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Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): All Killa, Nah Filla!

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Greetings,

The great thing about the Digital Media Age and Social Media, if I take a week off the radio, I can still mash up Roots for I ‘n’ I from the comfort of home.

Enjoy my favorites from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Living room kinda cloudy!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Roulette:

0-30 min.

  • Thievery Corporation feat.  Lou Lou Ghelichkhani; Temple of I & I (ESL) brand new DC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Jolly Brothers – Oppression; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’78 Lee Perry/Black Ark
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus (Kindread Mix); Why Should I (CD Single) (Tuff Gong) ’92 rmx
  • Ijahman Levi – Zion Train; Haile I Hymn (Island) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on keys
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph w/ Cedella & Sharon Marley – (I’m Hurting Inside); Mighty Quinn Soundtrack  (A & M) ’89 Bob cover
  • Aswad – Nuclear Soldier; To the Top (Simba) ’87 UK 
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Brand new good for you: Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I. All killer, no filler!

30-60 min.

  • Dennis Brown – Should I; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Wailing Souls – Things and Time; Very Best of the Wailing Souls (Greensleeves) ‘77
  • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell; Hustle! (Soul Jazz) ’79 Anita Ward disco cover
  • Don Carlos – Crucial Situation; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • The Gayladds & Baba Dread w/ Roots Radics – Little Candle + Candle Version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘80
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Disco is not a 4 letter word on Smile Jamaica

60-90 min.

  • M.I.A. – Double Bubble Trouble; Matangi (XL) 2013 female dubstep
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Judgeman (sic) Time; Free Us Now (ACL2000) ‘77
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Communication; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘78
  • African Head Charge – Hymn; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 mutant dub world sounds
  • Afro Omega – Love Emergency; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know You’re Leaving; Night Nurse (Mango) ’82 lovers rock
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’79 UK dub poet
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Sri Lankan Dubstep

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Mango) ’84
  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012; ½ of Thievery Corp w/ female vox
  • Mike Brooks – Feeling of Reggae; Rum Drinker (Teams)  ‘79
  • Matty G – Sesimilla; Bay Area Dubstep vol. 03 (Full Melt) 2011 mutant dub herbtune
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Skydubbing; Ten Dubs that Shook the World (EM) ’88 Jah-stralia Dub
  • Destroy Babylon – Nuh Skin Up; The Shadow Army (MusicADD) 2008 Mutant dub cover of Keith Hudson; Waltham MA band
  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) singjay to Troggs classic

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2 hr – 2 and 1/2 hr

  • Winston McAnuff – Fear; Diary of the Silent Years (Makasound)
  • Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood (A Fistful of Peanuts); Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002 remix set
  • Lily Allen – Nan You’re a Window Shopper; Alright, Still (Capitol) 2007 UK pop singer hates her grandma
  • Mighty Diamonds – Cat O’ Nine; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line)  ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Bad Brains – To the Heavens; God of Love (Maverick) ’95 Punk Reggae
  • Jacob Miller & Fatman Riddim Section – Healing of the Naiton + Joshua “A” Loaf; Jacob Miller Meets the Fatman Riddim Section (Crocodisc) ’78 herbtune:  Rev. 22:2 – And the leaves of the tree are the healing of the nations (2 and ½ hr.)
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8 down, 42 to go!

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 dawta of a Sex Pistol
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Bellville) 2001 downtro herbtune
  • Misty in Roots – Wondering Wanderer; Chronicles (Kaz) ’81 Best of UK group
  • Samia Farah – Homesick Blues; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female singer
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 update
  • The Pioneers – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye); Give and Take (Trojan) Steam soul cover
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Monkey Business (Trojan) ‘69

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Snowbound Excursion – Jah-nuary 27, 2017!

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Greetings,

I knew it was gonna be trouble. Last Saturday we got 6 inches in the Salt Lake Valley. My garage is in the alley way. Dangerous for getting high centered and sliding into power poles.

So I waited for a lull in the storm and moved my car to the front street.  My street was unploughed and there was snow accumulated over the curb.

Loaded up my stacks of wax and suitcase of disks. And headed for KRCL.….

Goosed my All Wheel Drive Subaru to plow through virgin snow. Best intentions….. 4 wheels on top of snowpack just skidded me to the curb and I was wedged in a snow drift and dead in the water.

Two hour wait for AAA. First show I had been a no show for in 27+ years.

So after I got towed out and back into my garage, I hunkered down in my Secret Dubratory and pulled together 3 hours of Digital Dubplate sound.

Snowmageddon Stylee!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Jah-nuary 27, 2017 Playlist

0-30 min.:

  • Black Uhuru – World is Africa; Sinsemilla (Mango) ‘80
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ‘78
  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Big Cat)  ’79 dubs

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30-60 min.:

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Westside)  ’72 Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Jacob Miller Meets Fatman Riddim Section (Crocodisc) ’78 herbtune
  • kode9 + the spaceape – Portal; Memories of the Future (Hyperdub) 2002 UK: mutant dub w/ dub poetry
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low; Redemption (bootleg) ’77 studio demo
  • Carol Kalphat & Clint Eastwood – African Land/Africa We Want to Go; Reggae Archive vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’78 Prince Far I prod’n
  • The Orb – Towers of Dub; U.F.Orb  (Island) ’92 UK mutant dub 
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Look to the skies!

60-90 min.

  • Christ Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Pop-Eye) Dutch flautist w/ Sly & Robbie
  • Dennis Bovell & Janet Kay – Silly Dub; Dub Dem Silly (Arawak International) ‘93
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant dub
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a The Creator + Stinkin’ Dub; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • Ranking Ann – Black Rock Possee; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82 singjay 
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Dutch Flute inna rub a dub stylee

90 min. – 2 hr.:

  • Burning Spear – Farover; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry (Discomix); Bloodsuckers (Melodie) ‘78
  • Peter Metro & Lady Ann – Bossanova; Dedicated to You (Grapevine) ’84
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Na Lend Out Me Chalice; Origination (Sky High) herbtune
  • Yellowman – Cocky Did Hurt Me; Mister Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82 rude
  • Sam Carty – I Don’t Mind; Black Arkives (Justice League) ‘75
  • Lijadu Sisters – Reincarnation; Sunshine (Afrodisia/Knitting Factory) ’78 Nigerian sisters

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2 hr. – 2 & 1/2 hr.:

  • The Wailers – Concrete Jungle Dub; Dub Marley (Tabou1) ’76 rare dubs
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give & Take: Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Gorillaz vs. Space Monkeyz – Starshine; Laika Come Home (Astralwerks) 2002 Mutant Dub UFOria
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote)
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Little David– Yes It’s Bless; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots)  2001 UK Mutant Dub 
  • Black Slate – Thin Line Between Love and Hate; Amigo (Ensign) ’80: Persuaders soul cover
  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob/Peter cover
  • The Meditations – Woman Piabba; Anthology (Nighthawk) ’76 herbtune
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Bob Marley produced Martha Velez w/ Lee Perry & the Wailers

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango)  ’80 UK dub poet
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’82 Rita Marley herbtune
  • Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’80 herbtune
  • The Rolling Stones – Cherry Oh Baby; Black and Blue (Rolling Stones) ’76 Eric Donaldson cover
  • Trinity – Put it On; Burning (Rhino UK)
  • J. Geils Band – Give It To Me; Bloodshot (Atlantic) ‘73

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist: June 18, 2016: Father & Dreadlocks!

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A+ record from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Happy Father’s Day!

Greetings,

<Happy Father’s Day; 37 sec.>

Happy Father’s Day to my Pops, Bob and all Father’s including the Heavenly Father – HIM.

In March I helped my folks become Snowbirds on a grueling drive from Salt Lake City to Phoenix. I drove because my Pops has some back issues from a lifetime of selling insurance on the road and golfing.

The whole way he was trying to shake the bee stings out of his fingers. Sure enough. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

So I joked on air while my Pops heals he has to drink Busch Lite  with his left hand for a while.

So I start off this Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica with a killer jam by Charlie Ace Father and Dreadlocks. The story of a Parson’s son who leaves for college in a Three Piece Suit and returns home a Rastaman in humble dungarees and sandals. When his Mom nearly drops down dead, Charlie sings out, “the power of Jah is moving on!”

Father and Dread Locks – Charlie Ace (lyrics transcribed by Robert Nelson)

  • Hail Daddy-man!
  • Wha’ppen when him come for the Holidays
  • Yes-I! Whap’n rate up a draw of herb fi I place y’know!
  • Son – who dat? No Parson’s son turn Rastaman!
  • Yes-I! Man sight the fullness y’know?
  • Parson send him one son fi (to) college for the study of religious knowledge
  • Some day the boy decides to come home for Holiday
  • But when he enter him home something strange happen
  • He wasn’t wearing slicker suit
  • He wasn’t wearing big heel boots
  • He was wearing dungarees and sandals
  • And when he moved his tam from his head
  • Parson frightened til him was drop down dead
  • When him natty dreadlocks drop to the ground
  • So, his Dad looked at him and said:
  • My son, my son what comes over you? What happened?
  • You pass your GCE and sit upon University. What happened?
  • I work morning, noon and night to get you there. What happened?
  • He said, Daddy you don’t understand like I do
  • But Jah has called upon I
  • I have sight of the Promised Land
  • Daddy, I know the way you feel but one day you will understand
  • My son, what is the plan for the future?
  • He said: Daddy, I plan to use my education to defend human rights, equality and justice throughout the Universe
  • This time the Mother is in the kitchen cooking the best dressed chicken
  • So she run when she realize her one son was home to greet her one son
  • When she sight Natty Dreadlocks she nearly drop down dead
  • She said: My son, my son. What are we going to tell the people of the neighborhood?
  • He said: Mom, tell them that the power of Jah is moving on-ya!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist – June 18, 2016; 36. sec.

Set 1:

  • Heptones – Cool Rasta; Trojan Story (Trojan) ’77 3LP UK box set vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Concrete Tower Dub; Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Charlie Ace & Scorcher – Father and Dread Locks; Studio One DJ’s 2 (Soul Jazz) Happy Father’s Day

<Story of a parson’s son who returns a Rasta; 25 sec.>

  • Sound Dimension – Version; 7” (Studio One) Dub to above. Throw Mi Corn riddim
  • Aisha – Gunman; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94 Mad Professor prod’n
  • Toots & the Maytals – Take Me Home Country Roads; Trojan Story (Trojan)  ’74 John Denver cover
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Gregory Isaacs – Bush Ganja; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 best of UK trance dub; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Horace Andy – Satisfy Me; 10” (Channel One) ’83 UK
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The late, great Charlie Ace: Father & Dreadlocks

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rise & Shine; Retrospective (Shanachie) ‘81
  • Jean  Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ’96 female dub poet
  • Lloyd Brevett & the Skatalites – African Roots; African Roots (Moon Ska) ’76 reunion – instrumental with flute
  • Black Uhuru – Sorry For the Man; 10” (Jammy$) ‘77
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Dub poet Jean Binta Breeze

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26+ Years

  • Linval Thompson – I Love Marijuana; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78 herbtune
  • I Roy – Catty Rock; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 update of U Roy’s What Is Catty
  • Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty; Dance Craze (Soundtrack) (2 Tone) ’80 live – best of British 2 Tone ska
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream; Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ‘78
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Set 4:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Reggae Pulse 3 – Love Songs (RAS) ‘82
  • Selecter – Deep Water; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis/2 Tone) ’82: UK 2 Tone ska w/ Pauline Black on the vox
  • Scientist – Jab; Heavyweight Champion (Greensleeves) ’80; Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Rita Marley & the I Three – Bellyful; Reggae Sunspalsh ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 live
  • Tristan Palma – Joker Smoker; Joker Smoker (Greensleeves) ’82 herbtune
  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Islands singer
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Bafflin’ Smoke Signal; Voodoodism (Anachron) ’78 about the Pope’s election

<Electing the Pope and the Bafflin’ Smoke Signal; 57 sec.>

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Popestock: Bafflin’ Smoke Signal

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War (Single Mix); No Nuclear War (EMI America) ‘87
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 two sisters and a cousin over Smokey Robinson
  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Don Carlos – Dice Cup; 12” (Hitbound) ‘82
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope Dub; Rastafari Judgment Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Italian dub album of the hourhqdefault (5)

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Want More (Unreleased Alternate Mix); Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) ’76 bonus
  • John Holt & Tommy McCook – Stealing, Stealing; Greater Jamaica – Moonwalk Reggae (Treasure Isle) ‘69

<Studio One and Treasure Isle – Jamaican Rock Steady stalwarts; 10 sec.>

  • Sister Rasheda – Jah Is Love; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006
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Duke Reid boss man of Rock Steady label Treasure Isle

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • 2 Bad Card – Rome; Weed Specialist CD Single (ON U Sound) ’95 UK
  • Onejiru feat. Turtle Bay Country Club & Mike Brooks – Foolish People; King Size Dub Chapter 10 (Echo Beach) 2003
  • Willi Williams & Joseph Cotton – See Mi Yah; See Mi Yah (Rhythm & Sound)  2005 Germany
  • Orange Blossom – Maldito; Everything Must Change (Bonsai) 2004 Fr. with female Arabic vox
  • Transglobal Underground – Good Luck Mr. Gorsky; Psychic Karaoke (Nation) ’96 UFO-ria tune
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Smile Jamaica’s Holy Trinity – Mutant Dub, Female Vox, Arabic Language

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): June 4, 2016: Livicated to to the Black Superman!

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Shuffle Ali Shuffle! Hero to the World

Greetings,

Woke up last Saturday to the news the world’s #1 sports hero (at least before Michael Jordan), Muihammad Ali passed to the next world.

He was a huge influence on Reggae. He was truly a Black Superman to many in the Third World, Africa and Jamaica.

I lead off with a Tribute to the Black Superman. And on the June 11 Ark-Ive we’ll hear a whole set of rarities

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

bless, robt

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Ma’a salaama champ

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 4, 2016: Annotated Playlist; 58 sec.

  • Tribute to Muhammad Ali
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob, Bunny, Peter, Rita, Ziggy
  • Best of 26+ years: Gregory, UB40
  • Rockers do Reggae: Sade, Brown, Punkers – The Clash, Ruts DC
  • Vinyl is Vital midway
  • Mutant Dub last half hour

bless, robt

Set 1:

  • Kayawah & Movement Band – Never Love Jah; Culture Rock (Only Roots) ’80 Fr. vinyl
  • Prince Jammy – Jammin For Survival; Rodigan’s Dub Classics: Serious Selections vol. 1 (Rewind Selecta) UK DJ David Rodigan’s dub picks for the hour
  • Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band –  Black Superman (Muhammed Ali); Reggae Soul and Rock & Roll (Pye) ’76 UK vinyl

<RIP champ! 43 sec.>

  • Phillip Fraser – Holding On; Dancehall Explosion (Trojan) ‘82
  • Mutabaruka – What About the Land; Roots All Stars – Gathering of the Saints (Shanachie) ’98 dub poet
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Direct Hit! – Live (Catapult) 2001 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement, live in Maryland
  • Mike Brooks – Sinnerman; 10” (Teams)
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Fist to Fist rub a dub – The Black Superman

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Pass the Cup; Not Satisfied (CBS) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad – Rastaman; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92 update on Drifter riddim
  • Tapper Zukie – Oh Lord!; Tapper Roots (Virgin Front Line) ‘79
  • Augustus Pablo – Full Up; 12” (Rockers International) melodica update of Studio One riddim
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Aswad – “black” in the languages of Amharic and Arabic

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Ziggy Marley – Start It Up; Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong) New
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Concrete; Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) ’75: dub to Jah Live

<Concrete = Jah Live Dub; 24 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Want to Go Home; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’88 best 
  • Peter Tosh – Testify; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ‘87

<Murdered 9/11 1987. Bad omen for 14 years later; 46 sec.>

  • Revolutionaries – Dub Over Dub (Heartbeat/High Note) Dub Album of the Hour
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Cut down just as I got into Reggae hardcore! Livicate never deadicate

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26+ Years

  • Rita Marley – Harambe; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82 harambe – “pull together” in Swahili; 16 sec.
  • Ini Kamoze – Wings With Me; Mini LP (Taxi) ‘84
  • Gregory Isaacs – Special to Me; Private Beach Party (Greensleeves) ‘85
  • UB40 – Rat in Mi Kitchen; Rat in the Kitchen (A & M) ‘86
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Harambe – Kenya slogan for “Pull together”. Get rid of the British colonizers

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Well Pleased and Satisfied – Love Train; Burning Sampler (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK red vinyl
  • Cassandra – Thank You For The Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (Takoma) ’80 UK
  • Tony Tuff – Born in the Ghetto; Presenting Mr. Tuff (Black Roots) ’81 JA
  • Tony Bell & Kutchie – Thief Can’t Prosper; Mercy (Indigo Music) ’89 UK
  • Daddy Freddy Meets the Rootsman – Back Pon Dem Case; Old School New School (BSI) 2000 Portland Ore.
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Red Vinyl from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Sade – By Your Side (Reggae Mix); CD Single (Sony) 2000 Sly & Robbie prod’n
  • Jackson Browne – Everywhere I Go; I’m Alive (Elektra) ‘93
  • The Clash – White Man in Hammersmith Palais; From Here to Eternity (Epic) punkers out of sorts at Jamaican concert in London : Live Best Of (Baltimore, MD)

<Punkers love Jamaican Reggae; 43 sec.>

  • Ruts DC Meet the Mad Professor –Rhythm Collisoion; Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR) ’80 UK punkers do dub

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Set 7:

  • Mo’Kalamity & the Wizards – Vision; African Reggae (Putomayo) 2006 Cape Verdean group w/ female vox
  • Audio Active feat. Bim Sherman – Free the Marijuana; Happy Shopper in Europe EP (Beat) ’95 Jah-pon mutant dub herbtune
  • Eric Rebel Lion Buddles – Rebel Lion.; Roots of Black People (Progressive Internaitonal)

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Legend of A & O (Dopic Sounds) 2006 UK ttrance dub w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Steffe – Heart of Fire; More Bass Than Space  (Dubmission) 2000 UK
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry vs. the Moody Boyz feat. Roots Manuva – International Broadcaster; King Size Dub: ON U Sound 30 Year Anniversary (Echo Beach) 2011
  • Dubadelic – High; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ‘98

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 16, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist): Green Bay Bowl Packers!

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My dilemma: Spin Reggae on Smile Jamaica or watch my beloved Green Bay Packers

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica has three obsessions, in no particular order:

  1. Reggae and dubwize
  2. San Francisco Giants baseball – even year so book a World Series victory
  3. Green Bay Packers NFL

I ‘n’ I suffered through decades of mediocrity until they got good in the 90’s with Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers.

So I had a dilemma: Green Bay vs. Arizona right during Smile Jamaica.

Praise Jah for DVR. Gah, what a gut shot ending to yet another amazing Hail Mary.

When do pitchers and catchers report?

<Green Bay Packers or Smile Jamaica; 25 sec.>

bless, robt

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Lightning does strike in the same place twice. Too bad the Defense peed it down their legs. Fiyah burn!

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary, 9 2016: pics, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes; 39 sec.

Set 1:

  • Chantells – Children of Jah; Waiting in the Park (Phase One) ’77 UK vinyl
  • King Tubby Meets Roots Radics – Country Gal Dub; Dangerous Dub (Greensleeves) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Zema feat. Martin Luther King Jr. – Free At Last Dub; Black Sheep (Melchizidek); dub w/ MLK’s speech vox

<Livicated to Martin Luther King, Jr; 24 sec..>

  • Augustus Pablo – Jah Light Version; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 bonus track
  • Jah Woosh – This Train; Best of (Cactus) ‘74
  • Yellowman – Sinsemilla; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Bern One Down – Vermont to legalize in 2016? 20 sec.>

  • Cha Cha feat. Ranking Joe – You’ll Never Know; 10” EP (Above Rock) 2010 female Chinese singer w/ JA deejay; 19 sec.
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Vermont Legislature may legalize the Seven Leaf in 2016. Five down, 45 to go?

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Peace Talks; Crucial! (Shanachie) ’83 aka Ceasefire; herbtune

<Livicated to my ancestral home, Iran – no nuclear weapons! 17 sec.>

  • Likkle Mai – Rock to Sleep; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon female singer of Dry & Heavy
  • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’79; over Spinners I’ll Be Around riddim
  • Ijahman Levi – Ceasefire pt. 1; Two Double Six 701 (Jahmani) ’95; Ijahman’s prison number when bust for herb; 16 sec.
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“Let’s go back to the White House and put some Bunny Wailer on the Hi Fi. Ceasefire and light the chalice!”

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN Radio, San Francisco; Oct. 1973

<Live in the Studio – KSAN San Francisco; 100 sec.>

  • Crucial – Them Want I; Hits of the Past (Links) ’79 female singjay
  • The Heptones – My Whole World Is Empty Without You; Meaning of Life (Trojan) Supremes cover
  • Colour Red – Natty Dread a Get Stronger; 10” (Jah Tubbys)  2006 militant steppers
  • Bim Sherman – Rub a Dub (Century) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years; 18 sec.

  • Max Romeo – Smile Out of Style; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76:
  • Sister Carol – Free Food Ticket; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84; cover of Nicky Thomas “Love of the Common People”
  • Roots Radics – Mash It Up; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Held hostage in UK until they delivered an album for Kingdom Records; 39 sec.>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Dub Syndicate – Night Train; Time Boom X De Devil Dead (ON U Sound) ’87
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Roots Radics

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Truly; At Studio One (Studio One) Vinyl is Vital Set; ‘80 JA
  • Brimstone – Back Weh; Atra 10 Track (Atra) UK
  • Dr. Alimantado –  How Long; (Tell Me You Are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman) ’88 UK
  • In Crowd – Riding High; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Joe White – My Guiding Star; Sounds of Jamaica Top Ten (Studio One) ’69 JA
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The Aretha Franklin of Reggae

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Glass House; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) 8/23/83 in Los Angeles
  • Phyllis Dillon – Leave it In the Hands of Love; Midnight Confessions (Westside) Rocksteady
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ‘83 UK dub poet herbtune
  • Gussie P – Who’s Safe; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK feat. MLK I Have a Dream speech

<Martin Luther King Jr. – I Have a Dream; 22 sec.>

  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7:

  • June Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Reggae Pulse 3 – Love Songs (RAS) ’80 Charley Pride cover

<Utah Islanders’ favorite: June Lodge C & W Lovers Rock; 14 sec.>

  • Coco Tea – The Weed; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 herbtune
  • Aldubb – What the Funk Is Dubstep?; 10” EP (One Drop) 2008 Germ. Dubstep

<Foreshadowing Dubstep? 5 sec.>

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Country & Western Lovers Rock much beloved by Utah’s Island community

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Hollie Cook – Ari Up; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 livicated to Slits singer who passed

<Livicated to Ari Up; 28 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (Statik) ’81 Junior Byles cover w/ female vox. Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • Armagideon – Eternal Combustion; Steppin Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95 herbtune
  • Word Sound I-Powa; 6000 Dubplates – Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) illbient
  • Zion Train – Universal Communication; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub
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Livicated to Ari Up of The Slits. Johnny Rotten was her Stepdad

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-vember 7, 2015: Post Daylight Savings = UFOria Season!

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Dec. 18 – Star Wars. Fiyah Burn Jar Jar Binks!

<Imperial Death March: Star Wars a gwaan!; 14 sec.>

Greetings,

The first Saturday after Daylight Savings Time puts the last half of Smile Jamaica in the dark.

That’s prime UFO watching time so all winter expect nuff tunes about Aliens and Space Travel.

I’m starting to build a 3 hour Digital Dubplate – Mixcloud only with music and soundbytes. Soon come.

Til then…

Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

<Here’s what I feature on the Jah-vember 7, 2015 Ark-Ive Edition of Smile Jamaica; 105 sec.>:

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Space Dust and Gold brought my ancestors the Anunnaki to Earth from Planet Nibiru

Set 1:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Get Up Stand Up; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Reggae Sunsplash) ’83 US vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; 17 Dub Shots From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96 tribute
  • Aisha – Now or Never; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘94
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
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Toots HIbbert – The Otis Redding of Reggae

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Know a Place; CD Single (Ascension) Lee “Scratch” Perry rare prod’n
  • Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 UK

<Dawta of a Sex Pistol; 8 sec.>

  • Burning Babylon – Sproing-a-Dub; Beat, Beat, Beat (I Tones) 2008 Mass. dubber
  • Izyah Davis & Coptic Sound – No More War; 10” (Livication Corner) 2008 Fr.

<50 special forces in Syria? No more war; 13 sec.>

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Resist the Mission Creep

Set 3: Rockers do Reggae

  • Garland Jeffreys – Lovers Walk; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NYC black artist

<Garland Jeffreys – underrated rocker great at Reggae; 18 sec.>

  • Bad Brains – Make a Joyful Noise; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012 punk dub reunion

<Punk Dub reunion outta DC; 9 sec.>

  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Polydor) 2006 Nigerian-German female soul/reggae

<Great female hybrid Reggae; 9 sec.>

  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK Caribbean expat soul/funk/reggae group

<Cymande – Dove of Peace in Creole;14 sec.>

  • Scientist – Jab; Heavyweight Dub Champion (Greensleeves) ’80; Dub Album of the Hour
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The Black Springsteen

<Underrated NYC artist: The Black Springsteen; 10 sec.>

Set 4: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Peter Tosh – African; Captured Live (EMI America) Aug. 22, 1983 Greek Theater LA
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Is the Love; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Sign; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’86 youth man toaster killed
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
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Youthman Deejay killed in his prime

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Heathen Back Weh Pon the Wall (Heartbeat) ’83 Marley cover
  • Roots Uprising – No Doney (Get High); Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami; herbtune doney = money

<No doney, no honey  translation no green? then you no get to partake of the “green”; 14 sec.>

  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – At Midnite; Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP; Black Ark/Upsetters
  • Crucial Bee – No Bother With the Fuss and Fight; Just a Sting (All-Starr) US Virgin Islands; Tribal War riddim
  • Dennis Brown – It’s Too Late; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami: Carole King cover
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Crown Prince of Reggae covers Carole King

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Boderation; Crucial! Roots Classic (Shanachie) ’83 rare roots singles
  • Likkle Mai – Your Pocket; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 female Jah-ponese singer w/ Dry & Heavy
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Mad Professor & the Robotiks feat. Michael Walters – Jungle Vibrations; 10” (Ariwa) 2002 UK
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Jah-ponese Dubstress: Likkle Mai – you’ve got Lovers Rock in my Mutant Dub!

Set 7: UFO-ria

<Smile Jamaica loves UFO watching; 11 sec.>

  • Audio Active – Audio Active’s Adventures in Time & Space; Happy Happer (ON U Sound): ’95 Jah-ponese mutant dubbers
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Walk; Original Reggae Recordings from 1968-1970 (Trybute); rock steady
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango); ’90 Adrian Sherwood prod’n “I am an alien from outer space”
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (NMC) ’80 Joe Jackson prod’n

<Space Travel is an affront to Jah; 11 sec.>

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Not a fan of space travel: The Aliens gonna whip you and put you in your rightful place!

<Alien Attacks for not singing praises unto Jah! 36 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK: Darth Vader’s Imperial March cover
  • Alpha & Omega – One Culture; Everyday Life (A & O) ’93 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Poppy Dub; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2012 Germany; herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Desi Hyson; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
  • Dubvisionist feat. Tackhead – Black Cinderella Dub (Dubvisionist rmx) 2013; update of Errol Dunkley tune
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell On You; Best of (Mantra) 2005; Algerian/Belgian singer in Arabic/English; Screaming Jay Hawkins cover
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We use matches or butane. Yoda sparks his Space Dust via Light Saber

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Ancient Aliens over Skygods

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Is not Reggae: Rastafari Gospel music?

<Tune in to your Dub Frequency>

Greetings,

Is Reggae music gospel music? Yes and no. What attracted me to Reggae back in the mid 80s was certainly the Rastafari themed music from stalwarts (pronounced stal-a-watt in Jamaica) like Marley, Tosh and Spear.

Of course there is plenty of non-religious Reggae: love songs, pop and soul covers.

I doubt Reggae would have had such cultural saturation in the West on the backs of novelty hits like “Fattie Boom Boom” and “Israelites” or AM covers with a shuffle beat. Something about Reggae’s heavenly message attracted interested Westerners looking for something exotic and non-mainstream.

In the 70s lots of people in the West opted out of Christianity, (especially Catholicism and Judaism), and went for something new. Some went to cults. Others went for Reggae: Movement of Jah People while also protesting against the “system.” Or the corrupt and greedy “shit-stem” as Peter Tosh called it. Socialism with a small “s”.

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Tired of doing the Judeo-Christian bit? Choose: Jim Jones or Haile Selassie

You don’t have to be a Rasta to sing or enjoy Reggae. But the conventional wisdom is that Reggae is identified as a counter cultural exploration of worship of His Imperial Majesty as a Black Jesus. West Africans ripped from the continent, put down in Jamaica in bondage and expected to worship their master’s white god.

Rebelling against that physical and mental slavery, while still preserving Christian traditions, led to Rastafari in Jamaica: Look to a black king crowned in East Africa. The return of Jesus who will lead blacks out of “Babylon” (The West, Jamaica, UK, America, etc.) to “Zion” (Africa or better still Ethiopia.)

I’m not a Rasta. My roots are in Northern Europe and Iran. I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Someone who understands and appreciates the religion as a devoted observer. Not a devotee.

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The Smile Jamaica formula: 50% Rasta music; 20% Mutant Dub; 20% Seven Leaf; 9% UFOs; 1% Lovers Rock

I grew up a twice a year Methodist: Christmas Eve and Easter. The only time the Nelson family really went to weekly Sunday service was the two years my Dad was on the City Council in Fort Benton Montana.

Not that I haven’t been trying to be a “missionary” for the secular consumption of Reggae music. I celebrate Jah for the inspiration in thousands of Reggae tunes that fill my soul with joy. But I am careful not to endorse HIM out of respect for true believers. I don’t want to be a part of what Jacob Miller complained about: Too much commercialization of Rastafari!

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Yours truly, Bobbylon, is a Rasta empthazier. I ‘n’ I look to the heavens for Ancient Aliens. Not Skygods

The reason I bring this up: I had an interview with Jamaican Reggae singer Etana. So I do what I normally do before a phone interview: go on Wikipedia and read up on the artist’s entry.

Etana wikipedia entry

Her album I Rise starts off with a gospel cover of a brilliant Bob Marley cover tune: Selassie is the Chapel. Itself an update of an old American gospel tune. Covered by Elvis.

Etana’s entry mentioned her recording genres thusly: Reggae, Gospel. 

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Reggae Singer Etana. Gave me the Hairy Eyeball for calling her a Reggae AND Gospel singer. Mea culpa!

While introducing her to the radio listeners, I casually mentioned Etana was a Reggae and Gospel artist coming to town. She interrupted me and corrected me. She was most certainly NOT a Gospel singer. Her music was not geared to religiosity.

No worries. I did political interviews for 9 years. You don’t have to agree with me to have a conversation.

But when you lead off your album with a Rasta cover of a full on gospel song you can see where I might have been mistaken!; 21 sec.

By the way, I am not religious either. What earthlings worshipped as Skygods were Ancient Aliens colonizing Earth to mine gold to take back to their homeworld, Nibiru, beyond our galaxy.

Set your I watch alarm to 2900AD. That’s when the Anunnaki return to Earth.

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Skygods came from here. The 12th Planet. Do not scoff!

In fact Etana the Reggae Singer, meet Etana the Sumerian King

Etana was an ancient Sumerian king of the city of Kish. According to the Sumerian King List, he reigned after the deluge. The list also calls Etana “the shepherd, who ascended to heaven and consolidated all the foreign countries”, and states that he ruled 1560 years.

Ascended to Heaven in a Chariot of the Gods (Erich Von Daniken)

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Read this book. It makes sensi to me!

Here is what I have for you during the next 3 hours of Roots Reggae, Dubwize and Gospel; 18 sec.

Annotated Playlist (photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 3015:

Set 1:

  • Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; 12” (Dub Irator) ‘80
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86

<Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL. Tweet number 666; 27 sec.>

  • Aisha – Ask Jah Jah; Raise Your Voice (Twinkle) ‘95
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 2 Tone Ska; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Peter & Bob trying to make a living. Planting herbs; 28 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward; Sly & Robbie (Present) ‘79

Smile Jamaica’s Tweet 666

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) ‘ 77 live at KZEL Portland, Oregon; herbtune; 28 sec.

<Acoustic live Tosh; 21 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Big Joe; Don’t Huff & Puff; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78
  • Dennis Brown – Give a Helping Hand; 10” (Niney)
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Eerie foreshadowing of Peter’s murder to 2001

Set 3:

  • Etana – How Long; I Rise (VP) 2014; female artist; 27 sec.
  • Barry Brown – My Woman; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
  • ***Etana Interview***

<Interview with Etana. Do not call her a gospel Reggae artist!; 3 min; 12 sec.>

  • Etana – Selassie is the Chapel; I Rise (VP) 2014; Marley cover; Orioles gospel original
  • Mike Brooks – Who Have Eyes to See; Earth Is the Fulness (Moll-Selekta) Extended mix
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Countryman (Mango) ’82 Request
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Chastised me for calling her a Reggae Gospel artist. No religion inna her mixdown. I stand corrected!

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica’s 25 Years

<Reggae Radio: June 1988-May 2015: nearly 27 years; 19 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84; Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney update

<Jah is Mine = The Girl Is Mine; 11 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – The Lord’s Prayer; Psalms For I (Carib Gems) ’78 Bible verses

<Prince Fari and his Old Testament voice: Fire ‘n’ Brimstoned! 18 sec.>

  • Jah Lion – Hayfever; Colombia Colly (Mango) Black Ark mix on Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”; Little Willie John/Peggy Lee update

<Fever: Little Willie John to Peggy Lee to Susan Cadogan; 20 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking + Dub; Who Say Jah No Dead (Greensleeves) ’74 Augustus Pablo singles
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The late Prince Far I: scorched voice of the Old Testament Prophets

 Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Travelling So Long; Show-Down vol. 3 (Hitbound)
  • I Roy – African Descendent; Hell & Sorrow (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Lillian Allen – Riddim an’ Hardtimes; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, Colly-fornya; Canadian dub poet
  • Cimarrons – With a Little Luck; Reggaebility (Pickwick) ’82 UK; Paul McCartney tune

<Reggae History Lesson: Cimarons – Jamaican freedom fighters; 31 sec.>

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Cimarrons – “Wild pigs”:. Escaped slaves who became the Jamaican Maroons. Freedom Fighters trying to liberate Jamaica from British colonial occupation

Set 6:

  • Rupie Edwards & Sidy – Herbert Spliffington; Rupie’s Scorchers (Reggae Retro); herb instrumental

<High Steppers post ’68-’72 in Reggae; 34 sec.>

  • Gracy & Mystic Dan – Nah Miss Yu Love; Low Budget (Funfundvierzig) ’93 Germany
  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Best of (Island)
  • Robert Emanuel – You Can’t Push I Over; 10” (Mainline) ‘77
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High Steppers: After Rock Steady. Before One Drop

 Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Grim Reaper; On the Wire (Trojan) 2000
  • Sarah B Band – Decision; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) SLC band
  • Scotty – Musical Chariot; Unbelievable Sounds (Trojan) ’70
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Lee “Scratch” Perry blowin’ smoke

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers/Bill Laswell – Rebel Music (3 o’clock Roadblock; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub
  • Dubblestandart – Marijuana Dreams; Marijuana Dreams (Echo Beach) 2010 Austria
  • Alpha & Omega – Behold; Daniel in the Lions Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub with female vox
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Prophecy; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • African Head Charge – Throw It Away; Great Vintage vol. 2 (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
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Before Smile Jamaica 1989, there was 3 O’Clock Roadblock. July 1988-August 1989

 Words of Wisdom:

 

 

Smile Jamaica Preview: March 28, 2015: Roots Dawta Extravaganza!

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Smile Jamaica’s Tribute to Women’s History Month: 3 Hours of Roots Dawtas

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

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Mixcloud – Bobbylon: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives + Digital Dubplates
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts

 Greetings, 

<Roots Dawta 3 Hour Showcase; 18 sec.>

Smile Jamaica celebrates Women’s History Month today: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 28, 2015

  • Top Rank Disco Mix
  • Lovers Rock
  • Mutant Dawtas
  • Wailers Family Tree
  • Herbstresses
  • Dub Poetesses

All vinyl! 3 hours 

bless, robt

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

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Mixcloud – Bobbylon: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives + Digital Dubplates
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts
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Holding Up Half the Sky

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 14, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Greetings,

Happy Bob-ruary, Jah-bruary, Herb-ruary!

 

I have been doing Roots Reggae Radio for about 27 years now. Thousands of hours and most of it is devoted to Heavy Roots

<Smile Jamaica – The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues>

Smile Jamaica’s prevailing themes for 25+ Years:

  • socialism (small s)Reggae the music of the community. The music of the Underdog. Universality for sure-ty. No isms and schisms!
  • Rastafari – I am myself not a Rasta but consider myself a Rasta empathizer who acts as a missionary for Jah’s Gospel and let you decide. It’s good enough just to enjoy the inspiration of the lyrics along with the groove of the Beat.
  • Politrix and politics – I did political interviews for 9 years as The Angry Liberal. Reggae music was talking about what Occupy Wall Street championed 40 years before the Greenspan RecessionReggae music totally influenced my personal politics of peace and love to all. No war, no racism, no sexism, no exploitation

The one music sub genre I play somewhat sparingly is Lover’s Rock. Romantic Reggae. I will play romantic tunes if it has a hard riddim. But  lyrically that’s never been a big motivator.

Every Saturday I bring down about 200 pieces of music. I get to play about 33 per week (Natch!) The gems I pull out of the crate tend to be Orthodox Roots and earsplitting Dubwize.

<At the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: I put the Fun in Roots Fundamentalism>

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Not much of this for 25+ years of Smile Jamaica…
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…but a whole lot of this. “Screwface know a who fi frighten”. Bob Marley

Don’t kid yourself. There is plenty of great Lover’s Rock in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. I played the best of it for 3 Hours – Lover’s Rock Showcase.

<Smile Jamaica: Happy Valentine’s Day; 20 sec.>

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Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 14, 2015: Happy Valentine’s Day; 33 and 1/3 sec.

Set 1:

  • Melodians – Passion Love; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC Vinyl
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Moodie in Dub (Moodie) ’78 Dub Album of the Week
  • The Dynamics – Whole Lotta Love; Version Excursion (Groove Attack) 2007; Led Zeppelin cover feat. Female vox
  • Aswad – Star of My Show; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK; Aswad means “black” in Arabic, Amharic

<Out of thousands, one of the first 10 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Aswad “To the Top”; 22 sec.>

  • Lacksley Castell – Princess Lady; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83 youth voiced singer

<Reggae History Lesson: Only the Good die Young – Lacksley Castell; 24 sec.>

  • Maxine Miller – How Many Times; Showcase (Wackie’s) ’80 Brooklyn vinyl; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – No Woman No Cry; Jah Live (Music Club); Marley covers CD
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Probably within the first 10 disks added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives 1986; Tower Records, Las Vegas

 Set 2: 

  • Prince + Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Man to Woman; Woman to Man; Sings His Hit Song Ten Commandments (RCA) ‘67

<Answer Record: Lover’s Quarrel? 19 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Complete A & M Years (A & M)

<Crown Prince of Reggae: Dennis Brown; 29 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Take Care of Your Wife; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl over Melody Life

<Dillinger’s Marital advice: Don’t stab your wife with a knife! 19 sec.>

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Prince Buster invented talkover sound. Shared a label with Elvis

 Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78
  • Judy Mowatt – Love Seed; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA vinyl
  • Rita Marley – Play Play; Rita Marley (Trident) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Africa Unite (Tuff Gong) Request
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A+ Record from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

 Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – There She Goes; Mellow Mood (Toplin) doo wop style
  • Aisha – Love Is So Simple; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Ken Boothe – My Love; The Black Album (Trojan); McCartney cover on Beatles Reggae CD

<Smile Jamaica Conspiracy Theory: Lennon’s assassination led to Ebony & Ivory; 26 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; 12” (Island) ’80
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives’s least favorite Beatle

Set 5: Rated R

<Rated R – for Roots!>

  • Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Biggest Dancehall Anthems 1979-1982 (Greensleeves) ‘80

<Ice Cream Love – Oral Sex metaphor? 14 sec.>

  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK

<Reggae History Lesson: Lover’s Rock in UK; 13 sec.>

  • Dub Tonic Kru – Sunshine Girl/Rub a Dub Love; Dub Tonic (Dubtonic Kru) 2011
  • Heptones – Soul Sister; Legends From Studio One (Trench Town) JA vinyl; Allen Toussaint cover
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Ice cream Love = Rastas comment on oral sex?

<Secret History of Jamaica: Ice Cream Love; 29 sec.>

Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love Lyrics

I don’t want no ice cream love,
That’s too cold for me, little girl.
I don’t want no ice cream love, girl can’t you see?

I want a love that’s warmer than the summer sunshine,
I want a love that’s as warm as mine,
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.

And that is why, I don’t want no ice cream love,
It is too cold for me, girl.
I don’t want no ice cream love, it is too cold, can’t you see, little girl?
I don’t want no ice cream love,
It’s too cold for me.

Love in the winter,
Should be warmer than the summer sun..
But if you’re giving me a ice cream love, little girl, that’s no fun,
And that is why I say,
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
I say, my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.

No-no-no, ice cream love, too cold for me.
No-no-no, ice cream love at all.
No-no-no-no.. ice cream love,
It’s too cold for me..

Set 6:

  • Yellowman – Morning Ride; Biggest Dancehall Anthems 1979-1982 (Greensleeves) ‘81

<Yellowman not talking about his daily commute!; 29 sec.>

  • Beres Hammond – My Whole World; Soul Reggae (Wait a Bit) ‘79
  • Meditations – Stranger in Love; History of Tamoki Wambesi (Tamoki Wambesi); Roy Cousins prod’n
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Angels of the Future/Past (Sire) ’76; Rocker does Rita Marley feat. The Wailers/Lee Perry; 19 sec.
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The Morning Ride. Yellowman not talking about his commute

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Have You Ever Been in Love; Special Request to All Music Lovers (Hitbound) Lovers Rock compilation
  • The Gaylads – Little Candle; Vision of Reggae (Tamoki Wambesi) Roy Cousins prod’n; UK Vinyl
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’77 UK female family; Just My Imagination update; 19 sec.
  • Barrington Levy – I Love I Love You; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pretty Woman; Indestructible (Bad Gong); Best of 
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England’s first family of Lover’s Rock

Set 8: Mutant Dub Lovers

<You’ve got Dubstep inna mi Lover’s Rock; 15 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Shadow Kissing; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo); Mutant Dubstress Lovers Set. Dawta of Sex Pistol
  • Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005; Jah-ponese female

<Jah-ponese songbird; 19 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Some Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) UK vinyl female vox; Chaka Khan cover
  • Sevendub – My Only Lover (Unauthorized Mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2005 Jah-many
  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell: Ambients Translations of Bob Marley in Dub
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Adorable Mutant Dubstress Hollie Cook. Smile Jamaica’s Valentine