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Rare Live Reggae MD #83 August 9th-10th, 1981 KTIM -Sunsplash ’80 tapes & more-

Midnight Dread recreates the 1981 JA Sunsplash just ended this week with mostly live tapes from the 1980 affair. The program begins with new hot shots from Lee Perry & The Terrorists, Raskidus, Burning Spear, & The Paragons.


Jimmy Riley, The Tamlins, Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie, Steel Pulse, & Culture live at Sunsplash ’80 continue ital time traveling in this opening segment of the two hour program which also features Judy Mowatt doing an outstanding live version of “Slave Queen” elsewhere in Jamaica in 1981 while Gregory Isaacs is heard live in New England in 1980 with “Love Is Overdue” and The Mighty Diamonds backed by Phone Bill, who opened the 3rd night since Lloyd Parks was stuck in an elevator due to sudden power cut, uncork a wicked take of “Right Time” live in California around the same time.



Children of Babylon premiered earlier the same night at the Mill Valley Film Festival from which the Mighty Diamonds reprise the title track. Wailer guitarist Junior Marvin’s sister & her husband, Akua (Pat) & Vidal Angel, open up a Jamaican-based shop in Fairfax called One Love Creations with Jason Lehrer, which begins sponsorship of Midnight Dread with this show.



MD relays some fresh info on the 1981 Sunsplash from KTIM ace host Ken Duncan’s daily reports filed from Montego Bay the past week during his morning show. Duncan reports Errol Scorcher stole the show opening night with stage antics like spraying the area with the insect repellant Raid exclaiming “Bim! Kill dem!!” Steel Pulse admits too much killer JA sensi has made one forget which song is next. A splendid time was had by all.


Last week’s Midnight Dread plays ska, rock steady, reggae & dub poets in a flurry of vinyl justice. On the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page.





  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for posting Jahraver, great sound really!

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