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Happy 70th Birthday: Bob Marley. From the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (2+ Hour Marley Tribute Special): Digital Dubplate Showcase

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Bob Marley b. Feb. 6, 1945: Age projection to 70


February is Bob-ruary Month on Smile Jamaica

Cooked up 2 plus hours in my Secret Dub–ratory. All Bob Marley Tribute Songs from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

Digital Dubplate online only via Mixcloud.

To celebrate Bobstock or Bob Stalk as in Stalk of Sensi!, I am putting in some clips of readings from Smile Jamaica of Bob’s lyrical wisdom from the little book 56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road

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Each week I read a Thought on Smile Jamaica

Thanksgiving 2012 I picked up a blood infection while cratedigging in Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas I first noticed in St. George.:“That’s weird, I’ll just dump some Neosporin on it on my way to the Record shop.”

I found this little book at Zia’s Records in town. No crate was left un-dug as I was starting to fade. Watching a Family Guy marathon in my Hotel Room on Thanksgiving Day was pretty much one rung above comaville for I ‘n’ I.

Barely made it back to SLC and went straight into the Hospital for 5 days.

You’re never really prepared to go into Intensive Care, but I had slipped that little book into my bag. Five days with nothing but tubes sticking out of you. I had that book to distract me from my stupidity and mortality.

So now I read a passage every week on Smile Jamaica to celebrate Bob’s wisdom and guidance. Selah!

Enjoy the Best of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Bob Marley Tributes

bless, robt

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WWBMD? What Would Bob Marley Do? Light a candle for his 70th birthday!

Tracklist for Online Only Marley Tribute

30 min.:

<56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road; No. 24; 13 sec.>

  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84; Bob’s mom
  • Culture – Psalm of Bob Marley + Dub; Good Things (RAS) ‘89
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Hotter Than July (Motown) ‘81
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • The Melody Makers – Lyin’ in Bed; Time Has Come (EMI) ’88 Best of (30 min.)

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1 hour:

<56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road: No. 25; 38 sec.>

  • Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley)(S.W.A.L.K.) (Heartbeat) ‘82
  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95 Best of; UK trance dubbers
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ‘81
  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; Marley Sampler 2000
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ‘84
  • Bunny Wailer – Profile; Tribute to Bob Marley (Solomonic/RAS) ‘95
  • Macka B – Bob + Wailers Dub; Hold On to Your Culture (Ariwa) ‘95
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley + Version; On the Other Side (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’77 (60 min.)


90 min.

<56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road; No. 33; 23 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Ijahman Levi – Bob and Friends over There; Inside Out (Jahmani) ‘89
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ‘82
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Redemption Song; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ‘84
  • Alpha Blondy – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Pacific) ’92 (90 min.)


2 hrs:

<56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road: No. 34; 37 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Lui Lepkie – Tribute to Bob Marley; Late Night Movie (Joe Gibbs) ‘81
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley/World Corruption; Live at the White River Reggae Bash (Heartbeat) ‘99
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ‘98
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (ROIR/Danceteria) Live at Reggae Japansplash; Osaka, Jah-pon 8/30/90
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Twin heroes of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

 <56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road. No. 35; 43 sec.>

2 hr. 20 min:

  • Randeesh – Bob Marley Is a River of Love; Courage (Mountain Lion) 2004
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob (Tribute to Bob Marley); CD Single (Resin Music) ‘99
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island (Rounder) 2001
  • Dennis Alcapone – Natty Bid Goodbye; Good Old Days (Teams)
  • Bunny Wailer – Final Statement; Hall of Fame (RAS/Solomonic) ‘95
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Immortal. Member of Jah Heavenly Choir. Blessings

 <56 Thoughts From 56 Hope Road: No. 36; 27 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist) – Best of 25 Years (CD era)

Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio


Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio with the Best of Smile Jamaica: CD Edition 

<Records come from vinyl; what are CDs made of? Aluminum? 5 sec.>

Jump straight to the Jah-vember 15, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Read below for the Tracklist

I pulled 50 tracks from my early days of Reggae collecting (1986-1990). Then I put those 50 in chronilogical order and started juggling the Disks from 4-7 PM.

Essentially: I am trying to recreate  what my first show would have sounded like: Jah-tober 1989: Smile Jamaica.

Prince Buster – Nyabinghi drums from 1967. Earliest selection from Smile Jamaica’s Top 50

<Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years High-lights; 77 sec.>

Probably the first time in a decade no Black Wax on Smile Jamaica

<Vinyl Free edition; first time in a decade; 17 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014: Best of 25 Years.

Annotated playlist (soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons, photos, captions.)

25 years of the Red, Gold and Green. Africa: Red (blood); Gold (riches); Green (harvest)

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Mango) ‘84

<Anthem: The album that made me a Reggae fanatic; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84: Dub Album of the Week; 15 sec.
  • Prince Buster – Chubby; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Blue Beat) ’67; nyabinghi drumming
  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76

<Woody Guthrie’s – This Train; 25 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Red, Gold and Green; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ‘75

<Significance of Red, Green & Gold; 45 sec.>

  • The Diamonds & the Upsetters – Talk About It; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘75
Michael Rose meets Sly & Robbie. This album started a 28 year journey into Reggae & Dubwize

Set 2: 

<Smile Jamaica used to air at 1pm when I started in ’89; 28 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking; Who Say Jah No Dread (Greensleeves) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76; 17 sec.
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 17 sec.
  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76; William Bell cover

<Blues Reggae hybrid; 10 sec.>


Set 3:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25 Years; 15 sec.>

  • Junior Murvin – Roots Train; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • Marcial Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78
  • I Roy – Tiddle le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ‘78

<First song back after being in the hospital; Nov. 2012; 35 sec.>

The perfect song after surviving 5 days in ICU with blood poisoning and six weeks off air to recover. Blessings

Set 4:

<Saturday Volunteer History on KRCL 90.9FM: 120+ years of Radio volunteering; 23 sec.>

  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune

<4 down, 46 to go!; 10 sec.>

  • Errol Dunkley – A Little Way Different; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘79
  • Itals – Don’t Wake the Lion; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ‘79

<Tiger loose in Eurodisney; Paris; 11 sec.>

As if the ticket prices at Disneyland weren’t bad enough. Tiger on the loose. Not looking for Mickey or Minnie

Set 5:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25: From 50 cuts to 33 gems: diamond ruff; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Forever Loving Jah; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80

<When Bob Marley CD’s were first released; 54 sec.>

  • The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!/IRS) ’80 2 Tone ska
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet

<Skinhead shoelaces: Red laces – anti-Racist skins; White laces – Racist skins; 37 sec.>

When Island finally got around to releasing the Marley catalog on CD, I took part of my student loan check and bought every one: From Catch a Fire to Rebel Music. Ronald Reagan was a great supporter of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via the Pell Grant and Loans. Give thanks!

Set 6:

<Smile Jamaica: 25 years of Bass in ur Face! 18 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy)  ’81 herb tune

<Wailers Family Tree: Bob, Bunny, Peter, Rita, Marcia, Judy; 22 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
One draw. Draw is a verb. To inhale, draw, smoke from a smoking utensil or spliff. Probably comes from draft. As in pour me a draft of Heineken while I take a draw off my spliff. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 7:

<25 Years!; 13 sec.>

  • Toure’ Kunda; E’mma; E’mma Africa (Celluloid) ’81; Senegalese West African reggae

<Weaponized Ebola got loose in West Africa? 18 sec.>

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska w/ Pauline Black on vox
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘82

<Put HIM on the currency: Lion Rock; 13 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
Summer of 2014: ISIS, downed Malaysian airliner, Gaza and ebola all happened in the same week. Google weaponized ebola. Conspiracy theory? No, conspiracy fact!

Set 8:

<Smile Jamaica 25: From my hands to your ears!>

  • Mutabaruka – Intro + Check It!; Check It! (Alligator) ‘83 dub poet
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83; Melodians cover
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83 posthumous deejay release

Prince Far I: him don’t drink Schweppes, just the Heineken!

The guerrilla army of the Zulu Nation fighting apartheid in South Africa. Army of Mandela’s African National Congress

Set 9:

<Out of 50, who didn’t make the cut list for Best of Smile Jamaica; 25 sec.>

  • UB40 – Tyler; More UB40 Music (DEP) ‘83
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Ini Kamoze – World a Music; Mini LP (Mango) ‘84

<Rutabaga Reese: My mentor on Smile Jamaica>


bless, robt

One of the earliest additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.