“As I Would Say” or “As I Would Tell You”: Big Youth Selector’s Choice Mixdown

Here is a short profile on Jamaican heavyweight ‘Big Youth,’ the man who single-handedly invented and innovated “deejay,” or rap, as we refer to it in the U.S.  Quite possibly the “heaviest” dread to hold the mic since Marley and… Continue Reading


Bob Marley presented with UN Peace Medal, 1978

  The United Nations’ Peace Medal of the Third World was given to Bob Marley on June 15, 1978. in New York City. The late singer and songwriter earned this distinction for his courageous work appealing for justice and peace… Continue Reading


Survival Rehearsal Recordings, 1979

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Originally slated to be titled Black Survival, Survival is an album with an outwardly militant theme which explores the themes of black nationalism, Pan-African solidarity, and injustice at all levels. Marley took a great risk in releasing such a politically… Continue Reading


Bob Marley Does Australia, Builds New Studio 1979

Bob Marley 1979

Bob Marley & The Wailers Live At The Hordern Pavillion Sydney, Australia Friday, April 27, 1979 01. Positive Vibration [Live At The Hordern Pavillion] (5:15) 02. Concrete Jungle [Live At The Hordern Pavillion] (5:21) 03. Burnin’ And Lootin’ [Live At… Continue Reading


Peter Tosh: Reclaiming A Wailer

I have included a NPR podcast titled “Reclaiming A Wailer” and a Jamaica Gleaner article that discusses the recording of Tosh’s seminal debut album “Legalize It.” Jamaica Gleaner May 9, 1975 Photo by Lee Jaffe www.leejaffe.com


‘Scratch’ Perry a Pioneer in Jamaica’s Music Scene / Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2012



Peter Tosh: Reggae Sunsplash III, July 2-5, Ranny Williams Entertainment Center, Kingston, Jamaica

Photo by Lee Jaffe

Held July 2-5, 1980 at the at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Center, Kingston, Jamaica Reggae Sunsplash III takes the Sunsplash franchise to another level. The concert is being held a few short months prior to a General Election, and the… Continue Reading


How Jamaica Conquered The World – Episode 1: Jamaican Independence


Over the coming weeks I will be sharing with you the “How Jamaica Conquered The World” podcast series.  To read more about the project and film, please visit http://www.howjamaicaconqueredtheworld.com/ Today is Episode 1: Jamaican Independence “1962-2012 Celebrating 50 years of… Continue Reading


“Bad Card” Banned in Jamaica 1980


In 1980, upon the release of the single “Bad Card” from the Uprising album, the Jamaican government moves to ban the song from Jamaican airwaves because of it’s negative political connotations.  Bob Marley, a Peoples National Party supporter, sees two… Continue Reading


The Playboy Story plus Live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 1976


The following article appeared in the September 1976 issue of Playboy as well as in the September 7, 1976 edition of the Jamaica Gleaner.  The article finds Bob Marley and the Wailers in the midst of their 1976 Rastaman Vibration… Continue Reading