Since nearly the very beginning I ‘n’ I have harvested all the various Halloween tunes found in Reggae music.
<25+ Years of Jah-loween on 29 Years of Smile Jamaica; 24 sec.>
Over the 3 decades of Reggae Radio my Devil’s menagerie has grown to 2 60-CD suitcases, a crate full of vinyl, a box full of 7″.
About a decade ago, I started hacking up horror bytes, movie trailers and Jah-loween intros. Then like Dr. Frankenstein in his laboratory, I hunker down in my Secret Dubratory and stitch it all together.
It’s alive! It’s alive!
So now enjoy this look back to all Hallow’s Eve and admire how Horror Reggae fits the Season. 11 sec.
In October of 1989 I began an excursion on the version: Radiothon (fund-drive) ’89 was when my bredrin Rutabaga Reese invited me to co-host KRCL’s long running Reggae program Smile Jamaica (then on from 1-4 pm Saturdays). I had just resigned from the grind of the Graveyard (Mondays 3-6 am) and figured I would finish my undergrad degree at the U of Utah and then head to Collie-fornya for Grad School.
Funny how things change. I stayed. Rutabaga and I shared Saturdays for about nine months and around July 1990 was when I took over the reigns solo.
For me programming Smile Jamaica is my absolute favorite thing on earth to do. And I like to say give thanks to KRCL for investing in the show and I ‘n’ I. Same guy, same channel, same time, same format.
I started in Oct. ’89. The Simpsons (post Tracey Ullman) started Dec. ’89. Both programs still running well-hot!
High-Lights of the Jah-tober 10, 2015 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 59 sec.
Winston Jarrett – Solid As a Rock; Atra 10 Track (Atra) ’72 UK vinyl
Chalawa – Natural Mystic; Exodus Dub (Westons) ’77 Can.; Dub Album of the Hour
Sly & Robbie – Sesame Street; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ‘79 kids cover
Judy Mowatt – Slave Queen; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
My favorite television show is Ancient Aliens. Friday Nights on H2. I am fascinated with the concept of how what we know as Mesopotamian mythology predated the Bible and was really the story of Ancient Aliens. Not Skygods. Nor Greek Gods. It was the Anunnaki
A dude named Zecharia Sitchin translated thousands of Sumerian cuneiform tables and discovered a hidden history of Ancient Aliens who came from the Twelfth Planet. A place called Nibiru.
The Anunnaki – those who came from the Sky – were space miners who needed gold for their atmosphere on Nibiru.
With an elliptical orbit, there are times when Nibiru approaches Earth which has massive gold holdings. The Anunnaki land space ships in places like Sinai, Sumer (modern day, southern Iraq), the Indus Valley and of course, Egypt. Then they went to the major gold fields in Southern and Western Africa.
<The 12th Planet: Nibiru – home world of the Anunnaki; 18 sec.>
From Book IV of Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles: The Lost Realms. About the “Bearded Ones”: The Anunnaki who also visited the New World where the Mayan and Incan civilizations had so much gold, it was worthless as currency.
The Anunnaki had come to Earth 432,000 years before the Deluge – a period equivalent to 120 orbits of Nibiru. Though to the Anunnaki one orbit equalled a single year which was equivalent to 3600 Earth Years. They came and went between Nibiru and Earth each time their planet came closer to the Sun (and Earth) as it passed between Jupiter and Mars.
But these Anunnaki were lazy. So they created mankind to mine the gold to take back to Nibiru. Superior Anunnaki DNA spliced with Homo Erectus DNA. And what happened was these Anunnaki liked human women and there was plenty of bedjamming between the two groups.
Finally, the main Sumerian God Anu was fed up with humans. He commanded that the Anunnaki wipe them out with a massive flood.
One of the gods, Enki, took pity on mankind and decided to warn them about the Deluge meant to wipe out the annoying humans.
Was it Noah and his Ark? Pshaw. It was a Sumerian named Ziusudra in a submarine.
Do I believe any of this? Sure why not. Here are the 12 planets that the Sumerians wrote about around 2700 BC. Planet, in this case, celestial body
Luna (Earth’s moon)
Uranus (discovery 1781 AD)
Neptune (discovery 1846 AD)
Pluto (discovered 1930 AD)
Nibiru (The 12th Planet)
The Sumerians knew about these outer planets 4500 years before local astronmers knew about them. Makes sensi to me!
High-lights of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 19, 2015; 34 sec.
Set 1: Harvest Time
<Time to clean out the bad weeds, separate them from the good for the day of harvest is here — Don Carlos; 10 sec.>
Wayne Jarrett – Every Tongue Shall Tell; Showcase (Wackies) ’82 Brooklyn, NY vinyl; Horace Andy cover
Sly & the Revolutionaries – Marijuana; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83: Harvest Time Set
In 1972 George Carlin did a famous routine on the Seven Dirty Words you can’t say on television (or radio)
In Jamaica you might want to add a #8: bumbaclaat. When Aunt Flo comes a callin’ each month, Rasta women in Jamaica living in the hills don’t go for Kotex or Tampax but have to do what rural and poor women have done for centuries: rags.
In some Rasta societies the stigma of menstruation makes women “unclean” and they are often kept apart from the Rasta men.
The term used for these menstruation rags in Jamaica: bumbaclaat. Bumba slang word for….pussy. Claat/cloth = Bumbaclaat. It can also mean the rag you use to wipe your backside. A nasty epithet forbidden in polite company but a rude retort akin to dropping F-bombs from the stage.
Peter Tosh is most identified with the term. He put a song entitled “Bumbaclaat” on his album Wanted Dread & Alive. HIs American record label was none too happy and excised the song from domestic release. If you have seen the Tosh biography Red X, he talks about how a duppy (Jamaican malevolent spirit) paralyzed Peter one night and his only way to break free was to scream out BUMBACLAAT! to free himself from demonic possession.
That story is one of many I tell on the June 20, 2015 edition of Smile Jamaica. End of June 2015 tallies up 27 years of Reggae Radio for I ‘n’ I on KRCL 90.9FM Salt Lake City, Utah. Give thanx!
<HIgh-lights of the June 20, 2015: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 73 sec.>
Summer jam skiffle and soul covers
4:20 and Seven Leaf set, 4 down, 46 to go!
Wailers Family Tree: Tosh teaches us a swear word. Wailers mix ‘n’ match on Stop That Train – Catch a Fire. Marcia at Studo One. Bunny Wailer Gumption. Chalice covers Stevie livicated to Bob
Best of 25 Years: My favorite selections from 1988-1990 on Reggae Radio
Roots Dawtas – Marcia, Lorna, Ranking Ann, Fabiane, Alpha & Omega trancers, Marvels do Aretha
Vinyl is Vital: herb, dawta, deejays, youthmen
Mutant Dub: Jah-pon, Snoop, African Head Charge
Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12” (DEB) ’75 from Porgy and Bess
<Summertime and the living is easy; 17 sec.>
Burning Babylon – Sproing-a-Dub; Beat, Beat, Beat (I Tones) 2008 Boston; Dub Album of the Week
Ken Boothe – In the Summertime; Keep on Running (Trojan) ’70 Mungo Jerry cover; 15 sec.
Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 Aretha Franklin cover w/ female vox; 7 sec.
Max Romeo – My Jamaica Collie; Pray For Me (Trojan) ’73; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; over My Jamaican Girl
<Max Romeo – My Jamaica Collie; 13 sec.>
Chalice – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Best of Reggae (Sonoma); Stevie Wonder tribute to Bob Marley
<Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster Jammin’; 6 sec.>
<Bought this one at the Mall-Wart; 26 sec.>
Peter Tosh – African; Live at the Jamaican World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation); 11/27/82: Montego Bay, JA
<Jamaican swear word: Bumbaclaat!1 min. 41 sec.>
Fabiane – Prophecy; 12 the Hardway (Tribes Man)
Dennis Brown – No More Shall I Roam; 10” (Observer) ‘74
Set 3: Best of 25 Years – Smile Jamaica
Bim Sherman – Slummy Ghetto; Across the Red Sea (ON U Sound) ’82
Jump straight to the Jah-loween Ark-Ive…if you dare!
Here is the musical torture of Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Spooktacular: Jah-tober 25, 2014
<Ranking Dreads vs. the Living Dead!>
Unlike Fox running the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror in November when it loses its impact after All Hallow’s Eve, the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives celebrates the last Saturday before Oct. 31st!
<Dubhouse of Horror; 43 sec.>
Me being a librarian by trade, I had to be extra organized. I separated my 666 Jah-loween tunes by demography. Then I had my cheat sheet of 75+ horror soundbytes and movie trailers that I chopped up inna vivisection stylee during the month of Jah-tober in my Secret Dubratory buried in the crypt of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives
Here is my Jah-loween Demonology:
Witchdoctors practicing Black Magic, Voodoo and Jamaican Obeah
Blood Suckers: Barnabas Collins, Dracula and assorted vampires
Devils: Lucifer, Satan with the Mark of the Beast pon their ugly faces
Dungeons, Coffins, Graveyards and Boneyards
Ghosts and Jamaican duppies
< 3 hours of Reggae Spooktacular: Pick up your Cross and follow me!>