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Smile Jamaica – Jah-cember 13, 2014 (Stream + Track List): Jah Rest Ye Merry Gentle(wo)men!

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Jah-cember to remember!

 Greetings,

<Smile Jamaica: Your college for musical knowledge!; 3 sec.>

Jump straight to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Edition: Jah-cember 6, 2014. Annotated Playlist below

Tis the season to smoke collie! Fa la la la la la la dee dah. Smile Jamaica wishes you a Merry Christmas or substitute Sky Deity of your choosing. Praise Anu!

<Jahs-mas in Jah-cember; 7 sec.>

Here is my Gift to you: A Mutant Dub Christmas!

<Christmas Day 2014: Smile Jamaica Presents: 3 Hours of Mutant Dub. Online only Mixcloud Digital Dubplate; 27 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Mixcloud: Bobbylon Online only Mutant Dub Ark-Ive

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Coming from O Little Star of Bethlehem

 

Here is what is on tap for the Jah-cember 13, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Edition; 73 sec.

  • Christmas or Jahs-mas Roots Reggae
  • 3 sets of Vinyl: Christmas, 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM, Mutant Dub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob and Peter Live; Bunny – Rule Dancehall
  • Best of Smile Jamaica Year 1: 1989
  • Roots Dawtas, Seven Leaf, Disco Mix vinyl singles
WAMM Christmas Tree!
Deck the halls with boughs of COLLIE!

 Annotated Playlist for Jah-cember 13, 2014: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes

*Xmas jam

Set 1:

  • Tyrone Evans – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12” (Clocktower) ’78*
  • Aba Shanti-Ites; The Warning; Jah Lightning and Thurder: Verse III (Falasha) ’99 UK: Dub Album of the Week; Mutant stylee
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant feat. Sylford Walker – My Roots; Shake up the Place (ROIR) 2011; Upstate NY w/ Jamaican roots singer
  • Big Youth – The Killer; Screaming Target (Trojan) ’73; over Horace Andy Skylarking riddim
  • Horace Andy – Poor Johnny; See and Blind (Heartbeat Europe) ’99; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Poor Johnny: shoulda stuck to sensi not cocaine; 21 sec.>

  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Lambs Bread Collie; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) nyahbinghi instrumental herb tune feat. trombone; 17 sec.
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Slave Driver; Live at Leeds (Tuff Gong); Burnin’ Deluxe CD 2: Leeds Polytechnic, UK 11/23/73

<Leeds UK: The Wailers – Bunny – Peter + I Threes = Bob Marley & the Wailers; 95 sec.>

  • Carl Bradney – Slippin’ Into Darkness; 10” (PK) ’75 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; War soul cover
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma & Lenny Kirlou – Ghetto Gone Uptown (ESL) 2012; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation DC mutant dubbers
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014; mutant dubstress/lovers rocker; 25 sec.
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Smile Jamaica’s #1 of 2014. Dawta of a Sex Pistol; latter day member of female punk/reggae group: The Slits

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica Year 1: 1989-90

  • Mighty Diamonds – Kouchie Vibes; Trojan 12” Box Set (Trojan); ’84 herbtune rmx

<Kouchie: smoking utensil; 32 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84; Bill Laswell mix

<Yellowman + Bill Laswell = dancehall classic; 14 sec.>

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae vol. 1 (CSA) ’85 UK; HIM tribute

<the UK Rastas not the American  near beer; 23 sec.>

  • Albert Griffiths & the Gladiators – Gone Already; Country Living (Heartbeat) ‘85
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Naturalites; not Natural Light

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Equal Rights; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); One Love Peace Concert; 4/22/78: Kingston, JA

<Peter Tosh murdered on 9/11….1987; 25 sec.>

  • Michael “Scoobey Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ’83 Maryland*

<Christmas in Jah-maica; 15 sec.>

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Xmas in Jah-maica: Riding on a Kingston minibus; not dashing through the snow inna one horse open sleigh

Set 5: Christmas: Vinyl is V-Ital; 18 sec.

  • Johnny Osbourne – Christmas Stylee; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) JA
  • Tennessee & the Silvertones – Little Drummer Boy; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA
  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Wish You a Merry Rockers Christmas (Joe Gibbs) ’79 Fl.
  • Hortense Ellis – Black Christmas; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ’79 Fl.
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Bing has White Christmas; Hortense Ellis, Alton’s sis, wants a Black Christmas

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 Vinyl

  • Sharon Black – Struggling; 7” (Clintones) ’77 JA 7” 45 vinyl set
  • Lacksley Castell – Babylon World; 7” (Rockers) ‘78 JA; Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Junior Dan – House is Not a Home; 7” (Danites) 2009 UK
  • Jah Walton – D.J. Christmas; 7” (Black & White) ’83 JA*
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From when the Two Sevens Clashed: A+ single

Set 7:

  • Bunny Wailer – Trash In a We Bes – Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Derrick Harriott – Jesus Was Born Today; 12” (Crystal) ’82*
  • Janet Lee-Davis & Tippa Irie – Baby I’ve Been Missing You; Fashion in Fine Style  vol. 1 (Reggae Archive); ’94 UK lovers rock/toaster combination
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB200 (Mango) ’77; smoking spliff with the Queen; 7 sec.

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Set 8: Mutant Dub Vinyl

  • Singers & Players feat. Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 UK

<Holy Scripture; 9 sec.>

  • Zulu Warriors – Lion Dub; Zulu Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK
  • Gussie Ranks & Alcapone – Bully Bwoy + Herbal Affair; 10” (Digital Conscious) 2010; herbtune
  • The Outsider Meets the High-Tech Roots Dynamic – Rumours of War; Meets High-Tech Roots Dynamics at Channel One U.K. (Jah Works) ’93 UK; melodica
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreamers; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Wareika Hill Sound – Kumina Mento Rasta Version; 10” (Honest Jon’s) 2010 UK instrumental
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E.T. loves Mutant Dub. Better than Reese’s Pieces

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

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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