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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 – New Year’s Vinyl Smash!

Greetings,

  1. Fill 2 bags or so full of vinyl Reggae out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives
  2. Haul records to KRCL

3. Pull vinyl from sleeve

4. Clean vinyl with Red record mitt

5. Drop the needle pon the record

6. Listen at maximum volume; rinse and repeat

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 36 sec.

Set 1:

  • Zema & Gladiators Band – Free At Last Dub; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 SoCal includes MLK Jr. speech
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Mun-Dun-Go; Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’76 Instrumental Album of the Hour
  • Barry Brown – Leader of the Massive; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone) ’83 Can.
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites – Miss America; Best Wishes (Sunspot) San Fran. youth group with female vox
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dillinger – Reggae Beat; 12″ (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Flick Wilson – I Don’t Mind; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn; Temptations Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Water Pumping; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Dennis Lucas – Natty Dread Smile and Rejoice; 12″ (Samson) ’80 US

Set 3:

  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 Miami – dj to Johnny Clarke “African Roots”

<6 states trying to legalize in 2019; 94 sec.>

  • Spartacus R. – Azania Song; Third World War (Zara) ’80 UK
  • Sister Candy – Pick Pocket; Laserbeam (World Enterprise) ’80 Brooklyn
  • David Isaacs – Jah Love I; 12″ (Wild Flower) ’70s

Set 4:

  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK picture sleeve/2 Tone ska
  • Sista Ruby – Capture the Dance; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK speed rapper female
  • K.C. White – Cool It; Try a Little Happiness (Zola & Zola) 70’s Netherlands
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) 1’82 US Mighty Diamonds update by UK youth singers

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Am Going Home; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA 

<I am Going Home; 98 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC – Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Peter Tosh – Rumours of War; Mystic Man (Rolling Stone) ’79 UK
  • Bunny Wailer – Peace Talks; 12″ (Shanachie) ’84 US

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s – Roots Dawtas Cover Rock ‘n’ Soul

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; 7″ (Island) ’80 US – picture sleeve cover of Roxy Music
  • Ebony Sisters – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Form) ’75 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; 7″ (Gusse 76) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Breakfast in Bed; 7″ (Harry J) ’72 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Veronica Adams – Midnight Train to Georgia; 7″ (Impact!) ’75 Gladys Knight & the Pips cover
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Aisha – For Salvation; Daughters of Zion ( Twinkle) ’93 UK
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin/DEP) ’85 UK dub to Don’t Break My  Heart
  • Freddie McGregor – Sergeant Brown; FM (High Times) JA herbtune
  • Mighty Threes – Rasta Business; 12″ (April) ’79 US

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK sampler

<The Preacher couldn’t fly>

  • Basement 5 – Games. Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK forerunners to Big Audio Dynamite
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 female vox on Lena Horne classic
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Dubfront  & Junior Murvin – Dub Order + Get Your House In Order; 10″ (Dubfront Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • 101ers feat. Joe Strummer – Keys to Your Heart; Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Andalucia) ’81 comp. – before the Clash

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-nuary 3, 2015: Mutant Dub New Year!

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The Mutants have taken over on Smile Jamaica: New Year’s Bass-gasm of Modern Dub: A-Zed

Greetings,

 <10th Annual: Mutant Dub New Year: 3 hours of A-Zed; 30 sec.>

Happy New Year! Let’s start it off with all dub and bass. Neo-Dub, Modern Dub, Mutant Dub.

Gonna give the Orthodox Roots stalwarts the week off to explore my fascination with the crossover dub sound: drum & bass, electronica, downtro, lounge, dubstep, militant steppers, techno, ambient, etc. etc.

I listen to Roots Reggae at home and Mutant Dub in my car. Knives to the treble!

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“Knives to the treble”…Joe Strummer, The Clash

Let’s see how it sounds stretched out to 3 hours instead of the usual last set on the weekly Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

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Mutant Dub Kingpins

Mutant Dub: Where Jamaican echo meets Modern Dance music’s wobble

bless, robt

<What is Mutant Dub? 14 sec.>

Set 1: A-F

  • Alpha & Omega – City of Dub; Dub Magic (Zion Gate) ‘99
  • UK trance dubbers w/ female vox
  • Burning Babylon – Dub Tragic; Garden of Dub (I-Tones) 2006 Jah-suchusetts; Dub Album of the Week
  • Hollie Cook – Twice; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK; mutant dubstress/lovers rock
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Groove Attack) 2007 Jah-stria; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; quotes The Doors “Out here on the perimeter,there are no stars  we is stoned immaculate”

<Jim Morrison Lyric; 30 sec.>

  • Easy Star All Stars feat. Sluggy Ranks – Speak to me + Breathe (In the Air); Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003; Pink Floyd cover with bong rip effects
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya; herbtune

<Mutant Dub Cannabliss: Smoking sensimena inna Mesopotamia; 14 sec.>

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Roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus. Seshat, Egyptian Goddess of Wisdom & Writing. Under the banner of the Seven Leaf

<Roll a lickle spliff, wif di papyrus>

 Set 2: G-J

  • Gorillaz feat. Earl 16 & U Brown – M1 A1; Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz: Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002 UK

<Laika: Original Space Pioneer; 33 sec.>

  • Heavyweight Dub Champion feat. Lady K – Trouble; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009 Boulder, Collie-rado; old spiritual dubwize
  • I-Shen Sound – Deep in Deep Purple; King Size Dub (Hypoxia) ’95 Uk herb tune; 2 sec.
  • Jah Shaka – Giver of Life; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK

<Holy Trinity of Mutant Dub: Jah Shaka, Adrian Sherwood, Mad Professor; 25 sec.>

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Laika sacrificed her life so man could t ravel in space

 Set 3: K-L

  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; 10” (Conscious Sounds) 2012; Horace Ferguson herb cover; Sleng Teng riddim
  • Little Axe – Long Way to Go; Hard Grind (Fat Possum)  2002 blues-dub; Skip McDonald of Tackhead side project
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You’ve got Blues in my Mutant Dub!

 Set 4: M-O

  • Major Lazer feat. Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial; Free the Universe (Mad Decent) 2013 dubstep update on Johnny Osbourne classic
  • Noiseshaper feat. Juggla – All a Dem a Do; The Signal (Different Drummer) 2003 Jah-stria
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (Different Drummer) UK 2004; dub to Creole’s – Beware reggae riddim

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Set 5: Q-S

  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UK herbtune
  • Qaballah Steppers – Is This the End? Young Sand vs. Dub Gabe; Imaginatrix (Baraka Foundation) 2001 Middle Eastern dubjazz
  • Rockers Hi-Fi: Callacop – Deep Space Network; DJ-Kicks: The Black Album (!K7) ‘97
  • Snoop Lion feat. Angela Hunte – Get Away; Reincarnated (Berhane Sound System) 2013; Major Lazer prod’n
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You’ve got Hip Hop in my Dubstep

Set 6: T-W

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker – Lebanese Blonde (French Version); CD Single (ESL); herb tune; Seven Leaf flavor

<Lebanese Blonde; 9 sec.>

  • Universe Crew – Stranger in the Pentagon; What’s Inside Your Afro (Green Tea) ’97 UK trip hop; UFO conspiracy theory
  • Vibronics feat. High Tone – Glowing Fire; The French Connection (Hammerbass) 2012 Fr.
  • Weeding Dub feat. Humble-I – Sound of Reality; 10” (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. Herbtune

<France’s war against the Seven Leaf; 23 sec.>

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You should see her sister Panama Red

<8 Track CD single: Most I ever paid for a piece of music on ebay; 15 sec.>

 Set 7: X-#

  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12” (Factory) ’79 UK; Dennis Bovell prod’n
  • Yabby You & Mad Professor – Blowing in the Wind; Yabby You Meets Mad Professor & Black Steel in Ariwa Studios (Ariwa) ’93 UK
  • Zion Train feat. Rob Smith – Boxes and Amps; Live as One (Remixed) (Universal Egg) 2009 UK
  • 2 Bad Card feat. Prince Far I – Chatty People; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ‘95
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Mutant Dub Godfather: Adrian Sherwood ON U Sound. Mixcloud link to Smile Jamaica Tribute

 Set 8: Wailers Family Tree Mutant Dub Rmx

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus (Kindred Spirit Dub Mix); Marley Soundtrack (Tuff Gong)  2012

<Marley Biography Review>

  • Peter Tosh feat. Ranking Joe – Legalize It (Dub Club Remix) + Dub Club Version; 10” (Delicious Vinyl); 2011 picture sleeve herb tune
  • Afro Omega – Musical Revolution; CD Single (Afro Omega) SLC mutant dubbers w/ female vox
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Smile Jamaica Approved: All killer, no filler

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 7, 2014 edition (stream + playlist)

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Greetings,

June means Summer. The best time for Roots Reggae. Celebrating 25 years on Smile Jamaica with nuff roots and unique selections.

Keeping my ears open to anything with that Jamaican swivel of the drum and bass. So that means Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer as well as The Clash, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, Morcheeba, The Ruts punkdub. Canadian Jamaican soul reggae. And defiling your ears with Lords of Acid at the bitter end of the broadcast.

Plus the usual high-lights: 420 Cannabis Service, mutant dub, mamas & dawtas love Vinyl is Vital. Spongi Reggae extended mix jams pon even more black wax.

Listening to these Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives helps me on the Mixcloud chart.

As I post this I am charting for the May 31st edition:

  • Vinyl: 4
  • Reggae: 22
  • Dub: 15

Give I a spin and pass it to your friend

bless, robt

Playlist

  • Aswad – Bubblin’; 12” (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Ruts DC/Mad Professor – Whatever We Do; Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR); ’82 punkdub; Dub Album of the Week
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Mercy; Midnight Landing (ROIR) 2003 NY
  • The Selecter – They Make Me Mad; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80; 2 Tone UK ska w/ female vox
  • Abja – Preservation of the I; Mahogany Road (I Grade) 2006 US Virgin Islands
  • General Plough/Welton Irie – Bubbling Telephone; One and One = Two (JA); 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; The Pama Years (Pama) ’69***End of Set 1

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  • 4th Street Orchestra – Still in Dubb; (Scientific) Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’77; dub of I’m Still in Love With You
  • Bunny and Ricky; Bushweed Corntrash; 10” (Upsetter); Lee Perry Black Ark herb tune
  • Gregory Isaacs – Private Beach Party; Private Beach Party (RAS); ’85; Request***End of Set 2
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Bushweed, corntrash = schwag
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Crazy Baldheads; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) last live show: 9/23/80: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania: Wailers Family Tree set
  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Rock; Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Queendom (Dub Version); Equal Rights (Legacy Edition)(Columbia/Legacy); dubble disk of rarities
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Rarity for sure-ty!
  • Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer – Redemption Song; Unearthed (American): Rockers do Reggae Set; 2003 Bob Marley cover
  • Taj Mahal – Johnny Too Bad; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74; Slickers cover
  • Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy – Cool It; Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy (Light in the Attic) ’70; Canadian-Jamaican soul group does reggae
  • Yoko Ono – Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him; Double Fantasy (Geffen) ’80***End of Set 4
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Two fallen heros sing the music of another in Jah’s Heavenly Choir (Bob Marley)
  • Marcia Griffiths – Give Love; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road); ’84 JA; Vinyl is Vital set: All mamas & dawtas
  • Ranking Ann – Dangerous M.C.; Something Fishy Going On (Ariwa) ’84 UK Mad Professor prod’n
  • Sis Nya – Zion I; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK Jah Shaka prod’n
  • Abacush – Batta Dem; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female group
  • Sister Netifa – Traveller; Woman Determined (Aluta); UK dub poet singing about the Middle Passage***End of Set 5
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Female dub poet chants about the Middle Passage
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan); ’76 UK vinyl: riddim shower (1) – Bob Dylan cover
  • The Clash – Man in Me; London Calling (Deluxe Edition) ’79: The Vanilla tapes rarities
  • Boney ‘L’ & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK; female vox, militant steppers***End of Set 6
  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? UK downtro w/ female vox***End of Set 7
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sublime Bob Dylan cover that inspired The Clash as well
  • The Dynamics – Lay Lady Lay; Version Excursion (Groove Attack); Mutant Dub set: 2007 Bob Dylan cover, Jah-many
  • See-I – Global Gangsters; Dinner of Herbs EP (ESL) Wash’n DC
  • Life… – Christine Adelsi; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers
  • Dub Pistols – Ghetto; Point Blank (Deconstruction) ’98 UK
  • Lords of Acid – Marijuana in My Brain; Voodoo-U (American); Belgium: herb tune w/ female vox
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Lords of Acid Seven Leaf debut on Smile Jamaica

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Preview: June 7, 2014: Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono & Lords of Acid

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Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer sing Bob Marley: Rockers do Reggae!

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica’s Chart Progress on Mixcloud: (May 24, 2014 Ark-Ive)

  • #5 on Vinyl
  • #15 on Reggae
  • #17 on Dub

Here is where you can go to help me push the latest podcast edition, May 31st into the charts. Give thanx!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts

This is the first Saturday of the month. For about the first decade of my 25 years hosting Smile Jamaica, I used to do a special feature every first Saturday musical episode: The Reggae Album Side of the Month.

My Reggae mentor, John “Rutabaga” Reese – who was hosting Smile Jamaica when I moved to town – started the Vinyl showcase. It was mainly so he could step out for a cigarette and get caught up on the monkey-butlering we deejays have to do at KRCL

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Monkey Butler – someone forced to do annoying, menial tasks of useless purpose in addition to, and at the same time, as their regular job

In tribute to my spar Rutabaga, I continued the Album Side of the Month. Smile Jamaica is mostly a Jamaican Jukebox of singles, (i.e. a single selection off an album or 7,10, or 12″ piece of vinyl singles). I wanted to play an obscure and top rank Reggae album from Side A or B: Tracks 1-4 or 1-5, usually. A roots Reggae album not re-issued on CD. Gems from my 30 year collecting Ark-Ive. Vinyl is Vital, of course. Sink into the riddim. Relax, stay awhile. Jus’ cool, dreadie.

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Album Side of the Month: rare, vinyl only, top rank

Then a piece of bullshit legislation came into law that made my Album Side of the Month illegal. The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). No more than 3 songs in a row off an album. I couldn’t do a whole 3 hours of one artist, like Bob Marley, anymore. No bootlegs. A bunch of other twaddle that did absolutely nothing to stem the tide of illegal downloads.

Clinton signed this in 1998 and it will be the reason I don’t vote for his wife in 2016. I wrote to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to try and stop this bill from becoming law.

I basically told our Senator for Life my tale of woe, “Hey Dread, I’m a radio deejay in Salt Lake City, Utah. The state you supposedly represent. My show is called Smile Jamaica. I have this tradition of focusing on one album by an artist to hear what Reggae sounds like on a long player piece of wax. Rather than my usual habit of  juggling individual songs, featuring different artists, on a variety of formats. A little context. Part of my tradition of Reggae History Lessons. I’m trying to educate while I entertain. I’m showing off the fruits of my Ark-Ives. I have zero interest in aiding and abetting song  theft. I want people to buy this music. Begging you a ten cent, Senata Haatch!

“I volunteer my time on a non-commercial radio station. I am committed to public service in the community.I don’t get paid. Don’t want to get paid. How about a non-profit exception for what I do?”

I basically got the International Symbol of Ill Will

<Orrin Hatch 1; Smile Jamaica 0; 40 sec.>

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The International Symbol of Ill Will

So that brings me back to Johnny Cash. In the immortal words of Bob Marley, “When one door closes, another will open.” Somewhere in the last decade I have started a different, legal, tradition for the first Saturday edition of the month on Smile Jamaica.

Rockers do Reggae

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Yoko Ono makes her debut on Smile Jamaica this afternoon

Last month I gave you Billy Idol’s maiden voyage on Smile Jamaica. This week I have: Johnny Cash (debut), Taj Mahal (perennial) Wayne McGhie: Canadian-Jamaican soul/reggae hybrid and Yoko Ono (debut).

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: June 7, 2014 sets:

  • Rockers do Reggae (above)
  • Bonus Rockers: Version galore on Bob Dylan’s Man in Me: Matumbi vs The Clash; Morcheeba (mutant dub with female box) and I will end the show with Lords of Acid: mutant dub herb tune (debut). Yes, hard techno comes to Smile Jamaica in the same show as Johnny Cash. Selah!
  • Dub Album of the Week: More rock/dub crossover: The Mad Professor Meets Ruts DC: Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR). Punkdub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob Marley’s last live show in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania: Sept. 23, 1980; Peter Tosh rarities & obscurities from Equal Rights ’77; Bunny Wailer – Rootsman Skanking ’86
  • Vinyl is Vital: (midway). All female artists laying down the crispy black wax attack.
  • Mutant Dub: (last half hour): Even more Rockers: downtro-dubby cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”.
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Smile Jamaica debut: mutant dub swings off its axis into post industrial: Unholy Trinity: mutant dub(ish), female vox, Seven Leaf: “Marijuana in my Brain”

Good luck to Collie-fornya Chrome. It is going for the triple crown today at the Belmont Stakes. If he wins, I am going to play a Jamaican horse race tune with Dreadlocks versus The Pope around 5:00 PM

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Jah Guide Collie-fornya Chrome. First horse since ’78 to win the Triple Crown? 4:52 Mountain Time we’ll find out

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for when it is live

Current chart status for May 31, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive (3 days):

  • Vinyl: 11
  • Dub: 41
  • Reggae: 59

Give a listen, spread the word, move Smile Jamaica up the charts!

bless, robt