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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Labor Daze Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

Took the Labor Day live cast off for some vacation. Enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in the Secret Dubratory located within the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – African Children; (CBS); Not Satisfied (CBS) ’82 UK
  • Carlene Davis – Quicksand; 15 Hits (Sonic)
  • Black Uhuru – Right Stuff; Dub Factor (Mango) ’82 dub
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79
  • Doctor Alimantado – Marriage License; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’81
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim dj to Version Girl  (Virgin) ’85 
  • Fred Locks – Rastafari Rule; Missing Link (VP) ’79
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sweeter the Victory; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74

30-60 min

  • Hugh Mundell & Jah Bull – Blackman Foundation; Blackman Foundation (Shanachie) ’83
  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Best of (Island) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 comp.
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) Isaac Hayes cover ’85
  • Lacksley Castell – Bound in Bondage; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’82
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78
  • Sammy Dread – Roadblock; Roadblock (Hitbound) ’82 

60-90 min

  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Signs + Dub; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • Blackbeard – Ah Weh; Strictly Dub Wise (More Cut) ’78
  • The Ethiopians – Everything Crash; Original Hit Reggae Sound (Trojan) ’68
  • Gayladds & Baba Dread – Little Candle + Ladder of Progress (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • Nadine Sutherland – Teach the Youth; Holding Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’86
  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Scoffers and Scorners; Face the Music (VP)  ’81

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Junior Murvin & Dillinger – Roots Train (Discomix); Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 Keith & Tex Cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Cymande – Zion I; Cymande (Sequel) ’72 UK black soul/funk/nyah
  • Paul Blake & the Bloodfire Posse – Get Flat; Reggae Dance Party (RAS)  ’84

2-2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Cynthia Richards – Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 herbtune
  • Dennis  Brown & Ranking Joe – Don’t Want to Be No General + General; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’80
  • Earl Sixteen – Mr. DJ; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Eddy Grant – Funky Rock and Roll; Killer on the Rampage (Epic) ’82
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’87 update
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 Bob Marley cover

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Wat about di Workin’ Claas?; Making History (LKJ) ’84 UK dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – Everybody Needs a Proper Education; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) ’80 dub to Black Uhuru Plastic Smile
  • Triston Palma – Rub a Dub Party; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • The Skatalites – Devil’s Triangle; Rollin’ Steady (Motion) ’84
  • Roots Radics – Beam Down; Scientist Rids the World of Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 dub
  • Johnny Osbourne – No Ice Cream Love; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 5, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-tucky Derby Stylee!

Congrats to 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.

In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.

<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>

And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome – Even
  4. Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • Win! – Dreadlocks
  • Place! – Baldhead
  • Show! – Soul Youth

And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.

Pope Pius couldn’t finish out in the Selassie I Cup and the ambulance was called — Bojangles, ’77

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
  • Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Set

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7″ (Well Charge) Kentucky Derby Set; Caymanas Park = J’can race track
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • The Specials – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ’79 Live at Astoria College: Pioneers cover
  • Racefans – Bookie Man; 7″ (Upset) ’70
  • Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Judas Iscariot; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • African Brothers & King Tubby – Original Dub; African Brothers Meet  King Tubby in Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Flick Wilson – Lucifer; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’80
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Merlene Gifford – Solid As a Rock; Chicken Scratch (Heartbeat/Studio One) early Rock Steady
  • Trinity – Healing of the Nation; 12′ (Burning Vibrations) ’82 herbtune
  • Itopia Band – Why; 10″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
Dawta of a Sex Pistol Slits member. Smile Jlamaica’s favorite Mutant Dubstress

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa Internation) ’81 Trinidad & Tobago soca 
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Dance Hall Daze; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing (Century) ’84 UK
  • Desi Roots – Nature Boy; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Live at the Roxy 11/5/82 Los Angeles
  • Bunny Wailer – One Drop; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 covers of Bob Marley for his 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + Dub; Lost Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare Lee Perry prod’ns

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cymande – Brothers on the Slide; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 Dove of Peace – UK Caribeean expats
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK
  • David Lindley – Twist & Shout; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81 Beatles cover
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’80

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Bazooke; King Size Dub Volume 2 (Echo Beach) ’96 UK
  • Iration Steppers – Kilimanjaro; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK  
  • Prince David & the Abassi All-Stars – Put Life First; 10″ Humble Lion EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Le Monde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 Fr. female vox

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

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-vember 7, 2015: Post Daylight Savings = UFOria Season!

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Dec. 18 – Star Wars. Fiyah Burn Jar Jar Binks!

<Imperial Death March: Star Wars a gwaan!; 14 sec.>

Greetings,

The first Saturday after Daylight Savings Time puts the last half of Smile Jamaica in the dark.

That’s prime UFO watching time so all winter expect nuff tunes about Aliens and Space Travel.

I’m starting to build a 3 hour Digital Dubplate – Mixcloud only with music and soundbytes. Soon come.

Til then…

Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

<Here’s what I feature on the Jah-vember 7, 2015 Ark-Ive Edition of Smile Jamaica; 105 sec.>:

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Space Dust and Gold brought my ancestors the Anunnaki to Earth from Planet Nibiru

Set 1:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Get Up Stand Up; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Reggae Sunsplash) ’83 US vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; 17 Dub Shots From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96 tribute
  • Aisha – Now or Never; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘94
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
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Toots HIbbert – The Otis Redding of Reggae

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Know a Place; CD Single (Ascension) Lee “Scratch” Perry rare prod’n
  • Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 UK

<Dawta of a Sex Pistol; 8 sec.>

  • Burning Babylon – Sproing-a-Dub; Beat, Beat, Beat (I Tones) 2008 Mass. dubber
  • Izyah Davis & Coptic Sound – No More War; 10” (Livication Corner) 2008 Fr.

<50 special forces in Syria? No more war; 13 sec.>

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Resist the Mission Creep

Set 3: Rockers do Reggae

  • Garland Jeffreys – Lovers Walk; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NYC black artist

<Garland Jeffreys – underrated rocker great at Reggae; 18 sec.>

  • Bad Brains – Make a Joyful Noise; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012 punk dub reunion

<Punk Dub reunion outta DC; 9 sec.>

  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Polydor) 2006 Nigerian-German female soul/reggae

<Great female hybrid Reggae; 9 sec.>

  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK Caribbean expat soul/funk/reggae group

<Cymande – Dove of Peace in Creole;14 sec.>

  • Scientist – Jab; Heavyweight Dub Champion (Greensleeves) ’80; Dub Album of the Hour
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The Black Springsteen

<Underrated NYC artist: The Black Springsteen; 10 sec.>

Set 4: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Peter Tosh – African; Captured Live (EMI America) Aug. 22, 1983 Greek Theater LA
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Is the Love; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Sign; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’86 youth man toaster killed
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
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Youthman Deejay killed in his prime

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Heathen Back Weh Pon the Wall (Heartbeat) ’83 Marley cover
  • Roots Uprising – No Doney (Get High); Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami; herbtune doney = money

<No doney, no honey  translation no green? then you no get to partake of the “green”; 14 sec.>

  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – At Midnite; Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP; Black Ark/Upsetters
  • Crucial Bee – No Bother With the Fuss and Fight; Just a Sting (All-Starr) US Virgin Islands; Tribal War riddim
  • Dennis Brown – It’s Too Late; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami: Carole King cover
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Crown Prince of Reggae covers Carole King

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Boderation; Crucial! Roots Classic (Shanachie) ’83 rare roots singles
  • Likkle Mai – Your Pocket; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 female Jah-ponese singer w/ Dry & Heavy
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Mad Professor & the Robotiks feat. Michael Walters – Jungle Vibrations; 10” (Ariwa) 2002 UK
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Jah-ponese Dubstress: Likkle Mai – you’ve got Lovers Rock in my Mutant Dub!

Set 7: UFO-ria

<Smile Jamaica loves UFO watching; 11 sec.>

  • Audio Active – Audio Active’s Adventures in Time & Space; Happy Happer (ON U Sound): ’95 Jah-ponese mutant dubbers
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Walk; Original Reggae Recordings from 1968-1970 (Trybute); rock steady
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango); ’90 Adrian Sherwood prod’n “I am an alien from outer space”
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (NMC) ’80 Joe Jackson prod’n

<Space Travel is an affront to Jah; 11 sec.>

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Not a fan of space travel: The Aliens gonna whip you and put you in your rightful place!

<Alien Attacks for not singing praises unto Jah! 36 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK: Darth Vader’s Imperial March cover
  • Alpha & Omega – One Culture; Everyday Life (A & O) ’93 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Poppy Dub; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2012 Germany; herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Desi Hyson; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
  • Dubvisionist feat. Tackhead – Black Cinderella Dub (Dubvisionist rmx) 2013; update of Errol Dunkley tune
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell On You; Best of (Mantra) 2005; Algerian/Belgian singer in Arabic/English; Screaming Jay Hawkins cover
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We use matches or butane. Yoda sparks his Space Dust via Light Saber

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): July 25, 2015 – Selassie I Weekend!

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Haile Selassie: b. July 23, 1892. No Jah. No Reggae. No Reggae Radio. No Smile Jamaica. 3 Hours in Tribute! Selah!

<Haile Selassie – King of Kings; 23 sec.>

Greetings,

For me, Reggae Music is Rastafari Gospel music. So two days after Selassie’s birthday, it’s 3 hours of the King’s Music!

bless, robt

Ras Tafari Makonnen – b. July 23, 1892 in Ethiopia.

❤  3hours devoted to His Imperial Majesty, Jah Rastafari; 79 sec.>

  • Emperor of Ethiopia; 1930-1974
  • His Imperial Majesty
  • King of Kings = Negusa Negast
  • Lord of Lords
  • Jahovah
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • The Head Creator (Ras Tafari)
  • Elect of God
  • Ever-living God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Power of the Trinity = Haile Selassie
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The Lion of Judah kept lions as pets. “Here kitty, kitty!”

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – July 25, 2015

Set 1:

  • Selassie Is the Chapel; Rebel (JAD); Elvis Presley gospel cover: 3 Hours devoted to Haile Selassie I – July 23, 1892

<Elvis Presley gospel;  17 sec.>

  • Selassie I Rockers – 30 Pieces of Dub (The Business) ’83 Dub Album of the Week
  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Promised Heights (Janus) ’74 UK black funk, rock, reggae group

<Cymande – Dove of  Peace; 19 sec>

  • Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Errol Dunkley – Created By the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Dennis Brown – So Jah Say; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jennifer Lara – Jah Will Lead Us Home; 12” (Kingston Connexion/Hitrun) ‘79
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The Original Dread. “Hail Rastafari, the world’s first hippie!” — Cymande

Set 2:

<Negusa Negast = King of Kings in Amharic; 6 sec.>

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

<Dreadlocks and Rastas; 56 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru  – I Love King Selassie (Live); Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) ’82 best of
  • Wailing Souls – They Don’t Know Jah; Very Best of (Greensleeves)  ‘82
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
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World War II – Fought Italian Fascists from British exile

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree for His Imperial Majesty; 4 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience (Shanachie): Wailers Love H.I.M. Set
  • Rita Marley – Thank You Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Trident) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman; This Is Reggae Music vol. 3 (Island)  ’76 US vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’75; ’82 movie

<Jah Live – you can’t kill God; 51 sec.>

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Set 4:

<The Honorifics of Jah; 14 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Jah No Dead; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) Lloyd Coxsone prod’n ‘78; 20 sec.
  • Sister Carol – Oh Jah (Mi Ready); Black Cinderella (Heartbeat/Jah Life) ‘84
  • Steel Pulse – Worth His Weight in Gold (Rally Round); True Democracy (Elektra) ‘82
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL); DC punk  Rastas

<Mosh it! Mosh down Babylon!; 11 sec.>

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Lock, FL; 17 sec.

<There are many mansions, there are many rooms; 7 sec.>

  • The Heptones – Can’t Hide From Jah; Good Life (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Jah Woosh – Penetrate Jah Works; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK
  • Johnny Clarke – Wrath of Jah; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 UK
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With JFK in the White House

Set 6:

  • The Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae vol. 1 (CSA) ’83 UK; #1 favorite reggae song of all time! 42 sec.

<The Rastas, not the beer! 13 sec.>

  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘88

<Lion Rock for the bank notes; 24 sec.>

  • Earl Zero – Only Jah Love; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘79
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Everyone Should Praise Jah; Songs For Jah (Reggae Best) ’77 Nyahbinghi
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No Jah. No Reggae. No Reggae Radio. No Smile Jamaica. No i ‘n’ I

<No Reggae without Jah Music; 10 sec.>

Set 7: Vinyl Set

  • The Melodians – Jah Reggae; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC: Vinyl set
  • Crucial Bee – Give Thanks an Praise; Just a Sting (All-Mighty Starr) US Virgins Island
  • Version feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10” (Web Cam Hi Fi) Fr. w/ female vox

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Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah Love

<Zombies Love Jah too! 5 sec.>

  • Alpha & Omega – Rastafari; Sound System Dub  (ROIR) ’95 UK  trance dubbers w/ female vox. Mutant Dub Selassie Tribute
  • African Head Charge – Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Abassi Allstars feat. Junior Kigwa; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Jr. Reid – God Is a Man; Thrillseekers (Shanachie) 2005 UK
  • Horace Martin – Awake Jah Jah Children; Rub a Dub Showcase Part II (Ambassah)
  • Abyssinians – Jahovah; Last Days (Tabou1)

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 2, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Longshot Kick de Bucket!

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Nuff respect to Kentucky Derby Winner American Pharoah. Sip your “mint julep” pon the left hand side!

Greetings,

<Reggae: The King’s music. Jamaican Blues>

Letting the smoke clear after Cannabis Service Month on Smile Jamaica

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Letting the smoke clear after celebrating Cannabis Service Month (April) Dennis Emmanuel Brown

Nonetheless, here are the high-lights of this week’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: May 2, 2015

<Musical high-lights over 3 hours; 75 sec.>

  • Set of horse racing songs for Kentucky Derby
  • Dub Album of the Week: Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile. Melodica and the Far East sound
  • First Saturday of the month: Rockers do Reggae – Black artists: rock, blues,  jazz, funk & soul Reggae
  • Wailers Family Tree: Tosh acoustic, Wailers Live at Leeds, Bunny Liberation ’88, Lee “Scratch” Perry bassa-delica
  • Best of 25 Years: Baltimore, UK and a JA by way of DC
  • 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM
  • Roots Dawtas: UK to JA
  • Vinyl is V-Ital midway
  • Mutant Dubbers last half hour
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NYC Rocker goes to Jamaica: Black Artists do Reggae on Smile Jamaica

 bless, robt

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HIM wins every race

Annotated Playlist: May 2, 2015 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: set lists, photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons 

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – The Creator; Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours (Laser) ’80 UK

<Genesis 49: Verse 22-26  – Dennis Emmanuel Brown; 23 sec.>

  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Week
  • Bunny Wailer – Serious Thing; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
  • Aisha – Let’s All Unite; There is More to Life… (Twinkle) 2005 UK
  • Aswad – Bubblin’; 12” (Simba) ’85 UK

<Aswad – one of the first dozen added to the Smile J Ark-Ives, 1986; 21 sec.>

  • Jah Woosh – Collie Sound; Best of (Rhino) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); acoustic in KZEL, Eugene, Oregon

<Tosh rare acoustic live radio performance; 22 sec.>

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The Stepping Razor would have listened to Smile Jamaica. Jah’s Heavenly Choir gets Mixcloud?

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Tribute

<“Mint julep!” Drink or spliff?; 18 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 14K Gold Golden Hits (Scandal Bag) JA vinyl

<Caymanas Park Racetrack in Jamaica. 12 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Chinese Jamaican jockeys; 16 sec.>

  • Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ’98

<Dance to the Reggae Beat to the riddim of the horses’ feet!; 11 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Abyssinia before it was Ethiopia; 4 sec.>

  • The Pioneers – Long Shot Kick the Bucket; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ‘69
  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77; horserace between: Babylon, Pope Pious and Dreadlocks

The Selassie I Cup; 12 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1 odds
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome Even money
  4. Pope Pious 3-5, the big favorite; came up lame; 11 sec.

5. Dreadlock 8-1

6. Baldhead 15-1

  • The Winner: Dreadlock; 8 lengths!
  • Place: Baldhead
  • Show: Soul Youth
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Yes I! Dreadlock defeat Babylon. Pope Pious to the glue factory! Give Thanx! Selah!

Set 3: Monthly Rockers do Reggae: Black Music Artists; 8 sec.

  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ‘72 UK black group “Dove of Peace; nyahbinghi style. 

<Caribbean Expats in UK – Dove of Peace; 16 sec.>

  • Taj Mahal – Desperate Lover; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Bob Andy cover
  • Ben Harper – You Can’t Blame the Youths; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ’98 unreleased Peter Tosh cover
  • Garland Jeffreys – Bound to Get Ahead Someday; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Classics) ’73 NYC singer in JA

<NYC to JA. Byron Lee Dynmic All Stars; 31 sec.>

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Cymande: Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent Exodus to UK: Doves of Peace

Set 3:

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) Live at Leeds 11/23/73

<England too cold for Bunny Wailer; Nov. ’73; 23 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers w/ Wong Chu – Keep On Moving; 12” (Upsetter) ‘77

<What is twisted can not be straightened! What is not there cannot be counted! 5 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Oh Dread; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad feat. Macka B – Devil Dance; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
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10 minutes of Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark psychedlia bass wobble. “What is twisted cannot be straightened!”

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital 

  • Horace Andy – The Devil; Don’t Stop! (Island in the Sun) ‘85 Corona, NY
  • Charlie Chaplin – Electric Skank; Chaplin Chant (Tamoki Wambesi) UK
  • Triston Palmer – Nice Time; Nice Time (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) JA; Marcia Griffiths cover
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A+ cover of Marcia Griffiths classic!

Set 5: Best of 25 Years of Smile Jamaica

  • The Tamlins – Baltimore; Taxi Fare (Heartbeat) ’80; Nina Simone cover; 13 sec.
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Peter Broggs – Just Because I’m a Rastaman; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 DC
  • Akabu – Feeling Good; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
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1978 comeback cover of Randy Newman. Baltimore in the news.

Baltimore by Randy Newman

  •  Beat-up little seagull
  • On a marble stair
  • Tryin’ to find the ocean
    Lookin’ everywhere

Hard times in the city
In a hard town by the sea
Ain’t nowhere to run to
There ain’t nothin’ here for free

Hooker on the corner
Waitin’ for a train
Drunk lyin’ on the sidewalk
Sleepin’ in the rain

And they hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
’cause the city’s dyin’
And they don’t know why

Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live

Get my sister sandy
And my little brother ray
Buy a big old wagon
Gonna haul us all away

Livin’ in the country
Where the mountain’s high
Never comin’ back here
’til the day I die

Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM; 6 sec.

  • Rob Smarley (aka Albert Griffiths) – Holiday Ride; 7” (Portland) ’78 JA; 7” Jamaican Jukebox set

<Albert Griffiths as Rob Smarley? 14 sec.>

  • Anthony Johnson – Oh Jah; 7” (Corner Stone) JA
  • Lady Ann – Informer; 7” (Taxi) ’83 JA
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Hand; 7” (Taxi) herbtune
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Some sort of inside joke by The Gladiators lead singer? Albert Griffiths

Set 8: Mutant Dub*

*Programming Note: power surge from all the Mutant Dub bass knocked the station off air. Most of Jah Woosh and 2 Bad Card zapped by KRCL’s weak sauce transmitter. 2 minutes of dead air chopped from the stream. Mea culpa — the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. 21 sec.

   

  • Ari Up – Kill Em With Love (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of The Slits punk group; mutant dub set

<Reggae History Lesson: punk dubstress Ari Up: The Slits, New Age Steppers, solo 14 sec.>

  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Who’s Correct?; The Archives (ESL) 2012; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
  • Red I – Jahdgement Day; Jahdgement Day (Red I) Phillipines dub
  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ‘81
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD single (ON U Sound) ‘95
  • Jah Rej – Yes I; 12” (Jah Works)
  • African Head Charge – Fruit Market; Drastic Season (ON U Sound) ‘83
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Ari Up of The Slits and New Age Steppers. Johnny Rotten was her father in law

Parting Shot Words of Wisdom: Do yourself a favor educate your mind!

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The Lion of Judah shall break every chain and give I the Victory again and again…Robert “Nesta” Marley