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
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
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.)
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
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)
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!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist – June 18, 2016; 36. sec.
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
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”.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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:
Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; 12” (Dub Irator) ‘80
Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week
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 Recession. Reggae 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>
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.>
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 14, 2015: Happy Valentine’s Day; 33 and 1/3 sec.
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
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.>
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..