

Set 2:

  • Lloyd Parks & Hugh Brown – Into the Night; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ’81 Benny Mardones pop cover
  • Lucky Dube – War and Crime; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Elen Melgarejo – Lose to Find; Temple of I & I (ESL)
  • Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12″ (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Gregory Isaacs – How Long (Extended); Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Everybody Ballin’; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’76 roots dawta

Set 4:

  • Smashmouth – Virgin Girl; Half Baked soundtrack (MCA) ’97 Eek a Mouse/herbal cover
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Ruts DC – Weakheart (Rob Smith rmx); King Size Dub (Echo Beach) punk dub rmx
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub: Commandments of Dub Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pluto – I Shot the Sheriff; Ramgoat (Wild Flower) ’74 JA Bob Marley cover
  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone UK ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – Barber Saloon; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Herb; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. herb tune
  • Casselberry & DuPree – War; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee; Bob Marley cover/Haile Selassie UN speech
folk reggae dawta duo covers Bob Marley/Haile Selassie

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Hoot Nanny Hoot (Studio One) ’65 ska take: Wailers Family Tree Set
  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 The Ritz: NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Craven Choke Puppy; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for 50 years
  • Haile Selassie I, Bob Marley & Buffalo Bill; War/Selassie Is the Chapel; 12″ (Human Race) Selassie speech to UN
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy***End of Set 6

Set 7: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Morcheeba feat. Skye Edwards – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96: Mutant Dub Roots Dawta set
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Dub of Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Sonia Pensar & Ital Lion – Sapno Mei; Jonah Dan: Spirit of the Ancients (Inner Sanctuary) 2004
  • Afro Mystic – The Odyssey; Morphology (OM) 2003
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Natacha Atlas – Amulet; Halim (Nation) ’97 Belgian/Arabic/Sephardic chanteuse

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tober 12, 2019 – 400 Years/Anti-Columbus Special

Greetings,

They called it”spoilage”. That is what you lose when your cargo goes bad. Or you are a trucker and you are overweight for the Interstate. I remember asking my Dad once in California. “Why did that trucker dump a bunch of oranges by the side of the road?” Pops: “The truck is too heavy and he had to lighten his load.”

Now picture that same dynamic on a slave voyage from 1526 til the Mid 1800s. Spoilage was the loss of life on the journey from West Africa to the New World. Either dead slaves, or if the ship was overloaded, several excess slaves would be simply chucked over the side to drown.

<Spoilage in the Slave Trade; 65 sec.>

Prince Far I – “When the boat overload, they threw some of us overboard”

Reggae music came about in Jamaica because of slavery. The Brits lived in the upscale plantation house. Irish and Scottish immigrants worked as overseers in the fields. Black slaves worked the sugar plantations.

Eventually, The Irish and Scottish wiled away their time by playing fiddle and piano. As time went on, blacks picked up those instruments and learned to play. Usually on Sunday – Church services. When you absorb African drumming onto Western melodies and instruments — that is how you get Reggae music.

<British instruments + African drums = Reggae; 41 sec.>

In October, Columbus Day, is a Holiday. Christopher Columbus. The Genovese explorer who stumbled onto “India” on behalf of the Spanish Crown.  Thus began the American Holocaust

David Stannard’s classic about the ravages of slavery gave context to my love of Reggae Music

Columbus was looking for a Western route to India that wouldn’t take Europeans through Muslim territory for the riches of the Subcontinent.

Ancient Astronaut Theory Suggests….Columbus had two UFO Encounters

<Columbus, The Bermuda Triangle and UFOs>

Christopher Columbus and UFO’s

Columbus wrote in his journal

  • The incident took place on October 11th 1492, 10pm. At the time of the incident it is said that Santa Maria (the ship) was sailing through what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle. The crew first noticed a disc shaped object emerging from the sea. The description given in the ship’s log is that of a wax candle light moving up and down in the night sky.
  • Prior to this incident the ship’s logs in the month of September (17th and 20th) provide accounts of what are described as stars making noticeable movements in the night sky.
Christopher Columbus tracked by UFOs

Columbus’s crew reached what is now the Bahamas in 1492. He thought he had landed in India. The Taino and Arawak natives, (soon to be wrongly called Indians), greeted the explorers with friendly intent. Unfortunately for them, they arrived in gold finery.

The Euros returned the generosity with massacres, cholera, syphilis and  rape. Whoever survived the onslaught was enslaved and forced to mine gold. After a generation the Indigenous tribes fought back with the only real weapon they had: mass suicide. They would simply jump off cliffs into the sea. Or eat a meal of poisonous roots.

<Taino and Arawak devastation by Columbus; 1 min. 55 sec.>

As the Conquistadors prepared to burn Hatuey alive, a “helpful” Catholic Priest offered salvation to him. If he accepted Christ he would immediately go to Heaven and not burn for Eternity in Hell as a Heathen.

Hatuey politely declined. “I have seen what the Christians are like on Earth. Why would I want to meet anymore of them in the Sky?”

***

In 1526 the Portugese kicked off the Atlantic Slave Trade. Soon to follow were the Spanish, English and Dutch. Thus began what Peter Tosh sang: “400 Years and it’s the same philosophy)

<Wailers and Peter Tosh – 400 Years; 1 min. 15 sec.>

Actually, this is Peter Tosh with Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters

Thus began 3 centuries of the Middle Passage

  1. Europeans would load ships full of commercial goods: textiles, rifles, flint locks
  2. They would dock on the Gold Coast of West Africa. They would trade their goods for slaves. (Most slaves were captives in tribal wars.)
  3. The slaves would be packed on the ships “like sardines in a tin” and shipped to the New World: America, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and especially Brazil.

<The Dungeon in the Merchant Ship; 36 sec.>

Human cargo packed like sardines in a tin

4. The slaves, in Jamaica, would be forced to harvest sugar cane.

5. The ships return to Europe with sugar products: granular sweetener, rum, molasses.

6. European factory workers, driven by their sugar rush, in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution , could make the consumer goods….to return to Africa

The “Middle Passage” was the leg between Europe to the  New World. As many as as 12.5 million “human cargo” made the excruciating journey over 3 centuries. As many as 2.5 million of those unfortunate wretches perished during the journey.

That’s a spoilage rate of 20%.  And yes, those losses were expected and factored into the price.

<The horrors of the Middle Passage; 90 sec.>

The major themes of Reggae music explore this psychic disruption. Songs about loss, the repatriation to Zion away from Babylon. Rastas worshiping a Black Christ – His Imperial Majesty in  Ethiopia.

Those were the stories that made me a Reggae fanatic. Epitomized by Eek a Mouse’s “Do You Remember”. Song 2 of this podcast

Do you, do you remember those days of slavery?
It wasn’t black man alone, who died through bravery
‘Though some a dem threw dem self over board
Because dis ya slaveship overload

 

Before KRCL moved their Radiothon fund drives to October, I would do an Anti-Columbus show. I would always lead off with Burning Spear‘s takedown of the Italian mass murderer, Columbus

 

This year the beg-a-thon took place a week earlier. Felt good to harvest 40 songs for Indigenous People’s Day. Not Columbus. Or Comb-buss’ (bust) us as Peter Tosh called him.

 

<1526-1970’s: 400 Years of Slavery; 30 sec.>
bless, Bobbylon

 

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Jah-tober 12, 2019 – Anti-Columbus Day> 

Set 1:

  • Burning Spear – Columbus; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Big Youth/Soul Syndicate – Reggae Gi Dem Dub (Nichola Delita) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the week
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember?; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 do you remember the days of slavery?
  • Misty in Roots – Slavery Days; Wise and Foolish (People Unite) ’81 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Plantation Heights; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Culture – Pirate Days; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77
  • Don Carlos – Black History; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
This poster hangs over the Secret Dubratory when I cut up Smile Jamaica’s

Set 2:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ’77
  • Mutabaruka – Witeman Country; Check  It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Bam Bam – Slave; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA vinyl w/ female vox
  • Joe Higgs – More Slavery + Dub; Life of Contradiction (Lagoon) ’75

Set 3:

  • Third World – Human Market Place; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Third World) ’76
  • Hugh Griffiths – 400 Years; Mother Africa (Gone Cold) (My-O-Lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Jimmy Cliff – Poor Slave; Unlimited (Reprise) ’73 US vinyl
  • The Skulls – Black Slavery Days; Black Slavery Days (Clappers) ’80
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Bob Andy – Unchained; Bob Andy’s Song Book (Studio One) ’72 JA vinyl (1) original
  • Sister Carol – Shackles; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC vinyl (2) dj coer
  • Ken Boothe – Christopher Columbus; 7″ (Fox) JA 70’s era
  • Aswad – African Children; New Chapter (CBS) ’81 UK

Set 5:

  • Rastafari Elders – 400 Years; Rastafari Elders (RAS) ’90 nyahbinghi
  • Black Slate – Bondage and Slavery; Black Slate (Alligator) ’80 Chicago vinyl
  • Rashani – Columbus Myth; Who’s Feelin’ Who (Zamani) ’98 Duncanville, TX
  • Courtney Melody – Black Liberation; 12″ (CRAT) 80’s digital

Set 6:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Lorna Asher – True History; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Little Roy – Christopher Columbus; Prophecy (Tafari) ’75 US vinyl
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 reggae cover of Paul Revere’s Indian Reservation
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horror; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australian Dub Album of the Hour
aka Jay Boys “African People”

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n – riddim shower (1) Peter solo
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (2) – ’72 Jamaican mix
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (3) – ’72 Chris Blackwell rmx
  • Bunny Wailer – Slave Driver; Tribute (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl – Bob Marley covers

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players – Dungeon + Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Junior Delgado – Sons of Slaves; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Earl Zero – Shackles and Chains; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Abyssinians – Black Man’s Strain; Satta Massagana (Heartbeat) ’76
  • I Kong – Set Jah People Free (Rohit) ’87
  • Capital Letters – Out of Africa; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; Djosos Krost (Quango) 2004 Swedish dub w/ dub poet

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Summer Roots – Cratedigging in 115 Degrees!

Greetings,

My Dad has been laid up in Sun City West, AZ. He has something called NPH: Excess spinal fluid builds up on the part of the brain that controls walking, bowel/bladder control and short term dementia.

I, my brother and sister have been tag teaming with my Mom in his treatment. July was my turn.

Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.

I am mainly on the hunt for collector Reggae vinyl. The temp in Phoenix is 115 degrees.

Here is how you cratedig in triple digits without your vinyl stash melting.

  1. From the retirement community my parents live in, Sun City West, to Tempe is about 45 minutes. Run the AC at 60 degrees. By the time I got out of the car, I was frozen. I literally wished I had worn socks.
  2. But, getting out of the car into that heat felt good. My joints thawed out from the drive. Enter the shop ad cratedig.
  3. Going back to the car was like walking into a furnace blower.
  4. My mom had set up one of those cooling bags and we added a zip loc bag full of ice. Even then I placed a thick blanket. Must avoid sunlight and high temps.
  5. Placed the records in the bag and rinse and repeat.

The uniqueness of cratedigging. At Xmas time, I didn’t find any vinyl in Phoenix. Hellish summer I found good collectors vinyl if three shops. Getting them home is part of the story.

Enjoy this musical mash up podcast for when I was off air.

bless, Bobbylon

Vinyl only shop by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate July 2019 Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross – Version Girl (Virgin) ’85 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Culture – Trod On (Extended Mix); Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 herbtune
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Wailers cover
  • Organized Kryme feat. Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Organized Kryme (1st Step) 2000

30-60 min.

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 female vox on Jr. Byles cover
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’75 comp.
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Reggae Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Jah Lion – Hay Fever; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76 dj to Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (sic) (Different Drummer) 2004 mutant dub to Creole classic
  • Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbing; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK mutant dub

60-90 min.

  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail HIM (Heartbeat)  ‘80
  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybiane Miranda
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’82
  • Queen Majeeda – Gye Name; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 
  • Mighty Diamonds – The Real Enemy; The Real Enemy (Rohit) ‘87
  • Heavy Manners – Complicated Decency;  Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago group w/ female vox

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Third World – Rhythm of Life; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ‘94 UK mutant dub
  • Welton Irie – Jah Come;  Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Aswad – Love Fire; Live and Direct (Mango)  ’83
Sun City West, AZ – 115 degrees in the shade

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Time; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Cymande – The Message;  Cymande (Sequal/Janus) ’72 UK reggae/rock/soul/jazz
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (China) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Ras Command – Culture Move; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant Dub
  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’83
  • U Roy – Trenchtown Rock; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Musical Youth – Political /General; 7″ (021) ‘81
  • Big Youth – A Luta Continua; A Luta Continua (Heartbeat)  ’84 the struggle
  • continues
  • King Kong – Ethiopia; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Kings of Reggae feat. Chris Hinze – Let’s Have a Party; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 flute jazz reggae
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – The Roots; Dub Magic (Zion’s Gate) ‘98 UK trance dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 21, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist): Happy Birthday Haile Selassie!

Livicated to the World’s First Hippie

<Happy Birthday to the World’s First Hippie – Haile Selassie I>  68 sec.

Greetings,

  • Ras Tafari Makonnen: The Head Creator
  • Haile Selassie I: Power of the Trinity

<Power of Jah Trinity; 27 sec.>

  • Negusa Negast: King of Kings; 30 sec.
  • Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Elect of God, Ever Living God, Earth’s Rightful Ruler

<Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah; 13 sec.>

Without this little short man (Selassie was 5 foot 2) Reggae consists of love songs, novelty records and pop and soul covers. This is the heart of Smile Jamaica.

Rastafari gospel love songs to His Imperial Majesty from the Rastas. In Jamaican, when Nationalist hero Marcus Garvey was recruiting blacks to return to Africa, he prophesized: “Look to the east where a black king will be crowned. That will be the signal to load up the Black Star Liner (as opposed to the Titanic passenger liner White Star Line) to go back to Africa

<Garvey’s prophecy; 63 sec.>

Marcus Garvey: Look to the East, where a king will be crowned leading all blacks back to Africa

From that moment the movement grew from the impoverished in Jamaica who wanted a black Jesus not a colonial white Jesus. Selassie was the reincarnation of Jahova (Jah).

He ruled in Ethiopia until the communists in the hinterlands took advantage of corrupt Selassie courtiers who refused to acknowledge famine in the provinces. Selassie was deposed and most likely murdered in the basement of his Imperial Palace in 1974.

<Selassie’s downfall; 30 sec.>

I call myself a Rasta enthusiast or empathizer and even a Sumerian Fundamentalist like myself, is powerfully moved by such beautiful musical devotion that we will hear on this Ark-Ive Podcast.

Haile Selassie – July 23, 1892.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 21, 2018: Happy Birthday His Imperial Majesty; 95 sec.

Smile Jamaica: 30 Years of Rastafari Gospel love songs

Set 1:

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86 UK – 3 hours for Haile Selassie – July 23, 1892
  • Roots Radics/Bunny Wailer – Roots Raddics; Dub D’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’77 JA vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Ethiopian National Anthem; Movements (Dynamic) ’78 JA vinyl; nyahbinghi style drumming

<National Anthem of Ethiopia; 23 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie; Tear It Up” Live (Mango) ’83
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK vinyl comp
Royal flag of Ethiopia

Set 2:

  • Keith Hudson – I Broke the Comb; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78

<The Old Testament Nazirite Vow and Dreadlocks; 84 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 on McCartney/Jackson Girl is Mine
  • Peter “Roots” Lewis – Jah Is My Salvation; Wicked Roots (Reggae Retro) 2000
  • Hugh Mundell – That Little Short Man; 12″ (Rockers International) ’78; Selassie was 5 foot 2

Set 3:

  • Jacob Miller – False Rasta; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’77

<Beware the Follow Fashion Dread; 47 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76
  • Aswad – He Gave the Sun to Shine; New Chapter (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Ranking Trevor – Give Thanks and Praise Unto Jah; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’78 UK to Heart & Soul
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Where He Leads; Face the Music (VP) ’81
  • Burning Spear – Jah Is My Driver; Farover (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Daweh Congo – Jah Is My Shepherd; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • Hortense Ellis – Jah Mysterious Works; Women in Reggae (Shanachie) ’75 extended

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Leroy Smart – Jah Jah Forgive Them; Live Up Roots Children (Striker Lee) ’85 UK
  • Clint Eastwood – Whip Them Jah Jah; Step It in a Zion (Third World) ’78 UK
  • Michigan & Smily – Jah Ruled Over I; Step By Step (Hitbound) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Jah Malla – Jah Love; Jah Malla (Modern) ’81 US – children of Reggae players in JA

<Jah Malla: songs of Reggae players: Val Douglas, Roland Alphanso, Ernest Ranglin, Sylvan Morris; 30 sec.>

  • Zema – Selassie; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 So Cal female singer
2nd gen Reggae group

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Iziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised); Legalize It (Columbia) ’76
  • Bunny Wailer – Rasta Dread (Natty Dread); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 tunes for Bob’s 50th Birthday
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80

<Rita encounters Haile Selassie; 81 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Conquering Lion; One Love Peace Concert: Kingston, JA 4/22/78
  • Dub Specialist – Fire Coal Version; Version Dread (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’75 17 Dub Shots From Studio One

Set 7:

  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 UK – World’s first hippie
  • Aisha – One God, One Aim, One Destiny; True Roots (Ariwa) ’95
  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylo (Shanachie) ’95 comp: cover of the Orioles Crying in the Chapel
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Selassie Is the Chapel; Rebel Box Set (JAD) ’66

Set 8:

  • Alpha & Omega – Who Is the Ruler; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’89 UK vinyl trance dub
  • Doctor Alimantado – Chant to Jah; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’75
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths & Rights (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’80
  • Misty in Roots – How Long Jah; Live at the Euro Countervision (Kaz) ’79
  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah; Bim Sherman Meets U Black and Horace Andy in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ’79
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Gives Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’78
The first song I played after being off air for six weeks with a blood infection/Sepsis that landed me in Intensive Care

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 23, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Harvest Time!

 

<Jah Jah clean out the bad weeds. Separate them from the good. 20 sec.>

Greetings,

I always assume Summer is over when I have to switch from AC to the furnace. Alas, that happened this week.

Time to celebrate that with some Harvest Time roots ‘n’ dubbers. Fall also means an anniversary for I ‘n’ I. October 1989 I co-hosted Smile Jamaica with my bredrin Rutabaga Reese. He moved on Summer of ’90 and I have been juggling wax every Saturday, (not cratedigging of course), since.

Selah! Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 23, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 34 sec.

Don Carlos – The day of harvest has come!

 

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl dj to Mike Brooks Feeling of Reggae
  • Scientist – Surveilance (sic); Encounters Pac Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Lions Den – Zion Dub; Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubbers
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jarrett Park; Montego, Bay JA
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female cover of Rita Marley’s 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 herbtune

<Adventures in Cratedigging – The Melodians big seller; 22 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Hooverphonic – This Strange Effect/ Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC rmx w/ female vox
  • Mighty Diamonds – Fools Rush In; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Channel One) ‘78
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; 12” (Black Art) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’82 

<Mondays: Theme to my first show: 3 O’Clock Roadblock; 13 sec.>

  • Black Roots – Mighty Lion; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Burning Spear – People of the World; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Love Joys – Long Lost Lover; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Black Cinderella riddim
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shsnachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“One day I don’t like is a Monday, Monday”

Set 4:

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley = Joseph Biblical Prophet

<Bob as Biblical Prophet Joseph; 28 sec.>

Eric Donaldson – Black Magic Love; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ‘89

Horace Andy & Jah Mike – Praise Him + Babylon Happening; 12” (Joe Gibbs) ‘81

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (PVC) ’83 DC punkdub 

<HR throat of Bad Brains on Smile Jamaica in the studio; 59 sec.>

<Say it with me: Bad Brains; never THE Bad Brains; 6 sec.>

  • Bobby Culture w/ Brimstone & Fire – Dreadlocks Man; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • Icarus – State of Mind; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • I Roy – Quarter Pound of Ishens; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK

<Qtr. pound of herb costs $1.10 and you still can’t pay your rent?! 17 sec.>

Autographed copy from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s ’77 Exodus. Ziggy’s 2017 rmx; 45 sec.>

<Waiting in Vain mix ‘n’ match – ’77 to 2017; 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl: riddim shower (1): original
  • Simply Red – Love Fire; 12” (Elektra) (2): Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood rmx

<Bunny Wailer & Simply Red Meet Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood of ON U Sound; 38 sec>

  • Earl Moodie – Untouchable Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodie Music) ’74 Dub Album of the Hour
Great Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood Bunny Wailer rmx Rokers do Reggae!

Set 7:

  • Fabiane – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 original female vox
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 cover
Aisha – my favorite female Reggae singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Roots Manuva – Yellow Submarine; Badmeaningood no. 2 (Ultimate Dilemma) 2002 Beatles Cover
  • Sons of Arqa – Asian Rebel; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound)
  • Systemwide – Ripe Up Version; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • New Age Steppers/Creation Rebel – Threat to Creation; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
  • Alpha & Omega – Conscious Black Woman + Version; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (Koch) 2007 Melodians cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate (Stream + Tracklist): Best of 29 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

July 2, 1988 was when I ‘n’ I debuted at 3AM on a hot summer night late Sunday/early Monday on radio station KRCL. The name of the show was 3 o’clock Roadblock named after the Bob Marley song.

That started a 3 decade journey of 29 years of Reggae Radio. After a year or so I moved from early morning graveyard shift to the big show: Smile Jamaica. 

Saturdays 1-4 PM in 1989-1990 and then moved back to 4pm. Planted my flag and never left.

If I figure I average about 45 shows a year (with time away for cratedigging on the weekends). That amounts to 1305 + shows. Almost 4000 hours of Reggae.

I celebrated with all vinyl a couple weeks back. Took last Saturday off and cooked up a CD best of 29 years in my Secret Dubratory.

Thanks for the musical memories!

bless, robt

If I remember correctly: Black Uhuru’s What Is Life was the first song I played on Reggae Radio: 3AM July 2, 1088

0-30 min.

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 2 (CSA) ’88 UK
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Brainwashing; African Herbsman (Trojan)  ’71 nursery rhyme
  • Peter Tosh – Recruiting Soldiers; Mystic Man (EMI America) ‘79
  • Bunny Wailer – Cool & Deadly; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Were You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubblin; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Dis Policeman Keeps on Kickin’ Me to Death; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet 
“Inna my house, there’s a picture on the wall. Rastafari sit upon his throne.”

30-60 min.

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Judah Dub; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ‘79
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s Mom tribute to Bob
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Bit by Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘74
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango)  ’82 

60 min – 90 min

  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86
  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81  Mutant Dub
  • Cymande – Brothers on the Side; Cymane (Sequel) ’74 Cymande = dove of peace. UK crossover group
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan)  ’72 Paul Revere and the Raiders cover – Indian Reservation  cover
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock (Wackies)  ’83 female duo on Rita Marley herbtune 
Cymande – Dove of Peace: UK diaspora of rock, soul, reggae, jazz

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • David Lindley – Quarter of a Man; El Rayo-X (Elektra)
  • Dennis Brown – So Jah Say; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War ina Babylon (Mango) ‘76
  • Martha Velez & the Wailers – Bend Down Low (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
  • Dillinger – Mickey Mouse Crab Louse; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84 
Saw David Lindley at the Zephyr (SLC) Summer ’87. Bought this album the next day

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson & Dennis Bovell – Miami Beach;  Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 single
  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ‘75
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (Jah Rubbaal) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know (You’re Leaving); Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK soul does reggae
  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confession; Midnight Confession (Treasure Isle) ’68 Grass Roots cover
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
Got this album for Christmas 1978. Thanks Mom!

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ini Kamoze – Trouble You, Trouble Me; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Jacob Miller – A Chapter a Day; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ‘80
  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs re-work
  • Jah Wobble – Dreadlock Don’t Deal in Wedlock; The Legend Lives On (Virgin) ‘80
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldheads + Academy Award Version; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 update of group’s Version Girl