Watch this video to see how traditional St John Baskets were made. Bernie was good friends with Guy Benjamin.

via Bernie’s Baskets

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1980 Concert-Bob Marley

Bob Marley – Live In Rockpalast, Dortmund (Full Concert) – 1980

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By the time I heard a Bob Marley song he had already left this earth. I don’t know how I missed it. I was from the Midwest at a Ag School. Maybe that explains it.

Children schooling us.

When I started dating Starbo we went dance every Wednesday and Friday at Fred’s Bar in Cruz Bay. I was 29 years young and very comfortable dancing to Reggae. I grew up with Rock and Roll and could never find my groove with it. My friends danced but not me. I locked up. In my early 20’s it was Reggae that got me to loosen up because I could connect with it.
But now we were going to a place that played some Reggae, but mostly Calypso. I reverted back to locking up. I just didn’t feel it. I remember going to a party at a locals house. They were all dancing on his fresh porch on the house he just finished building. Everyone’s booty’s moved so well, including Starbo’s. I felt like a square in a round hole.
Weeks later I was at Fred’s and a couple young girls, maybe 5 or 6 yrs old, were with their mom on the roadside next to the bar. They were so natural with their dance. The movement was at a starting point, a simplicity, that I could relate to. I felt like a little girl growing up in the Caribbean, learning the basics. From that day on, I got it. I could move enough to feel comfortable.
This process showed me how seeds are sown and grow with the culture we are raised in. But sometimes a seed just is in the wrong place. Rock and Roll was not a good soil for my dancing vibes. Now I found my grounds.

Watch “African Children Killing This Dance *MUST WATCH* Ugandan music 2014” on YouTube

Rastaman Chant by Robert Nesta Marley

Fly away home to Zion.
Death but not dark.
One bright morning when my work is over.
I WILL fly away home.

The original video I had posted was live when Bob had long dreads. The rights were taken from the original poster so it was taken down. The spirit in Bob on this video was heartfelt. I am hoping it reappears and when it does I will be sure to video it with my phone so I can watch it in the future.

I was thinking this video, WAR, was from the same concert as the original video I posted but I watched whole concert and I am wrong. If anyone finds it (Rastaman Chant live), please post in comments for me.

Must not be in this concert because I found the concert posted below.

So I found a bootleg list of all songs he sang at each concert and from what I can see it was back in 1976 was the last time he sang this live.
Smile Jamaica Concert, National Heroes Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica
6 déc 1976

Convocation Hall, Toronto, Canada
5 mai 1976

Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA (late show)
30 avril 1976

Wonder Dream Concert, National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica (avec Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer)
4 oct 1975

KSAN FM Broadcast, Record Plant Studios, Sausalito, Californie, USA
31 oct 1973

Matrix (early show) Matrix Club, San Francisco, USA
19 oct 1973

Paris Theatre, Londres, UK 
24 mai 1973

This one is from 1976 but this is not it either. His dreads were longer than this. But from the bootleg site it shows this was his last concert he sang this. I know this isn’t true but I can’t find the video.

Ride the rhythm

Using one rhythm to create many songs is a popular practice in Jamaica. They call it ‘ride the rhythm’.

Here is an example of the original from producer Arif Cooper. It is a haunting rhythm called “Guardian Angel”.

Then Alaine Laughton does Rise in Love with the same rhythm.

And from my last post, Richie Spice does World is a cycle. Richie and Alaine take the original rhythm and make it there own. Sometimes they make complete albums out of one rhythm. Every song a different artist. I am not sure how many artist made “Guardian Angel” their song.

 

Richie Spice

Went to hear Jahgape last night at Yabo’s Restaurant/Bar in Fort Myers. It is a local reggae band. First time I hear them they played a mean Richie Spice. The singer def had a spice voice. It was exciting to hear some old school reggae. So now I am spiced up to post about Richie Spice.

Richie Spice, aka Richell Bonner, is a member of the Rastafarian Movement. Referred to as “prince of fire”, Spice uses culturally uplifting, spiritually fortified words to defeat what he conciders the negative content that informs much of popular (Jamaican) music.

The first song is “Gideon Boot”. This is what Richie’s website says about this song.

“In the Old Testament’s Book of Judges Gideon led Israel to victory over the Midianites, who dwelled in the southeast of Palestine, with a small army equipped with only trumpets, lit torches and jars to conceal the torches’ flames. Following Gideon’s instructions, his three hundred soldiers blew their trumpets and smashed their jars as they shouted “a sword for the Lord, a sword for Gideon”. With that, the tens of thousands of Midianite troops fled in fear.”

“I need a Gideon boot and a khaki suit to stand out inna Babylon and defend the truth/ I got a strong reggae beat with a mic in my hand fe lead out de youth dem outta destruction and let de people know right from wrong.”

Living in love is one of my favorites. Conscious Reggae, Let’s stick together, cross over the river, We got to live like sisters and brothers, Only true love can save the world, let our lights shine brighter.

This next video is Babylon Falling.  Quoted from Spice’s website, “The traditional Rastafarian Nyabinghi drumming that dominates the opening cut “Babylon Falling” heralds the seriousness of Spice’s musical mission.”

World is a cycle  is sung over producer Arif Cooper’s haunting “Guardian Angel” rhythm, is, as Spice explains on his website, “a song for the children and for the parents saying be careful because what you do can fall right back on you and your kids.”

Matisyahu – Live Like a Warrior

Let go, live like ya wanna, let yesterday burn an throw in a fire, live like a warrior.~ Matisyahu

Lyrics:
Feel like the world don’t love you
They only want to push you away
Some days people don’t see you
You feel like you’re in the way
Today you feel, as if everyone hates
Pointing their fingers, looking at your mistakes
You do good, they want great
No matter what you give they stilll want to take
Give your love and they throw it back
You give your heart they go on attack
When there’s nothing left for you,
Only thing that you can do, SAYYYYYY
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Fight like a Warrior,
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Live like a Warrior
Some things you should let go, there only gonna pull you down,
Just like weight on your shoulder they are only gonna make you drown
We all swing high, we all swing low,
We all got secrets people don’t know
We all got dreams we can’t let go,
We want to brave, Don’t be afraid
OHHHHHH
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Fight like a Warrior,
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Live like a Warrior
Your heart is too heavy from things you carry a long time,
You been up you been down, tired and you don’t know why,
But you’re never gonna go back, you only live one life
Let go, let go, let goooooo, Let go, let go, let goooooo,
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Fight like a Warrior,
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Live like a Warrior
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Fight like a Warrior,
Today, today, live like you wanna,
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire,
Live like a Warrior

Matisyahu—Rastaman Chant/One Day

Matisyahu is a Jewish American Reggae/ Alternative Rock artist who recently cut his beard, dyed his hair blond and took off his skull cap (yarmulka).

Wow! It says his career started in 2000. Where have I been for the last 12 years? I have been in a conventional life bubble since 2003. That is the year I started working in the dentist office doing office stuff. They called me the office manager. I felt like I was playing office.
It was fun but yet fucked up. A type of time warp. I was answering to Doctors and patients. No more reggae store, no more children store. No more working for myself. We partied after hours, I threw my partners clothes in the back of his truck and started working out in the gym regular. I got skinny and single. Then a long journey back to forgiveness and togetherness.
Then 2005 I took a journey state-side for my children and the time warp spiraled deeper.

Rastaman Chant was not even in my world till I started drumming. Sanibel Causeway, ocean, waves and drums, the year is 2011. Sam and his baby momma sang it and I fell in love with the song.
Bob Marley sang it with soul, heart and love. A song 100% his. Or so I thought. Tonight I see this Matisyahu person sing and I fell in love with it in a different way. I think Bob would feel alright rocking to Matisyahu singing his song. I think, really, he would be irie if anyone sang his songs with love in their heart. That was Bob Marley’s message all ways. One Love, One Heart. Lets get together and feel alright.

Listening to Bob or Matisyahu, I feel my heart expand.

We’ll be Forever Loving Jah

This is video of Bob Marley rehearsing in 1980. Bob passed May 11th, 1981.
Forever Loving Jah was from the Uprising Album put out in 1980. It was his last studio release and his most religious.

Wo-o-o-o! Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya! Woy-oh!
Yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah! Oh!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah;
We’ll be forever loving Jah!)

Some they say see them walking up the street;
They say we’re going wrong to all the people we meet;
But-a we won’t worry, we won’t shed no tears:
We found a way to cast away the fears,
Forever, yeah!

(We’ll be forever loving Jah) We’ll be forever!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah) Forever, yes, and forever!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah) There’ll be no end.

So, old man river, don’t cry for me;
A-have got a running stream of love you see.
So, no matter what stages – oh stages –
Stages – stages they put us through,
We’ll never be blue
No matter what rages, oh rages,
Changes – rages they put us through,
We’ll never be blue:
We’ll be forever, yeah!

(We’ll be forever loving Jah) We’ll be forever!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah) Forever, and ever, yes, and forever!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah) ‘Cause there is no end.

‘Cause only a fool lean upon –
Lean upon his own misunderstanding, oh ho, oh, yeah!
And then what has been hidden
From the wise and the prudent
Been revealed to the babe and the suckling
In everyt’ing, in every way, I say, yeah!

(We’ll be forever loving Jah) We’ll be forever!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah)

‘Cause just like a tree planted – planted by the rivers of water
That bringeth forth fruits – bringeth forth fruits in due season;
Everything in life got its purpose,
Find its reason in every season,
Forever, yeah!

(We’ll be forever loving Jah) We’ll be forever!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah) On and on and on!
(We’ll be forever loving Jah) We’ll be forever, yes, yes –
we’ll be forever.
(We’ll be forever loving Jah)