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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist: Jah-nuary 23, 2016: Inversion Galore!

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When it looks like this in SLC – that’s called smog


This is my 29th winter in Salt Lake City. The air gets worse and worse. When it looks like the above, it ain’t from Green Smoke.

The weather propagandists call it “inversion.” Fiyah burn that! It’s smog.

You do what you can, but at some point in the 100 days of gunk, it’s gonna hit you. I am dealing with it right now. Cold, congestion and cough. I hacked and sneezed and wheezed for 3 hours of Reggae Radio

Head to the pharmacy for some Allegra-D. No Madam pharmacist. I ‘n’ I don’t cook di meth we smoke sensimilla!

So I’m pretty froggy this week on Smile Jamaica.

Here is what i have in store for you! Keep out of hazy daze and hunker down for some heavy roots for the cabin fevah! 56 sec.

bless, robt

aka Mr. Bassie

Jamaican Netty Pot

Set 1:

  • Cornel (sic) Campbell – My Country; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr. Vinyl
  • Black Roots – I Believe (Dub); On the Ground in Dub (Sugar Shack) 2013 UK Dub Album of the Hour
  • Capital Letters – Out of Africa; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<UK Reggae better than the CIA News Network; 11 sec.>

  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles – Babylon People; Roots of Black People (Progressive)
  • Prince Mohammed – Come Mek We Rub a Dub; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)

<Deejay Prince Mohammed = Singer Junior Brammer; 4 sec.>

  • Frankie Paul – Dem a Go Feel It; Tidal Wave (Greensleeves) ‘85
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie; 10” (Glimmer) ‘78
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Much better than the CIA News Network’s Headline News

Set 2: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Burning Spear – We Built This City; People of the World (Blue Moon) ’86
  • Judy Mowatt – On Your Mark; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82

<I Three, I Threes or The I Three? Judy, Marcia & Rita; 15 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks  (Greensleeves) ’83 herbtune: riddim shower (1) vox
  • Josey Wales – Stalk of Sensimilla; Outlaw Josey Wales (Greensleeves) ’83 herbtune; riddim shower (2) dj
Orig-Jah-nal Roots Dawta

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Equal Rights/Downpressor Man; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) live at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles: 8/23/83
  • Althea & Donna – Love On Another; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ‘82
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Ringers Rock; Shake Up the Place (ROIR) 2011 upstate NY roots instrumental
  • Black Uhuru – Hard Times; 10” (Jammy$) ‘77
  • Tenor Saw – Fever Dub (Blue Moon) ’85 Dub Album of the Hour
Sassy deejay duo

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Unity; Crucial! (Shanachie) ‘81
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – It’s So Nice; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female singer
  • Roman Stewart – Wisdom of Solomon; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK herbtune

<Weed of Wisdom grown on King Solomon’s grave; 11 sec.>


Cannabis the Weed of Wisdom found growing on Solomon’s grave

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 UK herbtune w/ farmers Peter & Bob

<Peter & Bob – Farmers; 7 sec,>

  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP w/ female vox

<Black Ark Studio; 17 sec.>

  • Azeem and Session – Love Don’t Put You Down; Live and Direct (M. Al’s) Oakland
  • Junior Byles – I Don’t Know; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Papa Finnigan and Junior Ranking – Step ina Dance; Two the Hard Way (Heartbeat) ’83 Cambridge, MA; deejay duo

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Slave Driver; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN radio Oct. ‘73

<Wailers live on SF radio; 48 sec.>

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (Rykodisc) ’86 herbtune: UK female trio; 12 sec.
  • Version feat. Humble-I – Can’t Keep I Down; 10” (Webcam Hi-Fi) 2007 Fr. Mutant Dub
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – A+ “Bubbling wif a 2 spliff ‘n’ 2 Heineken. Nice Up Dancee!”

Set 7: UFO-ria

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

<Sister Carol – not a fan of space travel; 10 sec.>

<Junior Byles nah like space travel either; 22 sec.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ‘91
  • Audio Active – Space Children; Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon Mutant Dub
  • Winston Wright – Moon Walk; Greater Jamaica – Moon Walk Reggay (Treasure Isle) ’69 instrumental
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For some Rastas the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion was because mankind treads on Jah’s Heaven where he doesn’t belong

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Armagideon – Herbal Input; Natural Elements Dub (Armagideon Sounds) UK herb tune
  • Newblood – Sweet Vibrations; Jungle Massive vol. 1 (ffrr) ’95 jungle herb tune
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub  Plute; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95 UK trance dub
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Roll Cost; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2010 Germ.
  • International Dub System – Trod On; I.D.S. (Red Arrow) Germ.
Smile Jamaica’s favorite trance dub




Happy Birthday His Imperial Majesty: July 23, 1892

Portrait painted by University of Utah Art Professor Alvin Gittens. This hangs in the Marriott Library where I work


Happy Birthday to the inspiration of tens of thousands of Roots Reggae songs. Born July 23, 1892

Haile Selassie (born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael)

I work in an Academic Library (The Marriott Library at the University of Utah). Part of my duties is to assist patrons at the Help Desk on Level 2.

It is really quiet in the Summer. I thought I would work up a little birthday posting on account of His Imperial Majesty.

I went to the Marriott’s webpage and found a copy of the above photo: Drawn by Alvin Gittens. Hanging on the fifth floor of the Marriott Library.*

*Alvin’s son Chris trained me at KRCL 90.9FM. His father was flown in to Addis Ababa to paint an impatient Emperor. HIM was only willing to sit for about the half the time Gittens’ usually devoted to his portraits. Chris passed away about a decade ago of cancer.

As I was finishing the caption above, a dapper black gentlemen approached my desk. This is a case of serendipity or synchronicity or kismet. The patron wanted to know, in a crisp African accent,  where the Library kept its History books on Ethiopia. The Zion of Rastafari. The Kingdom of His Imperial Majesty. Goosebumps!

East Africa. Capital is Addis Ababa (New Flower)

The Library of Congress Classification for Ethiopian History  (or its former name Abyssinia) is in the DT 371-390 shelves.

While I walked this gentleman and his wife to the section, I asked him if he knew today (July 23) was Haile Selassie’s Birthday. His eyes lit up. “How did you know that!”. I told him about Smile Jamaica and my 26 years of devotion to Ethiopian-esque and especially paying tribute and respect to His Imperial Majesty.

He was amazed. I recommended several books I had read. This man is a Physician who was writing a novel set in his home country. We chatted about our mutual admiration for Selassie. He was proud that his country had come out of 25 years of Civil War and repression to be the fastest growing economy in Africa.

It was really nice to know that my admiration of Selassie could be of use in my professional job. And even better: I recruited another soldier of Jah’s Army by virtue of the Rastafari Gospel that I “preach” for 26 years doing Reggae Radio. I let the music function as hymns to HIM.

Go on the Google and search for Ethiopian Angel images. Love their art

A suggestion: It is preferred to call believers in HIM: Rastafari. Singular and plural. As Bob Marley said, “Don’t bother me with your isms and schisms”

<Carlene Davis – Isms and Schisms; 4 min>

That said there are two important caveats: The Rastafarians – the  Reggae group out of Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. And Leonard E. Barrett’s crucial academic book The Rastafarians

Vinyl outta Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. Featuring the greatest performer name in the history of Reggae Music: Herb Daly

Barrett’s book was a huge influence on me. Some of the lessons learned were how important Hinduism was to early Rastas. When Jamaicans threw off the yoke of slavery, British plantation owners imported Hindu laborers from Britain’s India Colony. Blacks and Indians worked side by side.

Hindu influences include:

  • Reincarnation: Some sects of Rastafari believe that HIM is the embodiment of Christ returning to Earth.
  • Ganja – Hindus brought Cannabis from India to Jamaica where blacks partook of the Seven Leaf as well
  • Kali – The Hindu Goddess of destruction where the ritual consumption of cannabis was part of worship. Rastas also ritually smoke cannabis or Collie. “Collie gives you wisdom.”
  • Dreadlocks – Hindu Sadhus flashed dreads as a physical manifestation of belief. Rastas adopted the practice and modified it with the Old Testament Nazarite Vow
Bookdigging in San Francisco, 1987

<Invoking Amharic; 45 sec.>

From the line of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia)

  • Ras Tafari Makonnen – He Who inspires Awe, The Angel
  • Jah Rastafari
  • His Imperial Majesty
  • Light of the World
  • Negusa Negast (King of Kings)
  • Lord of Lords
  • Power of the Trinity
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • Elect of God, Everliving God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Iyesos Christos (Jesus Christ)
  • Gedamawi –  First among the Holy
  • Kibir Am Lak – The Great God
  • Igzaibeher Yimmasgan – Let Jah Be Praised
  • Ababa Janhoi – Father Majesty

bless, robt