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

Livicated to the World’s First Hippie

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

Greetings,

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

<Power of Jah Trinity; 27 sec.>

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

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

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

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

<Garvey’s prophecy; 63 sec.>

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

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

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

<Selassie’s downfall; 30 sec.>

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

Haile Selassie – July 23, 1892.

bless, Bobbylon

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

Smile Jamaica: 30 Years of Rastafari Gospel love songs

Set 1:

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

<National Anthem of Ethiopia; 23 sec.>

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

Set 2:

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

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

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

Set 3:

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

<Beware the Follow Fashion Dread; 47 sec.>

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

Set 4:

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

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

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

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

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

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

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

<Rita encounters Haile Selassie; 81 sec.>

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

Set 7:

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

Set 8:

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

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) July 1, 2017: 29th Anniversary of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

Fall of 1986. Moved from Bozeman, Montana to SLC for University. Met a guy in the dorms from Baltimore with a kick ass stereo. CDs were new. I was looking for  a new music form (mid 80’s synthesizers weren’t cutting it for I ‘n’ I). Dabbled in blues and world looking for a sound.

Neal my music pal, played for me a tough looking Reggae group called Black Uhuru. Anthem was the name of the album. On his massive stereo in the cinder block dorm rooms it was like an epiphany.

That’s the sound I am looking for! Went out and bought the LP the next day. (Couldn’t find the CD locally.) That lit the fuse to 29 years of Reggae Radio. 66 sec.

Wasn’t Bob, Peter, Jimmy or UB40. It was Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson

Wheel it forward to Spring of 1988. The local community radio station ran ads looking for late night volunteers. My roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near the U of U campus. We had both been doing little shows running in the Student Union on something called K-UTE. My show was called Positive Vibration (after the Bob song.)

Roomie wanted to do 80’s indie. KRCL had plenty of that. But accepted me for late Sunday/early Monday – 3 o’Clock Roadblock (Also Bobness.) Six weeks of training before I debuted July 2, 1988. 84 sec.

Once I got the show, it gave me a reason to begin expanding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Jah forbid, I play the same album two weeks in a row. So I would take my student loan check, thanks Ronald Reagan, bank it in a savings account. And then once or twice a year, drive or fly to the Bay Area and scour the plentiful record stores.

The secret? CDs are half as wide as an LP. So you could fit twice as many, at nearly double the cost, in each rack.

As consumers started selling vinyl for seed cash for CDs, I swooped in and vacuumed up all the great Reggae for dirty cheap. I would get UK albums that sell for $100 on Ebay in 2017 for around $4. I rarely paid more than $10 for an album.

That’s how you get to this three decades later….

The permanent home of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 2017

<Smile Jamaica’s Cratedig itinerary: Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, El Cerrito, Mill Valley; 26 sec.>

Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley. Village Music was worth the trip. No longer in business

So on July 1, 2017 – I celebrate 29 years of juggling black wax!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist July 1, 2017 – 29th Anniversary All Vinyl Showcase; 85 sec.

Set 1:

  • Zap Pow – This Is Reggae Music; Reggae Rules! (Rhino) ’80 US
  • Alien Dread – Firstlight; Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On) 2009 UK Dub Album of the Hour
  • The Meditations – There Must Be a First Time; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US – Lee Perry prod’n
  • ILive – Natty Dread on the Mountain Top; Jah Guide (Out of Many, One) ’90 San Fran female singer
  • Crutches  & D. Brown – Wackie Fence Skank; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’72 UK studio labrish
  • Desi Roots – Weedfields; Weedfields (Hawkeye) ’80 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Burning the weed fields killed the Jamaican middle class; 25 sec.>

  • Kojak & Liza – Black Skin; Showcase (Nigger Kojak) ’80 JA
Ronald Wilson Reagan: Funded the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – GOOD; Insisted Jamaica burn its weed fields – BAD

Set 2:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • I Roy – Commandment II; Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow, picture sleeve – to Bob Marley’s Heathen
  • Sister Carol – Spidla-Ding; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn singjay
  • Freddie McGregor – Strange Things; Freddie McGregor (High Times) ’82 John Holt cover
  • Azeem & Session – Sing a Song; Dreadfly (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami 
Smokey’s Records – Salt Lake City

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redemption Song; Uprising; Island Vinyl Box Set (Island) 3484 of 10,000 = 9 albums

<Amoeba Records: Berkeley, CA; 90 sec.>

  • Sly Dunbar feat. Althia & Donna – Dance and Shake Your Tambourine; Simply Sly  Man (Virgin) ’78 UK
  • Chalice – Ital Love; Crossfire (CTS) ‘86 JA
  • The Melodians – Get Up and Dance; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC – reunion
  • In Crowd – Riding High; Roots, Rock, Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World Dub (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Took me 15 years to acquire this vinyl box set. Worth the wait!

Set 4:

  • Inner Circle – 80,000 Careless Ethiopians; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76

<Ethiopian Communists overthrow Haile Selassie; 29 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Three Piece Suit and Thing; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 Fr.
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember; Skidip (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Elaine Taylor – Have a Good Time; Age of Reggae (Twinkle) ’84 UK

Set 5:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; 12″ EP  (4th & Broadway) ’83 US – Little Steven cover

<Anthem remixes>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA
  • Purpleman  – The King on His Way; Laserbeam (World Enterprize)  ’83 Brooklyn
  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band; Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Pray; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) Fr.
Jamaican mix of the album that made I ‘n’ I a Reggae Fanatic

Set 6:

  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (GG) ’79 JA

<Roswell 70th Anniversary of the UFO crash>

  • Icarus – Talking Words; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Three Dimension – Undertaker; Roadblock (Nubian)  ’89 UK
  • Nicodemus – Boneman Connection; Sleeping Bag’s Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’80
  • Delixx – Coming in from the Cold Dub; Uprising Dub (Micron) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour: trumpet for Bob’s vox
July 8: 4-7 PM 3 hours of UFOria on Smile Jamaica

Set 7:

  • Azanyah – Praise; “The One” (Path of Light) ’87 Atlanta jazz/nyah hybrid
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Light (Inner Light) ’83 UK
  • Sandra Cross – Children of the Night; Lovers Delight (Ariwa) 52nd Street soul cover
Black Jazz

Set 8:

  • Dub Syndicate – Walking Jerusalem; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK
  • The Paragons – Man Next Door; Sly & Robbie: Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango)  ’81 dub set
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Misplaced Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • Clint Eastwood – It Wasn’t Rasta; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Time Unlmited – African Woman; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Exuma – Roller Reggae; Universal (Cat Island) ’82 Bahamian singer

Words of Wisdom: