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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Endless Summer of Roots Reggae!

 

Dem a roots, dem a branches. I & I Natty Roots – Bob Marley

Greetings,

Took Labor day weekend off on Terrestrial radio but labored (inna labour of love) in my new Ark-Ives culling the best Roots Reggae selections without objection.

Cooked everything up in my Secret Dubratory. Couples week back we ended summer with 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Post Labor Day bookends with 3 hours of my favorite Roots Reggae.

Alpha & Omega!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy inna Rub-a-Dub-Style (Original) ‘79
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Black Roots – Spare the Rod; All Day All Night (Nubian) UK ‘87
Stop de War pon North Korea

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; African Herbsman (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Black Slate – Amigo; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising (For Youths of Azania) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group
  • David Lindley – She Took Off My Romeos; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’82 Rockers does Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79
Saw him at The Zephyr, Salt Lake City – 1988. Bought this album the next day!

60 – 90 min.

  • Culture – Weeping; Production Something (Heartbeat) 70’s extended mix
  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Police cover: Montego Bay Aug. ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Cymande – Fug; Cymande (Sequel) ’71 UK soul/reggae/jazz
  • Don Carlos – Zion Train; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
Sister of Hendrix conga player Jerry Velez. Produced by Bob Marley. Mixed by Lee Perry. Wailers on the riddims. Bob covers

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Share the Wealth; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Lijadu Sisters – Bobby; Danger (Knitting Factory) ’76 Nigerian sisters do Reggae
  • Jacob “Killer” Miller – Take a Lift; Mix Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80 herbtune
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack)  ’75
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72
Killer African Reggae jam

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Chris HInze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Bamboo Reggae (Keyton) ’83 Dutch flautist in JA
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood update
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88

2 and 1/2  – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglaan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Matumbi – Guide Us Jah; Empire Road (EMI) ‘78
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena; Rockers Arena (Epiphany) ‘82
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Peter Broggs – No Ism Pon de Riddim; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Just say no to World War III

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 8, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Ancient Aliens a Gwaan!

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Every night the sun goes down a little earlier. Can’t skywatch until the stars come out

Greetings,

<Have yourself a ball! 5 sec.>

My Weekends define Rinse ‘n’ Repeat

  • Friday: Bomb out of work around 4pm
  • Hail up my bredrins Bourbon Lad and Aquaboy* for what we call Prayer Group

*(my friend was bit by a shark)

Shark Attack

  • They prattle on about their impending retirement while I choose the music
  • 6:30 – Grab some dinner
  • 7-9 pm – Ancient Aliens on History Channel.
  • 11pm – Watch 1 Episode per night when the sun goes down. Can’t skywatch in the daylight
  • Midnight – Decompress while looking for UFO’s in the moonlight
  • Read a Chapter of Ancient Alien Expert: Zecharia Sitchin: Earth Chronicle Series: The Lost Realms (Book 4) – About the Maya and new world Alien contact
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My night time reading. Book 4 of 7: The Earth Chronicles

Saturday: Start putting my music together for Smile Jamaica…

<Roadmap for Jah-gust 8, 2015 Ark-Ive; 90 sec.>

  • Wailers Family Tree: Wailers Catch a Fire mix ‘n’ match. Tosh live. Bunny does Bob; Melody Makers love Jah. 3 takes of Stir It Up
  • Roots Dawtas: Contemporary Reggae stylee
  • Disco Mix ‘n’ Vinyl Is Vital: Black Wax Attack
  • Mutant Dub: Intergalactic Dubwize
  • Best of 27 Years: My faves from 80’s Reggae Radio
  • Tribute to HIM – Held over, never left over from Selassie’s birthday: July 23, 1902

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Set 1:

  • Junior Byles – Thanks & Praise; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis, MO vinyl
  • Alek6 – Inside; Inside (Hammerbass) 2010 Fr.; Dubstep Album of the Week
  • Aswad – Pass the Cup; BBC Sessions (BBC) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Live in the Studio: 6/3/82

<The Cup = Chalice: 30 sec.>

  • Black Roots – I Am Flying; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK reunion
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans; Jah Disciple (RAS) ‘89
  • Enforcer – Pension; 10” (Narrows)

<Youth better save for your pension! 13 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Pieaka (Bus Dem Shut); Gumption (Shanachie) ’90; dancehall Bob Marley cover

<Wailers Family Tree: Bunny does Bob in a Digital Stylee! 20 sec.>

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Hey bwoy, better save for your pension. No Social Security for sure-ty for I ‘n’ I

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Tosh Foundation) 11/27/82: Montego Bay, JA
  • Alpha & Omega – Rastafari; Voice in the Wilderness (A & O) ’96 trance dub w/ female vox
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 Bob cover

<Johnny Nash cover Bob Marley; 20 sec.>

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Johnny Nash – Texas Soul covers Bob Marley

Set 3: Roots Dawta Set

  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrass) 2008; Roots Dawta Set: German-Nigerian singer songwriter
  • Gracy & the Herbman Dub – Real; Movements (Funfundvierzig) ’94 Germany
  • Zema – Fear Not; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) 2005 SoCal
  • Etana – Jamaican Woman; I Rise (VP) 2014 JA

<Etana: Don’t call her a gospel singer; 18 sec.>

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Jamaican singer Etana gave me the hairy eyeball on the Radio for calling her a reggae-gospel singer

Set 4:

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up (JA & US/UK mixes); Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Jamaican Mix and US/UK overdubs; 78 sec.>

<Stir It Up Mix ‘n’ Match; 50 sec.>

  • Heptones & the Observers – Mr. Do Over Man (Observer Gold) ‘78
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Dry Jamaican Mix vs. Psychedelic Remix

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Twinkle Brothers – Respect and Honour;  Respect & Honour (Twinkle) ‘87 UK
  • Ashanti Roy & Sister Bunny Brissett – Food For a Rainy Day; Berlin Wall (High Times) ’92 JA
  • Ringo – Ganja Exchange; Woman a Ginal (Top Ranking)  ’81 Miami FL; herbtune

<The pathway out of O-sterity: Ganja for the Foreign Exchange; 9 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs & Prince Far I – Uncle Joe/Come Off Mi Toe; Crucial Cuts (Virgin Front Line) ‘83 UK

<Prince Far I’s Words of Wisdom; 14 sec.>

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Set 6: Best of 27 Years

<From year 1 and  2; 27 sec.>

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Big Shot; Dance Craze (2 Tone) ’81 2 Tone Ska Soundtrack
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84; Bob’s mom on a Bob tune

<Gospel Reggae from Bob’s mom; 34 sec.>

  • Albert Griffiths & the Gladiators – Country Living; Country Living (Heartbeat) ‘85

<Fort Benton, Montana – Country Living; 20 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Beat It; Galong, Galong, Galong (Shanachie) ‘85
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Country Living: Fort Benton, Montana

Set 7:  Livicated to His Imperial Majesty: July 23, 1892

  • Third World – Jah Glory; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango)  ’76: Livicated to Jah: July 23, 1892
  • Dillinger – Only Jah Can Help; Songs For Jah (Reggae Best) over Wayne Jarrett vox
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Get Up Jah Jah Children; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Hell and Fire – Show Us the Way; Hit Bound! The Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘77
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Livicated to the Lion of Judah: b. July 23, 1892

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<Smile Jamaica’s 2nd favorite hobby>

  • Sir Larsie I – Hail Up Harderwise; Dub Budz Vol. 1 (Phoenix Upliftment) 2006 Mutant Dub Set
  • David Holmes feat. Sarah Cracknell – Gone (Second Night Without Charge); This Films Crap Let’s Slash the Seats (Go) ’95 Soundtrack
  • Systemwide – Snipers; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002 Portland dub w/ female vox
  • New Age Steppers – Radial Drill; New Age Steppers (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 Adrian Sherwood UK
  • Audio Active & Laraaji – Think Cosmically; The Way Out Is the Way In (All Saints) ’95 Jah-pon
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Audio Active – From Jahpon to the Galaxy looking for Space Dust

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: August 1, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-maican Independence Weekend

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Not advised for vinyl fetishists!

Greetings,

Since coming back from my Jah-tana Roadtrip: Southwest and North Central Montana I have dropped 3 thematic episodes of Smile Jamaica:

  1. Best of Smile Jamaica and 27 Years of Reggae Radio – The 70’s
  2. Best of Smile Jamaica and 27 Years of Reggae Radio – The 80’s
  3. Jah Love – 3 Hours for HIM Happy Birthday: July 23, 1892
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Killer record store in Missoula Montana – Rockin’ Rudy’s. Drop $200 here every summer

So now back to the usual Roots ‘n’ Dub Shuffle:

bless, robt

<Comin’ in Hot!: Roadmap for the 3 Hours; 50 sec.>

  • Wailers Family Tree: Mix and Match “Catch a Fire: Tosh live, Marcia Lovers Rock; Bunny dancehall
  • Best of 27 Years: Faves from the beginning ’88-’89
  • Rockers do Reggae: 1st Saturday of each month
  • Vinyl is Vital
  • Rastafari Tributes – Holdover, never left over from last week’s Ark-Ive
  • Mutant Dub

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-gust 1, 2015: Annotated Playlist – photos, captions, soundbytes, reggae history lessons!

Set 1:

  • Melodians – Get Up and Dance; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC vinyl
  • Soul Syndicate/Sugar Minott – Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79 Dub Album of the Week
  • Bunny Wailer – Warrior; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90: Johnny Osbourne cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – It’s Impossible; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Fred Locks – Vision of Redemption; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK militant steppers
  • Barry Brown – Pass Up the Chalice; Rich Man Poor Man (Moll-Selekta) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • AKB – Where/Where’s da Dub; Future Present (AKB); ’96 Al Kirk Band = Halloween tune

<Where are the Priests and the Prophets to save us from the Vampires!?; 15 sec.>

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Sugar Minott: “Don’t know much about biology, geography, history. But I know ghetto-ology”

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Concrete Jungle (JA + US/UK mix); Catch A Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73; much different mixes

<Jamaican ghetto mix of Concrete Jungle vs. Twangy guitar overdubs; 84 sec.>

<Concrete Jungle Recap: 57 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Win or Lose; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress

<Hollie Cook – Dawta of a Sex Pistol; 10 sec.>

  • The Observers – Zorro/Cutting Sword; 10” (PK) ’79 Mine instrumental
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Catch a Fire and the Jimmy Cliff flick The Harder They Come – lit the fuse for Reggae

Set 3: Best of 27 Years

  • Sister Carol – Lost in a Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 space travel is a waste

<Cydonia on Mars; 36 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Loving Pauper; Cocaine (Charly) ’76 over Dobby Dobson
  • Michael Prophet – Righteous are the Conqueror; Righteous are the Conqueror (Greensleeves) ‘81

<Justin Hinds in DC, 1998; 22 sec.>

  • Justin Hinds & the Dominos – Sweet Lorraine; Travel With Love (Nighthawk) ‘84

<Space Travel no isms or schisms!; 22 sec.>

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Cydonia “man made” Monument on Mars
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Livf on Pluto?

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh): Nov. 27, 1982 – Montego Bay
  • Anthony B – Marley Memories; Universal Struggle (VP) ’97 Bob tribute over ska era “Put It On” Wailers riddim
  • Ika Black – Human Life; Special (Keyman) ‘86 female singer

1982-11-20

Set 5: Rockers doing Reggae

  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72

<Bob Marley wrote for Johnny Nash; 7 sec.>

<Johnny Nash: reggae, soul, AM pop; 22 sec.>

  • The Ruts – Jah War (Live); Criminal Minds (Recall) UK Punks do Reggae

<Punkers in solidarity with Rastas in UK 14 sec.>

  • Nina Hagen – African Reggae; Nina Hagen Band (Columbia) ’80 German Reggae
  • Corey Harris – Walter Rodney; Zion Crossroads (Telarc) blues pays tribute to assassinated leader of Guyana

<Walter Rodney of Guyana; 15 sec.>

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Guyana’s Walter Rodney. Caribbean leader/martyr

Set 6: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Tyrone Taylor – Cottage in Negril; Cottage in Negril (Love) ’86 
  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – At Midnite; Full Experience (Blue Moon); Fr. EP w/ female vox
  • Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Head to Head Clash (RAS) deejay herbtune
  • Burning Spear – Travelling; Knotty Vision (Nighthawk) ‘82
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Nighthawk Records – St. Louis, Missouri

 

Set 7: Tribute to Haile Selassie

  • Black Slate – Calling Jah; World Citizen UK
  • King Kong – Jah is My Best Friend; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ’97
  • Rastafarians – Jah Greatest Blessing; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya
  • Israel Vibration – Jah Love; Strength of My Life (RAS) ‘88

<Israel Vibration – Polio survivors, Rastas; 38 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • African Head Charge – Conspiring (Dancing to My Own Drums); Pride and Joy: Live (ON U Sound) ‘91
  • Zion Train – Get Ready; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Systemwide – Rise Up; Pure and Applied (BSI)
  • Snoop Lion – Rebel Way; Reincarnation (Berhane Selassie); Snoop vs. Major Lazer
  • Les Nubians – El Son Reggae; One Step Forward (Virgin) French/Chadian sistas