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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 28, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist): Lucky Dube and Dracula!

Greetings,

It was October 2003. My bredrin Grizzlite and I headed up to Park City to catch one of my favorites from the 90’s: Lucky Dube. Terrific South African roots singer in the era of apartheid.

A huge favorite with the Pacific Islander community, the club was packed. Everyone singing along on a cool fall night in the mountains.

Grizz and I got a beer and angled ourselves and positioned ourselves on the patio with a view of the stage. Everyone bumping along to Lucky’s melodic Peter Tosh-esque vocals.

All of a sudden the packed dance floor scattered and the music screeched to a halt. A youth had been shot. Later I found out it was a gang assassination. Tribal war in the Polynesian community. Assassins were dispatched from California. They knew their target would be out in the open and vulnerable at a must see event: Lucky Dube is on a par with Bob Marley among the Island community.

Before we knew it, the paramedics had wheeled the victim pass Grizz and I on a gurney. One of the EMT’s was straddling his chest doing CPR. Right next to me, a massive Island dready stepped up and punched the dying man in the face, caving in his nose.

Murder at Park City Lucky Dube concert, Oct. 2003

As we head into Jah-loween season, would you like to know the song that Lucky was performing when the violence took place???

<Dracula; 1 min. 52 sec.>

The Park City show was Oct. 16, 2003. Four years later, nearly to the day: Oct. 18, 2007 Lucky Dube was cut down in a carjacking.

Lucky Dube carjacking

One of the many eerie and sad coincidences in 30 years of Reggae culture for I and I

bless,

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 29, 2018: Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Zap Pow – This Is Reggae Music; Reggae Rules! (Rhino US) ’80 US vinyl
  • Agrovators – Kaya; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2014
  • Israel Vibration – Licks and Kicks; Live Again! (RAS) ‘97 California live
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77: Obeah = Jamaican black magic
  • Yellowman – Operation Eradication; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Operation Eradication in Jamaica; 67 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK
Jamaican army on their way to burn the weed fields. Tips from the locals: stand down wind of the bon fire

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Africa We Want to Go; Reggae Nuggets (Mojo Magazine) 50th anniversary of UK’s Trojan Records
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK new wave female group; bonus 12”
  • The Itals – Give This Love a Try; Modern Age (RAS) ‘98
  • Barry Brown – Dreadfull (sic) Day; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83 JA
Bananarama on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ‘72

<Reggae popularity: The Wailers Catch a Fire and The Harder They Come; 16 sec.>

  • Fred Locks – Wheat and Tears; Missing Link (VP) ‘78
  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Ranking Dillinger – See and Blind; None Stop Disco Style (Abrahama) ‘78
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; Scientific Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’78 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Scrolls of the Prophet (Columbia/Legacy) remix of Babylon Queendom
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackman Redemption; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • The Skatalites – Malcolm X; Rough Guide to Ska (Rough Guide) Request
  • Ranking Joe & Cha Cha – You’ll Never Know; 10” (Above Rock) 2010 UK ska rocksteady w/ female Chinese singer

Set 5: Vinyl ls Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Love or Affection; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA  

<Love or Affection; 1 min. 39 sec.>

  • Paulette Tajah – Last Night; Lovers Delight (Ariwa) ’83 UK 
  • Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase LP (Nigger Kojak) ’80 JA
  • Three Dimension – Roadblock; Roadblock (Nubian) ’87 UK herbtune

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Slave Driver; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds (UK) Polytechnic

<UK Tour 1973; 62 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart feat. Ari Up – Surrender Dub; Return From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Jah-strian dub w/ female vox
  • Adrian Sherwood – Zero Zero One; 10” (Green Tea) 2001 UK mutant dub
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; 17 Dub Shots From StudioOne (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jah-loween 

  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South African 
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echdelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2005 LA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • Earth & Stone – The Devil Must Have Made You; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ‘79
Murdered shortly after his SLC performance where a youth was murdered in Park City

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) ’99 UFOria

<Aliens in the Bible; 28 sec.>

  • Thievery Corporations – Warning Shots; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC best of
  • Desmond Williams – Dread a the Roughest; Delights of the Garden (ESL)
  • Alpha & Omega – It Hurts + It Must Be Dub; Mystic Things (BSI) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 about Alien invasion

<When the Aliens attack. let’s go out with a bang! 47 sec.>

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-cember 16, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Last Show of 2017!

Set 1:

  • Lee Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year; 12” EP (Trojan) ’86 UK
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds) Redondo Beach Xmas dub album of the hour
  • The Wailers feat. Bob Marley – Sound the Trumpet; Irie Christmas in Jamaica (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘65
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Throw Me Corn; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want for Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement All I want for ismas is my collie herb!
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12” (African Love/Elektra) ‘89

Set 2:

  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Graduation in Zion (Dub Store) ’78 sublime Christmas tune
  • Rupie Dan & Jenifah Gad – Rastafari Live; Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Afro Omega – Work It Out; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – This Sound; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ’83 US

Set 3:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2007 Psalms cover of The Melodians
  • Eek a Mouse – Wa Do Dem; Live at Reggae Sunsplash 1981 (Elektra) ’81 Montego Bay, JA
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean (Extended Mix); All Day All Night (Deluxe Edition) (Bristol Archive) ’87 UK
  • Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2011 German dub group w/ female vox
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Little Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK herbtune
  • Tyrone Evans – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 Brooklyn

 

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl 

  • Silvertones – Merry, Merry Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa is Black + My Santa; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ’79 FL
  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) ’82 FL
  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Dean Frazer – Sensimilia; Christmas Sting (Thunder Bolt) ’81 JA to Handel’s Messiah; herbtune

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 28 Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 
  • The Morwells – Reggae Party; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 deck the halls w/ boughs of collie!
  • Dry and Heavy – King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavey in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling; Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) ’86 UFOira tune
  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run; 7” (Rolling Stones) ’79 Chuck Berry cover
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 B side to Tyrone Evans Christmas tune

Set 8: Mutant Dub 

  • Dubcheck – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 Mutant Dub Set
  • Soho – Shake Your Thing; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dub w/ female vox
  • Gorillaz – Hip Albatross; G Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • 2 Bad Card – Noise Pollution; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK
  • Jonah Dan w/ Alpha & Omega – Watching Over w/ dub; Spirit of the Ancients  (Part Two) (A & O) 2007     UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 23, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Harvest Time!

 

<Jah Jah clean out the bad weeds. Separate them from the good. 20 sec.>

Greetings,

I always assume Summer is over when I have to switch from AC to the furnace. Alas, that happened this week.

Time to celebrate that with some Harvest Time roots ‘n’ dubbers. Fall also means an anniversary for I ‘n’ I. October 1989 I co-hosted Smile Jamaica with my bredrin Rutabaga Reese. He moved on Summer of ’90 and I have been juggling wax every Saturday, (not cratedigging of course), since.

Selah! Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 23, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 34 sec.

Don Carlos – The day of harvest has come!

 

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl dj to Mike Brooks Feeling of Reggae
  • Scientist – Surveilance (sic); Encounters Pac Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Lions Den – Zion Dub; Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubbers
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jarrett Park; Montego, Bay JA
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female cover of Rita Marley’s 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 herbtune

<Adventures in Cratedigging – The Melodians big seller; 22 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Hooverphonic – This Strange Effect/ Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC rmx w/ female vox
  • Mighty Diamonds – Fools Rush In; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Channel One) ‘78
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; 12” (Black Art) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’82 

<Mondays: Theme to my first show: 3 O’Clock Roadblock; 13 sec.>

  • Black Roots – Mighty Lion; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Burning Spear – People of the World; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Love Joys – Long Lost Lover; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Black Cinderella riddim
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shsnachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“One day I don’t like is a Monday, Monday”

Set 4:

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley = Joseph Biblical Prophet

<Bob as Biblical Prophet Joseph; 28 sec.>

Eric Donaldson – Black Magic Love; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ‘89

Horace Andy & Jah Mike – Praise Him + Babylon Happening; 12” (Joe Gibbs) ‘81

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (PVC) ’83 DC punkdub 

<HR throat of Bad Brains on Smile Jamaica in the studio; 59 sec.>

<Say it with me: Bad Brains; never THE Bad Brains; 6 sec.>

  • Bobby Culture w/ Brimstone & Fire – Dreadlocks Man; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • Icarus – State of Mind; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • I Roy – Quarter Pound of Ishens; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK

<Qtr. pound of herb costs $1.10 and you still can’t pay your rent?! 17 sec.>

Autographed copy from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s ’77 Exodus. Ziggy’s 2017 rmx; 45 sec.>

<Waiting in Vain mix ‘n’ match – ’77 to 2017; 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl: riddim shower (1): original
  • Simply Red – Love Fire; 12” (Elektra) (2): Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood rmx

<Bunny Wailer & Simply Red Meet Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood of ON U Sound; 38 sec>

  • Earl Moodie – Untouchable Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodie Music) ’74 Dub Album of the Hour
Great Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood Bunny Wailer rmx Rokers do Reggae!

Set 7:

  • Fabiane – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 original female vox
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 cover
Aisha – my favorite female Reggae singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Roots Manuva – Yellow Submarine; Badmeaningood no. 2 (Ultimate Dilemma) 2002 Beatles Cover
  • Sons of Arqa – Asian Rebel; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound)
  • Systemwide – Ripe Up Version; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • New Age Steppers/Creation Rebel – Threat to Creation; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
  • Alpha & Omega – Conscious Black Woman + Version; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (Koch) 2007 Melodians cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 26, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) – Is Smile Jamaica musical torture?

Greetings,

About a month ago I was at breakfast with my best friend Nardo-jan.  After six cups of coffee I was ready to head back to Mission Control for more work in my new Ark-ive. Saturday routine before Smile Jamaica.

Turned over the car battery on my Soob. Whrr, whrr, whrr. Click, click, click. Finally started but I figured my battery was a goner.

My buddy took me to his mechanic and they jumped the queue to get my battery installed.

I asked the girl working the counter if I could have my car back by 3pm. That is my drop dead time for Sugarhouse to KRCL by the SLC airport. I told her I was on the radio and needed to make sure I had time.

She asked me what station I was on. KRCL I said. I do Smile Jamaica. “Oh, that’s you? We listen in the shop and will have it on latter today.”

There was a youth also waiting to pay for his car. He chimed in. “My Uncle makes me listen to that show.” Not a big fan I take it? “Nah. I like country and classic rock.” He gave me the baleful look of someone who was not impressed.

So, I guess not everyone thinks Smile Jamaica is “all killer, no filler.” Torture!

So I livicated a song to this youth “forced” to listen to Smile Jamaica: Toots Hibbert’s Beautiful Woman. Country & Western.

bless, Bobbylon

<Toots country; 95 sec.>

Listening to Smile Jamaica?

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist for Jah-gust 26, 2017;90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Glory of Jah; Theology (2 CD) (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) – live acoustic at the Sugar Club, DUBlin, Ir(ie)land; Nov. 2006

<Sinead O’Connor – beautiful Reggae ballad; 31 sec.>

  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune;  Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK Vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Eclipse – Eclipse; Corrupted Society (British Reggae Archive) ’78 UK

<Eclipse rewind; 38 sec.>

  • Trevor Hartley – Love You More; Hartical (Jove) ’94 UK Lovers rock
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Ghetto Matrix; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 dub-hop
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 picture sleeve: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<One Draw – Smile Jamaica rmx; 3 min. 52 sec.>

Reggae from DUBl-lin IrieLand

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man; Live Cuts (Columbia/Legacy) 1982 Calgary, Jah-berta Canada
  • Aswad – Chasin’ for the Breeze; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Love Rasta; Free Us Now(ACL) ‘77
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Minoo – December; No Answer 10″ EP (Universal Egg) 2008 UK mutant dubstress
Gideon Jah Rubbaal – most underrated singer in Reggae

Set 3:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Say People; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Israelites (Trojan) best of
  • Carlton Livingston – Please Mr. DJ; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 Best
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackie’s) ’83 female duo covers Rita Marley
  • King Tubby – Many Moods of the King of Dub;  I Am the King vol. 3 (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour
Please Mr. DJ play that song for me!

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Radics; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Barry Brown – Party Night; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001 modern update
  • Sugar Minott – Ghetto-ology; Ghetto-ology (Easy Star) ‘79 to Sam Cooke’s What a Wonderful World

<a PhD. in Ghetto-ology; 12 sec.>

  • Naffi I – Stand Up; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female dubstress
“Don’t know much about history but I got a PhD. in ghetto-ology”

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 picture sleeve; E.T. Thorngren rmx
  • Sister Candy – Nation Connection; Laserbeam (Enterprise) ’83 Brooklyn
  • Dillinger – Sammy Jeggae; Blackboard Jungle (Culture Press) ’84 UK dj to Johnny Clarke’s cover of Bob Marley’s Crazy Baldhead
  • Louie Rankin, Brimstone & Fire & Bobby Culture – Big Big Bust; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA – herbtune
  • Phillip Parkinson – Control Them; Age of Reggae (Twinkle) ‘84 UK

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years

  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Knock Out! (Mango) ’81 
  • Johnny Clarke – Cold I Up; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ‘75
  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 dances in JA
  • Akabu – Fate of the World; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK dubstresses
  • Bill Laswell rmx Sly & the Revolutionaries – Cocaine; Dub Massive Chapter One (Trojan) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour
Country Reggae

Set 7:

Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Heathen; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + Ziggy’s new rmx

<Bob’s Exodus – personal and universal; 84 sec.>

<Heathen backweh pon the wall = heaving pate’ on the wall; 37 sec.>

<The Heathen – ’77 original vs. Exodus 40 Ziggy’s rmx; 42 sec.>

Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ’95 UK

The Heaten – “heaving pate’ on the wall!”

Set 8: UFOria; 8 sec.

  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ’72 – UFOria set
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl
  • The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Heavyweight Dub mix); CD Single (Island) ’91 UK
  • Tena Stelin – UFO; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior)  ’99 UK
  • Little Boots – Satellite; Nocturnes (On Repeat) 2013 UK electronica w/ female vox

<From  my Twitter feed: Is Nancy Pelosi an Alien? 1 min.>

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 11, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) 3 Hours of Roots Dawtas!

Greetings,

It was Chinese leader Mao Zedong who said Women Hold Up Half the Sky. I was inspired by what I saw during the International Women’s Day celebrations and remembrances.

As many specialty shows I have done over the Years (Mutant Dub, Jah-loween, 4:20, Marley Tributes), I had never done a full on Women’s Reggae Special

I have been doing radio for almost 30 years. No one has really critiqued or analyzed how i program Smile Jamaica in decades. So I can get into ruts like anyone else.

Reggae music is a largely male, Rasta music form. I don’t play much romantic Reggae, which is where quite a bit of female Reggae fixates.

It was probably around Iraq War 2.0, if I remember correctly, I was slinging  Roots and got a phone call from a listener. Woman said to me, “I love Smile Jamaica but you don’t play very much women’s Reggae.”

I took that criticism to heart and ever since I try to juggle at least 1 female tune in my four song sets. And it certainly isn’t tokenism. It’s just methodically harvesting all my Dawtas out of my massive archives of CDs, LPs, 10″ and 12″ and 7″ 45s. Now I can rotate in the best Roots with Quality female artists.

What I call Roots Dawtas or Mutant Dubstresses.

Livicated to all the wives, mothers, dawtas, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, girlfriends and friends.

bless, robt

 

Annotated Playlist for Smile Jamaica: March 11, 2017 – Roots Dawta Showcase; 1min 10 sec.

Set 1:

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Racquel Jones – Road Block; Temple of I & I

<Smile Jamaica’s favorite album of 2017; 22 sec.>

  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz ’82 singjay
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah;  Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line)
  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘85
  • Ganja Woman –  Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Canabis 4 (EFA) ’94 – 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Come on Mr. President, smoke the chronic, this time inhale it beats gin ‘n’ tonic; 18 sec.>

Thievery Corporation: female singjays and chanteuses

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – All My Love; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 feat. Lady O – SLC group
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ‘75
  • Lovejoys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ‘83
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat ’76 Aston “Familyman” Barrett prod’n
Lady O of Salt Lake City’s Afro Omega. Mutant Dubstress

Set 3:

  • Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 dawta of Sex Pistol drummer, Paul Cook
  • June Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Someone Loves You Honey (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Charley Pride cover

<#1 all time of the Pacific Islander Reggae Charts; 13 sec.>

  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Universal) 2013 Germ.-Nigerian singer
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’80 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Joy Card – Black Girl; 12” (Wackies) ’82
Country singer Charley Pride – JC Lodge’s cover of Someone Loves You Honey, huge hit in the Islands

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ set

  • Faith D’Aguilar – Reggae Pioneers; 7” (Gorgon) Marley tribute
  • Dawn and Christine – Free Marijuana; 7” (Thompson Sounds)
  • Carlene Davis – Ism Schism; 7” (Sonic)

<No isms or schisms; 12 sec.>

  • The I Three – He’s a Legend; 7” (Tuff Gong) ’86 Marley tribute

<Rita + Judy + Marcia = I Three; 10 sec.>

  • Merva Grey – Stop the War; 12” (Uhuru)
No socialism, capitalism, communism, racism, sexism = ism and schism

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Comin’ in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee, Jahsconsin, Bob cover
  • Sister Candy – Nation Connection; Laserbeam (World Enterprise) ’83 Brooklyn herbtune
  • Aisha – Daughters of Zion; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK
Midwestern Folk Reggae inna Bob Marley stylee

Set 6:

  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confessions; Midnight Confessions

<AM radio Reggae covers; 16 sec.>

  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Monkey Business (Trojan) ‘69
  • Judy Mowatt – Mellow Mood; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 Bob Marley cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Ever Leave; 12” (Sheba) ‘81
“Oh, Mama! He got barbwire in him underpants!”

Set 7: Rocking Sisters do Reggae

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’75

<Patti Smith on Smile Jamaica? WTF?>

  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 bonus
  • The Emotions – There’s More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Singles (Stax/Volt) ’74
  • Sinead O’Connor – Downpressor Man; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There Is Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Peter Tosh cover
  • Vibal Smash feat. Queen Ekanem – Take a Load Off Dreadlocks; Fight For What You Believe In; 12” EP (Ecko); ’87 LA cover of The Band’s The Weight
Aka The Band’s The Weight

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 – Mutant Dubstresses
  • M.I.A. – Double Bubble Trouble; Matangi (Interscope) 2013
  • Morcheeba – Smal Town; Who Can You Trust (Indochina) ‘96
  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Live (Jungle) punk dub covers the Paragons
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – New Creation; 12” (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Nov. 5 2016: Election Re-cap!

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Smile Jamaica News Service reports: “Ebola defeated Bubonic Plague in the 2016 Presidential Election”

Greetings,

I predicted this. President Donald J. Trump. 

I get together with some bredrins every Friday afternoon for bourbon and music sessions.

Of course politics are a common topic with my mates. My buddy Aquaboy, Sandroid turned Hillbot, was fairly cocky that the polls showed Hillary way ahead. Evan McMullin was gonna win Utah.

I would look over at my buddy Free-Mike and give him a cold stare and said, “When we meet next Friday, you will all be stunned.” Aquaboy would scoff. Who’s scoffing now?

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Or as Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan calls it: Snooze-weak

My main blog roll is the Libertarian site, Zerohedge. Run by Bulgarian hedgefunders who predicted the 2008 economic collapse and  theyrefuse to adhere to the usual corporate media consensus. They mercilessly mock the corporate media outlets.

Since I did political interviews, Radioactive 2003-2012, I am also a natural skeptic to corporate news:

  • CNN – The Clinton News Network
  • AP – Assimilated Presstitutes
  • NPR – Nationalist Propaganda Radio
  • MS-DNC
  • FUX News
  • Petroleum Bullshit Syndicate
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Michael Franti: Television…drug of the nation. Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

I’m all the way Alt-Left. So from my deep political reading, I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose all the Midwest states but Illinois and Minnesota.

When I would run into my Liberal friends who would greet my skepticism with, “Nate Silver has Hillary Clinton a 98% likely winner.” I would scoff. The polls were oversampling Democrats who are a much smaller voting bloc since Obama came in.

4.5 million Obama voters became Indedendent. Huge mid term losses in 2010 and 2014 told me the Midwest had abandoned the Democratic Party over economic inequality.

When I would have these conversations with my Liberal friends, they would respond, “Why are you supporting Donald Trump?”.

I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose for these 5 reasons

  1. Obama Fatigue – record inequality under his 8 years had Americans looking for a change at the top. Just like Obama won in part b/c of Bush Fatigue after his 8 years. Should have sent at least one banker to jail.
  2. Obama voters would not be Hillary voters. Obama was young and black with a Muslim name. That candidacy resonated with blacks and Hispanics. Hillary is old and white. So minority vote turnout was way down. 137,000 fewer votes cast in Detroit and 129,000 fewer votes in Milwaukee cost her Michigan and Wisconsin
  3. Millennials wanted Bernie. In the same way they came out for Obama they were YUUGE for Bernie Sanders.  When he was aced out, they went back to their undervoting tendency.
  4. Servergate/Wikileaks/Weinergate. At the end her untrustwory numbers were worse than Trump’s. In an emotions vs facts election, that was devastating for turnout and securing independent votes.
  5. Obamacare notices went out in mid-Octboer. Average increase? 24%. Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare. Hillary wanted to “improve it.” She couldn’t come out for single payer, so  if you had your policy cancelled and the new cost doubled (as happened to a classmate of mine in Montana), advantage Trump.
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Poli Sci classes will be studying the DNC campaign of Hillary Clinton for decades to come. How not to run a campaign lessons

I was wrong on 3 states:

  1. New Hampshire (for Trump) – I forgot they tend to be more conservative than their New England neighbors
  2. Colorado (for Hillary) – I thought the rural and military areas would reject the Dems.
  3. Nevada – I thought it would be Vegas for Hillary. Reno and the rest for Trump

I had a better result than Nate Silver!

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So called polling savant, Nate Silver: 0 for 3 lately: British elections, BREXIT, Pres. Trump

I voted for Jill Stein. And I was wrong on her. I lost a bet (to my Hillbot buddy Aquaboy, in fact), that Jill would get 4%. Not even close! See you in 2020, Doctor Jill!

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Nov. 5, 2016 – Annotated playlist w/ photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons; 84 sec.

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Set 1:

  • Triston Palma – Reggae Music Taking Over; Touch Me, Take Me (Abraham) ’82 Can. Vinyl
  • The Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Peter Tosh – Here Comes the Sun; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’71 George Harrison/Beatles cover
  • UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80 herbal instrumental
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. LKJ & the Dub Band – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Columbia) ’81 feat. UK dub poet
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK
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Dub album of the hour. Vinyl of course

Set 2:

  • Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Republic) 2015: Gregory Isaacs cover
  • Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74 original
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Belly of de Beast; Belly of de Beast (Ariwa) UK mutant dub
  • Sister Nadia & Dubcreator – Deliver Us Jah; 10” (Asalah) 2006 Neth. Mutant dub
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Keith Richards does lovers rock

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Prince Buster – Chubby; Original Golden Oldies (Melodisc) ’67 nyahbinghi style
  • Sophia George – Runnings Well Dread; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘89
  • Aswad – Hey Jah Children; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80: UK movie on Caribbean diaspora
  • Earl Sixteen Daley & the Rockers All Stars – The Rastaman; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Sly & Robbie & the Revolutionaries – Rizzla Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 4 (Original) ‘76 Dub Album of the Hour
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Herbal dub of the hour

Set 4:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Throw Down Your Arms; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 w/ Sly & Robbie: Burning Spear cover
  • Judah Eskender Tafari – Jah Light; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001
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Sly & Robbie pon the riddims

Set 5: 4:20 Vinyl is Vital set

<5 on the ballot to legalize the Seven Leaf; 11 sec.>

  • Tenastelin – The Anunnaki; 7” (Mascot) 

<UFO’s in the Bible and Sumerian Anunnaki – those whom came from the sky; 49 sec.>

  • Systemwide – Epic of Gilgamesh; Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival (BSI) 2002
  • Lee Perry & the White Belly Rats – Greetings; Panic in Babylon (DAMP) 2004: greetings from outerspace
  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ‘72
  • Transcend – 2002; Earthrise.ntone.1 (Instinct) 2001 US more space chatter

<The story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu; 50 sec.>

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Sumerian demi-god Gilgamesh mourns the death of his bredrin Enkidu

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 28, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Roots Dawta Showcase

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Smile Jamaica’s Holy Trinity: Roots, Vinyl and Sistren vocalists/deejays

Greetings,

<Livicated to the Mothers, Sistas and Dawtas; 10 sec.>

Smile Jamaica pays tribute to Women’s History Month (March) with a special show pulled from the Ark-Ives:

Roots Dawtas Vinyl – Black Wax Blowout

<Vinyl sound authentically rootsy; 8 sec.>

High-lights of the 3 hours: 80 sec.

 

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Annotated Playlist of the March 28, 2015 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives:

Set 1

  • Sis Nya – Works of Jah; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK; 3 Hours of Roots Dawtas
  • GG All Stars – Changing Dub; Dub a de Number One (Heartbeat); Dub Album of the Week; Gregory Isaacs dubs
  • Aisha – For Salvation; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK
  • Casselberry-DuPree’ – War; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, Jahs-consin; Marley cover of Selassie UN Speech

<Haile Selassie speech to United Nations. Bob created “War”; 25 sec.>

  • Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience; Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Reggae Party From Jamaica (Disc International) ’83 Fr.; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<4 down, 46 to go!; 8 sec.>

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; 12” (Must Dance) ’86 UK

<Bubble wif a 2 spliff ‘n’ 2 Heineken; 12 sec.>

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Early favorite from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 2 spliff ‘n’ 2 Heineken

 Set 2:

  • Norma King – Hot Child in the City; 12” (Zion Love) ’88 Canada; Nick Gilder pop cover

<Canadian Reggae cover of One Hit Wonder; 23 sec.>

  • Robotiks feat. Joanna Cassar & Sandra Cross; Echoes of Deaf Journalists; My Computer’s Acting Strange (Ariwa) ’86 UK

<In order to get a 5 star review, you must pay your magazine ads! 13 sec.>

  • Sis Bee & Jah Woosh – Pure Brutality; Rebellion (Federation of Reggae Music) Ireland
  • Pauline – Babylon; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
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Canadian One Hit Wonder: Hot Child in the City, Running Wild and Looking Pretty

 Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Marcia Griffiths – Let Them Say; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road) ’84 JA; Wailers Family Tree Set

<Marcia Griffiths & Bob Andy; 28 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – First Cut; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA; Cat Stevens cover
  • The I Three – Baby Be True; Beginning (EMI America); ’86 US; Leroy Sibbles cover

<The I-Three, Not I Threes; 11 sec.>

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  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK; 2 Tone ska feat. Pauline Black on vox
  • Sista Ruby – Gimmi Mi Ganja; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK; herbtune
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites; Best Wishes (Sunship) Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya; youth group with female vox

<Gem from the 99 cent crate: Mystic Youth; 8 sec.>

>Land of Fruits & Nuts – Junior high kids hail up the Seven Leaf, WTF?; 35 sec.>

  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; 12” (Island) ’80; Police cover
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Great youth reggae group from the Land of Fruits & Nuts

 Set 5: Dub Poetesses

<Dub Poetresses; 13 sec.>

  • Louise Bennett – Long Time Gal; Miss Lou!: Yes M’Dear (Island); ’83 UK live mento, calypso; Dub  Poetess set

<Miss Lou: national treasure of Jamaica; 23 sec.>

  • Sister Netifa – Traveller; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’88 UK; about the Middle Passage

<Middle Passage: slaves to the  New World, sugar to Europe, money to buy more slaves in Africa; 20 sec.>

  • Lillian Allen – Conditions Critical; Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Canadian poet via Emeryville, Collie-fornya
  • Jean “Binta” Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK

<Binta – dawta in Arabic, Swahili; 22 sec.>

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Louise Bennett

<Nanny – national hero of Jamaican revolution against British occupiers; 23 sec.>

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Nanny – Jamaican hero. Legend has it she could fire bullets from a delicate part of her anatomy to terrorize the Brits

 Set 6: Deejays

  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK; toaster over Version Girl

<Baggariddim – UK; Little Baggariddim US; 45 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Dance Hall Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Sleeping Bag’s Reggae Dance Hall Classics (Sleeping Bag) New Jah-sey; Roach Killer: J’can slang for leather pointed toe shoes

<Roach Killer – Jamaican shoes worn in the dancehalls; 215 sec.>

  • Althea Ranking – Just Rocking; 12” (Go de Jockey) ’81 JA; ½ of female deejay duo: Althea & Donna
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Roach Killers

 Set 7: Soul to Disco

  • Maxine Miller – C.C. Rider; Showcase (Wackies) ’80 Chuck Willis cover

<Chuck Willis – CC Rider’ 12 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Lloyd Barnes’ Wackies label; 10 sec.>

  • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell; 12” (Soul Jazz) ’79 UK; cover of Anita Ward disco classic 

<Disco is not a four letter world in Reggae or on Smile Jamaikca; 28 sec.>

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Always a Reggae cover of a soul or disco hit song

 Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses; 5 sec.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Jah Nuh Dead; Throw Down Your Arms; (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK Burning Spear cover

<Sinead O’Connor: Mutant Dubstress; 40 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Some Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK

<Ari Up: New Age Steppers, The Slits vocalist>

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; 12” (Human Records) ’80 UK; cover of John Holt & the Paragons
  • Akabu – Africans United; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK
  • Rasheda – I Jah Love; 12” (Zion Gate) 2007 Fr.; Don Carlos cover
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Anti papist. Jah nuh dead