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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 11, 2020 – World War 3.0/Reggae Prophecy

Greetings,

The last time I ‘n’ I felt the need to lay down a Reggae set about World War III was Summer 2014.

Civil War in Ukraine. Russians in the East, Ukrainians in the West went at it and in the middle of the conflict a Dutch airliner was shot down.

Sabres were rattled. Much hostile rhetoric. NATO vs. Putin. WTF?

Bunny Wailer: Ceasefire and light the chalice

So I do what I’n’ I always do. Go into the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives and hunt down the appropriate peace treaty tunes mixed with cautionary anti-war roots.

I ‘n’ I political philosophy can summed up in three planks

  1. Everything turned to shit when people quit praising the original Holy Trinity: Anu, Enki and Ishtar
  2. Extra terrestrials are here to try and stop us from destroying the planet they need for their gold stocks
  3. “Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right….here I ‘n’ I am stuck in the middle with you.”
My vote for 2020

The World War III set 2014 was offered, Putin heard it on my Mixcloud stream and he backed off.

And while things aren’t perfect in Ukraine, the galaxy, not just Earth, was spared Chernobyl 2,000,000.0.

Putin’s a dubber. Goes by the name DJ Lemonhead

Bad Vlad always favorites Smile Jamaica streams on Mixcloud

***

Wheel it forward to 2020. Pres. 45. The Orange Messiah. Swamp is draining like my dad’s cerebral spinal fluid shunt. Barely, but supposedly dripping.

Just came off the road from seeing my Pop’s and family in Albuquerque then Phoenix. Intense week of caregiving (my Pop’s has NPH which makes him: wacky, wobbly and wet).

Got in one day of cratedigging in Phoenix. Love their vinyl shops much better in 60 degree weather than 110.

Among the Reggae gems you hear I ‘n’ I rinse out on this podcast, I found some grooving word LPs.

  1. Fly back to SLC Jan. 1
  2. Put together weekly Mixcloud podcast Jan. 2
  3. Rise and Shine 7am to post podcast Jan. 3
  4. See on Twitter that the Iranian General had been assassinated by the “Swamp Drainer.” Fuck it. I ‘n’ I am going back to bed
I fought the swamp and the swamp won

<Bobbylon’s World War 3.0  Set; 1 min. 47 sec.>

***

No one wants to see their ancestral home destroyed. As you may or may not know: My Mom’s family emigrated/escaped  from Iran around World War I.

I ‘n’ I identify as an Assyrian American/Sumerian Fundamentalist.

Bobbylon’s Sky God – Anu. I ‘n’ I put the “old” in old school

My graduation gift for 1983 was promised a trip to Iran. Alas, the Islamic Revolution in ’79 scuttled that. Lebanon, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iraq 2.0, ISIS/ISIL, Libya, Somalia, Syria. Looks like Iran got next, alas!

So back into the  Ark-Ives. Pull another set of World War 3.0 Reggae/Punk/Ska

  1. The Clash – Rock the Casbah – topical in that the Ayatollahs had banned popular music in Iran
  2. Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must. Roots twins prophecy: there are no winners when Russia ‘n’ America “come fi buss.”
  3. The Special AKA – War Crimes. 2 Tone ska regarding massacres in Beirut Lebanon compared to the death camp of Belsen. “The numbers are different but the crime is still the same.”
  4. Mikey Dread – World War 3.0 is only minutes away!

Rumor has it Pres. 45 likes to listen to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts while watching CNN with the TV muted.

Big Macs, cheeseburgers and Smile Jamaica. Let us hope he hears I ‘n I Prophecy and heeds the call…NO WAR IN IRAN

My wish is that if you are reading this, you listen to the anti-War set and pray to the sky god(s) of your choosing that there be NO WAR IN IRAN

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 11, 2020; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Pancho Alphanso – Watch This Sound; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ vinyl
  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Dub Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour; Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science”
  • The Gladiators – Bless Our Soul; Send I a Lion (Nighthawk) ’84 comp
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian dawta
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Spliffy Dan – Dreadlocks Preaching Love; 10″ (Rockers) ’80 UK A. Pablo prod’n

Set 2:

  • The Upsetters – Dyon-Anaswa; Return of the Super Ape (Trojan) ’78 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark era
  • Bunny Wailer – One Love; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley songs for 50th birthday
  • Susan Cadogan – Say a Little Prayer; Songs of Aretha (Ariwa) 2019 Aretha Franklin cover
  • Dizzy & Soul Syndicate + Philip Frazer – Lonely Reggae + Only Jah Knows; 10″ (Impact!) UK cover of Herb Alpert trumpet “Lonely Bull

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years 

  • The Abyssinians – Poor Jason Whyte; Satta Massa Gana (Heartbeat) ’76
  • Rita Marley – My Kind of War; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82
  • Niney the Observer – Blood & Fire; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 update of his classic herbtune
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK herbtune

Set 4:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Roots Radical; Rhythm Come Forward vol. 3 (Columbia) ’82 comp.
  • Alton & Hortense Ellis – Why Did You Leave Me to Cry; Cry Tough (Heartbeat/Treasure Isle) rocksteady brother and sister
  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter (ESL) 2005 UFOria
  • Singers & Players feat. Congo Ashanti Roy – Breaking Down the Pressure; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’83 UK picture sleeve
  • Maya Dread; Yard Man Style  – Kaya Dub (Kaya) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Captives; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA

<Soul Captives; 90 sec.>

  • The Heavenly Twins – Hide Me, Rock of Ages; I Am On the Battlefield of the Lord (Social Music) ’67  UK Jamaican gospel w/ male and female vox
  • Messenjah – Rock You High; Rock You High (WEA) ’82 US
  • Joe Higgs – So It Goes; High Times All-Star Exposion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago
  • Zara McFarlane & Dennis Bovell – East of the River Nile; 12″ (Brownswood) 2019 UK dawta

Set 6:

  • Peter Touch & the Wailers – Maga Dog; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64

<Peter Touch’s Maga Dog; 1 min.>

  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 Beatles cover
  • Sister Carol – Natty Dread Congo; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley cover
  • Undivided Roots – England Cold; 10″ (Well Crucial) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 7: World War III

  • The Clash – Rock the Casbah; 12″ (Epic) ’82 US picture sleeve: World War III Set
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland vinyl
  • The Special AKA – War Crimes; 10″ (2 Tone) ’82 2 Tone ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81
Recorded after massacres in Beirut, Lebanon 1982

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Claude Fontaine – Hot Tears; Claude Fontaine (Innovative Leisure) 2019 Fr. dubstress
  • Mad Professor feat. Love Clinic – Studio 54 Dub; Afrocentric 5: Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 (Ariwa) ’98 Blondie’s Rapture feat. female vox
  • Andrea – Come Back; CD Single (vx) 2005 Canadian
  • Sevendub  feat. Angelique – Fire (Soul Fire mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Lee “Scratch”Perry – Heaven & Hell; 10” (ON U Sound) 2019 UK picture sleeve
Claude Fontaine – French dubstress

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 14, 2019 – Santa Claus is an Alien!

Greetings,

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests: Santa Claus is an Alien.

<Santa’s Sleigh was a Spaceship; 22>

UK singer Chris DeBurgh thinks so. So does Reggae singer John Holt.

Alien roots of Santa Claus; 65 sec.

Noel Baba – Father Christmas for Christian communities in modern Turkey. St. Nicholas to Western Christians
  1. A flying sled to ancient peoples in modern day Turkey where Saint Nicholas came from is obviously a spaceship.
  2. He didn’t land on rooftops, it was the green tractor beam. Gifts going down,  in return for abductions going up!
More believable than 12 reindeer pulling a fat white dude full of gifts across the skies

3. Rudolph’s red nose? WTF? Tracking beacon on the nose cone of the Spaceship

4. What about that star in the East where the Magi were bringing gold, frankncense and weed? Spaceship!

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests: The star in the East was a spaceship
More likely occurrence

So when that Spaceman comes travelling on Dec. 24th, now you know where the true history lies.

Eida breikhoun (Merry Christmas in Assyrian)

Bobbylon

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 14, 2019 Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Barry Brown – Reggae Music; Stand Firm (Justice) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Burning Spear/Black Disciples – Children of Today; Living Dub vol. 1 (Burning Spear) ’79 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty ‘n’ Nice (Rhino) ’79? Xmas tune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Time Bums; Married to the Mob Soundtrack (Reprise) ’88
  • Junior Delgado – Runaway Love; Tichen (Rhino UK) ’94
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12″ (Hot Stuff) ’83 JA Xmas tune

Set 2:

  • Temple Rockers feat. Wayne Jarrett – Almighty Light; Festival of Lights (Fresh Roots) 2018 Hanukkah reggae
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’82 singjay
  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12″ (Elektra) ’89 Xmas tune

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 herbtune
  • Prince Buster & the Folks Brothers – Oh Carolina; Original Golden Oldies Part 2 (Prince Buster) ’60 folk nyahbinghi
  • Judy Mowatt – Who Is He; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86 Reggae Gospel
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 …is my collie herb
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Crimson and Clover; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 Tommy James instrumental

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Xmas

  • Barrington Levy – Flash Your Dread; 7″ (Mic) 7″ ’81
  • Jah Walton – D.J. Christmas; 7″ (Black & White) ’83
  • Sugar Minott – Christmas Time; 7″ (Black Roots) ’79
  • Iron Phoenix – Natty Dread Christmas; 7″ (Observer) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pauline Black – No Woman, No Cry; Party Party Soundtrack (A &M) ’81 US – Bob Marley cover
  • Carlton Livingston – Tribute to Bobby; Soweto (El Bebo International) ’81 US
  • Ini Kamoze – Babylon, Babylon; Here Comes the Hotstepper (Columbia) ’95 US
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick; It’s a Wonderful Life EP (Sony) ’87 SoCal ska
  • Dean Fraser – Sensimilla Choir; Christmas Sting (Thunderbolt) ’81 JA – Handel’s Hallelujah Choir herbtune

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Stop the Train; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (ALA) ’71 Lesley Kong; JA vinyl
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Queendom/Legalize It; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 at the Ritz; NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Survivors (Survival); Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley songs for 50th birthday
  • Pablove Black – Meditation; Charcoal Charlie (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Spaceman Came Calling; Reggae Christmas (Trojan) ’86 Chris deBurgh Xmas/UFOria mashup
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 request
  • Tyrone Evans & Glen Adams – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Joyful Tiding; 12″ (Clocktower) ’78 Bronx, NY: Xmas

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK
  • Gorillaz – Left Hand Suzuki Method; Gorillaz (EMI) 2001 UK cartoon group
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang – Show Me a Purpose (There Must Be a Dub); Show Me a Purpose – Versions (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub
  • Samia Farah – Rien N’est Acquis; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr. Tunisian roots dawta

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 7, 2019 – 3 Songs for 30 Years!

Greetings,

KRCL celebrated 40 years on air with a party in downtown SLC. My tenure of that for Smile Jamaica is 30 years. (31 and 1/2 total).

I attended the birthday bash and it was great to see a lot of volunteers I hadn’t talked to since KRCL’s format change in 2008.

Plus there was a great love of what I ‘n’ I do with Roots Reggae and Dub with many listeners who were happy to meet me and pass on their thanks. Great to collect stories from people and how they discovered and continue to enjoy my sets on Smile Jamaica.

People love my commitment to vinyl!

The common thread is what Smile Jamaica means to their Saturday afternoon routines. For decades. Fathers and sons. Mom’s and dawtas. If I ‘n’ I had accepted every drink offer, I would have been a drunken mess! (However, it would have been downright rude to decline surreptitious hits of green vapor. Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies…)

It really was a validation of my joy of community radio that is still driven by independent music selection. Where you might hear a Scorpions Reggae jam followed by some UFO dubwize.

You ain’t gwan hear that on your Spotify playlist.

Spotify Reggae vs. Smile Jamaica. Computers or a human?

When my great friend and now KRCL station manager, Tristin Tabish asked me to spin a 15 minute set between bands, I ‘n’ I agreed.

This is essentially I ‘n’ I speech from the stage.

KRCL celebrates 40 years of all killer no filler radio. It has been my pleasure to be a part of that ride for 30 plus years.

“And KRCL has always championed Reggae music from day 1. Dreadlock Holiday to Smile Jamaica. My bredrin Rutabaga Reese taught me about quality Roots Reggae. Much love to Papa Pilgrm on Nite Roots.”

“For my set, I ‘n’ I was asked to put together 15 minutes of Smile Jamaica. How do you distill 10,000 albums. 10,000 cds and 10,000 singles into 3 songs?”

“A little bit of Marley. A little bit of 420. A little bit of dubwise.”

And Selah! Did the crowd roar when that opening lick of Bob Marley’s Smile Jamaica blast forth on the club’s hi-fi!

Thank you KRCL. And thank you KRCL listeners for the kind words for this deejay on your station that rules the nation! Forward ever, backwards never.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica: KRCL 40th Anniversary Set live and on-air; Dec. 4, 2019 at the Union; Salt Lake City, Utah (60 sec.)

  1. Bob Marley – Smile Jamaica (Marley)
  2. Rita Marley – One Draw (420)
  3. Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong (Dub – Bill Laswell mix)

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 7, 2019

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – Foggy Road; Message From the King (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Wackies Rhythm Force – African Roots Act I (Wackies) ’77 Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; Kaya (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix: 40th Anniversary Party Mix (1) – Marley
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’82 (2) – 420
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 (3) – dub/Bill Laswell mix
  • Culture – Legalisation + Ganja Time; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 15, 2000 live in Capetown, South Africa; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Meta and the Corner Stones – Cornerstone/ Forward Music (No Soundz) 2008 Senegalese
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is After Me/ Happy Together (Heartbeat) ’91
  • Hortense Ellis – Woman of the Ghetto; Impact! (Universal Sound) ’70? Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; 12″ (Ballstic) ’78 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Judge Dread; Judge Dread – Rocksteady Hush Up (Melodisc) ’67
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Rocking Time (Studio One) ’74
  • Third World – Jah Glory; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81; Police cover

Set 4:

  • Noel Phillips – Jah No Dead; Youthman Vibrations (Jammys) ’81 UK vinyl
  • The Congos – Ark of the Covenant; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • DJ Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Monyaka – Go Deh Yaka (Go Deh to the Top); 12″ (Easy Steet) ’83 NY
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Christmas

  • Michigan & Smiley – LIttle Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Norwood Rockers – Rocking; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA instrumental medley
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War Is Over); Reggae Christmas Album (Trojan) ’86 UK – John Lennon cover
  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’79? JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party; Best of (ALA) ’71 JA vinyl: Lesley Kong sides

<Lesley Kong producer who exploited The Wailers and died suddenly soon after; 1 min 51 sec>

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 –  NYC at the Ritz
  • Bunny Wailer – So Much Things to Say; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 – 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Marcia Griffiths – Tribulation; 12″ (Solomonic) ’76 JA – Bunny Wailer prod’n

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Force (Megaforce) 2012: DC punk dub; Rockers do Reggae Set
  • H.R. – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007
  • Ben Harper – With My Own Hands; CD Single (Virgin) 2003
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83


Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Culture of Fear (ESL) 2012 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Big Youth – Emanuel; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; No Sign of Bad (Quango) 2006 Norwegian dub w/ JA dub poet
  • Jonah Dan Meets the Bush Chemists – Guidance; Dubs From Zion Valley (Conscious Sounds/Abba Christos Tafari)
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’96
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang feat. Nishka – Show Me a Purpose; Show Me a Purpose (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae A-Z: Cratedigging in Vape City!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I birthday is Dec. 20th. It gets mashed into Christmas and that means  traveling on the road. For most of my adult life that meant driving to Fort Benton Montana. Now it’s flying into Albuquerque, then driving to Sun City West, AZ.

So, by tradition, I ‘n’ I have spent the Thanksgiving week driving to Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday a month early.

Here is my week

  • Friday before Thanksgiving Week: annual physical and flu shot. Been on a strict regimen since Labor Day to try and hit my target weight and clear out any of the high fructose poisoning from last year. Fire off  BP of 115 over 75 in the electric chair, I mean doctor’s office. (Pulse rate of 92! Yeah I hate going to the doctor.)

Test results and notes from Doc: Your tests results are normal/unremarkable. Just what you want to hear!

  • Saturday before Thanksgiving Week: Celebrate fooling the Grim Reaper for another year with a massive breakfast and about 6 cups of coffee with my bredrin Nardo-Jan and our friend John, emeritus of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Left Fork Grill, best breakfast inna Salt Lake City
  • Road trip on I-15: I usually have a theme music experience for the drive. One time it was Bob Marley chronological; Bob Dylan box sets, UFOria.

The year I ‘n’ I got deathly ill in Vegas it was Pink Floyd (Still can’t hear the song Fearless without thinking of how I ‘n’ I nearly died of a blood infection, driving back to Utah with BP of 65 over 45.)

This year’s theme: MUTANT DUB! What better way to grind out a journey than pumping bass and extra-terrestrial echo, screaming down I-15 at 80 MPH.

  • Stop for gas in Cedar City and hit my first record shop: Groovacious

  • First stop in Vegas: Lee’s Discount Liquors. It is exactly  420 miles from my Sugarhouse neighborhood of SLC to the Cheyenne exit in North Vegas. Bought a bottle of holiday Jim Beam bourbon for my room “cocktails to taste.”

  • Second stop: Reef Dispensary: Since I ‘n’ I was staying in a non-smoking hotel, I needed a cartridge or two, (or nine),  for my vape pen.

I don’t believe any of the Vapor Madness “fake news” about the dangers of vaping. That’s just a conspiracy theory by the nanny state working with the tobacco companies to keep people addicted to nicotine and not able to have any fun in life.

Give my ID at the counter: They pair me with a  weed barista, or budtender, named Sienna. Hmmm. pair the grizzled middle aged man with a doe eyed, tattooed lovely millennial. of mixed race extraction.

What do I care? I’m on vacation. She can do a little up-selling. She complimented me on my Bob Marley cap. I left her a nice tip for the kindness and seven leaf advice.

I’m a Sativa, fruity flavored, vape pen guy. Usually get an Indica to knock back my insomnia. And some gummies for the movies I was gonna go see. Yes, I am an adult not a criminal!

  • Check in to the Stratosphere on the Strip:  I ‘n’ I have been doing this Vegas Excursion for 20 plus years now. My advice is stay at the grungier end of the Strip. It’s easier to get in and out of the hotel parking and Sahara is a main East/West corridor. Rooms at places like Circus Circus, the Strat (now called), and Palace Station are cheap.

Mainly in the room to sleep and shower. Ever since Vegas legalized the hippie lettuce, that city has become anti-Smoking.

At the Strat, the fee was $150. Thank you for letting me know. Did I ‘n’ I obey the rules? In Reggae there is a saying: If a fish could keep its mouth shut, it would never get caught!

  • Sunday Night: Green Bay 8-2 vs. San Fran 9-1

Since no one is from Las Vegas, there is a bar for nearly every football team. The Green Bay bar is called the Draft House in North Las Vegas.  Put on my throwback jersey and grab some micro brew and dinner with all the trimmings.

Worst. Part. Of my trip. Niners 32; Packers a pathetic 8.

  • Monday: The Irishman

I’m an Assyrian-American, half (the good half I say!)*. I never cared to be anything else until I saw Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas. Then I wanted to be Sicilian for a while. My favorite movie, still to this day.

*quote from Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.

So I couldn’t wait to see Scorcese’s gathering of the greats for The Irishman. The story of the murder of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino. The Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer of mob actors.

  • Tuesday. The Apothecarium

I do like to gamble in Vegas. I’m a low stakes, video poker guy. I will usually play, two or three times during the week, up to $50 a session.

Sitting at the quarter machine, smoking/vaping is legal on the casino floor. And this is why the nanny state and authoritarians want to ban vaping. There is no way to tell if that vapor, not smoke, is tobacco or THC.

In Reggae there is a saying: Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies!

So there I am, vaping Strawberry Cough, and sipping on a free OJ and vodka, when I hit 4 aces on the Video Poker.

Walked away with about 60 bucks net! Found money must be spent.

So I ‘n’ I got on Weedmaps, and thought the Apothecarium would be a good place to re-stock

Weedmaps – directions and menus for the Seven Leaf set

I ‘n’ I roll in, the place is packed. Peruse the menu…. “Robert, Kaya will see you now.” Are you kidding me? My budtender‘s name is Kaya? After the Bob Marley herbtune?

Kaya, another fetching mid 20’s Latina matched up with the greybeard stoner from out of state.

As she was putting together my order (Grapefruit disposable pen(s), THC chocolate cookies), I ‘n’ I asked her, “Are your parents Bob Marley fans?” She giggled.

I ‘n’ I asked her, “I bet you had half a dozen named Kaya in your class.” She admitted two other classmates. I ‘n’ I was my wearing my Smile Jamaica T shirt and mentioned I was a Reggae deejay., she was nice about that.

You don’t get that kind of friendly banter between client and vendor when you are buying Natty Lite at the Sev.

Another healthy tip goes in the jar.

  • Thursday – Thanksgiving, 9AM

Everyone knows about Black Friday, but I ‘n’ I was celebrating Green Thursday with a stop at Planet 13 dispensary. I ‘n’ I am a big fan of the buy 2 get 1 type of sales.

Hilarious to watch cabs and Uber drop offs, one after another, at 9 AM ON A HOLIDAY MORNING!

I ‘n’ I am a connoisseur of T-shirts. Usually Reggae or UFO, Anunnaki. This was my T’giving attire:

Right at the door, two people complimented my Alien Claus apparel. “Robert? Rachel will see you now.” What, another female budtender catering to my THC needs? No way!

#3 who loved my Alien Astronaut apparel. I ‘n’ I told her I was gonna be cratedigging from about 10am to 8pm on Black Friday and needed some “spinach” for the stamina.

Banana Kush. I’m sure there is some potassium in there for I ‘n’ I. Thanks, Rachel. Another fiver in the tip jar. (I’m not nearly that generous at the coffee shop.) Chocolate drops for the movie I was about to see…

  • Doctor Sleep – The sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining. Bought my ticket, the dread at the counter hailed up my Alien Elf shirt (#4). The girl selling me popcorn and soda liked it as well (#5). Disturbing scene in that movie that haunted me on my way back.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner:  Online at the buffet (#6) woman asked me where I bought my T Shirt. #7 Lady at the sales kiosk commented as well

Black Friday. Start with the breakfast of champions, and begin my cratedig. The two main major stores in Vegas are called Zia Records. There are two other small stores called Record City and 3-4 other boutique vinyl shops. Found nothing at 2 but some unique 12″ mix vinyl at the Henderson shop.

Chatted up the owner at Moondog Records, and apologized for not buying more. He had an excellent Reggae vinyl selection, but I had everything he was selling of value except one piece of vinyl. (Last year I dropped nearly $200 there.)

I ‘n’ I gonna rinse out what I purchased on Smile Jamaica 12/7

  • Saturday: All good things must come to an end. Packed up and headed into what I was afraid could be nasty roads. Smooth sailing until a butane truck jack-knifed outside of Lehi. Stuck for an hour before I took the exit into town. Smart decision. Traffic didn’t move again until 7PM. 5 hours later.

So, being away from Smile Jamaica, here is a three hour Digital Dubplate for the weekly roots fix.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica – Roots Reggae A-Z

0 – 30 min.

  • African Head Charge – Enjoy Yourself; Sankofa (Bonjo I) ’97
  • Burning Spear – Ethiopians Live It Out; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Culture – See Them a Come 12″; Two Sevens Clash (Deluxe Edition)  (Shanachie) ’77
  • Dub Pistols – Bad Card; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012
  • Easy Star All-Stars –  Great Gig in the Sky; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 Pink Floyd cover

 

  • Fred Locks – Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • General Echo – Bathroom Sex;  12″ of Pleasure (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Heavy Manners – Taking the Queen to Tea; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’95 Chicago group: herbtune w/ female vox
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Taxi) ’84
  • John Brown’s Body – Rainbow Chariot; Among them (Shanachie) ’99
  • King Tubby – Mine Field; Roots of Dub (Clocktower) ’76
  • Led Zeppelin – Dy’er Mak’er; Houses of the Holy (Atlantic) ’73

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lively Up Yourself; Live! (Tuff Gong) ’75
  • Noiseshaper – Bushmaster; Rough Out There (Collision) 2005 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Johnny Osbourne – Curly Locks Girl; Never Stop Fighting (Greensleeves) ’82
  • Prince Buster feat. Bunny & Skitter – Chubby; Prince Buster Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Prince Buster) ’61 nyahbinghi
  • Queen Majeeda – Earth Rightful Ruler; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 dub poet
  • Rolling Stones – Luxury; Its’s Only Rock and Roll (Rolling Stone) ’74

  • Sister Carol – Man to Man; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley’s Who the Cap Fit
  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Signs + Dub; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • UB40 – Tyler; Signing Off (Sound/DEP) ’80
  • Vulcans – Journey into Space (Trojan) ’72
  • Wailing Souls – Things and Time; Very Best Of (Greensleeves) 
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12″ (Factory) ’80

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (Universal Egg) ’93 UK mutant dub w/ female vox
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – 10 Foot Ganja Plant and Wee; Bushrock (ROIR) 2009 US
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB)  ’78 Smokey Robinson cover; 2 sisters and a cousin
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Palestine; Back to Roots (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK dub poet
  • Yabby You – Fire, Fire; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’79?
  • Bob Marley – Exodus (Kindread Spirit Mix); CD Single (Tuff Gong)  ’92 rmx

  • Warrior Charge feat. Blu Miller – Vampires; No Foundation, No House (Beat) 2006 w/ female vox
  • Version Xcursion feat. Katie Murph  – Pushing Flowers; Version Xcursion (vx) 2005
  • U Roy – Jah Son of Africa; Jah Son of Africa (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger – Walk and Don’t Look Back; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’78
  • Saint Germain – Dub Revolution II; Boulevard (F Communications) ’95 French mutant dub
  • Rhythm & Sound feat. Jennifer Lara – Queen in My Empire; King in My Empire (Rhythm & Sound) 2003 mutant dub mix

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 16, 2019: Your Perception is Not My Reality!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I was fighting glaucoma with my bredrins Mike and Aqua Boy. I was laying out my Presidential strategy for taking down The Cheetolini in 2020:

Tulsi-Bernie

America’s only hope in 2020

With the JFK coup anniversary looming: Was it Bin Laden on the Grassy Knoll? Discuss!

But then the discussion took a turn. When baseball season is over, I ‘n’ I turn to a new time suck: Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

I was talking about the documentary’s 2 hour tribute to Erich von Daniken, the Father of Ancient Astronaut Theory. His book, Chariots of the Gods, lit the fuse for a whole generation seeking a connection between ancient astronauts mis-labelled as Sky Gods by mankind.

I took to the alternative cosmology of Ancient Astronaut Theory late in life. But I should have been into it for 40 years….

I grew up in a small farming community in North Central Montana called Fort Benton. Beautiful little river city. We had a theater and a drive in. It was a short bike ride from my house to go see a movie to get out of the sun.

Fort Benton, Montana – the Birthplace of Montana and cattle multilations

It was sometime, summer 1975. I was ten years old. The movie was Young Frankenstein: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr. But, in the lobby was something that really intrigued me: a whole display of cut outs, movie stills and placards describing Chariots of the Gods. The movie.

One of the stills described a picture in Ancient Assyria; my mother’s homeland in the Fertile Crescent. I was totally enthralled and could not wait to see it in two weeks!

Coming soon to a farm implement dealership

The following week, the movie theater went out of business and became a farm implement manufacturing business. Cursed!

****

Wheel it forward to last weekend. I was regaling my mates, between bongrips and bourbon, of the story von Daniken described from the Bible: Ezekiel and the crystal ship. A wheel within a wheel.

Ezekiel 1:14-28. Ancient Astronaut Theory

 14And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

That, my friends, is the description of nothing other than a space ship which travels by gyration, the wheel within a wheel!

What the Prophet Ezekiel saw in the Old Testament

<Ezekiel’s crystal ship>

My bredrin Aquaboy, who reads dinosaur media like the New York Times and The Nation magazine, was not having it. He was giving me the red eyed hairy eyeball.

The hairy eyeball

So I’n’ I zone in on the kill shot: The Ancient Aliens episode devoted to Chariots of the Gods’ legacy talked about one of the original NASA scientists who thought von Daniken was a crank and set out to use physics to debunk the wheel within a wheel.

His name was Sidney Blumrich…

I ‘n’ I, who does not read the New York Times nor the Nation, never got to finish…Aquaboy was full on scoffing. I ‘n’ I held up my hand and calmly said,

“Your perception is not my reality.”

They’re here. They’ve always been here. And they’re coming! Scoffing won’t save you!

bless, Bobbylon

Bobbylon’s Top Ten Biblical Alien Encounters

  1. Moses and the burning bush – spaceship
  2. Ezekeiel and the Crystal Ship: the wheel within a wheel aka a gyroscopic spaceship
  3. Stairway to Heaven – walkway to a spaceship
  4. Enoch – Noah’s grandfather who walked with God and then was not
  5. Lot’s wife – turned into a pillar of smoke, not salt after Armageddon was destroyed in a nuclear attack
  6. The New Jerusalem – Borg cube massive space ship
  7. The Nephilim – Biblical giants describing the Anunnaki who created mankind and mated with their women
  8. Noah’s Flood (1) – Utnapishtim in a tessaract spaceship to wait for the flood waters to recede (Sumerian origin story)
  9. Noah’s Flood (2) – Ziusudra in a submarine to wait for the flood waters to recede (Sumerian origin story)
  10. Jacob’s Ladder – spaceship walkway (see #3)

How about some examples from Islam and Hinduism:

  • Magic/flying carpets
  • The Prophet Muhammad’s midnight journey to Heaven on the back of a winged horse Al-Buraq. Buraq means “lightning” in Arabic (one man space capsule)
  • Descriptions of flaming minarets in the sky (missiles)
  • Hindu Vimana’s: space chariots fighting battles
  • Shiva’s Trident – missile
Al-Buraq “lightning”. Took the Prophet Muhammad to heaven from earth….spaceship!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 16, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • Mikey Dread – Voice of Jah; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • Aggrovators – Dread Locks in Jamaica (Attack) ’76 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Chachi feat. Sister Carol – Natty Dread;  (Kariang) ’99 Ethiopian dawta cover Bob Marley
  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley’s Natty Dread
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; In Disco Style – Entertainment (Midnight Rock) ’81 Bob Marley tribute
  • Sublime – Legalize It; Hempilation (Capricorn) ’96 Peter Tosh cover; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Murvin – Bad Weed; 12” (Upsetters) ’78 UK – Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; herbtune over Police & Thieves

Set 2:

  • Zema – Joy in the Morning; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 Culver City, CA dawta
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah; a capella live (LKJ)

<UK sus laws against “vagrancy”; 28 sec.>

  • The Eagles – Country Living; Reggae Classics (DCC) ‘73
  • Tapper Zukie – Black Man 12”; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood & Fire) ’78 dj to Prince Alla
  • Barry Brown – Release the Chains; 10” (Rockers) ’80 UK; Augustus Pablo prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76; Wailers cover
  • Mighty Diamonds – Gnashing of Teeth; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Junior Delgado – Armed Robbery; Brothers (DEB) ‘77
  • Ranking Dillinger – African Worldwide; None Stop Disco Style (Abraham) ’77 dj to Johnny Clarke’s “African Roots

Set 4:

  • Winston “King” Cole – Black Magic Woman; Impact! (Soul Jazz) 70’s Fleetwood Mac/Santana cover
  • Hopeton Lewis – Dreadlocks Lewis; 7” (Thorough Bred) ’75 herbtune
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12” (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers rock
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Michael Rose – Born Free; Trojan Story (Trojan) 3 LP UK box set
  • Tony Brown Band – Iration Song; Prisoners in Paradise (Mountain Railroad) ’81 Madison, WI
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan) ’75 UK: Bob Dylan cover
  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black…With Sugar (Ariwa) ‘89 UK roots dawta UFOria

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – Give a Little Love; 7” (Rockers International) 7” Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing; 7” (Clocktower) 70’s Ben E. King cover
  • Madoo – Jamming So; 7” (Crazy Joe) ‘79
  • The Lions – Roll It ‘Round’ 7” (Lions Bread) 2010 LA roots group*
  • Sly & the Revolutionaires – Cocaine; Bill Laswell: Dub Massive Chapter One (Trojan) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Dreamland – Bunny Wailer’s vision of heaven; 1 min. 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Natural Mystic; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 at the Ritz, NYC
  • Ziggy Marley – Live on Mars; Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong) 2013 UFOria
Bunny’s vision of heaven

Set 8: UFOria

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) ’99 UFO-ria
  • Unity – Stargazing; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK
  • Thievery Corporation  feat. Sleepy Wonder – Stargazing; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2010 w/ female vox alien love song
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outerspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 – Wailers Family Stories!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I just have time to share 3 Wailers Family Tree stories:

Why Jamaicans called Peter Tosh – Peter Touch (1); 1 min. 46

Aesop’s fable about the craven choke puppy (2); 26 sec.

Haile Selassie’s speech to the United Nations, in Amharic, chanting down war (3); 32 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 annotated playlist: 36 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cimarons – Reggae Time; In Time (Trojan) ’75 UK vinyl

<Cimarons in Jamaica; 29 sec.>

  • Studio One Band – A Gal Dem a Lie; Jucks Dub vol. 2 (Studio One) ’77 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Eclipse – Let Jah Be the One; Corrupted Society (Bristol Reggae Archive) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Downpressor; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Barry Brown – Give Thanks; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; Impact! (Soul Jazz) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’75 herb tune
  • Don Carlos – Here I Come; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC

Set 2:

  • Lloyd Parks & Hugh Brown – Into the Night; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ’81 Benny Mardones pop cover
  • Lucky Dube – War and Crime; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Elen Melgarejo – Lose to Find; Temple of I & I (ESL)
  • Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12″ (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Gregory Isaacs – How Long (Extended); Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Everybody Ballin’; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’76 roots dawta

Set 4:

  • Smashmouth – Virgin Girl; Half Baked soundtrack (MCA) ’97 Eek a Mouse/herbal cover
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Ruts DC – Weakheart (Rob Smith rmx); King Size Dub (Echo Beach) punk dub rmx
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub: Commandments of Dub Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pluto – I Shot the Sheriff; Ramgoat (Wild Flower) ’74 JA Bob Marley cover
  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone UK ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – Barber Saloon; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Herb; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. herb tune
  • Casselberry & DuPree – War; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee; Bob Marley cover/Haile Selassie UN speech
folk reggae dawta duo covers Bob Marley/Haile Selassie

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Hoot Nanny Hoot (Studio One) ’65 ska take: Wailers Family Tree Set
  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 The Ritz: NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Craven Choke Puppy; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for 50 years
  • Haile Selassie I, Bob Marley & Buffalo Bill; War/Selassie Is the Chapel; 12″ (Human Race) Selassie speech to UN
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy***End of Set 6

Set 7: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Morcheeba feat. Skye Edwards – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96: Mutant Dub Roots Dawta set
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Dub of Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Sonia Pensar & Ital Lion – Sapno Mei; Jonah Dan: Spirit of the Ancients (Inner Sanctuary) 2004
  • Afro Mystic – The Odyssey; Morphology (OM) 2003
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Natacha Atlas – Amulet; Halim (Nation) ’97 Belgian/Arabic/Sephardic chanteuse

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 2, 2019 – 89th Anniv. of Haile Selassie I’s Coronation!

From Ras Tafari Makonnen to Haile Selassie I – Power of the Trinity; Nov. 2, 1930

Greetings,

In 1920, Jamaican pan-African Nationalist Marcus Garvey issued a prophecy:

Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand”. That was the signal to take the Black Star Liner* out of Babylon (the West, Jamaica) to return to Africa.

*(The White Starliner was the passenger ship company of Titanic notoriety.)

To dispossessed black Jamaicans living in the slums of Kingston, the alienation from a white God/Jesus and a longing to return to the glory of the Mother Continent was a catalyst moment in the development of what became Roots Reggae.

Slavery, poverty and the stigma of human bondage weighed heavy on the frustrated masses left behind after 19th century emancipation.

Four hundred years,
and it’s the same, the same philosophy
I’ve said it’s four hundred years – look, how long
And, the people, they still can’t see – Peter Tosh

Nov.  2, 1930 Garvey’s prophesy came to pass.

Ras Tafari Makonnen was a reforming governor serving the first African Empress, Zewditu.  The East African nation of Ethiopia was trying to break free of the crushing poverty of a feudal society where dirt poor tenant farmers served a small, exploitative rentier class.

How to usher the nation, free from European colonial rule, into the modern era of science, medicine, education, trade.

Ethiopian Empress Zewditu: ruled 1916-1930

Empress Zewditu had no surviving children. Ras Tafari* had a strong pedigree as a potential successor:

*Ras is the equivalent of Prince or Duke; Tafari is an honorific  – “one who is respected”. To Rastas, those who worship Selassie as the living God, Ras Tafari means “Head Creator.”

  • Descended from the Solomonic lineage of Makeda – the Queen of Sheba who married the Israelite King Solomon
  • His maternal grandfather was the grandson of a previous Ethiopian King
  • Ras Tafari‘s father was a general in the Ethiopian army who helped defeat the Italian invaders in 1896
The Battle of Adowa – stopped the Italians from adding Ethiopia as a colony, 1896

Royal reactionaries tried to stop Ras Tafari from competing with Zewditu. She had proclaimed him King (Negus) but Ras Tafari declined the offer to leave the capital of Addis Ababa for one of the outer provinces, which was tradition for the heir apparent.

Only one person can sit upon the throne

The Royal Throne of Ethiopia

Near the end of the Empress’s life, she tried to have him deposed as regent – successor. These coup attempts to stop him failed.

Zewditu’s husband raised an army against Ras Tafari but he was killed fighting provincial troops loyal to the Negus/Ras . In early 1930 the Empress died from the “shock” of her husband’s defeat. (But many think she was poisoned.)

Ras Tafari proved the victor and consolidated his power. He went from King (Negus) to Emperor (Negusa Negast – King of Kings.)

Ras Tafari Makonnen became forever known as Haile Selassie I, first of his name – in Game of Thrones parlance.  Power of the Trinity

The Imperial standard of Haile Selassie I

Nov. 2, 1930 a royal coronation ceremony was held in Addis Ababa. It was a grand affair with many European, Middle Eastern and Asian dignitaries in attendance. I ‘n’ I have included the news reel footage below the text.

Jamaicans saw this five minute film clip played before the feature at the local Kingston movie theaters. Garvey’s prophecy writ large.

That event eventually sparked the rise of Rastafari worship in Jamaica expressed through the “gospel” music of the Wailers, Burning Spear, Culture and hundreds of others.

<Selassie’s coronation that rules the nation! 1 min. 22 sec.>

I ‘n’ I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Platonic love songs to a man who started out with noble ideas and eventually came to an ignoble demise: deposed by Communist revolutionaries in 1974.

Shortly thereafter, the captive Negusa Negast, was strangled in his bed and buried beneath the latrines in the Royal Palace.

In an ironic and tragic twist of events, the reforming governor Ras Tafari Makonnen was let down by his corrupt provincial governors as Emperor Selassie I.

The governors in the provinces reported that there were record harvests when in fact there was a horrible famine killing tens of thousands.

The definitive biography of Selassie’s downfall

But in the immortal words of Bob Marley – Jah Live:

Fools say in their hearts
Rasta, your god is dead
But I and I know, Jah Jah
Dread it shall be dreaded and dread

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 2, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Daylight Saving Time; Listen Up! Deejay Style (Kingston Sounds)
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Itals – Jah Glory; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ‘82
  • Cynthia Richards – Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience w/ Prince Jazzbo – Disco Devil; 12” (Upsetter) ’77 UK
  • Augustus Pablo – Thriller; Thriller (Echo) ’80 UK dub vinyl album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 UK expat group: soul, jazz, reggae
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ‘76
  • Junior Ross & the Spears – Judgement Time; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood and Fire) ‘76
  • Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins; 12” (GG’s Hit) ’78 JA; soap opera vampire

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; FABulous Greatest Hits (Melodisc) ’72
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 obeah = Jamaican black magic
  • Aisha – Evil Forces; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ‘90

<Lucky Dube’s Dracula in SLC and South Africa; 66 sec.>

  • Aba Shanti – Joseph; Wrath of Jah: Verse 1 (Falasha) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt (Shanachie) ‘84 Request
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Emiliana Torrianni – Until the Morning; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC dubbers rmx EP
  • Mystic Bowie & the Pallbearers – Voodooman; Rebirth (Zimbra) 2001 Connecticut
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin) ’81 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Kwame – Hellhound; Follow I (Polydor) ’83 US
  • Bushman – Back Weh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2010 UK
  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK
  • Icarus – Land of the Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’83 UK
  • Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase (Nigger Kojak) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Want Somewhere; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<I Want Somewhere song biography; 1 min. 15 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 Live at the Ritz, NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Guiltiness; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th Birthday
  • Jonah Dan Meets Bush Chemists – Dangerous Dub; Dubs From Zion Valley  (Conscious Sounds) ’94  Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Hooters – All You Zombies; Nervous Night (Columbia)  ’85 Rockers do Reggae
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ‘81
  • The Scorpions – Is There Anybody There; Lovedrive (Mercury) ‘79
The Scorpions on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Noiseshaper – Daemons; Rough Out There (Collision) 2005 Jah-stria
  • The Gorillaz – Dracula; The Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Chase the Devil; Return From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Max Romeo cover w/ female vox
  • Omar Perry – The Ghostmakers; Can’t Stop Us (Makasound) 2009
  • Funky Porcini – Flesh Eater Boulevard; Zombie (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2000 Germany
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 dubstep Specials cover