Here is an excellent soundboard recording of the Gladiators performing some of their most beloved tunes at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on February 27, 1987. Fantastic set which also includes several Bob Marley tunes and a Yabby You tune as well.
What a wicked night of roots rock reggae music in Humboldt as Protoje and Indiggnation made a stop on his Ancient Future tour in Arcata. Having missed him at Sierra Nevada, I was excited to see him perform and he did not disappoint. Opening acts Ishi Dube and Jah Sun got the vibes going with Protoje coming on stage around midnight. His band Indiggnation started with a smoking dub track and were super tight all night. Protoje did many of his hits and personal favorites like Rub a Dub Soldier, Dread, This Is Not A Marijuana Song, Kingston Be Wise. Hail Rastafari, and Who Knows. He also did some new songs like Criminal and Answer To Your Name which was the first time he performed that track live on stage. Enjoy this rare live audio recording and be sure to see Protoje live if he is in your area. Big thanks to Gaurav Mehta of El Gee Productions and Proper Productions for bringing Protoje to Humboldt.
On one of the coldest nights of the year a near-capacity crowd showed up at Washington DC’s 930 Club to witness Jesse Royal‘s debut live performance in the US. The “Small Axe” performed a blistering set of singles from his popular mixtapes backed by the incredibly adept and well-rehearsed King Suns band.
Royal was in town to play the Bob Marley Birthday Bash on Friday, February 6, 2015 – the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley (February 6, 1945).Also on the bill were legendary “reggae ambassadors” Third World, who lost their beloved lead singer William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke last February. Virginia’s own Dub Architect served up the crowd with a heavy set of live dub mixes, including his own dub mixes of several of Bob Marley’s most beloved tunes.
I attended the Bob Marley Birthday Tributeshow at the 930 Club in Washington, DC on Friday night February 6, 2015 – the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birthday (February 6, 1945). The show featured Jesse Royal in his debut performance in DC along with Third World and Dub Architect.
As a personal tribute to Marley, Dub Architect stacked his set with his very own dub mixes of some of Marley’s most popular tunes. Here is the dub mix of “Waiting In Vain.” Dub Architect live at the 930 Club.
The year 2015 would have marked the 70th birthday of Nesta Robert Marley, the international “King of Reggae” and one of the most celebrated musical artists of the last half of the 20th century. Bob Marley, who was born to a single mother on February 6, 1945 in a small village in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica,overcame impossible odds to become one of the world’s most popular yet unlikely rock icons. Since his passing in 1981, Marley has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was recently awarded Jamaica’s third highest honor, the Jamaican Order of Merit. In addition, at the turn of the millennium, his song, “One Love,“ was named song of the millennium by the BBC.The album from which it was featured, 1977’s Exodus, was selected by Time Magazine as the album of the century.
It is December 1979, the International Year of the Child, and Bob Marley and the Wailers end their Survival tour by playing to a large crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex in Nassau, Bahamas. Much like London, Nassau was sort of a second home for Marley. He spent one month in Nassau immediately after fleeing Jamaica in December 1976 as a result of the assassination attempt. Bob Marley and the Wailers’ also did some recording at Chris Blackwell’s state-of-the-art recording studios in Nassau. These studios, which are said to be the best in the world at the time, are run by Wailers’ recording engineer Karl Pitterson.
Bob Marley actually established a vacation home in the Bahamas. Bob and Rita Marley discovered a former governor’s mansion on a visit to Nassau, while they were recovering from an assassination attempt in Jamaica (1976). The property’s lush gardens and oceanfront location provided a respite for the Marley children to balance with life in the mountains of Jamaica.
Marley’s concert in The Bahamas
Nassau Guardian reporter Mindell Small wrote about Marley’s visit to The Bahamas in 2004.
“Many Bahamians fell in love with the reggae king’s colourful history, his philosophies and his music, so much so that many wanted him to perform here to get up close and personal with him, to feel his presence and to allow his music to sink into their souls.
Spearheading a Nassau concert was Mrs. Beryl Hanna, the chairperson of a group known as “The Bahamas Year of the Child Commission,” which desperately needed funds to build a home for underprivileged children.
The commission was hoping to raise $300,000, and the best way it thought that amount could be gained was through a concert where one of the biggest entertainers in the 70’s would perform. All of the funds were intended to go towards the children’s home as Marley accepted the invitation to come to The Bahamas and apparently to perform for free.
However, once the government approved the mid-December concert, The Bahamas Christian Council, headed by the then president Rev. Dr. Phillip Rahming, spoke out against it.
But leading a more serious opposition to the entertainer’s presence here was Baptist minister Rev. Simeon Hall.
Rev. Hall, two weeks before the concert, wrote a letter to Mrs. Hanna expressing his disapproval of the concert and outlined his views in great detail as to why it should be scrapped. Rev Hall charged that the Jamaican artist was associated with natty dread and dread locks and feared that Bahamians would start fixing their hair in that fashion and adopt the Rastafarian faith.
The commission however, rejected the reverend’s arguments saying they were unfounded and that the show would go on as planned.
And so he came, landing in The Bahamas on Thursday, Dec. 14, 1979, where he was driven around in a motorcade and attended a press conference staged by the commission. Then on Saturday, Dec. 16, he made his way to the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre to excite an eagerly awaiting crowd.
More than 6,000 attended the concert, believed to have raised about $60,000 of the expected $300,000.”
Big news regarding Barrington Levy. I had the opportunity to spend some time with both Barrington and Jah Screw several weeks ago when I was in Kingston. I recorded an interview with Barrington in which he reveals that he has recorded an acoustic album of some of his most beloved hits. The album, which he collaborated on with producer Handel Tucker, also contains several brand new tracks as well. The tentative title for the album is AcousticaLevy.
The interview is 45 minutes of Barrington speaking open and honest about the sad state of reggae dancehall, which is pervasive in Jamaican radio. He also discusses the very first time he performed live on-stage, and talked about those who were instrumental in building his career. We also had a fascinating discussion about how he has been heavily investing in his local community by donating computers and other vital supplies to local schools and more. In fact, he just built a radio tower from which he will broadcast his own radio station!
Both Barrington Levy and Jah Screw are the coolest, most solid bredren I have ever met in this reggae thing. I’m working on transcribing the interview now. Will certainly share it in its entirety as soon as I’m finished.
Big up our good friend DUBWISE GARAGE for this latest contribution to MIDNIGHT RAVER!
I recently attended C-BAKERS Humboldt’s Something for Everyone Thanksgiving Showcase 11-29-2014 featuring Jah Sun, Jah 9, Dynasty One, Rob Symeone, Sambamore, and DJ Noble Tobal.
I arrived in time to check Rob Symeonn who did a wicked set of conscious roots songs. Rob’s voice often reminding me of Jacob Miller. So nice to see him live and direct. DJ Noble Tobal spun some wicked new and old selections between sets. Then Dynasty One, a group from Humboldt, got the place rocking with their blend of Hip-Hop, Rock, Reggae, and R & B. I really enjoyed the mixed styles and their wicked guitar player. After Dynasty One, Jah Sun blessed the stage. Strictly Rockers with a dancehall vibe. Jah Sun, a Humboldt based artist who has done tracks with Chronixx, Alborosie and Kabaka Pyramid got the people singing along with him. During his set Jah 9 came on doing a few songs. Having seen Jah 9 for the first time a few weeks earlier at the Mateel, I was really excited to see her perform again. Backed by the IKronick band she niced up the place with “Avocado” and “New Name.”
Thanks to C-BAKER for putting on this roots jam and giving me access to shot video and photos.
Thanks to all who emailed and commented about this announcement. Evidently, reggae artists have performed for Chinese audiences and this show will not be the first. As one commenter said, “still a strong show” nonetheless.
China, which was formed as a nation state under the Qin Dynasty in 221 B.C., will get its very first dose of reggae in its long history on December 31, 2014 when Bitty McLean w/ Sly and Robbie hit the stage at the Guangzhou Starsing Asia Music Festival. The Chinese people will surely feel those strong reggae vibes as the world’s greatest touring rhythm section blesses them with the world’s greatest music!
The official poster of the Guangzhou Starsing Asia Music Festival reads as follows:
“Masters are coming to Guangzhou for the New Year’s Eve celebration!
Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and Sly & Robbie are world-class reggae masters from Jamaica. As the producer of single Supernatural invited by Madonna in 1989, Sly & Robbie also presented the best version of the classical soundtrack of movie 007. Acting as a group, Sly Dunbar the drummer and Robbie Shakespeare the bassist have amazed the world – together they have already performed about 200,000 songs, which have been nominated several times and won the Grammy Prize. Having performed countless classical rock songs, they are indeed a supreme band.
Here comes the question, Sly & Robbie really will visit China crossing half the globe from Jamaica? – Yes, that’s true! Not less sensational than the arrival of Metallica, Sly & Robbie, together with other supreme bands from home and abroad, has been invited by Chinese known musicians to participate in the Starsing Asian Music Festival of New Year’s Eve Celebration which would be held at the higher education mega center of Guangzhou from Dec 31, 2014 to Jan 1, 2015.
Bitty Mclean, who would be performing on the same stage with Sly & Robbie, is also a big figure.
As a top reggae singer of UK, his series of compositions in early 1990s were in the top ten of the list of UK. He also performed in Promises And Lies, the album of the leading band UB40 well known in reggae field, which turned out to be a great success and approaching the sales record of 10 million.
Bitty Mclean and Sly & Robbie conducted their first collaboration in 2009, together they produced the album which won the praise of the best reggae album of the year by New York Times.
All of his top-list super singles have made him one of the best reggae masters.”
Yearlong commemoration of reggae legend’s music will feature reissues, new collections and plenty of unreleased material from the Marley family vaults
Bob Marley would have turned 70 in 2015, so the reggae singer’s family is marking the milestone with a yearlong commemoration of his music and legacy. For the first time, the Marleys are granting Universal Music Group access to its extensive and private vaults of previously unreleased music to make for stocked reissues, video releases and new live albums.
First up on the calendar is Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Easy Skanking in Boston ’78, a never-before-released live CD/DVD. Footage from this gig was filmed on a handheld camera by a fan that Marley gave permission to stand front-and-center. The release is due out on February 10th.