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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 28, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – City Too Hot!

Greetings,

So hot I worry if my record bag might start to melt black wax from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to KRCL. 5 mile trip.

Utah 4 seasons, late July it’s too sunny and too hot. Too hot to even want to blog.

bless, Bobbylon

  • Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 28, 2018 Annotated Playlist: 47 sec.

Set 1

  • Cornell Campbell – Have Mercy Oh Jah; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK vinyl
  • Creation Rebel & New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (ON U Sound) ’81 UK white vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Riley – It’s Too Hot; Magic (Omar) ’84
  • Sonya Spence – Peace & Love; In the Dark (Skynote)
  • Alpha Blondy & the Solar System – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92 Ivory Coast tribute to Bob Marley
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of (Island) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcements
  • Winston Fergus – Praise Him; 10″ (Dubwise) ’98 UK

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Can’t Stop Them Now (Real Situation); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Upsetters – My Girl; Africa’s Blood (Trojan) ’71 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female singjay & male toaster
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – City Too Hot; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK

Set 3:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (poem); Riot in Progress; 7″ picture EP of poems (Workers Playtime) ’82 UK
  • Aswad – Can’t Stand the Pressure; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Sheryl Ralph w/ Cedella & Sharon Marley – I’m Hurtin’ Inside; Mighty Quinn (A & M) ’89 Soundtrack to Denzel Washington movie
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson & the Dub Band – Sonny’s Lettah + Iron Bar Dub; Independent Intavenshan (Island Jamaica) ’78 best of UK dub poet
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; DUB (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour
Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah with his mudder, Valerie

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Jam + Legalize It; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 dubble disk vinyl – Live at the Roxy, LA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – What’s New Pussycat?; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA Tom Jones cover

<Reggae does pop: Marley vs. Tom Jones, WTF? 66 sec.>

  • Jah Woosh – Penetrate the Works of Jah; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK
  • Leroy Smart – Strictly Sensi; Live Up Roots Children (Striker Lee) ’85

<No bush herb. Only in the chalwa!18 sec. >

  • Lillian Allen – Why? – Dub Version poem + Freedom is Azania (South Africa Must Be Free); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dub poet
  • Akimbo – Kalimba 2; So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds) ‘8 UK instrumental
Bob Marley covers Tom Jones. Not a good idea.

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; 7″ (Tuff Gong) ’74 JA – can’t kill Jah

<Jah Live single and the death of HIM; 2 min. 3 sec.>

<Ethiopian Communists take over in ’74>

  • Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 JA
  • Aisha – Good Ambition; There Is More to Life (Ariwa) ’95
  • Papa Face & Red Man – Dance Pon the Corner; 10″ (Top Notch) ’82 UK toasters
  • Black Uhuru/Sly & Robbie – Big Spliff; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 45’s

  • Bruce Ruffin – Ooh Child; 7″ (Beverley’s) ’71 Five Stairsteps cover
  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7″ (Hometown) ’74 Gregg Allman cover
  • King Burnett – Babylon a Fall; 7″ (Justice League) ’74 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Cedella Booker – Daddy’s Mommy; 7″ (Ghetto Youths) ’96 picture sleeve

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Noiseshaper fear. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting; Rough Out There (Echo Beach) 2005 Austria Mutant Dub Set – cover of classic
  • Dubcheck – Duppy Train; Down Memory Lane (Unitone World) 2001
  • Tena Stelin – Mother’s Song; 10″ (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK militant steppers
  • Natacha Atlas – Yalla Chant; Diaspora (Nation) ’95 Dub Arabic chanteuse

  • Words of Wisdom:

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 (Stream + Tracklist): May 21, 2016 – Memorial Weekend Roots Soundtrack!

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Greetings,

Cratediggers weekend! Enjoy last Week’s show. Nuff vinyl in all styles and fashion. Wailers Family Tree. Mutant Dub. Best of Smile Jamaica – Year 1 (1989-90.

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist – May 21, 2016; 68 sec.

Set 1:

  • Sidney Jackson – Hit Me With Music; Hit Me With Music (Trojan) ’74 UK vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Sitting With Stupid; Juck’s Incorporated (Studio One) ’76 JA vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Claudious Linton – So Wrapped Up; Sign Time (Sun King) 2008
  • Zema – Praise B4 Battle; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 So Cal female singer
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant feat. Sylford Walker – Hard Times; Shake Up the Place (ROIR) 2011 Upstate NY
  • Revolutionaries – PLA; Hitbound Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ’76 dub. People’s Liberation Army (Communist China)

<Tributes to 70’s revolutionary movements – The Revolutionaries (Sly & Robbie); 22 sec.>

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Jamaican saying: I came to drink milk, not count cow; 14 sec.>

  • Aquizm & Mad Professor – Kunta Kinte; 10” (Ariwa) 2008 UK instrumental over Creole’s “Beware”

<Alex Haley’s Roots = Kunta Kinte; 20 sec.>

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Kunta Kinte = Alex Haley’s Roots

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition) ’76: single livicated to HIM

<HIM overthrown by Ethiopian Communists – Jah Live; 55 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Soul Rebel; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’81 Marley cover
  • Peter Tosh – Lessons In My Life; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ‘87
  • Sister Carol & Junior Jazz – 70 Sup’m Pieces of Bob; Direct Hit: Live (Catapult) 2001: tribute to Bob Marley
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Picture sleeve from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 3:

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob produced/Wailers on the riddim/Scratch engineer

<Roots Dawta – Martha Velez; 25 sec.>

<More Velez; 29 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; Dancehall Explosion (Trojan) ’79 herbtune
  • Barry Brown – Forward On; Far East (Hitbound) ‘81
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Dubber; 10” (Rama) ’77 UK: Dennis Bovell dub to Beatles’ And I Love Her
  • Aston Familyman Barrett – Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour
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Broadway singer Martha Velez

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26+ Years

  • Aswad – Down the Line; Not Satisfied (Columbia) ’82 herbtune: 
  • Dennis Brown – Get Up; Love Has Found Its Way (A & M) ‘82
  • IJahman Levi – Moulding; Strictly For Rockers (Mang) ’85 comp.
  • Faybienne – Fire; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88: Mad Professor prod’n, female vox
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Dennis Brown – The Crown Prince of Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – My Ambition; At Studio One (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Niney – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 herbtune, Chicago

<Niney the Observer, producer; 13 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Memories; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK mutant dub/Adrian Sherwood
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK toasting over Leroy Smart’s version of Bob Marley’s Waiting in Vain
  • Al Campbell – Children of the Ghetto + Ghetto Dub; Showcase (DEB) ’78 UK
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Niney the Observer: lost a finger working the docks

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM 7″ vinyl; 9sec.

  • Debra Keese & the Black Five – Travelling; 7” (Orchid) Lee Perry/Black Ark
  • Colour Red – Christ Is Black; 7” (1st Rasta) 2000
  • Junior Byles & Glen Ricks – I & I; 7” (Triple RRR)  ‘99
  • Jim Brown – Calypso, Calypso; 7” (Studio One) dj to Slim Smith’s I’ll Never Let You Go
  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; 7” (Impact!) ‘73

<Labrish – gossip in Jamaica; 17 sec.>

  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’95 UK (mutant) Dub Album of the Hour

<Tassilli – cave painting in Algeria – Ancient Aliens>

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Tassilli Algeria

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’83 herbtune

<Look in your rearview mirror!; 13 sec.>

<Best siren in Reggae>

  • Black Uhuru – Spongi Reggae (Disco Mix); Red (Deluxe Edition) ‘81

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

<What is Mutant Dub?; 17 sec.>

  • WordSound I Powa – Wickedness Increase; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 Mutant Dub Set – Brooklyn dubbers
  • Kaleidoscope – Deep Water Black; More Bass than Bass (Dubmission) 2000
  • Dubadelic – Sirius Bass; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 NY
  • Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear; Culture of Dear (ESL) 2011 DC dubbers
  • Shadow Army – Thought Is Boss; Destroy Babylon (ADD) 2008
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Conspiracy theory dub?

Smile Jamaica Playlist – Jah-cember 6, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist)

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“If you don’t legalize, you will be getting coal in your stocking” 4 down, 46 to go!

Jump to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-cember 6, 2014

Annotated Playlist:

Set 1:

  • Horace Andy – Musical Episode; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK vinyl; Wackies prod’n
  • Dub Specialist – 17 Dub Shots From Studio One (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Week

<Studio One Dubwize; 21 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Natural Reggae Beat; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ’83 w/ Sly & Robbie
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootikal Deep Riddim Dubwise); 12” EP (Greensleeves); 4:20 Cannabis Service
  • Announcement; mutant dub version

<Cannabis Service Herbtune; 31 sec.>

  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
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Feelin’ High. 4 down, 46 to go!

 Set 2:

  • Aswad – Invisible Sun; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’99; Reggae cover of Police tune

<Police and Reggae; 34 sec.>

  • Aisha – One God, One Aim; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94 Mad Professor prod’n
  • Kenny Knots & Bush Chemists – Going Home (Conscious Sounds) 10” 2003 UK mutant dub
  • Capleton & Big Youth – Mark of the Beast (African Star) ‘97 niyabinghi ballad

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Set 3:

<Wailers Live at Leeds: 11/23/73; 40 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; Live at Leeds 11/23/73; Burning Disk 2 (Tuff Gong)

<How Bunny and Peter left the Wailers; 88 sec.>

  • Phillip Frazer – Good Morning Mr. Officer; Blood of the Saint (Silver Kamel)
  • Johnny Clarke – One Love: Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino UK); Bunny Lee/Bob cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Sweet Bitter Love; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79

 <From the Wailers to Bob Marley & the Wailers; 25 sec.>

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Leeds ’73. Bunny stayed home. England cold

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Hot Foot Head; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Joe Axumite – Troubled Land; Black World (Wackies) ‘79

<Axum – Ancient Ethiopia; 11 sec.>

  • Robbie Levi – War; 10” (Conscious Sounds) 2010 mutant dub Bob Marley cover of Selassie UN speech
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Axum (Abyssinia/Ethiopia) – home of the Ark of the Covenant

 Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital!

<Strictly Black Wax, No digital for I ‘n’ I; 12 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Oh What Joy; The Gladiators (Virgin Front Line) ‘ 80 UK; Vinyl is V-Ital Set
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Star Wars Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 Los Jahngeles, Collie-fornya; female artist
  • Freddie McGregor – Leave Jah; Freddie McGregor (High Times) ’78 JA; Chinna Smith prod’n
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Smile Jamaica Holy Trinity: Black Wax, Roots Dawta, UFOria; 1987

 Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica (1978, 1984)

<Student Loans funded the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 13 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – I Broke the Comb; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78; Best of Smile Jamaica set
  • Ini Kamoze – Hail Mi Idrin; Mini LP (Island) ’84 Sly & Robbie
  • Justin Hinds & the Dominos – Travel With Love; Travel With Love (Nighthawk)
  • Don Carlos – Gimme Gimme Your Love (Blue Moon) ‘84
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Desert Island Disc: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 1984

 Set 7: Peter Tosh harangue from the One Love Peace Concert

>Tosh’s harangue nearly got him killed; 20 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Speech + Funeral (Burial); Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); One Love Peace Concert; 4/22/78; 12 minute harangue
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4/22/78. Kingston Jamaica; National Stadium

 Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • African Head Charge – Free Chant; Shrunken Head (ON U Sound) Best of
  • Joe Ariwa & the Trixsters – Swagga Dub; Dubstep Dub (Ariwa) 2011 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Come Down Moses; Tree of Life (A & O) ’96 UK trance dubbers w/ female vox
  • Dubphonic – Outland; Relight (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.
  • Abassi All Stars – Edutainment; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2007 UK
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Fanatic) 2006 Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya
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trance dub with female vox. Heavenly

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 20, 2014 (Stream + Playlist); 25 Year Anniversary: Vinyl is Vital Edition

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Happy Anniversary to I ‘n’ I. 25 Years of Smile Jamaica Reggae Radio

<Smile Jamaica Radio Autobiography; 73 sec.>

Jump  straight to the Sept. 20th 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: 33 songs for 25 Years.

Or read the story and look below for the Annotated Playlist

Greetings,

Aww, strolling down memory lane. 25 years every Saturday on Smile JamaicaAs the Ark-Ive grows, it just takes too long to cull from A to Z. All the Vinyl especially. I just reminisce too much on each album. Where I bought it, why I bought it. Are there herb tunes or Marley covers I forgot about? Halloween ditties or other oddities….and on and on and on.

So my methodology was to try my best to re-create a potential first episode. (I actually debuted first Saturday of KRCL’s Fall Radiothon). So I knew I would have to have a representative from at least a dozen or so of my original favorite artists….all on Black Wax. 50 Records where I get to juggle, consistently from show to show, between 32-35 selections over 3 hours.

I knew I had to feature these artists:

  1. Bob Marley
  2. Don Carlos
  3. Jimmy Cliff
  4. Burning Spear
  5. Lee Perry’s brooding Black Ark sound
  6. Roots Dawtas
  7. Seven Leaf
  8. UK artists
  9. Adrian Sherwood’s Mutant Dub ON U Sound label
  10. The Clash – discovered Reggae via UK punkers before Marley, Tosh and Bunny
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Everyone on the floor of my dorm at the U of U got to “enjoy” this album. Perhaps my all time favorite?

Plus songs that I absolutely loved in the 1986-1988 Era:

  • Culture – Calling Rastafari
  • UB40 female toaster V’s Version from the rare dubble disk UK version pared down to a single in the US – Baggariddim
  • Big Youth – Get On Up. Hardcore Reggae disco funk
  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit: From Methodist Sunday School to Pablo’s “Far East” Jamaican sound
  • Arthur Louis – beautiful version with Eric Clapton of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Below is the Annotated Playlist: Reggae History Lessons, Soundbites, Playlist, photos and captions.

On this Playlist, I search deep in my LONG term memory to try and remember where I would have purchased these Black Wax Vinyls; 1986-1988. Most of  these Record Stores are gone now, but back in the day it was a Vinyl Paradise. Lps were cheap to make way for these new gizmos called CDs.

Thanks for being a part of 25 years listening to Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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25 Years of the Red Gold and Green. Give Thanx!

Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 20, 2014

Set 1: 25 Year All Vinyl Is Vital Showcase

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’84 US (Smokey’s Records, SLC)
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week; NYC
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US (Cosmic Aeroplane, SLC); single recorded 1976

<Reggae History Lesson: Bob Marley: You cyaan (can’t) kill God! 25 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Rita Marley (Trident) ’81 UK (Streetlight Records, SF)
  • Culture – Calling Rastafari; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk)  ’82 Various Artist St. Louis, Jah-ssouri (Randy’s Records, SLC)

<Reggae History Lesson: US Record Labels slinging Reggae; 30 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb + Legal Dub; Rasta Festival (Alligator) UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; ’81 Jah-cago blues label (Rasputin Records, Berkeley)
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T Shirt from Year 1 of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive (circa 1988). 1976 single written after Haile Selassie was overthrown as Emperor of Ethiopia and imprisoned by the Dergue (Ethiopian Communists)

Set 2:

  • Desmond Dekker – Big Headed; Compass Point (Stiff) ’81 UK (Streetlight Records, SF)
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 herb tune; St. Louis, Jah-ssouri (label promo)
  • The Selecter – Bristol and Miami; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis)  ’81 2 Tone Brit Ska; about riots in UK and FL (Mad Platter Records, SLC)
  • Don Carlos – Living in Harmony; Prophecy (Blue Moon/Magnum)  ’85 UK (RAS mail order, DC)
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Ferguson 2014. Miami 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 3:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Congo Ashanty)  ’77 JA; Lee Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters (RAS mail order)
  • Big Youth – Get On Up; Rock Holy (Negusa Negast) ’80 JA (RAS mail order)
  • Burning Spear – Jah a Guh Raid; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA (Rutabaga Records, SLC)
  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit; Rockers All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’83 A. Pablo prod’n; Sunday School Hymn (label promo)
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While my Dad was on the City Council. Methodist Sunday School hymn

Set 4:

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Stern’s) ’86 UK; Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa (RAS mail order)
  • Desi Roots – Weedfields; Doing it Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK; herb tune (Esoteric Records, Sacramento)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharoah (Blue Moon/Magnum) ‘84 UK; Marley Waiting in Vain –  Johnny Clarke (Greensleeves mail order, UK)
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One of hundreds of gems my Smile Jamaica predecessor, John “Rutabaga” Resse, turned me on to circa 1987-88

Set 5:

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US Bob Dylan cover (Smokey’s Records, SLC)

<Arthur Louis and Eric Clapton cover Dylan; 32 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Reggae’s love of AM pop and black soul; 23 sec.>

  • Jimmy Cliff – Keep Your Eyes on the Sparrow; Best of Jimmy Cliff (Island) ’75 Jah-taly; folk ballad (Half Price Records, Berkeley)
  • UB40 & Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (Virgin) ‘85 dubble disk. Update of Boy Friday rock steady classic (Randy’s Records, SLC)
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Perhaps the best Zimmy cover of this out of hundreds. Eric Clapton on guitar

Set 6:

  • Ruffy & Tuffy – Third World War; Climax (Black Star) ‘88 Finland (Tower Records, SF)

<World War III as predicted by Nelstradamus last Feb. during Ukraine Coup; 16 sec.>

<Cold War II, Electric Boogaloo: Obama v. Putin; 20 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the National Herb; Hi-Yo, Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herb tune (Tower Records, Las Vegas)
  • Leroy Smart – Rock and Come On; On Top (Micron) ’82 Can. (RAS mail order)
  • Full Experience feat. Aura – Young, Gifted and Broke; Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studios  (Blue Moon) Fr. Nina Simone cover; Black Ark w female vox (RAS mail order)
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Cold War II – Proof that the sequel is never as good as the original

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 7:

  • Casselberry & DuPree – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg); ’86 Jah-waukee Marley cover (label promo)
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Bankrobber/Robber dub; Black Market Clash (NuDisk) 10” US (Randy’s Records)
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’88 UK; Bunny Lee comp (Smokey’s Records)

<Smile Jamaica Reggae Lexicon: Soldering or Welding; 10 sec.>

  • Flick Wilson – Slave Master; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 JA (The Beat, Sacramento, CA)
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10″ Vinyl picture sleeve Nu Disk. One of the very first additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Randy’s Records, Salt Lake City; Oct. 1986

Set 8: Mutant Dub Adrian Sherwood set

  • Bim Sherman – Mighty Ruler; Dancer (Century) ’84 UK (Rough Trade, SF)
  • Akabu – Time; Akabu (Viva)  ’89 UK female roots group (Rough Trade, SF)
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Bim Sherman; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 Fr (ON U Sound mail order, UK).
  • Singers & Players feat. Mikey Dread – School Days; Staggering Heights (ON U Sound) ’83 UK (Rough Trade, SF)
  • New Age Steppers – Stabilizer; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ‘82 (ON U Sound mail order)
  • African Head Charge – Stebeni’s Theme; My Life in a Hole in the Ground (ON U Sound) ’81 African w/ female vox (Cosmic Aeroplane, SLC) 
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Rutabaga Reese turned me on to Adrian Sherwood and the ON U Sound Mutant Dub Massive. Circa 1987

 

Happy Birthday His Imperial Majesty: July 23, 1892

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Portrait painted by University of Utah Art Professor Alvin Gittens. This hangs in the Marriott Library where I work

Greetings,

Happy Birthday to the inspiration of tens of thousands of Roots Reggae songs. Born July 23, 1892

Haile Selassie (born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael)

I work in an Academic Library (The Marriott Library at the University of Utah). Part of my duties is to assist patrons at the Help Desk on Level 2.

It is really quiet in the Summer. I thought I would work up a little birthday posting on account of His Imperial Majesty.

I went to the Marriott’s webpage and found a copy of the above photo: Drawn by Alvin Gittens. Hanging on the fifth floor of the Marriott Library.*

*Alvin’s son Chris trained me at KRCL 90.9FM. His father was flown in to Addis Ababa to paint an impatient Emperor. HIM was only willing to sit for about the half the time Gittens’ usually devoted to his portraits. Chris passed away about a decade ago of cancer.

As I was finishing the caption above, a dapper black gentlemen approached my desk. This is a case of serendipity or synchronicity or kismet. The patron wanted to know, in a crisp African accent,  where the Library kept its History books on Ethiopia. The Zion of Rastafari. The Kingdom of His Imperial Majesty. Goosebumps!

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East Africa. Capital is Addis Ababa (New Flower)

The Library of Congress Classification for Ethiopian History  (or its former name Abyssinia) is in the DT 371-390 shelves.

While I walked this gentleman and his wife to the section, I asked him if he knew today (July 23) was Haile Selassie’s Birthday. His eyes lit up. “How did you know that!”. I told him about Smile Jamaica and my 26 years of devotion to Ethiopian-esque and especially paying tribute and respect to His Imperial Majesty.

He was amazed. I recommended several books I had read. This man is a Physician who was writing a novel set in his home country. We chatted about our mutual admiration for Selassie. He was proud that his country had come out of 25 years of Civil War and repression to be the fastest growing economy in Africa.

It was really nice to know that my admiration of Selassie could be of use in my professional job. And even better: I recruited another soldier of Jah’s Army by virtue of the Rastafari Gospel that I “preach” for 26 years doing Reggae Radio. I let the music function as hymns to HIM.

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Go on the Google and search for Ethiopian Angel images. Love their art

A suggestion: It is preferred to call believers in HIM: Rastafari. Singular and plural. As Bob Marley said, “Don’t bother me with your isms and schisms”

<Carlene Davis – Isms and Schisms; 4 min>

That said there are two important caveats: The Rastafarians – the  Reggae group out of Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. And Leonard E. Barrett’s crucial academic book The Rastafarians

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Vinyl outta Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. Featuring the greatest performer name in the history of Reggae Music: Herb Daly

Barrett’s book was a huge influence on me. Some of the lessons learned were how important Hinduism was to early Rastas. When Jamaicans threw off the yoke of slavery, British plantation owners imported Hindu laborers from Britain’s India Colony. Blacks and Indians worked side by side.

Hindu influences include:

  • Reincarnation: Some sects of Rastafari believe that HIM is the embodiment of Christ returning to Earth.
  • Ganja – Hindus brought Cannabis from India to Jamaica where blacks partook of the Seven Leaf as well
  • Kali – The Hindu Goddess of destruction where the ritual consumption of cannabis was part of worship. Rastas also ritually smoke cannabis or Collie. “Collie gives you wisdom.”
  • Dreadlocks – Hindu Sadhus flashed dreads as a physical manifestation of belief. Rastas adopted the practice and modified it with the Old Testament Nazarite Vow
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Bookdigging in San Francisco, 1987

<Invoking Amharic; 45 sec.>

From the line of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia)

  • Ras Tafari Makonnen – He Who inspires Awe, The Angel
  • Jah Rastafari
  • His Imperial Majesty
  • Light of the World
  • Negusa Negast (King of Kings)
  • Lord of Lords
  • Power of the Trinity
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • Elect of God, Everliving God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Iyesos Christos (Jesus Christ)
  • Gedamawi –  First among the Holy
  • Kibir Am Lak – The Great God
  • Igzaibeher Yimmasgan – Let Jah Be Praised
  • Ababa Janhoi – Father Majesty

bless, robt

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