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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-tober 12, 2019 – 400 Years/Anti-Columbus Special

Greetings,

They called it”spoilage”. That is what you lose when your cargo goes bad. Or you are a trucker and you are overweight for the Interstate. I remember asking my Dad once in California. “Why did that trucker dump a bunch of oranges by the side of the road?” Pops: “The truck is too heavy and he had to lighten his load.”

Now picture that same dynamic on a slave voyage from 1526 til the Mid 1800s. Spoilage was the loss of life on the journey from West Africa to the New World. Either dead slaves, or if the ship was overloaded, several excess slaves would be simply chucked over the side to drown.

<Spoilage in the Slave Trade; 65 sec.>

Prince Far I – “When the boat overload, they threw some of us overboard”

Reggae music came about in Jamaica because of slavery. The Brits lived in the upscale plantation house. Irish and Scottish immigrants worked as overseers in the fields. Black slaves worked the sugar plantations.

Eventually, The Irish and Scottish wiled away their time by playing fiddle and piano. As time went on, blacks picked up those instruments and learned to play. Usually on Sunday – Church services. When you absorb African drumming onto Western melodies and instruments — that is how you get Reggae music.

<British instruments + African drums = Reggae; 41 sec.>

In October, Columbus Day, is a Holiday. Christopher Columbus. The Genovese explorer who stumbled onto “India” on behalf of the Spanish Crown.  Thus began the American Holocaust

David Stannard’s classic about the ravages of slavery gave context to my love of Reggae Music

Columbus was looking for a Western route to India that wouldn’t take Europeans through Muslim territory for the riches of the Subcontinent.

Ancient Astronaut Theory Suggests….Columbus had two UFO Encounters

<Columbus, The Bermuda Triangle and UFOs>

Christopher Columbus and UFO’s

Columbus wrote in his journal

  • The incident took place on October 11th 1492, 10pm. At the time of the incident it is said that Santa Maria (the ship) was sailing through what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle. The crew first noticed a disc shaped object emerging from the sea. The description given in the ship’s log is that of a wax candle light moving up and down in the night sky.
  • Prior to this incident the ship’s logs in the month of September (17th and 20th) provide accounts of what are described as stars making noticeable movements in the night sky.
Christopher Columbus tracked by UFOs

Columbus’s crew reached what is now the Bahamas in 1492. He thought he had landed in India. The Taino and Arawak natives, (soon to be wrongly called Indians), greeted the explorers with friendly intent. Unfortunately for them, they arrived in gold finery.

The Euros returned the generosity with massacres, cholera, syphilis and  rape. Whoever survived the onslaught was enslaved and forced to mine gold. After a generation the Indigenous tribes fought back with the only real weapon they had: mass suicide. They would simply jump off cliffs into the sea. Or eat a meal of poisonous roots.

<Taino and Arawak devastation by Columbus; 1 min. 55 sec.>

As the Conquistadors prepared to burn Hatuey alive, a “helpful” Catholic Priest offered salvation to him. If he accepted Christ he would immediately go to Heaven and not burn for Eternity in Hell as a Heathen.

Hatuey politely declined. “I have seen what the Christians are like on Earth. Why would I want to meet anymore of them in the Sky?”

***

In 1526 the Portugese kicked off the Atlantic Slave Trade. Soon to follow were the Spanish, English and Dutch. Thus began what Peter Tosh sang: “400 Years and it’s the same philosophy)

<Wailers and Peter Tosh – 400 Years; 1 min. 15 sec.>

Actually, this is Peter Tosh with Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters

Thus began 3 centuries of the Middle Passage

  1. Europeans would load ships full of commercial goods: textiles, rifles, flint locks
  2. They would dock on the Gold Coast of West Africa. They would trade their goods for slaves. (Most slaves were captives in tribal wars.)
  3. The slaves would be packed on the ships “like sardines in a tin” and shipped to the New World: America, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and especially Brazil.

<The Dungeon in the Merchant Ship; 36 sec.>

Human cargo packed like sardines in a tin

4. The slaves, in Jamaica, would be forced to harvest sugar cane.

5. The ships return to Europe with sugar products: granular sweetener, rum, molasses.

6. European factory workers, driven by their sugar rush, in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution , could make the consumer goods….to return to Africa

The “Middle Passage” was the leg between Europe to the  New World. As many as as 12.5 million “human cargo” made the excruciating journey over 3 centuries. As many as 2.5 million of those unfortunate wretches perished during the journey.

That’s a spoilage rate of 20%.  And yes, those losses were expected and factored into the price.

<The horrors of the Middle Passage; 90 sec.>

The major themes of Reggae music explore this psychic disruption. Songs about loss, the repatriation to Zion away from Babylon. Rastas worshiping a Black Christ – His Imperial Majesty in  Ethiopia.

Those were the stories that made me a Reggae fanatic. Epitomized by Eek a Mouse’s “Do You Remember”. Song 2 of this podcast

Do you, do you remember those days of slavery?
It wasn’t black man alone, who died through bravery
‘Though some a dem threw dem self over board
Because dis ya slaveship overload

 

Before KRCL moved their Radiothon fund drives to October, I would do an Anti-Columbus show. I would always lead off with Burning Spear‘s takedown of the Italian mass murderer, Columbus

 

This year the beg-a-thon took place a week earlier. Felt good to harvest 40 songs for Indigenous People’s Day. Not Columbus. Or Comb-buss’ (bust) us as Peter Tosh called him.

 

<1526-1970’s: 400 Years of Slavery; 30 sec.>
bless, Bobbylon

 

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Jah-tober 12, 2019 – Anti-Columbus Day> 

Set 1:

  • Burning Spear – Columbus; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Big Youth/Soul Syndicate – Reggae Gi Dem Dub (Nichola Delita) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the week
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember?; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 do you remember the days of slavery?
  • Misty in Roots – Slavery Days; Wise and Foolish (People Unite) ’81 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Plantation Heights; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Culture – Pirate Days; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77
  • Don Carlos – Black History; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
This poster hangs over the Secret Dubratory when I cut up Smile Jamaica’s

Set 2:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ’77
  • Mutabaruka – Witeman Country; Check  It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Bam Bam – Slave; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA vinyl w/ female vox
  • Joe Higgs – More Slavery + Dub; Life of Contradiction (Lagoon) ’75

Set 3:

  • Third World – Human Market Place; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Third World) ’76
  • Hugh Griffiths – 400 Years; Mother Africa (Gone Cold) (My-O-Lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Jimmy Cliff – Poor Slave; Unlimited (Reprise) ’73 US vinyl
  • The Skulls – Black Slavery Days; Black Slavery Days (Clappers) ’80
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Bob Andy – Unchained; Bob Andy’s Song Book (Studio One) ’72 JA vinyl (1) original
  • Sister Carol – Shackles; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC vinyl (2) dj coer
  • Ken Boothe – Christopher Columbus; 7″ (Fox) JA 70’s era
  • Aswad – African Children; New Chapter (CBS) ’81 UK

Set 5:

  • Rastafari Elders – 400 Years; Rastafari Elders (RAS) ’90 nyahbinghi
  • Black Slate – Bondage and Slavery; Black Slate (Alligator) ’80 Chicago vinyl
  • Rashani – Columbus Myth; Who’s Feelin’ Who (Zamani) ’98 Duncanville, TX
  • Courtney Melody – Black Liberation; 12″ (CRAT) 80’s digital

Set 6:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Lorna Asher – True History; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Little Roy – Christopher Columbus; Prophecy (Tafari) ’75 US vinyl
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 reggae cover of Paul Revere’s Indian Reservation
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horror; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australian Dub Album of the Hour
aka Jay Boys “African People”

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n – riddim shower (1) Peter solo
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (2) – ’72 Jamaican mix
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (3) – ’72 Chris Blackwell rmx
  • Bunny Wailer – Slave Driver; Tribute (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl – Bob Marley covers

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players – Dungeon + Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Junior Delgado – Sons of Slaves; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Earl Zero – Shackles and Chains; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Abyssinians – Black Man’s Strain; Satta Massagana (Heartbeat) ’76
  • I Kong – Set Jah People Free (Rohit) ’87
  • Capital Letters – Out of Africa; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; Djosos Krost (Quango) 2004 Swedish dub w/ dub poet

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Halloween Voodoo Boogaloo!

Greetings,

Much love to any and all who might have made a donation to your station that rules the nation on KRCL’s Fall Radiothon.

Enjoy this infamous Digital Dubplate of my favorite Reggae & Dub Jah-loween tunes “stitched” in between with Horror Movie trailers.

It’s boo-tiful!

curse, Bobbylon

 

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sound of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • The Vulcans – Blackula; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan)
  • Soho – Zombies Walk The Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) ’71 rides around in a coffin 
…rides around in a coffin!

30-60 min.

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

60-90 min.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’80
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’90
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88 American ska
  • Little Roy – Frankenstine; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ’87
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Thrillah; Thrillah (Easy Star) Michael Jackson cover

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Raw Roots (Phil Pratt) ’72 Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charley) ’83 Barnabas Collins soap opera vampire
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who I You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 Duppy is Jamaican ghost 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Blue Moon) ’77 Fr. EP
  • Desmond Dekker – Dracula; Writing on the Wall (Trojan) ’64
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Black Survivors) ’94
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 dubber

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