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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-pril 29, 2017: Spring Has Sprung!

Greetings,

I love this time of year. Winter and bad air inversions — done. Taxes and Spring Radiothon – done and done. Days are longer, mornings aren’t as dark.

The only downside for I ‘n’ I is the six week Claritin-D fog I have to endure until things dry out.

Rise and shine, wake ‘n’ bake, run the roots!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 29, 2017 Tracklist:

Set 1:

  • Emperors – Come Reason With I; Fret Not (Positive) NY vinyl
  • Sly Dunbar & Black Uhuru– Sun is Shining; Simple Sly Man (Virign) ’78 UK – Dub Album of the Hour (vinyl)
  • Wingless Angels – Rivers of Babylon; Volume I (Mindless) ’96 – Keith Richards, Justin Hinds & Nyahbinghi drummers; Melodians cover
  • Pato Banton – Gwarn;  Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (demo) SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Mike Brooks – Rum Drinker/ Rum Drinker (Teams) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Dan – Sligoville Tobacco; 10” (Hi Try) ‘70s UK instrumental herb tune

<Sligoville, JA – Rasta sanctuary; 25 sec.>

Sligoville, Jamaica

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – No Mercy; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ‘72
  • Black Slate – Freedom Time (Black Star Liner); Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK

<Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Liner; 30 sec.>

  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles – Love and Unity; Roots of Black People (Progressive International)
  • Angela Prince – Joker Lover; 10” (Channel One) ‘83
Marcus Garvey: New World Blacks back to Africa

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1): vox

<Bob’s Exodus from Jamaica; 15 sec.>

  • I Roy – Commandment VII (Jammin’); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow vinyl: picture sleeve; riddim shower (2): dj
  • Chalawa – Jammin’ Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 riddim shower (3): dub
  • Bunny Wailer – Raggamuffin; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ’92 over Keep on Moving riddim

<Bunny Wailer – Roots does Dancehall; 25 sec.>

  • Israel Vibration – Why Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 dub album of the hour
Toasting over Bob’s Exodus riddims while quoting the Bible

Set 4:

  • Lightman – Spring Time; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Finland melodica dub
  • Yabby You & Jah Walton – Zambia Dub; Dub It to the Top (Blood and Fire) ’79  
  • Don Carlos – Springheel Skanking; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 comp.
  • Molara – Crown of Creation; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK female vox
Finlandian or Finlandish dubwise

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Mikey Dread – Roots and Culture (Theme From Rockers Roadshow); Pave the Way (Parts 1 & 2) (DEP) ’85 UK duble disk 
  • Coco Tea – Gather My Sheep; Sweet Sweet Coco Tea (Blue Mountain) ’85 NY
  • Kojak & Mother Liza – Chant Down Babylon; Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon)
  • Bobby Culture, Louie Rankin, Brimstone & Fire – Big Big Bust; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ‘83
  • Senya & Familyman Barrett – Children of the Ghetto + Juvenile Delinquency; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers)  femal vox ’81 Brooklyn
Familyman killer female vox and extended mix

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune 
  • Dennis Brown – Rasta Children; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Burning Spear – This Experience; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer the Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Set 7:

  • Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair: Joey & Norman Jay – Good Times 2 (Nuphonic) 2001 UK deejay best of soul and reggae
  • Junior Delgado – Hypo; Tichen (Rhino UK) ‘90
  • Sis Aiesha (sic) – King Selassie I; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Gorillaz – Andromeda; Humanz (Virgin) 2017 – Mutant Dub Set
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Stppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh Woodpecker Sound
  • African Head Charge – Touch I; Live in Japan (Beat) 2005 Tokyo
  • International Farmers – Bassy Man Dub; Dub Sac: Featuring the Storytellers (Anicca) 2007 US
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – Strike the Root; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC
  • Najma – Ghoom Charakahna (Talvin Singh Future Sounds of India Mix); Mystic Groove (Quango) 2001 UK Paki female singer

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-nuary 9, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist): Winter Roots ‘n’ Dubbers

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Utah ski tradition: Be coming down the mountain in time for 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement on Smile Jamaica

Greetings,

Now what? Settling in after the Holidays? A week before school. Cold, wet and gray. Skiers love to get above SLC’s haze and shred some powder.

I am horrible at skiing. But I know many locals love to spend a day on the hill and chillax on their way back to the Valley in time for 4:20 on Smile Jamaica.

New year, more Roots. Same as it ever was for 26+ Years from Smile Jamaica. Forward til Spring!; 34 sec.

bless, robt

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Rasta variant of the Snowplow method: the Skank-plow

Set 1:

  • Heptones –  Can’t Hide From Jah; Good Life (Greensleeves) ‘79 UK vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie feat. Bob Dylan – I For an Eye; Doctor Dread: Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 Czech; Dub Album of the Hour: I & I w/ theremin

<Theremin instrument inna dubwize; 24 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) Aug. 23, 1983: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
  • Dillinger – Jah Love; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 over Linval Thompson’s “Twelve Tribes of Israel”
  • Frankie Paul – Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng; Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng (Greensleeves) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service
  • African Pearl – Zion Bound; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK female
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Inventor of the self-named Theremin. Go on the Google. Amazing story

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Kinky Reggae; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live on KSAN Radio – SF: Oct. 1973

<Wailers Live on radio station KSAN; 46 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Postman; Twice (Mr. Bongo)  2014 dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook
  • See-I – Dinner of Herb; Dinner of Herb EP (Exile) 2003 mutant dub herbtune
  • Dan I – Like a Seed; 10” (Moa Anbassa) 2008 It. Dub
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Hosted the Wailers in studio, Oct., 1973

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years; 15 sec.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’79 UK dub poet

<Fighting vs. The National Front; 9 sec.>

  • Aswad – Warrior Charge; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK extended rmx instrumental
  • Mutabaruka – De System; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 Chicago blues label: JA dub poet
  • Aisha – Tribulation; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK lovers rock
  • Pablo Moses – Proverbs Extraction Dub; Pave the Way Dub (Tabou1) ’81; Dub Album of the Hour
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Linton Kwesi Johnson – dub poet activist

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Trouble on the Road Again; Crucial! (Shanachie) ’82
  • Rhoda Dakar – Money Worries; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska World) 2007: UK 2 Tone sings Maytones classic, acoustic

<Bodysnatchers, Special AKA vet; >

24 sec.

  • Chuck Fenda – All About Weed; Culture Jugglin’ (Massive B) 2005 – herbtune
  • Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie; 10” (Jammy$) ‘77

<Michael Rose, Errol “Tarzan” Nelson, Don Carlos; 14 sec.>

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Roots Rock Party; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound): Vinyl is Vital set
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86: herbtune out of St. Louis
  • Niccodeemos (sic) – Spar With Me; Dance Hall Style (Black Joy) ’82 UK deejay
  • Triston Palma – Joker Lover; Joker Lover (Jah Guidance) ’82 US
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Rita Marley (Trident) ’80 UK

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Set 6:

  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012 punkdub Rasta DC reunion

<Bad Brains, never The Bad Brains; 10 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (FunFundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Herbtune w/ female vox
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Hawaii 5-0; 10” (Rama) ’77 TV theme
  • Jah Power Band – Sensi Dub Vol. 7 (Original) Dub Album of the Hour
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Always: Bad Brains. Never: The Bad Brains

Set 7: UFOria

  • Boxcutter – SPACEBASS; Arecibo Message (Planet Mu) 2009 UK dubstep – UFOria Set

<Arecibo, Puerto Rico – Searching For Aliens thanks to Carl Sagan; 37 sec.>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – UFO Attack (Ambient Version; Technomajikal (ROIR) ‘97
  • Derrick Morgan – Man Pon Moon;  Original Reggae Recordings 1968-1970 (Trybute)
  • Moon Invader – Moon Walk; Greater Jamaican Moon Walk – Reggay (Treasure Isle) ’69 Rock Steady instrumental
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Carl Sagan: Searched for Aliens while smoking spliff

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95: trance dub tribute to Bob Marley w/ female vox
  • Soom T – Never Get Caught; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 female weedstepper from Glasgow

<Weedstepper! 14 sec.>

  • Balkan Beat Box – No Man’s Land; Give (NatGeo) 2011 Israeli/NYC

<Undead romance between a dead witch and a ghost. Strange; 21 sec.>

  • Burial – Ghost Hardware; Untrue (Hyperdub) UK dubstep
  • Burning Babylon – Manuka Skank; Beat, Beat, Beat (I-Tones) Massachusetts
  • Beat Pharmacy feat. Spaceape – Ghostship; Wikkid Times (Deep Space) 2008 South African w/ UK dub poet
  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What We Gonna Do + Free Jah Children; Abassi All Stars: Showcase (Universal Egg) UK
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Soom T weedstepper cutie from Glasgow

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): 27 Years of Reggae Radio II – The 80’s

 

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Ronnie Raygun is to blame

Greetings,

<Thanks for the positive feedback spinning Reggae Radio for 27 years! bless, robt; 17 sec.>

I have been fortunate enough to do Reggae Radio for 27 years now. July 1988-Aug. 1989 Graveyard stylee on 3 o’clock Roadblock (3 to 6am) Then by pure good luck of timing I moved over to Saturday Afternoons with Smile Jamaica (4 to 7 pm.) Oct. 1989-

<Much love to Juan Verde – John Greene. Who hired me to work for free on KRCL way back in 1988; 44 sec.>

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John Greene, or as I call him Juan Verde, headman of KUER radio. Used to manage KRCL. The Lion of Community Radio in Utah

I got accepted into grad school at UCLA but didn’t get a fellowship so I stayed put in Utah. Worked my way into the U of U’s academic library about the same time as I did Smile Jamaica.

Planted my flag and never left both institutions. Last week I decided to celebrate that legacy with a stroll down musical memory lane. Tried to recreate my first show. Being a Librarian I put all my faves into some semblance of chronological order. Pretty much from 1970-1979 for 3 hours.

Had lots of great listener feedback. Thanking me for 27 years of service and killer music selection. When you have something in the neighborhood of 10,000 pieces of Reggae. 30 songs out of that Ark-Ive are are hard as diamond.

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Why I have never moved from Salt Lake City. Too much hassle to move all this!

But I didn’t get into Reggae until 1986. So my contemporary absorption of Reggae would have been the 80’s era.

This week’s Podcast Ark-Ive celebrates that era.

  • Bob Marley died 1981
  • Yellowman became King of Reggae: slackness began to ascend while Roots started to wobble when Edward CIA-ga, the right wing Ronald Reagan fan took over Jamaica. The Socialists fell away and the Rastas lost their power base.
  • Cocaine took over for Ganja
  • Like all genres in the 80’s synthesized music began to replace traditional drum and bass.
  • Dancehall eclipsed Roots Reggae
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Edward Seaga. Called by the Rastas CIA-ga. Right wing Neoliberal PM of Jamaica. Eradicated the weed while cocaine and dancehall took over culturally

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I was alienated by modern dancehall. My contemporary fix was more into Mutant Dub. I paint a rather bleak picture!

But there was some great Roots Reggae even if the riddims started to blend traditional Reggae with digital drum and bass. This show fixates on the best of the 80’s Reggae that I collected alongside Reggae Revives and 70’s rarities.

I learned from the deejay on Smile Jamaica when I was a civilian listener, John “Rutabaga” Reese. He had the best Roots Reggae instincts of anyone around. I used to listen like the student I was, notebook in hand, jotting down names and titles of killer shots. One after another. Then I would take my list to the Bay Area and spend my student loan money building my Roots Collection; 22 sec.

bless, robt

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Former Smile Jamaica host Rutabaga Reese turned me on to this. Best of the 80’s today

Here’s what’s on tap for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 – Best of 27 Years Version 2: Favorite 80’s: 1980-1988; 1 min. 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Island) ‘84

<During 3 O’Clock Roadblock I led off each show with a Black Uhuru jam; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Week
  • Peter Tosh – Reggaemyelitis; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81

<My first reggae LP; Xmas ‘81. Thanks Mom!; 15 sec.>

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet) ’80; 2 Tone Ska; Smokey Robinson cover

<The Beat called English Beat in US to avoid confusion over SoCal new wave/power pop group; 27 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’82; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<John Holt – You burn down our weed fields, we’ll burn down your sugar cane and cassava fields; 31 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (bbr) ’80 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Help Them Please; Gunman (Greensleeves) ‘80
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#1 of thousands. Play on word: Not Wanted Dead or Alive. Wanted Dread and Alive

<Reggaemyelitis – There is no cure!; 25 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America and Russia/Selective Service System (Nancy Goes to Moscow); 12” (ORA) La Habra, CA
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Street 66; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • The Selecter – Three Minute Hero; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone ska
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Let ’em eat jelly beans

Set 3:

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK
  • Rastafarians – Hold on Jah Jah Children; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
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Dennis Brown – The Crown Prince of Reggae. Died in 1999 of pneumonia. 42 years young. Member of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Set 4:

  • Steel Pulse – Ravers; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth!; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Fab 5 – Ooh! Ahh!; Countryman (Mango) ’82 sountrack
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82

<Jah’s Heavenly Choir: The Crown Prince of Reggae and his bredrin The Cool Ruler; 11 sec.>

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Gregory Isaacs – The Cool Ruler. Passed away of lung cancer, 2010. 59 years young

Set 5:

  • Twinkle Brothers – Since I Throw the Comb Away; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 7, 1982 Montego Bay, JA

<Since I Throw the Comb Away – lost my job, my family and my girl; 27 sec.>

  • Mutabaruka – Everytime A Ear de Soun; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 dub poet
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83

<Prince Far I: You know a rude bwoy by the way he wears his cap; 34 sec.>

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Gravel voiced deejay. Murdered in mysterious circumstances 1983. “Don’t drink Schweppes, drink Heineken”

Set 6:

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC Rasta punks do reggae

<Bad Brains produced by The Cars – Ric Ocasek; 19 sec.>

  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88; Faybiane Miranda cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Ceasefire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 herbtune

<United States vs. Iran – Ceasefire 2015. Light the chalice! 26 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
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Urmia, Iran. My grandfather Jibrael from the Assyrian village of Borashan near the Lake

Set 7:

  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Taxi) ‘84
  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Michael Jackson/Carpenters mashup

<Sister Carol singjay: singing mixed with deejay, toasting; 16 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Everywhere Natty Go; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Freelance album: held hostage in UK til they recorded an album since Gregory Isaacs was a no show; 39 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell
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One of the first 10 Lps added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, 1986. All killer, no filler!

Set 8:

  • UB40 – All I Want to Do; Rat in Mi Kitchen (A & M) ’86 UK

<Traded a cassette dub of this album for U of U football tickets when a linebacker from Collie-fornya heard this booming out of my dorm room 1986; 28 sec.>

  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘86
  • Toots Hibbert – Love and Happiness; In Memphis (Mango) ’88 Al Green cover
  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86; Cote d’Ivoire artist
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Livicated to dreads listening in Mali, West Africa

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Ancient Aliens over Skygods

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Is not Reggae: Rastafari Gospel music?

<Tune in to your Dub Frequency>

Greetings,

Is Reggae music gospel music? Yes and no. What attracted me to Reggae back in the mid 80s was certainly the Rastafari themed music from stalwarts (pronounced stal-a-watt in Jamaica) like Marley, Tosh and Spear.

Of course there is plenty of non-religious Reggae: love songs, pop and soul covers.

I doubt Reggae would have had such cultural saturation in the West on the backs of novelty hits like “Fattie Boom Boom” and “Israelites” or AM covers with a shuffle beat. Something about Reggae’s heavenly message attracted interested Westerners looking for something exotic and non-mainstream.

In the 70s lots of people in the West opted out of Christianity, (especially Catholicism and Judaism), and went for something new. Some went to cults. Others went for Reggae: Movement of Jah People while also protesting against the “system.” Or the corrupt and greedy “shit-stem” as Peter Tosh called it. Socialism with a small “s”.

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Tired of doing the Judeo-Christian bit? Choose: Jim Jones or Haile Selassie

You don’t have to be a Rasta to sing or enjoy Reggae. But the conventional wisdom is that Reggae is identified as a counter cultural exploration of worship of His Imperial Majesty as a Black Jesus. West Africans ripped from the continent, put down in Jamaica in bondage and expected to worship their master’s white god.

Rebelling against that physical and mental slavery, while still preserving Christian traditions, led to Rastafari in Jamaica: Look to a black king crowned in East Africa. The return of Jesus who will lead blacks out of “Babylon” (The West, Jamaica, UK, America, etc.) to “Zion” (Africa or better still Ethiopia.)

I’m not a Rasta. My roots are in Northern Europe and Iran. I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Someone who understands and appreciates the religion as a devoted observer. Not a devotee.

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The Smile Jamaica formula: 50% Rasta music; 20% Mutant Dub; 20% Seven Leaf; 9% UFOs; 1% Lovers Rock

I grew up a twice a year Methodist: Christmas Eve and Easter. The only time the Nelson family really went to weekly Sunday service was the two years my Dad was on the City Council in Fort Benton Montana.

Not that I haven’t been trying to be a “missionary” for the secular consumption of Reggae music. I celebrate Jah for the inspiration in thousands of Reggae tunes that fill my soul with joy. But I am careful not to endorse HIM out of respect for true believers. I don’t want to be a part of what Jacob Miller complained about: Too much commercialization of Rastafari!

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Yours truly, Bobbylon, is a Rasta empthazier. I ‘n’ I look to the heavens for Ancient Aliens. Not Skygods

The reason I bring this up: I had an interview with Jamaican Reggae singer Etana. So I do what I normally do before a phone interview: go on Wikipedia and read up on the artist’s entry.

Etana wikipedia entry

Her album I Rise starts off with a gospel cover of a brilliant Bob Marley cover tune: Selassie is the Chapel. Itself an update of an old American gospel tune. Covered by Elvis.

Etana’s entry mentioned her recording genres thusly: Reggae, Gospel. 

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Reggae Singer Etana. Gave me the Hairy Eyeball for calling her a Reggae AND Gospel singer. Mea culpa!

While introducing her to the radio listeners, I casually mentioned Etana was a Reggae and Gospel artist coming to town. She interrupted me and corrected me. She was most certainly NOT a Gospel singer. Her music was not geared to religiosity.

No worries. I did political interviews for 9 years. You don’t have to agree with me to have a conversation.

But when you lead off your album with a Rasta cover of a full on gospel song you can see where I might have been mistaken!; 21 sec.

By the way, I am not religious either. What earthlings worshipped as Skygods were Ancient Aliens colonizing Earth to mine gold to take back to their homeworld, Nibiru, beyond our galaxy.

Set your I watch alarm to 2900AD. That’s when the Anunnaki return to Earth.

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Skygods came from here. The 12th Planet. Do not scoff!

In fact Etana the Reggae Singer, meet Etana the Sumerian King

Etana was an ancient Sumerian king of the city of Kish. According to the Sumerian King List, he reigned after the deluge. The list also calls Etana “the shepherd, who ascended to heaven and consolidated all the foreign countries”, and states that he ruled 1560 years.

Ascended to Heaven in a Chariot of the Gods (Erich Von Daniken)

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Read this book. It makes sensi to me!

Here is what I have for you during the next 3 hours of Roots Reggae, Dubwize and Gospel; 18 sec.

Annotated Playlist (photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 3015:

Set 1:

  • Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; 12” (Dub Irator) ‘80
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86

<Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL. Tweet number 666; 27 sec.>

  • Aisha – Ask Jah Jah; Raise Your Voice (Twinkle) ‘95
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 2 Tone Ska; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Peter & Bob trying to make a living. Planting herbs; 28 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward; Sly & Robbie (Present) ‘79

Smile Jamaica’s Tweet 666

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) ‘ 77 live at KZEL Portland, Oregon; herbtune; 28 sec.

<Acoustic live Tosh; 21 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Big Joe; Don’t Huff & Puff; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78
  • Dennis Brown – Give a Helping Hand; 10” (Niney)
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Eerie foreshadowing of Peter’s murder to 2001

Set 3:

  • Etana – How Long; I Rise (VP) 2014; female artist; 27 sec.
  • Barry Brown – My Woman; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
  • ***Etana Interview***

<Interview with Etana. Do not call her a gospel Reggae artist!; 3 min; 12 sec.>

  • Etana – Selassie is the Chapel; I Rise (VP) 2014; Marley cover; Orioles gospel original
  • Mike Brooks – Who Have Eyes to See; Earth Is the Fulness (Moll-Selekta) Extended mix
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Countryman (Mango) ’82 Request
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Chastised me for calling her a Reggae Gospel artist. No religion inna her mixdown. I stand corrected!

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica’s 25 Years

<Reggae Radio: June 1988-May 2015: nearly 27 years; 19 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84; Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney update

<Jah is Mine = The Girl Is Mine; 11 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – The Lord’s Prayer; Psalms For I (Carib Gems) ’78 Bible verses

<Prince Fari and his Old Testament voice: Fire ‘n’ Brimstoned! 18 sec.>

  • Jah Lion – Hayfever; Colombia Colly (Mango) Black Ark mix on Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”; Little Willie John/Peggy Lee update

<Fever: Little Willie John to Peggy Lee to Susan Cadogan; 20 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking + Dub; Who Say Jah No Dead (Greensleeves) ’74 Augustus Pablo singles
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The late Prince Far I: scorched voice of the Old Testament Prophets

 Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Travelling So Long; Show-Down vol. 3 (Hitbound)
  • I Roy – African Descendent; Hell & Sorrow (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Lillian Allen – Riddim an’ Hardtimes; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, Colly-fornya; Canadian dub poet
  • Cimarrons – With a Little Luck; Reggaebility (Pickwick) ’82 UK; Paul McCartney tune

<Reggae History Lesson: Cimarons – Jamaican freedom fighters; 31 sec.>

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Cimarrons – “Wild pigs”:. Escaped slaves who became the Jamaican Maroons. Freedom Fighters trying to liberate Jamaica from British colonial occupation

Set 6:

  • Rupie Edwards & Sidy – Herbert Spliffington; Rupie’s Scorchers (Reggae Retro); herb instrumental

<High Steppers post ’68-’72 in Reggae; 34 sec.>

  • Gracy & Mystic Dan – Nah Miss Yu Love; Low Budget (Funfundvierzig) ’93 Germany
  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Best of (Island)
  • Robert Emanuel – You Can’t Push I Over; 10” (Mainline) ‘77
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High Steppers: After Rock Steady. Before One Drop

 Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Grim Reaper; On the Wire (Trojan) 2000
  • Sarah B Band – Decision; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) SLC band
  • Scotty – Musical Chariot; Unbelievable Sounds (Trojan) ’70
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Lee “Scratch” Perry blowin’ smoke

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers/Bill Laswell – Rebel Music (3 o’clock Roadblock; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub
  • Dubblestandart – Marijuana Dreams; Marijuana Dreams (Echo Beach) 2010 Austria
  • Alpha & Omega – Behold; Daniel in the Lions Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub with female vox
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Prophecy; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • African Head Charge – Throw It Away; Great Vintage vol. 2 (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
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Before Smile Jamaica 1989, there was 3 O’Clock Roadblock. July 1988-August 1989

 Words of Wisdom:

 

 

Happy Birthday His Imperial Majesty: July 23, 1892

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Portrait painted by University of Utah Art Professor Alvin Gittens. This hangs in the Marriott Library where I work

Greetings,

Happy Birthday to the inspiration of tens of thousands of Roots Reggae songs. Born July 23, 1892

Haile Selassie (born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael)

I work in an Academic Library (The Marriott Library at the University of Utah). Part of my duties is to assist patrons at the Help Desk on Level 2.

It is really quiet in the Summer. I thought I would work up a little birthday posting on account of His Imperial Majesty.

I went to the Marriott’s webpage and found a copy of the above photo: Drawn by Alvin Gittens. Hanging on the fifth floor of the Marriott Library.*

*Alvin’s son Chris trained me at KRCL 90.9FM. His father was flown in to Addis Ababa to paint an impatient Emperor. HIM was only willing to sit for about the half the time Gittens’ usually devoted to his portraits. Chris passed away about a decade ago of cancer.

As I was finishing the caption above, a dapper black gentlemen approached my desk. This is a case of serendipity or synchronicity or kismet. The patron wanted to know, in a crisp African accent,  where the Library kept its History books on Ethiopia. The Zion of Rastafari. The Kingdom of His Imperial Majesty. Goosebumps!

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East Africa. Capital is Addis Ababa (New Flower)

The Library of Congress Classification for Ethiopian History  (or its former name Abyssinia) is in the DT 371-390 shelves.

While I walked this gentleman and his wife to the section, I asked him if he knew today (July 23) was Haile Selassie’s Birthday. His eyes lit up. “How did you know that!”. I told him about Smile Jamaica and my 26 years of devotion to Ethiopian-esque and especially paying tribute and respect to His Imperial Majesty.

He was amazed. I recommended several books I had read. This man is a Physician who was writing a novel set in his home country. We chatted about our mutual admiration for Selassie. He was proud that his country had come out of 25 years of Civil War and repression to be the fastest growing economy in Africa.

It was really nice to know that my admiration of Selassie could be of use in my professional job. And even better: I recruited another soldier of Jah’s Army by virtue of the Rastafari Gospel that I “preach” for 26 years doing Reggae Radio. I let the music function as hymns to HIM.

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Go on the Google and search for Ethiopian Angel images. Love their art

A suggestion: It is preferred to call believers in HIM: Rastafari. Singular and plural. As Bob Marley said, “Don’t bother me with your isms and schisms”

<Carlene Davis – Isms and Schisms; 4 min>

That said there are two important caveats: The Rastafarians – the  Reggae group out of Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. And Leonard E. Barrett’s crucial academic book The Rastafarians

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Vinyl outta Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya. Featuring the greatest performer name in the history of Reggae Music: Herb Daly

Barrett’s book was a huge influence on me. Some of the lessons learned were how important Hinduism was to early Rastas. When Jamaicans threw off the yoke of slavery, British plantation owners imported Hindu laborers from Britain’s India Colony. Blacks and Indians worked side by side.

Hindu influences include:

  • Reincarnation: Some sects of Rastafari believe that HIM is the embodiment of Christ returning to Earth.
  • Ganja – Hindus brought Cannabis from India to Jamaica where blacks partook of the Seven Leaf as well
  • Kali – The Hindu Goddess of destruction where the ritual consumption of cannabis was part of worship. Rastas also ritually smoke cannabis or Collie. “Collie gives you wisdom.”
  • Dreadlocks – Hindu Sadhus flashed dreads as a physical manifestation of belief. Rastas adopted the practice and modified it with the Old Testament Nazarite Vow
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Bookdigging in San Francisco, 1987

<Invoking Amharic; 45 sec.>

From the line of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Ethiopia)

  • Ras Tafari Makonnen – He Who inspires Awe, The Angel
  • Jah Rastafari
  • His Imperial Majesty
  • Light of the World
  • Negusa Negast (King of Kings)
  • Lord of Lords
  • Power of the Trinity
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • Elect of God, Everliving God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Iyesos Christos (Jesus Christ)
  • Gedamawi –  First among the Holy
  • Kibir Am Lak – The Great God
  • Igzaibeher Yimmasgan – Let Jah Be Praised
  • Ababa Janhoi – Father Majesty

bless, robt

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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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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

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