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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 2, 2019 – 89th Anniv. of Haile Selassie I’s Coronation!

From Ras Tafari Makonnen to Haile Selassie I – Power of the Trinity; Nov. 2, 1930

Greetings,

In 1920, Jamaican pan-African Nationalist Marcus Garvey issued a prophecy:

Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand”. That was the signal to take the Black Star Liner* out of Babylon (the West, Jamaica) to return to Africa.

*(The White Starliner was the passenger ship company of Titanic notoriety.)

To dispossessed black Jamaicans living in the slums of Kingston, the alienation from a white God/Jesus and a longing to return to the glory of the Mother Continent was a catalyst moment in the development of what became Roots Reggae.

Slavery, poverty and the stigma of human bondage weighed heavy on the frustrated masses left behind after 19th century emancipation.

Four hundred years,
and it’s the same, the same philosophy
I’ve said it’s four hundred years – look, how long
And, the people, they still can’t see – Peter Tosh

Nov.  2, 1930 Garvey’s prophesy came to pass.

Ras Tafari Makonnen was a reforming governor serving the first African Empress, Zewditu.  The East African nation of Ethiopia was trying to break free of the crushing poverty of a feudal society where dirt poor tenant farmers served a small, exploitative rentier class.

How to usher the nation, free from European colonial rule, into the modern era of science, medicine, education, trade.

Ethiopian Empress Zewditu: ruled 1916-1930

Empress Zewditu had no surviving children. Ras Tafari* had a strong pedigree as a potential successor:

*Ras is the equivalent of Prince or Duke; Tafari is an honorific  – “one who is respected”. To Rastas, those who worship Selassie as the living God, Ras Tafari means “Head Creator.”

  • Descended from the Solomonic lineage of Makeda – the Queen of Sheba who married the Israelite King Solomon
  • His maternal grandfather was the grandson of a previous Ethiopian King
  • Ras Tafari‘s father was a general in the Ethiopian army who helped defeat the Italian invaders in 1896
The Battle of Adowa – stopped the Italians from adding Ethiopia as a colony, 1896

Royal reactionaries tried to stop Ras Tafari from competing with Zewditu. She had proclaimed him King (Negus) but Ras Tafari declined the offer to leave the capital of Addis Ababa for one of the outer provinces, which was tradition for the heir apparent.

Only one person can sit upon the throne

The Royal Throne of Ethiopia

Near the end of the Empress’s life, she tried to have him deposed as regent – successor. These coup attempts to stop him failed.

Zewditu’s husband raised an army against Ras Tafari but he was killed fighting provincial troops loyal to the Negus/Ras . In early 1930 the Empress died from the “shock” of her husband’s defeat. (But many think she was poisoned.)

Ras Tafari proved the victor and consolidated his power. He went from King (Negus) to Emperor (Negusa Negast – King of Kings.)

Ras Tafari Makonnen became forever known as Haile Selassie I, first of his name – in Game of Thrones parlance.  Power of the Trinity

The Imperial standard of Haile Selassie I

Nov. 2, 1930 a royal coronation ceremony was held in Addis Ababa. It was a grand affair with many European, Middle Eastern and Asian dignitaries in attendance. I ‘n’ I have included the news reel footage below the text.

Jamaicans saw this five minute film clip played before the feature at the local Kingston movie theaters. Garvey’s prophecy writ large.

That event eventually sparked the rise of Rastafari worship in Jamaica expressed through the “gospel” music of the Wailers, Burning Spear, Culture and hundreds of others.

<Selassie’s coronation that rules the nation! 1 min. 22 sec.>

I ‘n’ I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Platonic love songs to a man who started out with noble ideas and eventually came to an ignoble demise: deposed by Communist revolutionaries in 1974.

Shortly thereafter, the captive Negusa Negast, was strangled in his bed and buried beneath the latrines in the Royal Palace.

In an ironic and tragic twist of events, the reforming governor Ras Tafari Makonnen was let down by his corrupt provincial governors as Emperor Selassie I.

The governors in the provinces reported that there were record harvests when in fact there was a horrible famine killing tens of thousands.

The definitive biography of Selassie’s downfall

But in the immortal words of Bob Marley – Jah Live:

Fools say in their hearts
Rasta, your god is dead
But I and I know, Jah Jah
Dread it shall be dreaded and dread

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 2, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Daylight Saving Time; Listen Up! Deejay Style (Kingston Sounds)
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Itals – Jah Glory; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ‘82
  • Cynthia Richards – Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience w/ Prince Jazzbo – Disco Devil; 12” (Upsetter) ’77 UK
  • Augustus Pablo – Thriller; Thriller (Echo) ’80 UK dub vinyl album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 UK expat group: soul, jazz, reggae
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ‘76
  • Junior Ross & the Spears – Judgement Time; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood and Fire) ‘76
  • Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins; 12” (GG’s Hit) ’78 JA; soap opera vampire

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; FABulous Greatest Hits (Melodisc) ’72
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 obeah = Jamaican black magic
  • Aisha – Evil Forces; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ‘90

<Lucky Dube’s Dracula in SLC and South Africa; 66 sec.>

  • Aba Shanti – Joseph; Wrath of Jah: Verse 1 (Falasha) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt (Shanachie) ‘84 Request
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Emiliana Torrianni – Until the Morning; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC dubbers rmx EP
  • Mystic Bowie & the Pallbearers – Voodooman; Rebirth (Zimbra) 2001 Connecticut
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin) ’81 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Kwame – Hellhound; Follow I (Polydor) ’83 US
  • Bushman – Back Weh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2010 UK
  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK
  • Icarus – Land of the Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’83 UK
  • Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase (Nigger Kojak) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Want Somewhere; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<I Want Somewhere song biography; 1 min. 15 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 Live at the Ritz, NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Guiltiness; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th Birthday
  • Jonah Dan Meets Bush Chemists – Dangerous Dub; Dubs From Zion Valley  (Conscious Sounds) ’94  Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Hooters – All You Zombies; Nervous Night (Columbia)  ’85 Rockers do Reggae
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ‘81
  • The Scorpions – Is There Anybody There; Lovedrive (Mercury) ‘79
The Scorpions on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Noiseshaper – Daemons; Rough Out There (Collision) 2005 Jah-stria
  • The Gorillaz – Dracula; The Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Chase the Devil; Return From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Max Romeo cover w/ female vox
  • Omar Perry – The Ghostmakers; Can’t Stop Us (Makasound) 2009
  • Funky Porcini – Flesh Eater Boulevard; Zombie (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2000 Germany
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 dubstep Specials cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 26, 2019: Bone Yard Skank!

Greetings Ghouls ‘n Gals,

I live in Sugarhouse; on a narrow street that only has one street lamp. I rarely get any Trick or Treaters and my Doc says high fructose is not Ital. And I have a physical coming up in 3 weeks.

The last thing I need is a bunch of left over candy. On Halloween night, my doorbell camera picked up two sets of kids at my door. They were adorable. And I felt guilty. It was a record cold night.

Next year I’m gonna put a little dish near my front door and let the tykes grab whatever they want.

Just don’t do this!

Urban Legend: Stoners giving edibles out for Halloween

So enjoy this 3 hours of All killer….literally Jah-loween tunes: From driving around Kingston in a coffin to  “roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus”. Horror bytes, movie trailers and the monster menagerie!

From your Undead station that rules the nation!

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 26, 2019: Halloween Showcase; 2 min. 14 sec.

Set 1:

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87
  • Scientist – Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81 dub
  • Bim Sherman – Haunting Ground; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’86
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; (Origination) ’94
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 cover of Bobby “Boris” Pickett
  • Barrington Levy – Murderer (Vampire); 12″ (Jah LIfe) ’84

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 Barnabas Collins: soap opera vampire

<Please Sir, may I have a cup of blood? 41 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Vampire; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’77
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska; picture sleeve
Soap Opera vampire Barnabas Collins

Set 3:

  • Capleton feat. Big Youth – Mark of  the Beast; I Testament (Def Jam) ’97
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Carl McDonald – Satan Soldiers on the Run; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 4:

  • Pablo Gad – Sad Mistake; Hard Times (Melodi) ’80 vampire tune
  • Max Romeo & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Horrorzone + Dub; Horrorzone (Nu Roots) 2016

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; This Is Massive (UFO) ’80 JA

<In Jamaica vampires = informers; 35 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In I Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 Miami
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK: Devon Irons cover
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J.; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK – duppies/Jamaican ghosts
  • Scientist – The Mummy’s Shroud; Scientist Rids the Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) rides around in a coffin:

<Mr. Brown; 48 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Dracula; Equal Rights (Deluxe Edition) (Columbia) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Dracular; 7″ (Shock) ’76 dubwize

Set 7:

  • David Lindley – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 rocker cover Warren Zevon
  • Dean Stone – Vampire Rock; 12″ (GG’s Hit) ’79 UK
  • Scientist – Blood on His Lips; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81

Set 8:

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA: Mutant Dub Jah-loween
  • Tayo Meets the Acid Rockers feat. Pupa Jim – Vampayas; 12″ (Scrub a Dub) 2010 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampires; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 best of
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Arabic singer covers Screaming Jay Hawkins

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 19, 2019 – Hole in the Pumpkin!

 

High Fructose, the true horror of Halloween

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I have been hosting Smile Jamaica for 30 years now. October 1989. Don’t remember the first Halloween Reggae show I did, but it would have been early 90’s.

So a quarter century of the exploration of Jamaican, mostly, superstitions about witches, vampires, ghosts/duppies, Obeah Black Magic, The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and the rest!

About 10 years ago I was transitioned into head of the Audio Studio at the Marriott Library: Fall 2009. The early days of digital content. So I had started to notice many soundbytes in a horror vein from my Reggae CD collection.

I started ripping those clips from CDs, pull them into ProTools digital editor. “Snip, snip”. Export as .mp3. Same with a multitude of Halloween sound effects disks.

And there you go! Just like Dr. Frankenstein cutting up sound for your ghoulish pleasure!

Oct. 26th Smile Jamaica will be 3 hours of Boneyard Skanking. But play this podcast to keep the kids off your porch while you hand out your high fructose delights.

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 91 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83 DC vinyl
  • The Aggrovators – Strictly Rockers in the Dreadland (Justice) ’76 JA dub album of the week
  • Victor Essiet & the Mandators – Mi Friends (Duppy Conqueror); One Love One World (Mystic) 2006 Nigerian singers cover Bob Marley Halloween tune
  • Hortence Ellis – Words; Queen of Reggae (JA) ’82 soul cover?
  • Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come; Norman Jay MBE Presents Ska and Boogie (Sunday Best) ’71
  • The Itals – Herbs Pirate; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ’82 comp: 4:20 Service Announcement
  • Mike Brooks – Devil’s Conspiracyj 10″ (Sip a Cup) Mid 2000’s UK militant steppers

Set 2:

  • George Faith – All the Love I’ve Got; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am? (Wackies) ’85
  • Zema – Somebody Wrong; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 Culver City, CA female
  • Dennis Bovell – Pow Wow; All Over the World (EMI) 2006 UK dubber on 70’s I Roy riddim
  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighbourhood; 12″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx, NY

Set 3:

  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charly) ’79 Barnabas Collins vampire: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years – Halloween
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 ghostbuster
  • Willi Williams – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Blood & Fire) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Face the Devil + Dub; Wailing (Jah Guidance) ’81

Set 4:

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sharon and Cedella Marley – (I’m) Hurting Inside; Mighty Quinn soundtrack (A & M) ’89 Bob Marley cover
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Ras Pidow – The Outernationalist; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC dubers rmx Rasta elder
  • Scientist – Blood on His Lips; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81 Halloween dub
  • General Saint & Clint Eastwood – Talk About Run; 12′ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Stepping Out a Space; Dub Revolutionaries (Ariwa) 2003 Dub Album of the Week

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA – Jamaican witch

<Annie Palmer; 39 sec.>

  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Island
  • Dennis Brown – Spellbound; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami, FL
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Dub; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Maga Dog; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 Tosh vox

<Maga dog = mangy dog; 66 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man; Live at the Ritz (bootleg) 9/29/81 in NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Running Away; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Halloween

  • Twinkle Brothers – Devil Worshippers; 7″ (Twinkle) ’99 – 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Jah-loween Set
  • Chezidek – Vampire; 7″ (Massive B) ’96
  • Levi Williams – Duppy Jamboree + Dub; 7″ (Mighty Cloud + Student) ’74

Set 8: Mutant Dub Halloween

  • Balkan Beat Box – What a Night; Give (National Geographic) 2012 Israeli about a ghost:

<Who is Jimmy Savile?>

  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 UK: Singers & Players cover
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta about a ghost encounter in the park
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Grim Reaper; On the Wire (Trojan) 200 UK
  • Finley Quaye – Mash Up Lucifer/Stone the Devil; CD EP (Epic) ’97
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train;  Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tumnal Roots Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

As we take a pause to raise money for the support that community radio provides for prime time, Saturday afternoon, Reggae programming, enjoy this Digital Dubplate.

Recent additions from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to the ITunes Library. Converting analog to digital for the social media/podcasting massive.

And it starts with a perfect theme song for I ‘n’ I: Music is My Desire!

bless, Bobbylon

  • Pablo Moses – Music Is My Desire; A Song (Mango) ’76      
  • Derrick Morgan – Black Superman (Muhammad Ali); Sucker Punch (Trojan) ’75 Johnny Wareika cover
  • The Selecter – My Collie Not a Dog; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska w/ female vox
  • African Head Charge – Wicked Kingdom; Sankofa (Bonjo I) ’97 Mutant Dub recorded in Ghana
  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (ROIR) 2012 DC punk/reggae
  • Dillinger – Flour Dumplin; D.J. Originators (Rocky One) 70’s
  • Prince Buster & The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Melodisc) ’69
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – African Zulu; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’70

30-60 min.

  • General Public – Tenderness; All the Rage (I.R.S.) ’84 post 2 Tone UK ska group
  • Ronnie Davis & Idren – Rough Cut; Come Straight (NIghthawk) ’96
  • Bedouin Soundclash – Midnight Rockers; Street Gospels (Side One Dummy) 2007 US
  • Clancy Eccles – Fatty Fatty (X-Rated Version); Feel the Rhythm (Jamaican Gold) ’70
  • St. Germain – Pink Panther Theme; Norman Jay MBE – Skank & Boogie (Sunday Best) 2015
  • Rita Marley – So Much Things to Say; Tribute to Bob Marley (Disky) ’87
  • Judah Tafari Eskender – Always Trying (Extended Mix); #1 Sound From the Vaults (Studio One)
  • Norm – Waiting in Vain; Everybody Loves Bob Marley (Neos) 2006 Bob Marley cover

60-90 min.

  • Asa – Be My Man; Perfect Imperfection (Naive) 2010 Fr. – female Nigerian singer
  • Asherman Meets Dub Street Rockers – Jah Seed + Seed Grow; Zion Ready (Jump Up) 2006 Chicago
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Equal Rights; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 FL.
  • Culture & I Roy – I’m Not Ashamed (12″ mix); Two Sevens Clash – 30th Anniversary Edition (Shanachie) ’77
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – I’m Ready; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’70

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Dub Syndicate – Not a Word; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials feat. Everton Sylvester – I Got Cash; Make Them Like It (Shanachie) 2000
  • The Frightnrs – Do Unto Others; Nothing More to Say (Daptone) 2016 modern rock steady
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Time Bums; Married to the Mob Soundtrack (Reprise) ’88
  • Burning Spear – Post Man; Langerado Music Festival (Burning Spear) 3/11-12, 2006 Sunrise, FL
  • Dub Pistols feat. Sir Real & Dan Bowskill – Bad Card; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK dubbers

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Creation Rebel – Independent Man Pt. 1 & 2; Lows & Highs (Cherry Red/O U Sound) ’82 UK dubbers
  • Cymande – Pon de Dungle; Best of (Sequel) ’74 UK roots/jazz/soul group
  • General Echo – It’s My Desire to Set Your Crutches on Fire; 12″ Inches of Pleasure (Greensleeves)  ’80 rude
  • Dennis Bovell – Pickin’ Up the  Pieces; All Over the World (Frontline) 2006 to Dylan’s “Man in Me”
  • Prince Far I – Psalm 2; Psalms For I (Carib Gems) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Roots Gwaan – War; Exalt H.I.M. (Conscious Riddims) Bob Marley cover incl. Selassie’s UN speech (2 and 1/2 hours)
  • Sister Carol – Man to Man; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Marley’s Who the Cap Fit
  • Chachi – Natty Dread; Hoya Hoye (Kariang) ’99 Ethiopian dawta covers Bob Marley
  • Bill Laswell & Sacred System – Babylon Ghost; Sacred System Chapter One: Book of Entrance (ROIR) ’96 Mutant Dub
  • Dubblestandart feat. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting (Hongkong Harbor Dub); Streets of Dub (Echo Beach) 2004 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Sugar Minott – Happy Together; Happy Together (Heartbeat) ’91 Turtles cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Loving Arms; Queen of Reggae Music (JA) ’77
  • Niney – Blood and Fire; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 update

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Jah-tember 21, 2019 – 29.98% Years of Saturday Reggae Radio!

 

Greetings,

Not many stories on this show before Radiothon, the 51st week of 29 years. Just kick back and enjoy 3 hours of 29.98 years!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-tember 21, 2019; 42 sec.

Set 1:

  • Third World – Freedom Song; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’76 US vinyl
  • Scientist – Under Surveillance; Scientist Encounters Pac-Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ‘79
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Sessions (Makasound) ’83 UK roots group
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Ambessa) ‘76
  • N***** Charley – Coventry Rock; 12” (Thebes Sounds) ’81 US
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Oldwah Mix) + dub; (Bristol Reggae Archives) ’85 unreleased; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Zema & the Gladiators – Your Mercy Endureth; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2006 SoCal dawta
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Ride On/Wild Goose Chase; Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ‘74
  • English Beat – Twist & Crawl; Live at the US Festival (Shout Factory) Sept. 3, 1982; 2 Tone Ska
  • Leroy Sibbles – Garden of Life; 12” (Big Spanner Disco Ajax) ’79 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Prince Buster – Ten Commandments of Man; Sings His Hit (RCA) ’67: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years
  • Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Woman; Sings His Hit (RCA) ’67 answer record
  • Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop; Harder They Come (Mango) ’72 Soundtrack
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Aswad – Red Up; Aswad (Mango) ’76 instrumental
  • Now Generation – Jah Rock; Aquarius Dub (Black Solidarity) ’71 very first dub album (of the hour)

Set 4:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs cover
  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Harder Shade of Black (Pressure Sounds) ’78 – Leonard ‘Santic’ Chin p rod’n
  • Bim Sherman & U Black – What You Sweet So; 12” (Scorpio) ’78 JA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Dance With Me; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Song Diary – Dance With Me; 1 min. 15 sec.>

  • The Specials – Dawning of a New Era; Gangsters (bootleg); Jan. 30, 1980 at the Paradise, Boston
  • Twinkle Brothers – Undergrond (Twinkle) ‘
  • Bunny & Ricky – Bushweed Corntrash; Creation Rockers vol. 3 (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry herb prod’n
  • Baby Rose – Barb Wire; Can Jam Reggae Rockers Disco Style (Rocktone) ’81 Can. Nora Dean cover

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Anicia Banks – I Want to Thank You Jah; 7” (Ashandan) 7” JA; Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Juks Dread & Big Youth – 23rd Psalm; 7” (Black Art) ’74 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Madoo – Jamming So; 7” (Crazy Joe) ’79 JA
  • Roland Burrell – Hey Mama; 7” (Well Charge) ’82 JA
  • Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing; 7” (Clocktower) ’73 Brooklyn; Ben E. King cover
  • Roots Radics & the Gayladds – Love and Understanding version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Walk & Don’t Look Back; Live at the Ritz, NYC (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 Motwn cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Simmer Down; Hall of Fame (RAS)
  • The Disciples feat. Empress Rasheda; Foundation of Roots in Dub vol. 1 (Roots) UK mutant dub
  • Leo Graham & the Upsetters – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n

  • Alpha & Omega – Guide Over Dub; Trample the Eagle, the Dragon & the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 UK trance dub w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dr. Israel – Dub in a Babylon; One Dub (Interchill) 2009
  • Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – Drop Your Guns; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC
  • Congo Sanchez – Democrazy; Vol. 1 (ESL) 2012 DC EP
  • Jah Rej & Seventh Sense – Yes I; 12” (Jah Works) 2007 UK militant steppers

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

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Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 7, 2019 – Guest Mutant Dub Selector!

Greetings,

School is in session. Quick upload of last week’s Smile Jamaica. Be sure to play through the last 45 minutes with Mutant Dub selections by guest Mixcloud deejay from Ogden: Nerd Show!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 7, 2019: Annotated Playlist ; 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Control Tower Dub; Natural Roots (Onlyroots) ’84 Fr. vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Rainbow Country; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Aisha – Crisis; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Big Up (Gut) ’97 Police cover
  • Rastafarmers – International Herb; Dread in America (Natural Mystic) ’94 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 Opa Locka, FL: Paragons cover

Set 2

  • Dillinger – Natty Kung Fu; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’75
  • Prince Buster – Sata a Masa Gana; Sister Big Stuff (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Evil Doers Retire; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sound) ’99 UK mutant dub w/ females vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Zap Pow – River/River Stone; 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr. Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77 Bunny Wailer cover: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone UK Ska w/ Pauline Black on the vox
  • Jah Pelicaho & the Wailers – Dub Jam Rock; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese dubber
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers + Dub; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Live at the Ritz; Sept. 29, 1981 (bootleg)
  • Sarah B Band – Mali’o; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) 2011 SLC
  • Augustus Pablo & the Upsetters – Lama Lava; 12″ (Daddy Kool) ’79 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US – Wailers cover
  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Freedom Feeling (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Tyrone Taylor – Mama Soca; Jamming in the Hills (World Enterprise) ’87 US
  • Jah Woosh – African Sound; D.J. Legend (Original) 70’s era UK
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; Millie Small (Smash) ’64 US

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover: Rockers do Reggae set
  • HR – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007 throat of Bad Brains
  • Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy – Cool It; Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy (Light in the Attic) ’70 Canadian soul group does reggae
  • Eric Clapton; Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) Peter Tosh cover
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83
  • Andrew Passey & Alien Dread – Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 mutant dub album of the hour

    Keef warbles Gregory Isaacs. WTF?
  • Nerd Show guest deejay: Mutant Dub Hour