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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 9, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Mother’s Day!

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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

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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.>

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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

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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
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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.>

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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.>

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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
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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
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Jonkanoo – the folk music of Jamaica

<Call Your Mom!>