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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Jah-tober 22, 2016: Jah-loween Soon Come!

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Halloween? No! JAH-loween!

<All Treats! No Tricks! – Smile Jamaica Loves Halloween>

Greeetings,

It’s Fall and winter is coming. So that means October is Jah-loween Season on Smile Jamaica. The ghouls , witches and vampires doing rub a dub in the boneyard.

Half the set is devoted to instead of the usual’s King’s Music. Now it’s the Devil’s turn. Scratch. As in Lee “Scratch” Perry. Half the show devoted to the Witching Season: Best of 27 Years (the early discoveries in ’89-90), vinyl, 7″ Jamaican Jukebox and the undead and of course MUTANT dub

Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!

bless, I mean curse, robt

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Set 1:

  • Lord Creator – Such Is Life; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) ’78 UK vinyl: Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Chalawa – Exodus Dub; (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour to Marley’s Exodus
  • Peter Broggs – Pick Up the Reggae; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Lee Perry – Jungle Lion; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’73 instrumental
  • Dennis Bovell – Living in Babylon; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ‘80
  • Bushman – Backweh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2012 UK EP Jah-loween tune
  • Lovejoys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Rita Marley’s herbtune: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
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An A+ grade doesn’t do justice. Lee “Scratch” Perrry and his mythic Black Ark. Such is Life indeed

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Black Dignity; Honorary Citizens: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’69 rarity
  • Trinity – Vampire; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘79
  • Jennifer Gad – Babylon Must Fall; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Dennis Brown & the Observers – Live After You; 10” (Observer Gold) ’75 Niney prod’n

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Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years – Jah-loween Set; 11 sec.

  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77: 
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK
  • Devon Irons & Doctor Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘76
  • King Tubby – I am the King vol. 3 (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 about Margaret Thatcher in UK

<Margaret Thatcher = Madame Medusa = Maggrot Torture; 22 sec.>

<Neocon Margaret Thatcher – Middle finger from UB40; 37 sec>.

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The Iron Lady: Britain’s Margaret Thatcher. Showed that women could be Neoliberal/Neoconservative too

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl is Vital set

  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK:  duppy = J’can ghost
  • Clint Eastwood and General Saint – Talk About Run; Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) ’81 UK: update of calypso tune about making out w/ your girl in the boneyard
  • Cultural Roots – Devil-ites; Drift Away from Evil (Revolutionary Sounds) ’82 UK
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Locka, FL
  • Chalice – Back Way Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK

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Set 6:

  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – United We Stand; Just My Imagination (Trojan) ’70 update of soul cover by Brotherhood of Man
  • Cocoa Tea – Weh di Drugs; Unforgettable (Roaring Lion) ’99 herbtune
  • Rastafarians – Rasta Theme; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Wine Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) ‘78
  • Scientist – The Voodoo Curse; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox of Jah-loween

  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ’72
  • Ringo –Frankenstine; 7” (Greedy Puppy) ‘79
  • Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Intel Diplo) about his beating by the cops
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • Twinkle Brothers – Devil Worshippers; 7” (Crystal) 2001
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror (Upsetter) ‘70

<Duppy = Jamaican Ghost; 19 sec.>

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I see the mark of the beast on their ugly faces

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US
  • Tino – Loch Ness Monster Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp.) 2002 US: breaks artist
  • Sinead O’Connor & Sly & Robbie – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 cover of Devon Irons tune played earlier
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Small Axe – Witchdoctor; Earthjuice vol. 1 (Waveform) ‘98

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 24, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Boo-tiful Halloween Roots

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Greetings,

Enjoying Smile Jamaica’s favorite Holiday? Jah-loween? Been busy cutting up sound bytes and horror movie trailers for next week’s 3 hour Smile Jamaica Jah-loween show which falls on the actual All Hallow’s Eve.

Gonna start putting together my 3rd annual Digital Dubplate music and horror bytes only fascination this week to upload for fresh Roots on Halloween. Feel free to play at your party or to keep the kids off your porch.

Here’s last week’s Halloween Rock showcase – Digital Dubplate Mixcloud

This stream (Smile J 10/24/15) is about half Halloween. Holdovers never leftovers for this week.

curse, robt

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Vincent Price “lady killer”

Highlights of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 24, 2015; 49 sec.

Set 1: Halloween Tunes

  • Mighty Diamonds – Party Time; Indestructible (Alligator) ’83 Chicago vinyl; Heptones cover
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – A Message; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 (ROIR) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Capleton feat. Big Youth – Mark of the Beast; I Testament (Rush) ’97; Jah-loween Set
  • Bim Sherman – Haunting Ground; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Trinity – Vampire; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘79
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Wendy Shaw – Ease Off Satan; Passing Through the Flames (Issachar) ‘92
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Roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Captured Live (EMI  America) August. ’83 Greek Theater, LA
  • Bunny Wailer – Don Man; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90; “Let Him Go” update
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + version; Black Ark Sessions EP (Ascension) dominos metaphor

<Who Colt the Game at the Black Ark; 24 sec.>

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This show became the Captured Live LP

Set 4: Calypso/Rock Steady Halloween

  • Lord Kitchener – Love in the Cemetery; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan); ’62 calypso; don’t take your girl to the cemetery

<Love in the Cemetery; 20 sec.>

  • Vulcans – Dracula; Journey into Space – The Return of Star Trek (Cactus) ‘72
  • Upsetters – Vampire; Upsetter Collection (Trojan) ‘70
  • Denzil Laing – Beware of the  Vampire; Dry Acid (Trojan)
  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; Rock Steady – Hush Up (Melodisc) ‘68
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Duppies do not like it when you “rub a dub” pon their graves

Set 5: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica (Oct. ’89)

  • Don Carlos – Satan Control Them; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87; Halloween tune
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves)  ’82 herbtune
  • Yellowman feat. Sister Nancy – Wha Dat; King Yellowman (CBS) ‘84

<Wha Dat? War UK vs. Argentina – Falklands/Malvinas; 23 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Spidla-ding; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ‘84

<Sister Carol – singjay definition; 8 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Slavery Days + I and I Survive; Marcus Garvey + Garvey’s Ghost (Island) ’75

<Burning Spear as a trio; 11 sec.>

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Delroy Hines, Winston Rodney, Rupert Willington – Burning Spear

Set 5: Halloween Vinyl

  • Dennis Brown – Spellbound; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Opa-Locka, FL
  • Bushman – Back Weh Vampire; 10” (Stingray) 2003 UK
  • Donovan – Evil Eyes; World Power (Mango) ’88 US
  • Chalice – Back Way Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) Two bad Duppies (Ghosts) ’81 UK; 14 sec.
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Spread out rice and goat’s meat on a white sheet in the cemetery. 10,000 duppies a come

Set 6:

  • Ayo – How Many People?; Billie-Eve (Polydor) 2011 Nigerian/German female singer

<Ayo bio’ 18 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Cocaine in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly); ’83 herb tune[

<Reggae History Lesson: Cocaine/Marijuana in My Brain>

  • Black Roots – Capitalism; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK roots reunion
  • Pablo Gad – Sad Mistake; Hard Times (Soul Village) ’80 vampire tune

<If you think vampire gonna suck my neck you’ve made a sad mistake – Pablo Gad; 11 sec.>

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Nice crossover artist

Set 7:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80; kiss off to UK leader Margaret Thatcher = Maggrot Tortcher

<Margaret Thatcher = Madame Medusa; 25 sec.>

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Set 8: Mutant Dub Mutant Music

<Smile Jamaica – putting the mutants in Mutant Dub since ’89>

  • Tino – Bats in My Belfry Dub; Tino’s Breaks 6; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp) 2002; Mutant Dub Halloween set
  • Funki Porcini’s Zombie – Flesheater Boulevard; & the Jerry Van Rooyen Remixes (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2000
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Exorcism; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009 Colorado
  • Beats International – Echo Chamber; Excursion on the Version (Go Disc) ’91 UK; Doctor Satan Echo Chamber
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There + Dub Files; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 UK trance dub; X Files Theme
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampire; It Takes a Thief (ESL) Best of

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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