26 November 2010

Jah Mali

Music to Avoid "Retail" by.

Vendredi Noir. It means "Africa", for this show.

Malian reggae sounds... ancient. It resonates in the spine. Be sure to listen.

1. "S-90 Skank" - Big Youth - Ride Like Lightning [Trojan]
2. "Z-90" - Trinity - Shanty Town Determination [Blood and Fire]
3. "Groovy Little Thing" - Beres Hammond - Beres Hammond [VP]
4. "Rockers Galore" - Western Roots - Babylon Central [ESL]
5. "Heads Up High" - Rocky Dawuni - Download The Revolution [Aquarian]
6. "Trinity Dub" - Daryl Jenifer - In Search of Black Judas [ROIR]
7. "Masacra Dub" - Tappa Zukie - Escape From Hell [Trojan]
8. "Blackman's Foundation" - Hugh Mundell - Blackman's Foundation [Shanachie]
9. "People Make The World Go Round" - the Chosen Few - Trojan Suedehead Box Set [Trojan]
10. "September 13" - Deodato - Prelude [CTI]
11. "Jah Libere et Purifie" - Sistah Mam - Afrique [DOM]
12. "Africa" - Salif Keita - 12" [Mango]
13. "Jahtiguiya" - Manjul - Jahtiguiya [DOM]
14. "Rain Again" - Toussaint - Black Gold [I-Grade]
w/ Youssoupha Sidibe
15. "Session Man/Doctor Sure Shot" - Rico & The Rudies - Blow Your Horn [Trojan]
16. "Diaradieuf" - Dreadlam Fallou - Bouldem [Humble Ark]
17. "African Roots" - Johnny Clarke - Dreader Dread [Blood and Fire]
18. "Ngoma Ngairire" - Robson Banda & the New Black Eagles - JIT soundtrack [Earthworks]
19. "Refoulement" - Demba Sacko - Refoulement [DOM]
20. "Dreamland" - Marcia Griffiths - The Reggae Train [Heartbeat]
21. "La Route de la Paix" - Alpha Blondy - Jah Victory [Phantom Sound & Vision]
22. "Mituna" - Eric Kototanjah - Mwimba [DOM]
23. "Streets In Africa" - Big Youth - The Chanting Dread Inna Fine Style [Trojan]
24. "Loving Pauper" - Dobby Dobson - The Story Of Jamican Music [Mango]
25. "Rude Rude Rudee" - Prince Buster - The Roots of Reggae: Ska [Rhino]
26. "James Bond" - Rolando Alphonso - Musical Communion [Culture Press]

19 November 2010

The Master Mixer Chants To The Foundation

(Goldfinger takes a break to pay the rent... the Master Mixer comes to represent)

Featured... the music of Dennis Emmanuel Brown, the late Crown Prince of Reggae.
The clip comes from Heartland Reggae. If you haven't seen it... you Must. Archival footage of a concert in MoBay (and the One Love Peace Concert, filmed just after the vicious assassination attempt on Bob Marley and band on Hope Road... and his bringing the warring political factions onstage to quell the violence).

Dennis Brown segues between "Whip Them Jah Jah" and "From The Foundation".
Check the crowd... they were having fun. Check the podcast, too.

12 November 2010

A Tribute to Mrs. P... and Emmet Boaz

I had a conversation with my alternate, The MasterMixer, who lived in JA back in the day... about Sonia Pottinger. She ran a tight ship: not the ganja-smoking 'yard-style studio, very buttoned-down, dignified.
The polish and perfection of her productions are amongst the best of rock steady and reggae. She was a positive force to be reckoned with.

As you will hear.

This program is not only a tribute to her, but a fellow DJ who passed, unexpectedly, at the microphone last Saturday morning, Emmett Boaz. A true original, uncompromising, dedicated to radio and the music he presented. A huge loss to our programming, and our hearts.

  1. "That's Life" - Delano Stewart - Musical Feast [Heartbeat]
  2. "Rule The Nation" - U-Roy - Original DJ [Caroline]
  3. "On The Beach" - U-roy - Original DJ [Caroline]
  4. "I Shall Be Released" - The Heptones - Sea Of Love [Heartbeat]
  5. "Behold" - Culture - Harder Than The Rest [Shanachie]
  6. "Rough Old Life" - Sugar Minott - Heartbeat Reggae 2000 [Heartbeat]
  7. "The Riddle" - Delano Stewart - Musical Feast [Heartbeat]
  8. "Riddle I This" - Dennis Alcapone - Forever Version [Heartbeat]
  9. "Dr. No Go" - Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys - Psychedelic Reggae [Trojan]
  10. "Dreamland" - Marcia Griffiths - The Reggae Train [Heartbeat]
  11. "Natty Dub In a Dreamland" - Bojangles - The Reggae Train [Heartbeat]
  12. "Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Songs Of Freedom [Tuff Gong]
  13. "I'll Take You There" - Deltones - Trojan Singles Box Set [Trojan]
  14. "Solomon" - Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves [Mango]
  15. "Forward Up" - Brent Dowe - The Reggae Train [Heartbeat]
  16. "The Liquidator" - Harry J's All Stars - Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music [Mango]
  17. "Roots In A Modern Time" - Toussaint - Black Gold [I Grade]
  18. "Leaving Babylon" - Bad Brains - Babylon Central [ESL]
  19. "Serious Times" - Horace Andy - SeriousTimes [Minor 7 Flat 5]
  20. "Far Away" - Queen Ifrica - Montego Bay [VP]
  21. "Road To Destiny" - Rocky Dawuni - Hymns For the Rebel Soul [Aquarian Records]
  22. "Trinity Dub" - Daryl Jenifer - In Search Of Black Judas [ROIR]
  23. "Escape From Hell" - Tappa Zukie - Escape From Hell [Trojan]
  24. "Wipe Your Weeping Eyes" - Justin Hinds & the Dominoes - The Reggae Train [Heartbeat]
  25. "Look Pon You" - the Conquerors - Musical Feast [Heartbeat]
  26. "Get Up" - Jackie Edwards - The Reggae Train [Heartbeat]
  27. "Down By The Train Line" - Stranger Cole & Patsy - Musical Feast [Musical Feast]
  28. "Be Thankful" - Bunny Clarke - Shocks Of Mighty [ATTACK!]
  29. "The Land Where We Belong" - Culture - International Herb [Shanachie]

Farewell To Mrs. P

Sonia Pottinger, the first woman record producer in Jamaican music history, and a pioneer of Rock Steady and early reggae music, passed on November 3, 2010.

The legacy of stars that passed through her dignified studios is a who's who of Jamaican music history.

Thank you, Mrs. P.

05 November 2010

The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

Well... so much for keeping informed, and voting.

The USA is insane. One would think that admission to Congress would include a knowledge of the basics... and realizing that you represent everybody in your district, and not just your "base".

Ever the idealist, Your Selector.

Oh... and, Happy Guy Fawkes Day.

  1. "S-90 Skank" - Big Youth - Tougher Than Tough-The Story Of Jamiaican Music [Mango]
  2. "Return Of The Scorcher" - Sound Dimension - A Scorcha From Studio ONe [Studio One]
  3. "Bedward The Flying Preacher" - Prince Far-I - Sound Of The Beat [The Beat]
  4. "The Lunatics" - Fun BoyThree - MP3
  5. "Everything Crash" - The Ethiopians - Trojan Explosion [MOJO]
  6. "One Step Forward" - Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon [Island]
  7. "That's Life" - Delano Stewart - Musical Feast [Heartbeat]
  8. "The Wild Bunch/Wishbone" - Sound Dimension - A Scorcha From Studio One [Studio One]
  9. "Positive Vibration" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Rastaman Vibration [Island]
  10. "Bible Reader" - Macka B - Mash Up the Place [Rhino]
  11. "That Light" - Horace Andy - Serious Time [Minor 7 Flat 5]
  12. "Rain Again" - Toussaint - Black Gold [I Grade]
    w/ Youssoupha Sidibe
  13. "Rain Rain" - Taj Weekes - A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen [Jatta]
  14. "Session Man" - Rico & the Rudies - Blow Your Horn [Trojan]
  15. "Doctor Sure Shot" - Rico & the Rudies - Blow Your Horn
  16. "The Proud One" - Joe's All Stars - Brixton Cat [Trojan]
  17. "Cali-HI" - Mystic Roots Band - Cali-HI [Stay Positive]
  18. "Generation Time" - Iration - No Time For Rest [Iration]
    w/Mikey Dread
  19. "Trinity Dub" - Daryl Jenifer - In Search Of Black Judas [ROIR]
  20. "Don't Fight The Weed" - ?
  21. "79 Rock" - Thievery Corporation - Babylon Central [ESL]
  22. "Rasta No Born Yah" - Sang Hugh - Reggae Classics [DCC]
  23. "Stoned out Of My Mind" - Mighty Diamonds - Hitbound.. The Revolutionary Sound [Heartbeat]
  24. "Revelation Time/Hammer & Sickle" - Max Romeo - Open The Iron Gate [Blood and Fire]
  25. "A Love I Can Feel" - John Holt - The John Holt Reggae Collection [ESD]
  26. "A Version I Can Feel" - Dennis Alcapone - Forever Version [Heartbeat]
  27. "Time Has Come" - Slim Smith - This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era [Trojan]

01 November 2010

Wah Do Dem

A great little film created and starred by Sean Bones, indie rocker from NYC.

Stranded in JA on a misbegotten cruise, he encounters Buru Banton, Cedric Myton and the Congos... and the ever-present main man of Jamaican film, Carl Bradshaw. Norah Jones is in there, too.

It's free, only for a week.

Tek some time... It'll take you there: