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Lion Zion 1977 Radio Program REGGAE IN AMERICA

Here is the first major discovery from the recently uncovered quarter inch reel to reel tape Midnight Dread Archives, a really interesting and vital historical aircheck from 1977 of the now mysterious Lion Zion on the San Francisco Bay Area’s then AM commercial radio soul station giant KDIA. It runs about 24 minutes and brings his music and the message of Jamaica straight to a largely African American audience within a basically Top 40 R&B Hits format. For many Northern California listeners this was the first time they were exposed to the culture and sounds from Jamaica. Listen for the crystal clear philosophy of hope and dignity as presented by Errol ‘Lion Zion’ with recordings of his started at Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica with some excellent embellishments added in Oakland. He also spins several other solid examples of conscious roots reggae. Zion answers the question “What is a natty?” and says of KDIA “I know of no other black station that has come this far with Reggae Music.”

“This is not the 21st Century, this is the 3rd Century. Dance the Buffalo!”-Lion Zion



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