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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 21, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist): Happy Birthday Haile Selassie!

Livicated to the World’s First Hippie

<Happy Birthday to the World’s First Hippie – Haile Selassie I>  68 sec.

Greetings,

  • Ras Tafari Makonnen: The Head Creator
  • Haile Selassie I: Power of the Trinity

<Power of Jah Trinity; 27 sec.>

  • Negusa Negast: King of Kings; 30 sec.
  • Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Elect of God, Ever Living God, Earth’s Rightful Ruler

<Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah; 13 sec.>

Without this little short man (Selassie was 5 foot 2) Reggae consists of love songs, novelty records and pop and soul covers. This is the heart of Smile Jamaica.

Rastafari gospel love songs to His Imperial Majesty from the Rastas. In Jamaican, when Nationalist hero Marcus Garvey was recruiting blacks to return to Africa, he prophesized: “Look to the east where a black king will be crowned. That will be the signal to load up the Black Star Liner (as opposed to the Titanic passenger liner White Star Line) to go back to Africa

<Garvey’s prophecy; 63 sec.>

Marcus Garvey: Look to the East, where a king will be crowned leading all blacks back to Africa

From that moment the movement grew from the impoverished in Jamaica who wanted a black Jesus not a colonial white Jesus. Selassie was the reincarnation of Jahova (Jah).

He ruled in Ethiopia until the communists in the hinterlands took advantage of corrupt Selassie courtiers who refused to acknowledge famine in the provinces. Selassie was deposed and most likely murdered in the basement of his Imperial Palace in 1974.

<Selassie’s downfall; 30 sec.>

I call myself a Rasta enthusiast or empathizer and even a Sumerian Fundamentalist like myself, is powerfully moved by such beautiful musical devotion that we will hear on this Ark-Ive Podcast.

Haile Selassie – July 23, 1892.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 21, 2018: Happy Birthday His Imperial Majesty; 95 sec.

Smile Jamaica: 30 Years of Rastafari Gospel love songs

Set 1:

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86 UK – 3 hours for Haile Selassie – July 23, 1892
  • Roots Radics/Bunny Wailer – Roots Raddics; Dub D’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’77 JA vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Ethiopian National Anthem; Movements (Dynamic) ’78 JA vinyl; nyahbinghi style drumming

<National Anthem of Ethiopia; 23 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie; Tear It Up” Live (Mango) ’83
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK vinyl comp
Royal flag of Ethiopia

Set 2:

  • Keith Hudson – I Broke the Comb; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78

<The Old Testament Nazirite Vow and Dreadlocks; 84 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 on McCartney/Jackson Girl is Mine
  • Peter “Roots” Lewis – Jah Is My Salvation; Wicked Roots (Reggae Retro) 2000
  • Hugh Mundell – That Little Short Man; 12″ (Rockers International) ’78; Selassie was 5 foot 2

Set 3:

  • Jacob Miller – False Rasta; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’77

<Beware the Follow Fashion Dread; 47 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76
  • Aswad – He Gave the Sun to Shine; New Chapter (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Ranking Trevor – Give Thanks and Praise Unto Jah; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’78 UK to Heart & Soul
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Where He Leads; Face the Music (VP) ’81
  • Burning Spear – Jah Is My Driver; Farover (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Daweh Congo – Jah Is My Shepherd; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • Hortense Ellis – Jah Mysterious Works; Women in Reggae (Shanachie) ’75 extended

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Leroy Smart – Jah Jah Forgive Them; Live Up Roots Children (Striker Lee) ’85 UK
  • Clint Eastwood – Whip Them Jah Jah; Step It in a Zion (Third World) ’78 UK
  • Michigan & Smily – Jah Ruled Over I; Step By Step (Hitbound) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Jah Malla – Jah Love; Jah Malla (Modern) ’81 US – children of Reggae players in JA

<Jah Malla: songs of Reggae players: Val Douglas, Roland Alphanso, Ernest Ranglin, Sylvan Morris; 30 sec.>

  • Zema – Selassie; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 So Cal female singer
2nd gen Reggae group

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Iziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised); Legalize It (Columbia) ’76
  • Bunny Wailer – Rasta Dread (Natty Dread); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 tunes for Bob’s 50th Birthday
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80

<Rita encounters Haile Selassie; 81 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Conquering Lion; One Love Peace Concert: Kingston, JA 4/22/78
  • Dub Specialist – Fire Coal Version; Version Dread (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’75 17 Dub Shots From Studio One

Set 7:

  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 UK – World’s first hippie
  • Aisha – One God, One Aim, One Destiny; True Roots (Ariwa) ’95
  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylo (Shanachie) ’95 comp: cover of the Orioles Crying in the Chapel
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Selassie Is the Chapel; Rebel Box Set (JAD) ’66

Set 8:

  • Alpha & Omega – Who Is the Ruler; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’89 UK vinyl trance dub
  • Doctor Alimantado – Chant to Jah; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’75
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths & Rights (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’80
  • Misty in Roots – How Long Jah; Live at the Euro Countervision (Kaz) ’79
  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah; Bim Sherman Meets U Black and Horace Andy in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ’79
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Gives Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’78
The first song I played after being off air for six weeks with a blood infection/Sepsis that landed me in Intensive Care

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Playlist) May 16, 2015: Riddim Showers Bring May Flowers!

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2015: Dry winter in Utah. Nice to have a wet spring. 2 weeks of Smile Jamaica during rain storms. Very rare in the desert!

<Reggae Music: The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues; 10 sec.>

Greetings,

Been a wet Spring in Utah. Nice to juggle wax ‘n’ dubwize and look outside the Radio Studio in a pouring rain storm.

Here is what I have in store for you this week: 56 sec.

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Let it rain
  •  Wailers Family Tree: Live at Leeds, Tosh acoustic on JBC, Judy Mowatt Black Woman. Bunny: Jesus was a Dreadlock
  • Seven Leaf Relief: Mike Brooks, Michael Palmer, Toyan, Aldubb, Marga mutant dub space dust
  • Roots Dawtas: Jennifer, Akabu, Judy, Rhoda, Bam Bam, Zion Train
  • Disco Mix 10″: Dennis Brown, Jah Glen, Fred Locks
  • Best of 25 Years: Scotty, Spear, lovers rock and Judy M..all played year one (1989-1990 on Smile Jamaica)
  • Vinyl is V-Ital midway:  LA, NYC, DC, JA
  • Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s: 7 Leaf, nyah, roots harmonies
  • Mutant Dub: Scratch Halloween, trance spoken word, extended herb jam, NYC neo-dub, weird LA crossover punkdub

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Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: May 16, 2015

Set 1:

  • Akabu – I Shall Sing; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK vinyl. Female group on Van Morrison cover
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – A Message; Cry Tuff Dub Chapter 1 (ROIR) ’78; Dub Album of the Week
  • Aswad – Drum and Bass Line – Not Satisfied (Columbia) ’82 UK

<Theme Music for Smile Jamaica; 12 sec.>

<Aswad = “black”; Arabic, Amharic (Ethiopia); 9 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Emmanuel God Is With Us; 10” (Glimmer) ‘78
  • Mike Brooks – Good Herb; Earth Is the Fullness (Moll-Selekta) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 13 sec.
  • George Faith – Opportunity; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<Black Ark Sound: Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters: 1974-1979>

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UK masters of the drum & bassline

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Handsome Johnny; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); live on the JBC, Kingston, JA acoustic
  • Jah Glen – Save Our Nation; 10” (South East Music) ’79; Glen Brown prod’n over Lambsbread riddim
  • Jennifer Gad – Babylon Must Fall; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Bunny Wailer – Bald Head Jesus; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88

<Bunny Wailer: Jesus was a Dreadlock; 60 sec.>

Wikipedia entry for Nazirites (aka Rastas who live by the Nazarene Creed)

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors,[vinegar distilled from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.
  • Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head; but to allow the locks of the head’s hair to grow. Neither crease one’s flesh.
  • Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
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The Nazirite Vow

 Set 3: Best of 25 Years of Smile Jamaica; 14 sec.

  • Scotty – Draw Your Brakes; Unbelievable Sounds (Trojan) ’71

<Scotty: Forward ‘n’ Payaka! Mon-ackle ‘n’ dem go Sacka!; 53 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Fire Down Below; Presenting (Studio One) ‘72
  • Errol Dunkley – Baby I Love You; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Judy Mowatt – Zion Chant; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
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A+ Record.

Set 4:

  • The Wailers – Lively Up Yourself; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition); Live at Leeds UK; 11/23/73
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Lively up yourself and don’t be no drag. Reggae is another bag

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital Set

  • Bam Bam – Slave; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87; female artist out of Los Angeles: Vinyl is V-Ital Set
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie; Don’t Stop (Island in the Sun) ’85 Corona, NY
  • Toyan – Herb Transplant; Every Posse Want Me (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
  • Amjam – Give the People; Live Off the Board (Celluloid) ’87 US; Am(erican)Jam(aican)
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SoCal Reggae. Features Hunt Sales of David Bowie/Tin Machine fame

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s

<Rarest Reggae not on Digital; 35 sec.>

  • Michael Palmer  – Don’t Smoke the Seed; 7” (Hitbound) ’83 JA herbtune

<NORML sez: 10 billion in legal weed sales this year; 4 down, 46 to go! 33 sec.>

  • Earth & Stone – Run Home; 7” (Channel One) ’77 JA

<Chinese Jamaican Producers: HooKim Brothers; 25 sec.>

  • Ansel & the Meditations – Tricked; 7” (Scandal) ’76 JA
  • Giginri – Zion ‘Iah; 7” (Harry J) ’73; nyah update

NORML – National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: $10 billion sold

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$10 billion in 2015. Legal weed. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 7:

  • Rhoda Dakar – Let’s Do Rocksteady; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska) 2007 acoustic update of 2 Tone Ska

<Rhoda Dakar bio; 9 sec.>

  • Fred Locks – Vision of Redemption; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Tommy; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2010 Germany herbtune
  • Fun Boy Three – Going Home; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 2 Tone group

<2 Tone commentary against Racists in Britain; 23 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ‘83

<James Brown = Ants in his Pants; Dillinger = Crabs in his pants; 16 sec.>

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….And I need to dance!

 Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dubblestandart feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry & GuGabriel – Chase the Devil (Sin City Mix); Marijuana Dreams (Echo Beach) 2010 Austria, Max Romeo cover
  • Zion Train – Love the Earth; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub
  • Marga – The Chronic; 10” (Reality Shock) 2007 herbtune
  • Dubadelic – High; Below the Radar (ROIR) 2001: Best of WordSound Label
  • Jai-Alai Savant – Low Frequent See; Flight of the Bass Delegate (Gold Standard) 2007 Los Angeles  punk dub                  
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Mutant Dub pedigree: Black Ark Jamaican, 70’s UK punkdub, Austrian mutant dub

 Words of Wisdom:

RIP Robert Nesta Marley: May 11, 1981

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Bob Marley: Feb. 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981. Conductor of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Greetings,

A sad milestone in the history of Reggae music. On this day in 1981 Bob Marley lost his brutal fight with cancer.

How does as black man die of melanoma? Ah, but remember, Bob’s father was a white man. Cruelest of ironies.

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Bob’s father: Capt. Norval Marley

There has been a lot of second guessing with Bob’s disease. He supposedly had an infected toe from accidentally being spiked while playing soccer. As the wound festered, somehow it turned to cancer.

The Secret History of Reggae would suggest that Bob needed to have half of his foot amputated.

One of the theories is that Bob would not abide amputation because it went against his Rasta/Nazirite beliefs that you neither cut nor crease your flesh.

Wikipedia on Nazirite vows blended with Rasta belief by Bob and his fellow Rastas:

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegargrapesraisins;
  • Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head;
  • Avoid corpses and graves, even those of family members, and any structure which contains such.
  • Leviticus 19:28: “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”

Here is a great Wikipedia entry devoted to the diversity of belief within the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica and the Diaspora

Mansions of Rastafari

Iyesus Kristos an Emperor Haile Selassie I is 1

Surgery of that magnitude  would have made Bob’s phenomenally successful “Babylon By Bus” tours promoting Exodus and Kaya impossible. Bob was conquering Europe, Japan and America during those crucial years.  100,000 in Milan, Jah-taly.

And to validate his rebel spirit, Bob was the musical act to celebrate the liberation of African Zimbabwe ousting white minority Rhodesia. Bob Marley the Real Revolutionary.

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By Survival and his last album, Uprising. Bob was starting to gain the support of the last holdouts to his musical charisma. That would be the important American black music consumer coming out of the decadence of Disco.

Kevin MacDonald’s superb biography of Bob’s life Marley went as far to suggest that doctors would have preferred to have Bob’s leg disarticulated entirely.

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Grade: A+

Disarticulation is the clinical term for radical amputation.

In the wake of Bob’s passing, at least a score of his bredrin & sistren took to the recording studios to rush tribute songs to the airwaves.

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Over the decades, I have devoted Smile Jamaica editions to his legacy entitled Memorial Roots: Livicated to the life works of Bob Marley.

Livicated never dead-icated. One of the Nazirite vows is to not be around death or houses of death. As The Wailers, Peter Tosh and Bunny have sang: No Funeral. No Burial.

Yet, for me, the tragedy becomes the mechanism to recognize the dramatic legacy of Bob who died as he was just about to shoot off into superstardom. With MTV, the breakdown of barriers to black music sold to white kids, his exotic charisma, Bob Marley would have had an 80s musical discography to rival Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna.

Imagine Bob Marley at the vanguard against Reaganism and  Thatcherism in the 80s. How he would have celebrated the end of the Cold War, the liberation of South Africa. So for me I can’t resist the tragic irony.

Saturday May 11, 2013, the calendar synched for Smile Jamaica to feature 3 hours of Bob Tributes, bootleg live, covers and rarities. Worth a listen to hear the love Bob’s contemporaries had for him and his legacy.

I think in 500 years they will be talking about three artists of the 20th century like we all know Bach, Mozart and Beethoven: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Presents: Memorial Roots – Tribute to Bob Marley; May 11, 2013

Playist:

Tribute to Bob Marley who joined Jah’s Heavenly Choir on this date, 32 years ago.

Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ‘84; tribute from Bob’s Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae in Dub vol. 1 (Tuff Gong); Dub Album of the Week; dub cuts to Marley vox

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Wake Up and Live; Brisbane, Australia ‘79

Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Jah Love (Music Club);  4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; version galore(1); Bob cover vox

Shorty the President – Kaya; Fire Fire (Charmers); ‘78 Canadian vinyl; version galore(2): Bob cover deejay; ***End of Set 1

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Kaya; Milan, Italy ‘80; herb tune

Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ‘84 singjay tribute

Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind (Wounded Bird) ‘75 cover

Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) ‘76 UK vinyl ‘76; ***End of Set 2

Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Hotter Than July (Motown) ‘80

Jah Pelikaho & the Wailers – Jammin’; 21st Century Dub (ROIR)  ’80 Wailers go a Jah-pon

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Heathen; Live at the Sunplaza; Tokyo, Jah-pon Apr. 10, 1979; ***End of Set 3

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Africans Unite; Libreville Gabon West Africa; Libreville Jan. 6, 1980

Rita Marley – I’m Still Waiting; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘87 Order of Merit Jamaica’s highest honor; ***End of Set 4

Heptones – Natural Mystic; Good Life (Greensleeves) UK vinyl ‘79

Ziggy Marley – Pass It On; Hawaii 5-0 Soundtrack (CBS)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Positive Vibration; Kaya Deluxe Edition (Tuff Gong) ‘78; bonus disk: Live at the Ahoy, Rotterdam Netherlands July 17, 1978

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76; comparing Bob to the Biblical Prophet

Bob Marley & the Wailers – War/No More Trouble – Portland July 14, 1978; Request. Lyrics from speech HIM gave at the UN

Gregory Isaacs – Slave Driver; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS)  ’87

Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojna) ‘80; ***End of Set 6

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Conquering Lion; One Love Peace Concert; Kingston, JA; 4/22/78; Bob plays political peacemaker

Ijahman Levi – Bob and Friends Over There; Inside Out (Jahmani); ‘89; ***End of Set 7

Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); S.W.A.L.K. (Heartbeat)

Bob Marley & the Wailers- Slave Driver; Boston ‘75; June 25 @ Paul’s Mall

Tinga Stewart – Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ‘83’ Florida vinyl

Jennifer Lara – Natural Mystic; Studio One Rub a Dub (Studio One/s/Soul Jazz)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Live Forever; Live at the Stanel Theater 93/23/80

Bob Marley & the Wailers

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