Nor Cal legends Ridim play three live tracks from The Catalyst & Keystone Berkeley in MD #20 Parts 1 & 2. Two of Ridim’s principals, yardies Larry MacDonald & Jahmai, speak along with Virgin Islander Ani on the history of roots reggae & Jamaican musicians living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. Another 33 years ahead Midnight Dread goes deep & comes up with full coffers. The week’s Reggae Calendar includes a double bill of Toots & Third World live at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco & Zellerbach Auditorium across the bay on the campus at UC Berkeley. Discs, Wheels & Sports is moving their reggae wares to a new location near Lake Merritt. M Al’s reggae sound studio is open for biz nearby downtown Oakland. Listen to the ripples of reggaemylitis’ invasion into the bay music scene. Amazing advance vinyl pressings from Black Uhuru & Pablo Moses round out this well-charged radio program.
Larry McDonald plays three key Ridim tracks from an upcoming limited edition vinyl release and goes into great detail on the musicians. Mac also talks at length about the just closed Broadway musical REGGAE, Michael Butler’s followup to HAIR starring Phillip Michael Thomas with music by Max Romeo & Ras Karbi who also appears in the ambitious stage play. Michael Kamen, producer of The Wall by Pink Floyd who went on to produce Jah Malla’s first album for Atlantic around this time, was Music Director for REGGAE. Key times for reggae & culture. Sans the wonderful live Ridim “Wadasowa (Love)” selection from end of Part One, here’s the entire Larry Mac interview:
“The medal on my neck was won in the 1970 Festival competition. I came to US in 73. It was in the Daily Gleaner so my guess is that they own the copyright. Their morgue would have quite a bit of stuff on me.”-Larry McDonald:
And yet another great reggae release for 2013. What a treat this one is! Mikey Dread live in Glasgow, Scotland. Backed by the Roots Radics and an outstanding horn section, Mikey Dread rips the roof off of a small club in Glasgow. What an album! Cop it now at most online stores…
Here is a great article written by Mikey Dread which appeared in New Musical Express in December 1982:
"No differences" chants Toots Hibbert & The Bredren as the herbal meditation begins in the round midnight posse circle of this 33 years ahead Midnight Dread four hour radio program. Kaya anthems abound in the multitude like Sambo Jim's deep & deeper "Collie Burning" featured in this opening eighty minute segment. Hunter S. Thompson protege, lawyer Michael Stepanian says a few words at a February 13th, 1980 NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) signature raising event for CMI-80 (the California Marijuana Initiative for 1980) held at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax, California just down the road from KTIM's home studio base in San Rafael. A smokin' Nigerian Reggae & Highlife band Lokoto play two great live tracks from the Sleeping Lady that same night. One of the first San Francisco bay area reggae bands Jah Love whose lead singer Josh went on to sing for Reggae Jackson (Jimmy Foot's band before The Rhyth-O-Matics) play "Jah Love", a never released studio gem from Sausalito's 'dredgetown experience' pioneeering roots rock reggae outfit. Several Marin County musicians lent a hand including Frank Hubnick & The Music Wizards, Prune Music, The Record Plant, & Wally Heider's Studio in San Francisco. Cynthia Johnson speaks live on the air for NORML. Change comes slow. So lift up you conscience & get ready for a noon high 'Light Up For Liberty' rally planned for May 13th. Don't be late for the future!
It’s Sunday Midnight & time to become dreader than dread with a crucial overview of The Dub Organizer Horace Swaby aka Augustus Pablo. Joining Doug Wendt this week is Lance Linares, Pablo devotee & reggae radio pioneer who hosted his Friday night very popular prime time “Roots Rock Reggae” Pataphysical Broadcasting program on KUSP in Santa Cruz, California from the 1970s to the 2000s, the earliest longest continually running regular reggae radio show heard anywhere in the United States. Linares pulls gem after gem from his extensive Augustus vinyl collection to flood the airwaves with pulsing Prince of Dub masterworks while passing along vital background info on one of the deepest Sound Generals ever to come from Jamaica. Listen to the mystic & be transfixed via music unto Jah Jah. Burning Spear & Mikey Dread debut new material while Hugh Mundell, Tetrack & Israel Vibration join the Pablo posse just beyond this side of east of the river Nile where melodica & other keyboard devices open the doors of perception. X-Ray Music never sounded so good, so massive, and so wonderful. All aboard this version excursion!
This detail just in straight from Lance’s head: “I started in 1974 on KUSP but first iteration was Satta High which morphed into Roots Rock Reggae at some point in ’76 or ’77. Last show was Aug 29, 2008 I think. So 34 years or so….” Quite a run. Well you can’t run away from yourself seen. Would be nice to see Lance back on the beam soon, the master of the non-style style announcement school. In those early days of KUSP the Santa Crucial boss public radio station was right on the beach so the live sound of the surf could be heard whenever one opened the mic. His bitchin’ vintage tapes, reggae library, & comprehensive Augustus Pablo archive must be heard. Word.
33 years ahead Midnight Dread with The Sound of The Century including Neville Martin’s “The Message” 7″ (as featured throughout Jeremy Marre’s fine documentary on prime music time in Jamaica ROOTS ROCK REGGAE) plus “Hotter Fire”-Big Youth, “Punk Reggae”-Jah Lloyd, “Mad Mad Skank”-Dillinger, “Tear It Up”-Roland Alphonso, “Cleopatra Dance”-Prince Buster, a “Night Boat To Cairo” and other avenues of escape from Babylon. If it’s Sunday Midnight it’s time to get dread. Drop ins by Mikey Dread. Music via Jah. Without any apology. Dub out.
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