Jah reclaims an army in 2014

As we stand and look  an entire generation of rebel artists is disappearing before our eyes.  Before you know it every notable artist from the celebrated “golden age of reggae” will be gone from this realm leaving behind a vacuum that will surely be filled by those less hungry, less talented, and feeling more entitled than those who came before.

The loss of John Holt on Monday October 20, 2014 to cancer underscores a year in which reggae has grieved the loss of men so extraordinarily talented and influential that it is almost insulting to memorialize them in a blog post.  These are once-in-a-generation artists whose talents are exceeded only by their perseverance and eternal optimism in the face of almost impossible odds.  Just consider the musical accomplishments alone of the following individuals:  William Alexander Anthony “Bunny Rugs” ClarkeUziah “Sticky” Thompson;  Lincoln Valentine “Style” “Rottadam” Scott;  John Kenneth Holt.  Allow yourself to meditate on those names for a moment.  Try to comprehend the vastness and depth of the musical catalogue they created.  Odds are your mind will not allow you to access this space as it will take many decades to fully comprehend each artist’s body of work with the proper perspective..

With the loss of Holt, Scott, and Rugs we are reminded that there was a period of time when truly great men were blessed with the opportunity to fully explore the limits of their potential.  However, there is an undeniable and uncomfortable truth that we must contend with.  There are three ruthless killers running rampant and unchecked in the population of Jamaican males:  violence, cancer, and addiction.  One is more easily understood than the other two.  These men live in an uncertain and violent society.  Many have learned to navigate it but few have been able to escape it.  This insidious killer is ever-present, stalking its victims on the poorly lit street corners and dark back alleyways.  The violence of the city streets can be escaped and there are some who have been lucky enough to run when the island got too hot, escaping to far away places like London, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles.  However, the other two you cannot shake no matter how far or how fast you run.  These are the truly tragic realities faced by those marked for death by these, the most vicious of killers.

The harsh and painful realities of endemic disease and the inescapable genetic predisposition to destroy oneself with substance are most worthy of a deep investigation.  Sadly, it is quite possible that the roots of these killers are planted firmly in the same hellish and horrendous colonial  institution that gave rise to multi-generational poverty, poor education and hopelessness in the former slave colony over the past 400 years.  It is a cruel irony that out of this Babylon – a true living hell on earth – came a music with such gravity and beauty that each of these artists were able in their short lifetimes to leave an indelible mark forever upon the world like a rose grown through concrete.

Out of the entirety of Holt’s body of work, it was his unlikely collaboration with Henry “Junjo” Lawes, Lincoln “Style” Scott and the Radics that I found most intriguing.  With a Soldgie mix harder than sun-baked concrete“Police in Helicopter” is a timeless tune of rebellion that stands alone as a testament of revolution and a stark reminder that a day of reckoning awaits any government that seeks to usurp and consolidate power from the people.

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Peter Tosh as Wailing Wailers .. 1972

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Today we go on the year 1972..

The wailers , on a usa tour , 2 weeks to start the year, then being invited in policital events coupled with music.

This is also the year they got the best vocal group award 1972 , the year they were on Billboard Charts and England Charts.

The year they signed a contract with Island Records, in August, thanks to Bunny Wailer for the details.

you’ll find at the end of the article , various concerts dates, original adverts regarding Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley.

Here documents for you :

1972-01-01 New Year Eve Concert With John Holt, Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA

1971-12-31 New Year Eve Concert With John Holt, Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA

1971-12-31 New Year Eve Concert With John Holt, Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA

1972-01-19 Article

Informations :

On this USA Tour , The Wailers played with John Holt, The Debonaires, a bronx based band : The Cinnamon Suns (wich are nowdays located in Florida and still active in music)
and Syd Joe & Caribbean All-Stars.

On this concert, the crowd was about 3000.

The Wailers played :

- Soul Rebel
– Small Axe
– Screwface
– Trenchtown Rock
– Duppy Conqueror


The wailers during this 2 week tour did those concerts :

1972-01-01 New Year Eve Concert With John Holt, Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA
1972-01-07 President Chateau , Bronx, New York,USA
1972-01-08 Manhattan Centre, New York,USA
1972-01-0X Brooklyn, New York,USA – Concert Stopped By Police Force
1972-01-XX Queens, New York, USA
1972-01-XX Pennsylvania, USA
1972-01-XX Delaware , USA

‘Screwface’ On the Hit Parade :

1972-01-08 , Hit Parade

1972-01-08 , Hit Parade

Informations :

The Wailers were on the Jamaican Hit Parade, January 1972, with their song ‘Screwface’ and also with ‘Trenchtown Rock’

they were also on the Billboard american charts and England Charts with Johnny Nash’s cover of Stir It Up.

1972-01-30 Bandwagon’72 , National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica

1972-01-30 Bandwagon'72 , National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica

1972-01-30 Bandwagon’72 , National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica

Informations :

This one being a musical act coupled with a political event.

The Wailers shared the bills with :

- Clancy Eccles
– Ken Boothe
– Junior Byles
– Judy Mowatt (who’ll join up the Ithree, 2 years later)
– BB Seaton
– Max Romeo
– Eric Donaldson
– Scotty & Choosen Few
– Dennis Alcapone
– Delroy Wilson
– Bam
– Bim (Ed Lewis)

1972-05-23 Garden Concert, Jamaica House, Kingston

1972-05-23 Garden Concert, Jamaica House, Kingston

1972-05-23 Garden Concert, Jamaica House, Kingston

Informations :

Another political event, we are focusing only on music .

The Wailers shared the bills with :

- Scotty
– The Chosen Few
– Ken Boothe
– Judy Mowatt
– The Jamaicans
– Clancy Eccles
– The Fabulous Flames

1972-05-27 Swing Annual Awards Ball, Wailers Award For Best Vocal Group, Jamaica House, Kingston

1972-05-27 Swing Annual Awards Ball, Wailers Award For Best Vocal Group, Jamaica House, Kingston

1972-05-27 Swing Annual Awards Ball, Wailers Award For Best Vocal Group, Jamaica House, Kingston

Informations :

Award ceremony and concerts for the Swing Magazine.

The Wailers were granted award : Best Vocal Group Of The Year.

The Wailers didnt attend this ceremony.

Also on the bills :

- Inner Circle
– Merritone Disco
– Dennis Brown
– The Tamlins
– Judy Mowatt
– Orville Wood.


1972-10-07 Pop Festerama And Fete , Student Union UWI, Kingston , Jamaica

972-10-07 Pop Festerama And Fete , Student Union UWI, Kingston , Jamaica

972-10-07 Pop Festerama And Fete , Student Union UWI, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

Concerts for the Students Union.

Also on the bills :

- Dennis Brown
– Inner Circle
– Merritone Disco
– Lorna Bennett (she’s actually Protoje mother and manager)
– The Chosen Few
– Toots And The Maytals
– The Twisters

1972-12-18 PNP Christmas Groundings, Savanna La Mar, Jamaica

1972-12-18 PNP Christmas Groundings, Savanna La Mar, Jamaica

1972-12-18 PNP Christmas Groundings, Savanna La Mar, Jamaica

Informations :

Mixed events, political event with concerts.

In December 1972, there was a serie of events like this one :

- 1972-12-18 PNP Christmas Groundings, Savanna La Mar, Jamaica
– 1972-12-20 Jamaica House , PNP Christmas Groundings, Kingston, Jamaica

Also on the bills :

- Inner Circle
– Ken Boothe
– BB Seaton
– The Chosen Few
– Judy Mowatt
– Junior Byles
– Max Romeo
– Bim
– Delroy Wilson
– Lorna Bennett
– Scotty
– Ernie Smith
– Alton Ellis
– Joe Higgs (wailers teacher and mentor)

for a better completion of this article , im adding there , Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley & The Soulettes 1972 concerts dates :

1972-04-03 Judy Mowatt , The Chariots Rolls On Party , Live Sombrero Club, Kingston, Jamaica

1972-04-03 Judy Mowatt , The Chariots Rolls On Party , Live Sombrero Club, Kingston, Jamaica

1972-04-03 Judy Mowatt , The Chariots Rolls On Party , Live Sombrero Club, Kingston, Jamaica

Informations :

Judy Mowatt did 2 musical performance that day, this one inclued as well :

- Inner Circle
– Dennis Brown
– The Choosen Few
– Roy Shirley
– Derrick Harriott Disco
– Douglas Guthrie

1972-05-06 Marcia Griffiths, Joe Higgs, Live Club Minerva , Mandeville, Jamaica

1972-05-06 Marcia Griffiths, Joe Higgs, Live Club Minerva , Mandeville, Jamaica

1972-05-06 Marcia Griffiths, Joe Higgs, Live Club Minerva , Mandeville, Jamaica

Informations :

Marcia Griffiths , who will be a Ithrees vocal band members in 1974.
Joe Higgs , mentor, teacher of the youth bob marley, peter tosh.

Also on the line up :

- Zap Pow
– Bob Andy
– Errol Thompson (who formed with Joe Gibbs the Mighty Two)

1972-10-16 The Soulettes , Talk Of The Town Party , Club Maracas, Ocho Rios

1972-10-16 The Soulettes , Talk Of The Town Party , Club Maracas, Ocho Rios

1972-10-16 The Soulettes , Talk Of The Town Party , Club Maracas, Ocho Rios

Informations :

A Concert held inside the Club Maracas, with Rita Marley & The Soulettes.

On The Line Up :

- Ken Lazarus

1972-11-27 Judy Mowatt , Joe Higgs , Tourism Song Competition Grand Final, Regal Theater, Kingston

1972-11-27 Judy Mowatt , Joe Higgs , Tourism Song Competition Grand Final, Regal Theater, Kingston

1972-11-27 Judy Mowatt , Joe Higgs , Tourism Song Competition Grand Final, Regal Theater, Kingston

Informations :

An event ment to choose who was the best Tourism Soung for 1972.

The Winner was Joe Higgs, he got as prize 1.000 dollars

On The Line Up :

as competitors (to name a fews) :

- Joe Higgs
– Count Owen
– Ernie Smith

as guests artists, band :

- The Chosen Few
– Judy Mowatt
– Larry Mc Donald
– Eric Donaldson
– BB Seaton
– Hopeton Lewis

Thanks to The Kingston Gleaner, Mario ‘Jah Lion’ Sai, Franco Mancini, YOU.

EXCLUSIVE! Steel Pulse Vinyl Selections

Included here is HELL IN HANDSWORTH:  A STEEL PULSE VINYL SELECTIONS MIX featuring rare 7″, 10″, 12″ selections and album cuts.  The mix also includes excerpts from my 2013 interview with David Hinds here in Washington, DC.

Unseen Guest
Chant A Psalm Dubplate (Mad Rockers Sound)
Nyah Luv
Luv Nyah
Kibudu Mansata Abuku
Prodigal Sun
Prodigal Dub
Heart Of Stone (Chant Them) (12″ Version)
Babylon Makes The Rules/Devil’s Disciples (12″ Version)
Uncle George
Jah Vengeance
Ministerio del Melodica
Positivity
Drug Squad Dub
No More Weapons Dub (feat. Damian Marley)
Roller Skates (12″ Version)
Grab Education
Harassment Dub
Your House
Your House (Dub Version)
Leggo Beast (12″ Version) (Previously Unreleased)
A Who Responsible (Dub Version) (Previously Unreleased)
Prediction (12″ Version)
Bun Dem (12″ Version)
Handsworth Revolution
Revolution Dub
Nyabinghi Voyage Dub
Sound System (12″ Version)

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Peter Tosh as Wailing Wailers .. 1971

today , we are running into the year 1971.

important year, the wailing wailers went into a 2 weeks tour into the United States, Peter Tosh works with Joe Gibbs started to be more knows.

we told you earlyer this month , that we wanted you to understand the impact of the wailers, check the list of artists, bands they played with :).

here for you documents :

1971-01-01 New Year Morning Ride On Show, Regal Theater, Kingston

1971-01-01 New Year Morning Ride On Show, Regal Theater, Kingston

1971-01-01 New Year Morning Ride On Show, Regal Theater, Kingston

Informations :

The Wailing Wailers shared the bills with :

- Ernie Smith
– Hortense Ellis
– The Mighty Vikings
– The Flames
– Scotty
– The Jamaicans
– The Melodians
– Ken Boothe
– Carl Dawkins
– John Holt
– Sonny Wong

1971-01-01 Reggae Splashdown , Carib Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-01-01 Reggae Splashdown , Carib Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-01-01 Reggae Splashdown , Carib Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

- Byron Lee And The Dragonaires
– Carl Brady
– Keith Lyn
– Barry Biggs
– Vic Taylor
– Lord Stupid

1971-07-18 Water Pageant, Miss Jamaica Contest 1971 , National Stadium Pool, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-07-18 Water Pageant, Miss Jamaica Contest 1971 , National Stadium Pool, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-07-18 Water Pageant, Miss Jamaica Contest 1971 , National Stadium Pool, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers performed during this event. wich was Miss Jamaica Contest and also a Festival Songs competition.

Also On The Bills :

- Tomorow’s Children
– Judy Mowatt (she did a duet with Hopeton Lewis, a medley)
– Hopeton Lewis
– Eric Donaldson
– Johnny Jones
– Mcs were Adrian Robinson & Yvonne Duncan

The Wailers sings : Duppy Conqueror, Small Axe.

1971-08-01 Sunday Is Swinging with The Soulettes And Eric Donaldson , Ferry Inn, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-08-01 Sunday Is Swinging with The Soulettes And Eric Donaldson , Ferry Inn, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-08-01 Sunday Is Swinging with The Soulettes And Eric Donaldson , Ferry Inn, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers with also on the bills :

- The Soulettes
– Eric Donaldson
– The Fabulous Five
– Swingdisk.

1971-10-03 A Rally Of The Corporate Concert, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-03 A Rally Of The Corporate Concert, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-03 A Rally Of The Corporate Concert, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers on a political event coupled with music, music is our only interest here .

Also on the bills :

- Ken Boothe
– Judy Mowatt
– Pipe And The Pipers
– Max Romeo
– Sonny Bradshaw
– Clancy Eccles

1971-10-07 Live With Ken Boothe , Student Union UCWI, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-07 Live With Ken Boothe , Student Union UCWI, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-07 Live With Ken Boothe , Student Union UCWI, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

Also on the bills :

- In Crowd
-Ken Boothe

1971-10-09 Wailers, Ken Booth, In Crowd , Live Playmates, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-09 Wailers, Ken Booth, In Crowd , Live Playmates, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-09 Wailers, Ken Booth, In Crowd , Live Playmates, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers with also Ken Boothe and In Crowd on the bills .

1971-10-13 An Evening Of Pop Music , Student Union UWI, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-13 An Evening Of Pop Music , Student Union UWI, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-10-13 An Evening Of Pop Music , Student Union UWI, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers for The Students Union.

Also on the bills :

- Boris Gardiner Happening
– Ken Boothe
– Roy Shirley
– The Monkeys

1971-11-28 Power To The People Rally, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-11-28 Power To The People Rally, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-11-28 Power To The People Rally, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers on a special event, political rally.

Also on the bills :

- Clancy Eccles
– Judy Mowatt
– Ken Boothe
– Inner Circle

1971-12-14 Nuggets For The Needy Grand Gala, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-12-14 Nuggets For The Needy Grand Gala, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

1971-12-14 Nuggets For The Needy Grand Gala, Ward Theater, Kingston , Jamaica

Informations :

The Wailers on a charity event

Also on the bills :

- The Blues Busters
– U-Roy
– Derrick Harriott
– Roy Shirley
– Eric Donaldson
– Hopeton Lewis
– Dobby Dobson
– Ranny Williams
– The Chosen Few

1971-12-31 New Year Eve Concert With John Holt, Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA

 1971-12-31 New Year Eve Concert With John Holt, Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA

Concourse Plaza Hotel, Bronx, New York City, USA

Article about the wailers, published 1972-01-19 :

1972-01-19 Article

1972-01-19 Article

Peter Tosh promotional advert :

1971-11-27 peter tosh maga dog

1971-11-27 peter tosh promo advert.

Peter Tosh in Charts, Hit Parade, in Jamaica, 1971-12-05 :

1971-12-05 peter tosh maga dog

1971-12-05 peter tosh maga dog

thanks to Kingston Gleaner, Mario ‘Jah Lion’ Sai, Franco Mancini ..and my dog who passed away 2 years ago..