Pumpkin Belly Mix

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Inspired by seeing Cocoa Tea’s live performance recently, I offer this musical medley mix for October’s edition of Roots Education.  And, here is the best explanation I found of the meaning of the lyrics to the title track. You can get the t-shirt shown on this lovely site of reggae inspired t’s.

Roots Education – Pumpkin Belly Mix

1. Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly
2. Tenor Saw – Who Is Gonna Help Me Praise Jahoviah
3. Johnny Osbourne – Budy Bye
4. Johnny Osbourne – People Are You Ready
5. Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping
6. Sugar Minott – Dem Ah Rush Me
7. Sugar Minott – No One
8. Sanchez – Wherever I Lay My Hat
9. Sanchez – Feel So Real
10. Cocoa Tea & Buju – Too Young
11. Cocoa Tea & Shabba – Love Me Truly
12. Cocoa Tea – Mr. Neck Tie Man
13. Luciano – Sweep Over My Soul
14. Sizzla – Holding Firm
15. Luciano – Poor and Simple
16. Freddie McGregor – Your Shining Light
17. Freddie McGregor – Should I
18. Dennis Brown – Someone Special
19. George Nooks – Lonely Days
20. Beres Hammond – Your Full Attention
21. Beres Hammond – Come Back Home
22. Garnett Silk – Hello Africa
23. Beres Hammond – Show It Off
24. Garnett Silk – Splashin’ Dashin’
25. Sizzla – Babylon Homework
26. Turbulence – Bad In The Past
27. Sizzla – Worthy To Be Praised
28. Culture T & Jah Mason – Share Jah Love
29. Lutan Fyah – Hypocrites
31. Luciano – Use Jah Words
32. Oneness Band – Version (Oneness Riddim)

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Arabadub – The Spy From Cairo

What a delight! There are no samples used on the album, and Zeb has programmed everything, as well as playing traditional Middle Eastern stringed instruments called the Oud, Chifteli and the Saz himself.

The Spy From Cairo aka Zeb is the kind of musician that fits perfectly in with the downtown NYC music scene – Italian by birth, Gypsy by heritage, and New Yorker by residence, he has been closely associated with the Turntables on the Hudson scene for close to 12 years – producing dozens of albums as Zeb, the Spy From Cairo and the Organic Grooves project, as well as remixing for everyone from Baba Maal to Tosca to Billie Holliday to Novalima, steadily garnering a worldwide collective of fans and followers. His new album, Arabadub is perhaps his most realized vision of deep Middle Eastern and Jamaican sounds coalescing into something that sounds right and natural – because it was conceived and produced in just that natural way.

I once met and spoke with him at NuBlu – my first impression, he is a lover of culture, of the instruments he plays, of soul-stirring music, of authenticity.

The album is available on CD + Digi + 12″ Sampler –
Digi: iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Junodownload
12″ : 360 vinyl, UGHH
CD: Amazon, CD Universe

“…Thirteen gorgeous examples of this man’s capabilities. Where Zakariyya Ahmad and Mohamad El Qasabji meet Lee Perry and King Tubby, there stands The Spy From Cairo. ” – The Huffington Post

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Sy Smith – Fast and Curious

A new album entirely produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe is “Fast & Curious” from singer/songwriter Sy Smith. 11 tracks including reworkings of 3 classics from the catalogs of Billy Ocean (featuring Rashaan Patterson), Teena Marie and The RAH Band alongside 8 original gems straddling soul, house, breaks with Sy’s beautiful vocals and songwriting.  Preview and buy the album on digital direct from Sy’s Bandcamp.

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Roots Education Podcast – February 2012 – Judgement

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1. Bob Marley – Zimbabwe
2. Bob Marley – Rat Race
3. Junior Murvin – Tedious
4. Wayne Jarrett – Brimstone & Fire
5. Matumbi – Pretender
6. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)
7. LKJ in Dub – Iron Bar Dub
8. LKJ – Di Eagle N Di Bear
9. LKJ in Dub – Cold War
10. Sister Carol – No Way No Better Than Yard
11. Roots Radics – Dedication to Flabba Holt 1
12. Linval Thompson – Money Money
13. Early B – Poor Class Want Mass
14. Al Campbell – Fence Too Tall
15. Triston Palma – Babylon
16. Horace Andy – MUsical Episode
17. Singers & Players – Pneumatic
18. Prophets – Give Thanks & Praise
19. The Heptones – Serious Times
20. Soul Syndicate – Never Gonna Give Jah Up (Dub)
21. Earl Zero – Judgement (Dub)

Jah Bless
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Vishva Music

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Etta James: 1/25/38-1/20/12

“When I perform what happens is I’m somewhere else. I go back in time and get in touch with who I really am.” – Etta James

Etta James, aka Miss Peaches, would have celebrated her 74th birthday today.  She passed away last Friday after a lengthy battle with leukemia. She’s had quite a long career, and was first discovered as a teenager by Johnny Otis, with her first hit in 1955.  She recorded for Modern Records and Kent Records for the remainder of the 50s. She signed with Chess in 1960, recording with them until 1976.  The dark part of her life was battling an addiction to heroin from the mid 60s to the mid 70s.  A survivor, in 1978 she recorded the Jerry Wexler produced Deep in the Night, which was her final recording until 1988, returning to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to record Seven Years Itch.  From 1988 through 2006, she recorded frequent albums.  The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame gave her a recognition she more than deserved finally, in 1993, and inducted her in.

I first came across her music in 1994 with the release of

Mystery Lady – Songs of Billie Holiday

Being a Billie Holiday fan I was curious to hear her interpretation.  On this album she gives the most haunting delivery of “(I’m Afraid) The Masquerade is Over”, “How Deep is the Ocean”, “You’ve Changed” and “Don’t Explain” – my personal favorites on this incredible album.  It’s as if she channeled Billie. Her own battles may have been similar, being so talented and young in a hungry record game. Here is “The Verry Thought of You”


Discogs shows she recorded a whopping 29 albums, and made numerous appearances. Her most recent release,  Blues to the Bone, drips of down home guitarsy blues.

Here is her singing one of her biggest classics, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” (Live). What power!

If you would like to learn more about her, aside from the new Cadillac Records movie, there is a print biography called Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story. Da Capo Press, 1998. ISBN 0306808129 (Etta James, David Ritz) and a movie, Etta James and the Roots Band: Burnin’ Down the House (2002) (V)

Artist express their thoughts on her passing:

Aretha Franklin – “Etta James was one of the great soul singers of our generation. An American original! I loved ‘Pushover,’ ‘At Last’ and almost any and everything she recorded. When Etta SUNG, you heard it!”

Chaka Khan –“Rest in peace Etta James. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”

P!nk – RIP to the late and great Etta James. Your voice and your fight inspired me and many. I love that through recordings, people can live forever.

Rest in peace dear diva of blues and soul music.

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Weekend Reggae Recap

“Your my destiny, I’m here for you, flowers bloom in time
sleepless nights, eternal springs, when your love is on my mind”

-Lyrics to “Destiny”

I was blessed by a copy of this CD from a friend I ran into at the Wall Street this past Friday.  Bless Noble’s sound has that rolling quality of Midnite, softly swinging, inspiring rebellion but with a consistent hard groove.  Fans of Midnite would appreciate this.  He hails from St. Croix and is involved with sustainability.  By logging on to Bless Noble’s website and purchasing the album “We’re Not Alone” 15% of proceeds go towards through the organization Caritas Seeds, enabling achievements on the front of food security and sustainability.

At the Wall Street event, which just started and will be every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, selectors  Royal Majestic Sound bring nothing but conscious tunes and superior positive vibes. Do go check and support. Only $5.

I was also blessed to hear Abijah sing. She was truly effortless in her performance, a pure natural talent.  Humble Lion Camp productions provided the rootsy uptempo music that she vocalized over, and not one person there could say they didn’t enjoy the talent of her singing. Definitely watch out for this night to bring more live talent to the stage.

Then Saturday I was off to Union Transfer for the See-I show. It was my first time at this new Spring Garden venue, and immediately I could feel the great potential of this space. Friendly staff, professionally finished space, and one very good sized stage. Lighting and sound were both on point.  Rob Paine of Solomonic Sound played the set between openers the Pimps of Joytime and headliner, but the crowd was already open from the start. I had heard a lot about See-I but never enjoyed a live performance until this one. They delivered a full-force funked up reggae punch with passionate bass and drums. It wasn’t long before the entire crowd was bumpin.  Here is a video link of the live show to give you some flavor of the night.

See – I at Union Transfer

And here is the actual video for the track – Enjoy!

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Abacus – ‘Baby’ on ‘Red Hot + Rio 2 DJ Remixes’

“Baby” featuring Alice Smith and Aloe Blacc, is the sickest sexiest bossa nova bump tune to drop in some time, remixed by Toronto’s veteran producer  Austin “Abacus” Bascom.  Singer Alice Smith wistfully sings of South America like a swooner, as the track breaks open into full depth from a subtle start.  He strips the original track from its percussive and string cuteness and takes it straight to the floor.

I’ve never heard of Abacus until I received selected Red Hot + Rio 2 Remixed tracks from Giant Step DJ promotions.  Apparently he has many an alias, like A:xusAustin Bascom, and Blak Crowê, and is best known for creating classic deep house tracks on Chicago’s Guidance in the 90’s.  I am glad to find that he uploads his sound manipulations to soundcloud.com/abacus.  I just checked and “The Morning (Take 4)” is another sweaty one. Still downloadable too. He notified me of other recent releases –

Rethink Records – Abacus pres. African Hifi Vol1

NDATL Music  – Abacus pres. Idrum, Drum this Djembe

Other notable tracks on the remix album are the Juan McLean remix of Um Canto de Afoxe para o Bloco de Ile.  Proceeds from the sale of Red Hot + Rio 2 will benefit HIV/AIDS related charities, so do your part and support a good cause while fattening your DJ crate – from the Red Hot organization directly. I searched and searched but couldn’t find a link to purchase the DJ remixes online, or even a snippet of the tune that inspired me to write this, so I guess I’m droppin it on my next dance mix and will post the link here. Bless!

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facebook.com/redhotorg
twitter.com/redhotmusic

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