Tag Archives: Mother’s Day

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 11, 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day Reggae Special!

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day Special from Smile Jamaica. Pulled about 60 Mom love tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. (Nice that more vinyl choices than cd for a change!). We hear 40 of the best on this podcast.

And I always start with a country-reggae hybrid. Nashville meets Kingston inna rub a dub stylee.

<Sonya Spence – No Charge; 32 sec.>

Tammy Wynette tear jerker. Little boy presents a list of chores he has completed: mowed the lawn, went to the store, babysit baby brother. Total $14.75 (in 1976 dollars; $66.25 in 2019 coinage.)

Here are the lyrics:

My little girl came into the kitchen this evenin’,
While I was fixin’ supper,
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on,
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron,
I read it – and this is what it said:For mowin’ the yard – five dollars,
And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar, 
And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents, 
An’ playin’ with little sister, while you went to the store – twenty-five cents, 
Takin’ out the trash – one dollar, 
Gettin’ a good report card – five dollars, 
And for rakin’ the yard – two dollars, 
Total owed – fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents. Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly, 
And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind, 
So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over, 
This is what I wrote: For the nine months I carried you, 
Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE, 
For the nights I’ve sat up with you, 
Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE, 
For the toys, food and clothes. 
And for wiping your nose, there’s NO CHARGE, 
When you add it all up. 
The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE. 

Well, when she finished readin’, 
She had great big old tears in her eyes, 
And she looked up at me and said, 
“Mama, I sure do love you.” 
Then she took the pen, 
And in great big letters, 
She wrote: “PAID IN FULL.” 

When you add it all up, 
The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE; 33 sec.

So much love to my Mother, Jeannette, “no charge” taking care of my Dad right now who is up against a rare and debilitating health situation in Arizona. And much love to anyone reading this towards your Mother. Here or looking down from Jah’s Heavenly Abode.

Bless, Bobbylon 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 11, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 80 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – Oh Mother; Visions of (Blue Moon) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Junior Dan – Bushmaster Workout; KTW Dub (Clappers) ’82 Bronx vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonia Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day tune
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ‘74
  • Big Youth – Mama Look; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ‘82
  • The Chosen Brothers & unknown deejay – Mother I Love You; 12” (City Line) ’77 Bronx

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ‘83
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Mama; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ‘93
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • Carl Dawkins – Motherland Land; Motherland Africa (Abraham) Downsview, Ontario vinyl
  • Dennis Bovell – Oh Mama, Oh Papa; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ‘83

Set 3:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Ryodisc) ’84; Bob’s Mom on Bob’s passing (May 11, 1981); 52 sec.
  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ‘70
  • Michael Robinson – Mother and Father; 7” (Horse) ’77 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Mama Baby; More She Love It (Yvonne’s Special) ’77 UK
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Israelites (Trojan) ‘62
  • Lillian Allen – This Ya Mumma Earth (Peace Poem); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, CA vinyl; Canadian dub poet
  • Ben Harper – Mama’s Trippin’; The Will to Live (Virgin) ‘97
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12” (Jah) ’86 UK

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ‘83
  • Judy Mowatt – Mother Africa; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Taj Mahal – Big Mama; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ‘74
  • Charlie Chaplin – Don’t Leave Your Baby Mother; Roots & Culture (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl

Set 6:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 (1) original recorded in Jamaica; 27 sec.
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’73 (2)
  • The Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion; (Extended Mix); CD Single (Tuff Gong) request
  • Shakeena – We Are the Mothers of the World; Dance Music (Majicca) ’97 Los Angeles vinyl
  • Macka B – Respect Our Mothers; Buppie Culture (Ariwa) ’89 UK vinyl
  • Little John – I Love My Mamie (sic); Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC vinyl
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK vinyl
  • The Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8:

  • Blackalicious feat. Erinn Anova – Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni; NIA (Mo Wax) ’99 female dub poet
  • Mutabaruka & Tony Rebel – Mama Land; 7” (Flames) ‘97
  • Michael Enkrumah & I – Mother; Jah Jah (Tashi) ’86 Rockvill, MD vinyl
  • Tena Stelin – Mother’s Song; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek)  2006 UK
  • Fun-Da-Mental – Mother India; Select Cuts Nation (Select Cuts) 2002 Hindi dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) May 12, 2018: Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

Bob and his beloved mother, Cedella. Happy Mother’s Day from Smile Jamaica!

Greetings,

To my beloved mother, Jeannette and my sister, Stacey. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s, Mom’s, Mommies & Mamas.

Harvested tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive celebrating motherhood.

By tradition, I will always begin each show with this beautiful country ballad about a youth who does chores, babysits and gets good grades. Youthman tallies up  his bill and presents it to mom for reimbursement.

Mom, takes a look and this is what she says:

<No Charge>

No Charge by Tammy Wynette, Reggae version by Sonya Spence

Now our little boy came up to his mom
In the kitchen this evenin’ while she was fixin’ supper
And he handed her a piece of paper he’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ her hands on her apronn
She read it, and this is what it said.
For mowin’ the lawn, five dollars
For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar
And for goin’ to the store, fifty cents
An’ playin’ with little brother while you went shoppin’, twenty-five cents.
Takin’ out the trash, one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen seventy-five.
Well, as mom looked at him standin’ there expectantly
And I could see the mem’ries flashing through her mind
And so she picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over
This is what she wrote.
For the nine months I carried you growin’ inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you
Doctored you, and prayed for you, no charge
For the time and the tears
That you’ve cost through the years, there’s no charge
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is no charge.
For the nights filled with dread
And all the worries ahead, no charge
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college, no charge
For the toys, food and clothes and even for wipin’ your nose
There’s no charge, son
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is, no charge.
Well, when he finished readin’
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at her standing there and said
Mama, I sure do love you
Then he took the pen,
And in great big letters
He wrote paid in full.
Lord knows when you add it all up
The cost of real love is, no charge…
bless, Bobbylon
This one will bring a tear to your I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 12, 2018 – 3 Hours Mother’s  Day; 38 sec.

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72

<Paul Simon at Dynamic Studios: Kingston JA; 23 sec.>

  • Mother Earth – The Quiet Storm; A Breath of Fresh Air (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day
  • Mighty Diamonds – Hey Mommy; Speak the Truth (RAS) ’94
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2004
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Father & Mother; Israelites: Best of (Trojan) ’63
Paul Simon paid union wages while recording in Jamaica.

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75
  • Peter Roots – Poor Mama; 7″ (Belleville International) 2002 Fr.
  • Black Roots – Childless Mother; All Day, All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12″ (Jah Records)) ’86 UK picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jah Messengers – Mama Mama; Reggae Time (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Mama Look Deh; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 
  • Reggay Boys – Mama Look Deh; 7″ (Amalgamated) ’68
  • Chosen Brothers – Mother I Love You; 12″ (City Line) ’77 Bronx
  • Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’82 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox set
  • Barry Brown – Thank You Mama; 7″ (Observer) ’83
  • Dennis Brown – Song My Mother Used to Sing; 7″ (Aquarius)
  • Doctor Alimantado –  Mama (I Thank You); 7″ (Vital Food) ’77
  • Chantells – Baby Mother; 7″ (Communicating) ’74
10 poems, 2 sides, 33 and 1/3

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Yellowman – Honor Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
  • Simple Simon – Obey Your Mother and Father; Reggae Move (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Little John –  I Love My Mommy; Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK

Set 6:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 on Bob’s deathbead: 5/11/81

<Bob going to a better place, “Mother don’t cry”>

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’83
  • Mighty Maytones – Father and Mother; Madness (Burning Sounds) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) Paul Simon
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mother Don’t Cry, I’m going to a better place

Set 7;

  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Mama’s Trippin’; Voodoo Child (bootleg) Bonn, Germany Apr. 1998
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’86
  • Hugh Griffiths – Mother Africa; Mother Africa (My-o-lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 8:

  • Creation Rebel – Mother Don’t Cry; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 UK mutant dub
  • Fun-da-Mental feat. Thievery Corporation; Mother Africa Feeding Sister India DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Nicodemus – Mother-in-Law; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 US
  • Prince Alla – Mama Don’t Fight; Reggae All Stars (Freedom Sounds) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Donna V – Black Mother Cry; 7″ (Grade One) ’94
  • Michael Rose – Mama Africa; 7″ (RCR) 2008 for Darfur, Sudan
  • Ari Up – Baby Mother; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2012 UK dubstress
RIP mutant dub mama

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Mother’s Day Vinyl Tribute!

<Livicated, never deadicated, to all the Irie Roots Muddah’s, Dawtas, and Granny’s; 12 sec.>

Greetings,

I’m a momma’s boy. Oldest kid. Every Sunday I get up, rise and shine, put the coffee on and around 9:30 either I call Mom or she calls me.

After 45 years of juggling the books in Fort Benton Montana’s High School, her and my dad are becoming Sunbirds in Sun City West, AZ.

So let’s celebrate that maternal goodness with a Smile Jamaica’s Mothers Day. Even better. Let’s make it all vinyl.

Female artists and male artists paying tribute to their mom’s: Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and more.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 playlist: (63 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 19 sec.

<recorded in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78: Tammy Wynette cover

<Tammy Wynette Reggae stylee; 18 sec.>

<No Charge – mother’s lyrics to son wanting allowance; 19 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Babylon Trap; Jah Jah Way (Jah Shaka) ’89 UK
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 San Diego
  • Mystic  Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Save the Roaches Best Wishes (Sunship) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bay Area youth group

<Youth band from the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco; 43 sec.>

  • The Jaytees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo
No Charge – Tammy Wynette mother’s day reggae tune

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Songs My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds) Herman Chin-Loy prod’n
  • The Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
Sister Carol – Mother Culture

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Pauline – Babylon; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Africka – Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) UK niyabinghi
  • Prince Lincoln – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (Poem); Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 JA
  • Aura Lewis & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience; Full Experience) ’76  Black Ark EP (Fr.)
South African Reggae singer, Aura Lewis

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Wailers Family Tree Set – Bob’s last words to his mom

<Bob’s last words turned into a song; 75 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; At Studio One (Studio One) ’68 JA
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

<Good name for a Reggae show; 14 sec.>

Set 6:

  • The Triumphant Singers – Don’t Forget to Pray; Man from Galilee (Tabernacle) ’68 JA gospel
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Positive Vibration; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, WI folk-reggae duo, Bob Marley cover
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah is Love; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mama says: Don’t forget to pray!

Set 7: Dawta Dub Poets

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK

<Nanny of the Maroons – Jamaican Heroine; 97 sec.>

  • Lillian Allen – Rub a Dub Style in a Regent Park; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dubber
  • Louise Bennett – Dry Weather Houses;  Jamaican Folk Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) ’53 10”
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Woman Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Tracey J – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Akabu – Work; Akabu (Viva) ’89 U
  • Sinead O’Connor – War; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK dubble disk; Bob Marley cover
  • The Slits – Return of the Giant Slits – Walk About; Return of the Giant Slits (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man ; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK

<Livicated to Pres. #45 – Vladimir Putin>

Words of Wisdom

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 7, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist) I Love My Mummy!

Ch9QCwCUkAA8vmn
Much love to my Mother, Jeannette

<Livicated to Jeanntte: Happy Mother’s Day Mom!>

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day edition of Smile Jamaica. I always start off with a beautiful cover of Tammy Wynette country stylee from Sonya Spence

Tammy Wynette

“No Charge”

My little girl came into the kitchen this evenin’,
While I was fixin’ supper,
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on,
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron,
I read it – and this is what it said:For mowin’ the yard – five dollars,
And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar,
And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents,
An’ playin’ with little sister, while you went to the store – twenty-five cents,
Takin’ out the trash – one dollar,
Gettin’ a good report card – five dollars,
And for rakin’ the yard – two dollars,
Total owed – fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents.Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly,
And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind,
So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over,
This is what I wrote:For the nine months I carried you,
Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE,
For the nights I’ve sat up with you,
Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE,
For the toys, food and clothes.
And for wiping your nose, there’s NO CHARGE,
When you add it all up.
The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE.Well, when she finished readin’,
She had great big old tears in her eyes,
And she looked up at me and said,
“Mama, I sure do love you.”
Then she took the pen,
And in great big letters,
She wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”When you add it all up,
The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE
***
Brings a tear to my eye. Spent a week with my folks moving into a new place in Phoenix. Took a day to cratedig and explore Tempe. On my way out, mom gives me a benjamin. “Have a happy cratedig.” Well that’s not exactly her words but more or less. Love that woman.
bless, robt
images (3)
Mother’s love: No charge but more precious than gold
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist May 7, 2016:

Set 1:

  • Barrington Spence – Jah Jah Train; Speak Softly (Trojan)  ’76 UK vinyl
  • A Nice Dub – Agrovators; Kaya Dub (Justice)  ’77 UK vinyl Dub Album of the Hour; Bunny Lee/King Tubby
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote)  ’78; Happy Mother’s Day – Tammy Wynette cover

<No Charge for being Mom; 13 sec.>

  • Aswad – Wrapped Up; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK

<1 of the first 10 CDs added to the Ark-Ive, 1987: Tower Records; 19 sec.>

  • Inner Circle – Curfew (3 O’clock Road Block); Jah Love (Music Club) ’74 Bob Marley cover
  • Barry Brown – Sensimilla; Far East (Hitbound) ’81: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown- Blood, Sweat & Tears; Love Has Found Its Way (A & M) ‘82

<Dennis Brown or Yellowman heir to Bob Marley?  25 sec.>

  • Kumina Mento Rasta – Wareika Hills Sound; 10” (Honest Jon’s)  2010 nyahbinghi instrumental celebrates Jamaican folk arts
3cb69c8a2c5b4ab7661068a99795f929.600x598x1
Livicate never deadicated: To all the Moms; especially my Mom, Jeannette and Sister Stacey

 

Set 2: Kentucky Skank (Kentucky Derby

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 14K Gold Golden Hits (Scandal Bag) JA vinyl

<Caymanas Park Race Track in Jamaica; 11 sec.>

<Chinese jockeys on the mounts in Jamaica; 17 sec.>

  • Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ’98; Kalda – Jamaican race track
  • The Pioneers – Long Shot Kick the Bucket; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ‘69
  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77; horserace between: Babylon, Pope Pious and Dreadlocks

The Selassie I Cup; 14 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1 odds
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome Even money
  4. Pope Pius 3-5, the big favorite; came up lam
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • The Winner: Dreadlock; 8 lengths!
  • Place: Baldhead
  • Show: Soul Youth
  • Pope Pius came up lame; 17 sec.
download (16)
Congratulations Nyquist. 2016 Kentucky Derby winner

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26+ Years

  • U Roy – Control Tower; Rasta Ambassador (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ‘80

<Black Uhuru got me into Reggae more than Bob, Peter, Jimmy or UB40; 28 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • I Roy – Sister Nelly; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
hqdefault (2)
This album + Anthem made me a stone cold Reggae fanatic

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Reggaemyelitis; Honorary Citizen (Columbia) Best of Box Set; Request

<Reggaemyelitis – from the tips of your dreads to the bottom of your toes; 9 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’78 Best of
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica (A & B-sides); Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition) ‘76
$_35
Hear the song that gives the show its name!

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Mark My Words; At Studio One (Studio One) JA vinyl 
  • Dandy Livingstone – Jamaica Is Fun; Hit With Me Music (Trojan) ’72 UK
  • Monty Montgomery – Stay Cool; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta
  • Yabby You – Deliver Me From My Enemies; Babylon Soundtrack (Takoma) ’80 UK
  • Spliffy Dan – Jah Bless; Rockers Showcase Volume III (Rockers International) ’87 Philadelphia
maxresdefault (2)
Marcia Griffiths – The Aretha Franklin of Reggae

Set 6: Roots Dawtas Rockers do Reggae

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’76 
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Sly & Robbie – Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) ‘81
  • Belle Stars – Miss World; 80’s Romance (Union Square) UK female New Wave

<Belle Stars – emerged out of 2 Tone ska in the UK; 11 sec.>

  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Island) ’83 riddim section of Talking Heads
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
download (18)
Belle Stars UK Roots Dawtas dabble in some Reggae

Set 7:

  • Horace Andy – Better Collie; Prime of Horace Andy (Music Club)  ’75 herbtune
  • Pat Rhoden – Boogie on Reggae Woman; Just My Imagination (Trojan) ’75 Stevie Wonder cover
  • June Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Reggae Pulse 3 – Love Songs (RAS) ’80 Charley Pride country

<Forced to hear too much Country music growing up in Montana; 14 sec.>

  • Lucky Dube – Guns & Roses; Taxman (Shanachie) ’97

<Bad vibes: Murder at Park City show. Lucky killed shortly thereafter; 24 sec.>

City Weekly story on the Park City murder:

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/the-gangs-of-zion/Content?oid=2128947

Everton Blender – Live Up; Live at the White River Reggae Bash (Heartbeat) ‘99

  • Pablo Gad – Crying Gad; 10” (Reggae on Top) 2002 UK militant steppers

<Militant Steppers definition; 10 sec.>

luckyduberip
Lucky Dube – killed in carjacking in Johannesburg South Africa

Set 8:

  • Botom Botom – Le Toit du Monde; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass) 2006 Fr. w/ female vox
  • 2 Bad Card Specialist – Weed Specialist (Audio Active rmx); CD Single (ON U Sound) ’95 UK/Jah-pon herbtune
  • New Age Steppers – Animal Space; New Age Steppers (Statik) Adrian Sherwood prod’n; Slits on the vox
  • Dub Gabriel feat. The Spaceape – Is This Revolution? (Jack Dangers Colonia Dub rmx); Raggabass Resistance (Destroy All Concepts) 2013 feat. Dub poet
  • Burial – UK; Untrue (Hyperdub)  2007 UK dubstep

download (17)

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 9, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Mother’s Day!

download (98)
Happy Mother’s Day. Love my Yimma: Jeannette in Fort Benton, Montana

<Roadmap for the May 9 Ark-Ive; 49 sec.>

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day! Gonna start the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives May 9, 2015 with a great Mother’s Day tune.

Tammy Wynette did the Country original. Sonya Spence the Reggae version. Every Mother’s Day Saturday, I will play this tune. It brings this blackheart nearly to tears thinking about the love for my own Yimma – (Mother in Assyrian), Jeannette living in Fort Benton, Montana.

Tammy Wynette – No Charge

<Sonya Spence’s Reggae version of “No Charge”; 54 sec.>

My little girl came up to me in the kitchen this evenin’
While I was fixing supper
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron I read it, and this is what it said

For mowin’ the yard, five dollars
For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar
Goin’ to the store, fifty cents
Playin’ with little sister while you went to the store, twenty-five cents

Takin’ out the trash, one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents

Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly
And a thousand memories flashed through my mind
And so I picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over
This is what I wrote

For the nine months I’ve carried you growin’ inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you, doctored you, prayed for you, no charge
For the ties, folding clothes and for wipin’ your nose, there’s no charge
When you add it all up, the full cost of my love is, no charge

Well, when she finished readin’ she had great big old tears in her eyes
And she looked up at me and said, “Mommy, I sure do love you”
Then she took the pen and in great big letters she wrote, ‘Paid in full’
When you add it all up, the cost of real love is, no charge

download (99)
Killer song. Brings tears to your eyes

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives May 9, 2015: Annotated Playlist (Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes, photos, captions)

Set 1: Mother’s Tribute

  • Carlton Patterson & Trinity – It’s Raining; 12” (Black & White) ‘77
  • Conscious Minds – Laughing Dub; Gun Court Dub vol. 2 (Soul Beat) 70s era; Dub Album of the Week
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (High Note) ’75; Mother’s Day Set; Tammy Wynette cover
  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mothers Prayer; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic)
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84; Bob’s mom

<Bob to his mother on his deathbead: May 11, 1981; 21 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Song’s My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds)
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72; recorded in Jamaica

<Paul Simon recorded this song in Jamaica; 10 sec.>

220px-Paulsimonmother
Recorded in Jamaica with Jamaican musicians

Set 2:

  • Abja – Good Sensimillia; Mahogany Road (I Grade) 2006 US Virgin Islands; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 11 sec.
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi-Try) 2006 UK update of classic Junior Dan riddim
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Jah Work; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ‘98

download (100)

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Stop That Train; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at WXFM Chicago
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad – Arise; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ‘83
6a00d8345200fc69e200e54f23c2098834-800wi
Hosted Peter Tosh and his acoustic guitar

Set 4:

  • The Wailers – Put it On; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong); Live at Leeds: 11/23/73
  • Lorna Asher – I’m Still Satisfied; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle)  ‘99
  • Bunny Wailer – Food; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
Bob Marley Live At Leeds
11/23/73

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital: Roots Dawtas; 11 sec.

 

  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Tenement Yard (Winner) ’86 JA
  • Zema – Blood Money; Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 Los Angeles, CA
  • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; At Studio One (Studio One) JA

<Feel Like Jumping: Soundtrack of Smile Jamaica; 11 sec.>

R-4329495-1361901958-6029.jpeg
On the Green Weenie label

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years

  • Prince Buster – Oh! Carolina; Original Golden Hits vol. 1 (Prince Buster) ’61; Best of Smile Jamaica: 25 Years

<Features the nyahbinghi drum collective Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari; 14 sec.>

  • Joe Higgs – Come on Home; Life of Contradiction (Pressure Sounds) ‘75
  • Aswad – Down the Line; Not Satisfied (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 herbtune
  • Jean “Binta” Breeze – Shame-a-Lady + Ordinary Mawning; Tracks (Shanachie) ’91 female dub poet produced by LKJ

<Binta: dawta in Arabic and Swahili; 9 sec.>

downloadmrr
Nyahbinghi Drumming: Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari

Set 7:

  • Turbulence – Mama Don’t Cry; I Believe (M) 2005
  • Black Roots – Oh Mama Africa; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK
  • Carlton Livingston – Confusion; Retrospect (Grade One) Best of
  • Sister Nancy – Roll a Ball; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83
downloadbs
Black Slate: Gritty late 70’s UK group reunited

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<Definition of Mutant Dub; 13 sec.>

  • Creation Rebel – Mother Don’t Cry; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 UK; Mutant Dub Set
  • Dubblestandart feat. Elephant Man – Vampire Informer; Marijuana Dreams (Collision) 2010 Germany
  • Joe Ariwa & the Trixsters – Hard Battle Dub; Dubstep Dub (Ariwa) 2011 UK
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Jonah Dan – City of Dub (Alpha & Omega) 2006 UK trance dub
  • African Head Charge – Throw It Away; Off the Beaten Track (ON U Sound) ‘86
hqdefault (6)
Jonkanoo – the folk music of Jamaica

<Call Your Mom!>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Listening Diary; Sunday May 11, 2014 (Vinyl Sabbath)

24294_image0_20090930_auto
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Grade: A/A-

Greetings,

Been really homebound at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Allergies for sure-ty. Cold wet weekend made me an invalid. Dayquil, Nyquil. No dice.

Called my beloved mother, Jeannette, wished her a happy Mother’s Day in a Jah-tana blizzard.  Chatted up my best pal Tristin. And watched my beloved Giants spank the hated Dodgers in extra innings.

iv5yj3tveej7sf77mexcxivt0

Being homeward bound made me plow into the treasures of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

So I am a Librarian by trade. And like Sanitation Engineers mop floors, Librarians are Information Engineers. We organize information into searchable format.

I am in the perpetual state of cataloging and creating discographies of my collection by format. Right now I am in the mood for the most esoteric of my Reggae formats* (10″ vinyl extended mix single.)

*other than my treasured Bob Marley 8 Tracks

8TRACKMARCH
From the Dead Formats Shelf of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I have an Excel database that tracks A side: Artist, Song; B side: Artist,Song; Record Label; Producer;  Year (very hard sometimes to find); Reggae Band laying down the riddims. Other metadata like: herb tune, Marley tribute, soul cover, etc. Then I give each side a grade.

Heavyweight2
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Grade: B+/A-

Here is what I cataloged and listened to on my Hi-Fi. Vinyl Sabbath (May 11, 2014: Mother’s Day and 33 Years of Bob Marley’s tragic passing)

10″ vinyl: Dirty Dub Dozen

*b & w = backed with or the B side

  • Boney ‘L’ & Vibronics – Babylon Children b/w* Vibronics – The Return (Jah Tubbys); A side is female roots on a good militant steppers riddim. Militant Steppers is the martial Euro dubble time stiff drum and spongy echo. B side is cool instrumental by the Dub group Vibronics.

Grade: A/A-

  • Dennis Brown – Tenement Yard b/w Open the Gates. Part of a latter-day reissue series of vinyl classics from Niney’s Observer label. Revive/Reissue Label: Observer Gold. Dennis at his roots best. Sufferers A side with Rasta imagery B side

Grade: A/A+

  • Johnny Clarke – Dreader Dread + Clint Eastwood – Dread Lion b/w Horace Andy – Guiding Star + Tappa Zukie – Jah Is I Guiding Star (Attack Gold); cut ‘n’ mix using Bunny Lee’s production of King Tubby mixing the flying cymbal attack of the Aggrovators. Version rides recycling hard riddims. Both jams are high impact examples of early 70s Rasta commercial roots.

Grade: A/A

  • The Congos – Some are Having Fun b/w Mad Professor & the Robotics feat. Michael Walters – Jungle Vibrations (Ariwa) 2002. Gorgeous A side featuring the falsetto of Cedric Myton. B is a great ricochet echo mostly instrumental jam with that trademark Mad Professor sound

Grade: A/A

  • Mikey Dread – Heavyweight Style b/w Rub-a-Dub (Dread the Controls) ’82 picture sleeve. Spongy riddims featuring the singjay. Studio craft with false starts, trombone melodies and sticky downbeat. Mikey’s cartoon vox celebrates the tough riddims. B side is a notch better. “Music is my butter, music is my bread.” Rub a Dub: the excuse needed to grab your gal and wind up her waist on the dance floor. Deliberate one drop, more measured, where the twisty groove pumps bass at your groin.

Grade: B+/A-

  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace b/w The Stranger (Island) ’82 picture sleeve. Mixed by Groucho Smykle  who updated Black Uhuru’s contemporary sound. These are inverted tracks where it is mostly dub riddim where Gregory meanders in and warbles over an early 80s digital drum sound.

Grade: A/A-

  • Carlton Jackson – Only Jah Will Do b/w Jonny (sic) Osburne (sic) – The  Love of Music (Ital International) ’82. Wow what a great roots record. A side is sublime Rasta celebration. While Johnny or Jonny celebrates the philosophy of celebrating Reggae music

Grade: A+/A

180765417456
Purchased at Streetlight Records in San Francisco circa 1989
  • Jah Mason & Robbie Valentine – Ganja afe Free b/w Mike Anthony – Culture Calling (Sip a Cup); 2005 Militant Steppers powerhouse produced by Gussie P with riddims by Mafia & Fluxy. A side is a combination style herb tune. B side is a great roots and contemporary dub jam.

Grade: A-/A

  • Keith & Tex + Scotty – Tonight + Children Children b/w Pablo & Fay – Bedroom Mazurka (Trojan) UK reissue of some classic Derrick Harriott productions. A side is the great slinky riddim moving into Scotty toasting a nursery rhyme. B side is Pablo’s melodica dreamscape over Fay’s come hither seduction. Jamaican novelty update.

Grade: A/B+

  • King General – They Say b/w Centry – King of Kings (Lovedub Music) 2006 Conscious Sounds Bush Chemists militant steppers mutant dub mashup. A side is a great high voiced singjay herb tune, “They say Sensimilla can’t smoke”. B side is a different riddim instrumental. I used this one to test out my new stereo setup since I had to upgrade my TV/entertainment center over the weekend.

Grade: A/A-

13-01-2012_224109
Love mi Dubplate: “They say Sensimilla cyaan smoke”

Barrington Levy –  Mr. Money Man b/w Super Chick  Me a Champion (Hit Bound) ’83. Trademark Barry warble over a subtle rub a dub groover. Very atmospheric protesting against the banksters vexing the working poor way back when.  B Side is female sing jay. Very off key on the singing while stepping it lively on the deejay toast ‘n’ boast. Psychedelic extended mix once Chick steps aside.

A/B+

  • Derrick Morgan  – Conquering Ruler (2002 Re-Visit) b/w Martin Campbell – Old Time Dance (Channel One UK). Featuring the Hi-Tech Roots Radics. A is a Rock Steady classic update. B side is better as a celebration of Reggae inna dancehall style. 3 versions per side: vox, vocal/dub, dub. Bonus beats are always a treat!

Grade: B+/A

Good day to celebrate His Imperial Majesty with roots ‘n’ dubbers paying tribute!

bless, robt

2443777642_3842f6c221
Praises to Jah: Truly the Conquering Lion

 

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day from The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

rasta_mothers_day_greeting_cards-rcec07ca5397c45e7aa0603e81958c74a_xvuat_8byvr_324
Maximum love to the Mothers in my world: Jeannette and Sistah Stacey

Greetings,

Just in from the homeland: Fort Benton, Jah-tana:

“Only in Montana, snow on Mother’s Day”

postcard-sephia
Grand Union Hotel – Fort Benton, Montana; 1882

Happy Mother’s Day! Be sure to wish your mom  a glorious day or think of her memory today.  I know my beloved mother Jeannette has been a great supporter of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. (Even though she wonders why I keep doing Reggae Radio for free going on 25 years.)

“Yimma*, if they pay me, then they get to tell me what to do and what to play.” Bumba klaat to that notion!

*Mother in the Assyrian language

I usually get her flowers and always have them sign the card, “Love you more than Bob Marley”. This year I got her an RFID money clip to stash her credit cards in. She’s got more of those than I have Marley discs.

188067347395005
Cedella Marley Booker – Bob’s Mom. RIP Bob Marley; died this day, 1981

Facebook has caused a Civil War in my family and my Mom has been reeling from the fallout.

This is a perfect song to set the mood of the day:

Melba Montgomery – No Charge

A young boy hands his mother an itemized list of charges he says he’s owed for performing various chores and comes to collect; the singer performs this in spoken word. The mother responds (singing) by reminding her son about all the things she’s done for him, that she never asked him to pay for services rendered and that, all things considered, “the cost of real love is no charge.”

Enlightened, the young boy realizes that his mother is right and forgives the charges (once again, narrated) before the singer sings the moral. “No Charge” was one of the few songs that talked about motherhood during this time, which might be one of the reasons why it was so popular.

So of course I have a Reggae version. I had to take yesterday’s Smile Jamaica off because Beast Buy sold me a TV that had no picture and thought I would pay a $1000 for it.

Every Saturday prior to Mother’s Day, for probably two decades – certainly as long as the Cannabis Service Shows , I have played this tune by Sonya Spence as the lead off track to that day’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive show.

The year our family feud was running well hot, I had to choke back tears. And that never happens to me.

<Sonya Spence – No Charge; 3 min 22 sec>

Love you Yimma, my Sistah Stacey, any Mothers who check in with Smile Jamaica, Happy Mother’s Day!

bless, robt

 ReggaeSongsForMamaGytptiansizzlaromainvirgochisrmartin