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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: Digital Dubplate – Cannabliss A-Z!

Happy 420. Celebrate early and often!

Greetings,

Thank you to a successful Spring Radiothon at KRCL. The coffers are replenished, let’s get back to the Roots.

While fundraising, I spend my evenings cooking up a special herbal brew in the Secret Dubratory: Smile Jamaica’s 420 Cannabliss A-Z. Plus a number

From Aswad to dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah plus the 2 Bad Card.

All my favorite 420 movie c,ips Joe Friday cautionary tales and other Seven Leaf shoutouts.

9 down, 41 to go!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: 420 Cannabliss from A-Z

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo – Best of (Ensign) ’84 UK
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″ Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK dubbers
  • Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Reggae Hits Sounds (Trojan) ’69 

30-60 min.

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 German w/ female vox
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/98 Germany
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of Inner Circle (Island) ’79
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Mutant Dubber 
Bern One Down

60-90 min.

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’71
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80 don’t pee in my garden or mushroom will grow
  • Tristan Palma – Spliff Tail; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun v. 1 (Charm) 2005

90 min – 2 hr. plus

  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’99
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska w/ female vox
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at KZEL: Eugene, OR
  • UB40 – Buzz Feeling; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • Various w/ Sugar Minott – Oh Mr. D.C.; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Yellowman – Couchine; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’84 UK dub poet
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 27, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – 9 down, 41 to go!

#Berniewouldhavewon

Vermont – the GREEN STATE makes it 9 down, 41 to go!; 90 sec.

  1. Collie-rado
  2. Washington
  3. Jah-laska
  4. Jah-regon
  5. Collie-fornya
  6. Jah-vada
  7. Jah-suchusetts
  8. Maine
  9. Vermont
  10. DC* not a state

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 27, 2018; 80 sec.

Set 1:

  • Blue Riddim Band – One Love, One Heart; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St Louis band, vinyl
  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand; Peter Tosh and Friends (Upsetter) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Israelites (Trojan) ’73 dubble disk Best of
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta of Sex Pistol
  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 best of w/ female vox
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-strian: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Leroy Smart- Love Me Tonight; 12″ (Channel One) ’83
  • Earl Chinna Smith & High Times Players – Selassie Dub; Musicians & Friends (Corner Stone) JA vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 June: live in London at the Rainbow Theatre
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (Virgin) ’85 female dj to Version Girl
  • Tapper Zukie – Stop the Gun Shooting; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’76 dj to Horace Andy’s Skylarking
  • Joe Axumite – Simple Little Woman; 10″ (Wackies) ’79 Brooklyn

Set 3:

  • Bunny  Wailer – Three Little Birds;  Hall of Fame (RAS) dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Etana – By Your Side; I Rise (VP) 2014 JA female singer
  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Filla Brazilia rmx 2); Dancehall Queen (Island Jamaica)
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. dub album of the hour
50 Bob Marley/Wailers covers

Set 4:

  • Samia Farah – Du Signe du Lion; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian dubstress
  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) 2004 Best of; Herbtune
  • Dub Syndicate – 93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve update of Prince Far I tune

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Sooth Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Anguilla Bob Marley tribute
  • John Clarke – Wasn’t It You; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 Brooklyn
  • Jimmy Cliff – Satan’s Kingdom; I Am the Living (MCA) ’80 US
  • ILive – Build I Up; Jah Guide (Out of Many, One) ’90 Oakland – female vox
  • Junior Brown – Warriors; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK best of 12″ mixes
Sat. Feb. 3 from 4-7 PM Mtn. Time – Smile Jamaica’s Annual Livication to Bob Marley. KRCL.org; 90.9FM SLC

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley tribute; Joseph the Biblical Prophet; 18 sec.
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’83; take on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”
  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Don Carlos – Living in Harmony; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84
  • Lincoln Thompson – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street)  ’89 Dub Album of the Hour

The Prophet Joseph leading his people out of bondange. As Bob Marley did the Rastas out of Babylon – Judy MowattSet 7:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’81 country reggae/’91 film
  • Fathead – Gi Mi de Music; Live at Aces (Joe Frasier) ’82 live in the club herbtune
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound)  ’78 Chi-lites soul cover
  • Webcam Hi-Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10″ (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dub w/ female vox
You’ve got country in my reggae!

Set 8: UFOria – New Jerusalem

<Revelation 21 – the New Jerusalem spaceship; 81 sec.>

  • Brentford Road All-Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) instrumental
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ’69
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (CBS) ’82 Germ.
  • Kingman + Jonah  feat. Claudius Linton – Star Wars; Sign of the Time (Sunking) 2008
  • Roots Radics – Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker; Scientist & Jammy Strike Back!  (Greensleeves) ’82 dub
  • Audio Active – Space Children; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Tena Stelin – Sun + Moon; Sun + Moon (Dub Venture) ’92 UK
1,440,000,000 acre size spaceship – New Jerusalem. Revelation 21

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 6, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) Mutant Dub New Year!

Greetings,

Happy 2018! By tradition for the past decade or so, I have devoted the first Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive of the year to Mutant Dub. What I tend to end the shows with in the last half hour, showcased 3 hours of drum and bass glory.

Not everyone is a fan of the “wobble” as much as the Orthodox Roots Reggae “echo.” I can expect at least one listener to call in that it is all too much. (2018 complaint received around 6:15 this year.)

Yet, I was also encouraged by people calling in to say how unexpectedly refreshing it is to hear a classic Massive Attack tune on a Roots Reggae show. (I cast the Reggae net far and wide.) Much love shown to the ON U Sound massive. Creation Rebel, Dry & Heavy, New Age Steppers and Singers & Players. Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub

Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub

And this year a listener checked in to say that he was unhappy with the flat sound of his Klipsch speakers. (I also fire up Klipsch at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.) Until he flipped on Smile Jamaica and the bass woke-up on his Hi-Fi.

<Smile Jamaica brings out the bass in your speaker array; 24 sec.>

After two weeks showing love to my family from Albuquerque to Sun City West, AZ – it felt good to get back on the decks and juggle bassadelica for all who love and loathe the modern sound of downtro, dubstep, lounge, jungle, electronica, post-punk, 420 dubbers, Roots Dawtas and Disco Mix vinyl.

Lo-fi for I ‘n’ I

I took up the show right in the middle of a personal crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed enemy to the Seven Leaf, waited until Collie-fornya legalized the collie weed on New Year’s Day 2018 and sicc’d his Justice Department attorneys to stop the people’s will.

I just set my parents up with medical marijuana in Arizona and literally the day after my Pops get his card, Sessions lowered the boom.

Jeff Sessions war on legal/medical weed

My Dad has neuropathy in his feet, sciatica and still has pain from a recent carpal tunnel surgery. Mom’s has knee pain and wants to get off anxiety meds and sleep aids.

Marijuana and its CBD/THC concoctions are the way. 28k die per year of opioid overdose. In the 10k history of mankind and the Seven Leaf, zero fatalities.

So in the first set of Smile Jamaica Mutant Dub New Year I fight back as best I know how. Through music and riddim.

<Medical MJ in Arizona vs. Jeff Sessions; 89 sec.>

States rights for Marijuana just like abortion laws, voting requirements and gun laws. Nuff hypocrisy

Even in conservative Utah, our governor believes that Utah Medical Marijuana is an inevitablity.

And why shouldn’t he? His name is Gary HERBert; 78 sec.

Utah governor and Utah Medical Marijuana

I know I have nuff aches and pains myself to qualify!

bless, Bobbylon

Seven Leaf relief soon come to the Beehive State. Selah!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 6, 2018 – Mutant Dub New Year: Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1: Mutant Dub 4:20 

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon 
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2005 LA – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus!

<Getting high in the sarcophagi; 11 sec.>

  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Café (Ministry) 2002
  • Bob Marley – Easy Skanking; Legend Remixed (Tuff Gong) 2013 Stephen Marley dubstep rmx
  • Ganja Tree – Medicine Man; 10” (I-Grow) 2006 Fr

 

“Whenever I get low, I get high”

Set 2:

  • Ari Up – Kill Em With Love; More Dread Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of The Slits punk-female group
  • Thievery Corporation – In Pursuit; .38 .45 (a Thievery Number); CD Single (4ad) ’98 DC dubbers
  • Sizzla – Rain Showers (Bronx Dogs Mix); Dub Selector (Quango) 2001
  • Tayo Meets Acid Rockers feat. PupaJim – Vampayaa; 12” (Scrub a Dub) 2010 UK
The late, great Ari Up. Member of The Slits punk/reggae; New Age Steppers and dawta in law to Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten

Set 3: Roots Dawtas

  • Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey; Hollie Cookc (Mr. Bongo) 2011 Roots Dawta set
  • Massive Attack – Five Man Army; Blue Lines (Virgin) ‘91
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Dandylion – Because I Love You; Daniel In the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub
  • Afro Omega – Watcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC E
Dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook

Set 4:

  • Stick Figure – Fire on the Horizon; Set In Stone (Stick Figure) 2015 Duxbury, MA
  • Little Annie – Bless Those; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK pic sleeve
Dubby recommendation from a youth man co-worker

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK vinyl set
  • Soom T & Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Boom Shiva; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper on herbtune
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Vice of My Enemies; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; No Answer EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
Female Glaswegian Weedstepper – Soom T

Set 6:

  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UKherb tune
  • Dub Pistols – New Skank; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK
  • Jah Shaka – Jah Jah Dub; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 dub to African Princess
Members of The Specials, Special Beat, Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace

Set 7:

  • Kode9 & the Spaceape feat. Cha Cha – Love Is the Drug; Black Sun (Hyperdub)  2011 dubpoet w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK herbtune
  • Tenastelin – Cosmic Session; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK UFOria

Set 8: UFOria

<Cratedigging for Ancient Aliens books as well as vinyl; 42 sec.>

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2009 German. Dub w/ female vox. UFOria
  • The Elegants – Little Star (Static Revenger Mix); Destroy All Humans! (Lakeshore) 2005 video gam soundtrack: 50’s doo wop remixed
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’81 UK New Wave
  • Starkey – Spacecraft; Ear Drums and Black Holes (Planet Mu) 2010 UK
  • Dubadelic – Thuds Lke Skuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’96: Are Aliens real?
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) X-Files Theme
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Spiritual Rez (Spiritual Rez
I’m probably the only guy who is reading the Bible for Alien visitation stories

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 24, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Livicated to Ronald Wilson Reagan!

President Raygun regrets funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the Student Loan Program

<Livicated to Ronald Reagan; 10 sec.>

Greetings,

The Rastas called him:

  • Ronald
  • Wilson
  • Reagan – 666

I pay tribute to his legacy in funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the 80’s student loan program. 30 years ago it was more Pell Grants than 9% Loans.

So I would take the check, put in a savings account and once in the summer and usually once during the Holidays, I would travel to the Bay Area and descend upon the plentiful record stores from Reno to San Jose.

So it is hard not be nostalgic after I have been moving into my 400+ square foot Ark-Ive: 31 sec.

From the Garage:

To the Ark-Ive:

Spent 2k on CD towers to empty out the cardboard boxes and onto shelving. Every Saturday before Smile Jamaica since New Year’s I have prepared for this move.

Now that I am inside the house, I have to make sensi of the entropy. A journey of a thousand miles begins with unloading a single box.

A luta continua – The struggle continues

bless, robt

He did alright for I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 24, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 40 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12” (DEB) ’76 Porgy & Bess cover
  • Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G.; New York Dub (Channel One UK) ’96 UK Vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Aswad – African Children (Part 2); Not Satisfied (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 UK ballad
  • Dennis Brown – Should I; Money in My Pocket (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Time is the Master; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
“Summertime and the living is easy”

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers
  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Ha Ti Gwan; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<grumpy roots guy does dancehall; 25 sec.>

  • The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska herbtune
  • Christine Adelsi – Life; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers
Feelin’ High!

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Journey; Red (Mango) ’81
  • Jean Binta Breeze – A Simple Thing + A Song to Heal; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK dub poet female
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83: UK dub poet male
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ‘76
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It Version; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 box set

<Jawara Tosh beaten into coma in jail; 64 sec.>

Like father, like son: Them Ha Fe Get a Beatin’

Set 4:

  • I Roy and Lee Perry  – Space Flight; Chapter Two of Words (Trojan) UFOria

<Roswell inna Rub a Dub Stylee; 57 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 alternate extended mix
  • Lee Perry – Noah Sugar Pan; Upsetter Shop v.2 (Heartbeat) Dub ’77 Album of the Hour

<Captain Lee “Scratch” Perry driving the Space Shuttle? WTF?; 18 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Prince Far I – Deck of Life; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK deejay
  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Gregory Isaacs – Musical Revenge; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 NY
  • Junior Brown – Warriors; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

Set 6:

  • 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday; Snatch Soundtrack (Maverick) ’76 rockers do reggae
  • Trevor Hartley – Smoke and Chill; Hartley (Jove) ’94 herb tune
  • Fabiane Miranda – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 female
  • Paul Blake & the Bloodifre Posse – Get Flat; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’87 dance number

<Jamaican dance = Get Flat; 40 sec.>

Set 7:

  • Jah Pecker & the Wailers – Jammin’; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese cover of Bob Marley

<From Jah-pon: Jah Pecker & the Wailers>

  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ikonika – Sahara Michael; contact, love, want, have (Hyperdub) 2010 UK Sara Abdel Hamid
  • Herbaliser – Worldwide Connected; Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) 2002 UK
  • Massive Attack – Safe From Harm; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK feat. Shara Nelson
  • Audio Active – Psycho Buds (Game Mix/Asian Dub Foundation); CD Single (Birdman) ’99 Jah-pon
Dubstep Dawta – Ikonika

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Mother’s Day Vinyl Tribute!

<Livicated, never deadicated, to all the Irie Roots Muddah’s, Dawtas, and Granny’s; 12 sec.>

Greetings,

I’m a momma’s boy. Oldest kid. Every Sunday I get up, rise and shine, put the coffee on and around 9:30 either I call Mom or she calls me.

After 45 years of juggling the books in Fort Benton Montana’s High School, her and my dad are becoming Sunbirds in Sun City West, AZ.

So let’s celebrate that maternal goodness with a Smile Jamaica’s Mothers Day. Even better. Let’s make it all vinyl.

Female artists and male artists paying tribute to their mom’s: Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and more.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 playlist: (63 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 19 sec.

<recorded in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78: Tammy Wynette cover

<Tammy Wynette Reggae stylee; 18 sec.>

<No Charge – mother’s lyrics to son wanting allowance; 19 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Babylon Trap; Jah Jah Way (Jah Shaka) ’89 UK
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 San Diego
  • Mystic  Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Save the Roaches Best Wishes (Sunship) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bay Area youth group

<Youth band from the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco; 43 sec.>

  • The Jaytees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo
No Charge – Tammy Wynette mother’s day reggae tune

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Songs My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds) Herman Chin-Loy prod’n
  • The Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
Sister Carol – Mother Culture

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Pauline – Babylon; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Africka – Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) UK niyabinghi
  • Prince Lincoln – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (Poem); Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 JA
  • Aura Lewis & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience; Full Experience) ’76  Black Ark EP (Fr.)
South African Reggae singer, Aura Lewis

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Wailers Family Tree Set – Bob’s last words to his mom

<Bob’s last words turned into a song; 75 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; At Studio One (Studio One) ’68 JA
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

<Good name for a Reggae show; 14 sec.>

Set 6:

  • The Triumphant Singers – Don’t Forget to Pray; Man from Galilee (Tabernacle) ’68 JA gospel
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Positive Vibration; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, WI folk-reggae duo, Bob Marley cover
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah is Love; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mama says: Don’t forget to pray!

Set 7: Dawta Dub Poets

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK

<Nanny of the Maroons – Jamaican Heroine; 97 sec.>

  • Lillian Allen – Rub a Dub Style in a Regent Park; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dubber
  • Louise Bennett – Dry Weather Houses;  Jamaican Folk Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) ’53 10”
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Woman Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Tracey J – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Akabu – Work; Akabu (Viva) ’89 U
  • Sinead O’Connor – War; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK dubble disk; Bob Marley cover
  • The Slits – Return of the Giant Slits – Walk About; Return of the Giant Slits (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man ; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK

<Livicated to Pres. #45 – Vladimir Putin>

Words of Wisdom

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-nuary 30, 2016: Stupor Bowl Caucus

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Fess up Bernie. Hillary stole it fair ‘n’ square!

Greetings,

Super Bowl 50. Meh.

Since Green Bay isn’t in it, I have only a passing interest. I am rooting for Denver only because their back up QB is from Kalispell,  or Collie-spell, Montana. Borck Rottweiler or some such.

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Smile Jamaica’s Peyton Manning Game: Take a hit or down a shot every time Peyton says Omaha!

Same with the Iowa Caucus.

As Bob said, “No bide your isms an schisms.” I’m feelin’ fine with Jill Stein.

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Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President. Smile Jamaica approved

But in the Hillary vs. Bernie hoe-down (no pun intended), I’m kind of like: tastes great, less filling. In our winner take all “Democracy”, you can only  have 1 winner and 1 loser.

So I ‘n’ I gwan Bern one down, till I vote for Jill the Thrill in November

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica’s tie-breaker for New HEMP-shire: best 2 out of 3 – Rock, paper, scissors

Here is what I have on-tap for the Jah-nuary 30, 2016 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 39 sec.

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Next up New Hemp-shire. Revenge of the Bern!

Set 1:

  • Sugar Minott – Jah Got the Handle; Roots Lovers Showcase (Black Roots) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Keith Hudson – Image Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now
  • Errol Holt – Babylon Queendom; Vision of Africa (Original Music) Peter Tosh cover
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Know It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Triston Palma – Collyman; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz)  ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 
  • Roman Stewart – True Colours; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK: Over Hawaii 5-0 riddim
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5 down, 45 to go? Vermont Legislator could legalize it this session

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) Chuck Berry cover: 8/23/83 Los Angeles
  • Zema – Black Sheep; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) 2003 So Cal female
  • Alton Ellis – Play It Cool; Fashion in Fine Style (Fashion)
  • Johnny Clarke – Leggo Violence; 10” (Jamaican Recordings)
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So Cal Roots Dawta – Smile Jamaica approved

Set 3: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group:
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Love Forever; New Age Steppers (Statik) ’81 UK Michael Rose cover w/ female vox
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83: UK dub poet w/ The Wailers
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Heptones – Party Time; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’91 Adrian Sherwood co-production

 

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You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter: UK dub poet + The Wailers pon de riddims

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Togawar Game; Crucial! (Shanachie)
  • Judy Mowatt – King of Kings; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Mike Brooks – Money Makes Friend; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad; Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84: Dub Album of the Hour

<Mutant Dub Holy Trio – Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood; 20 sec.>

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Mutant Dubber – Jah Shaka

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Pat Kelly – Struggling; Revives: The Jamaican Connection (Fashion) UK

<Revives = Reissues; 11 sec.>

  • Pauline – Vision; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC herbtune
  • Amp-Ech; International Plea; Against Injustic (Amp-Ech) JA
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Collect the Trophy; Skycatcher (ROIR) NY 2013

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Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Walk the Proud Land; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN radio, San Francisco: Oct. 1973

<Wailers live on KSAN Radio; 38 sec.>

  • Remember When – Sister Carol; Jah Disciple (RAS) ‘89
  • Horace Andy – Ain’t No Sunshine; 10” (Cou$ins) Bill Wither cover
  • Skatalites – Coconut Rock; Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz) Instrumental album of the hour

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Set 7:

  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X Files Theme

<Smile Jamaica’s X-Files 2015 review; 57 sec.>

  • Conroy Smith – Original Sound;  Firehouse Revolution (Pressure Sounds) King Tubby dancehall prod’n
  • Sister June – Tell You What Police Can Do; Dancehall Roots (Metro) ‘86
  • Flourgon – Build a Spliff; Dancehall Techniques (Pressure Sounds) herbtune

Betty Anreasson Alien Abductee

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Betty Andresson – her story on the X Files

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Set 8: Mutant Dub female set

  • Botom Botom – La bien / Le mal – This is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass) 2006 Fr.: Mutant Set w/ female vox
  • Little Annie & the Legally Jammin’ – Take It From Me; Little Annie & the Legally Jammin (Italic) 2003 Germ.
  • Soom T – Weedhawks; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow weedstep
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Suffering; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Minoo – December; 10” No Answer EP (Universal Egg) 2008 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Show Me a Purpose; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95 UK trance dub

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