‘Radio Freelancer’ Mikey Dread+ debuts in Midnight Dread #47 Nov. 30th-Dec. 1st 1980

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Wonder coming to town! Where’s Bob? Masterblaster staying alive. The Cimarons march down Ken Boothe’s “Freedom Street”. Sly Dunbar plays “Mr. Music” and the thundering herd gets spooked sparking a runaway riddim flight complete with Aswad’s latest “Dub Charge” remix 12″ and Don Drummond with Drumbago pounding out another serious kind of “Stampede”. A starkly strange stereo mix (on Maroon Records) of “Stand Alone” (“There You Are”) from Bob Marley & The Wailers Upsetter period keeps hope lively upped. It clears the way for Alton’s “Still In Love” and the brand new Mikey Dread masterwork with Edi Fitzroy “Moonlight Lover” / “Freelancer” where Mikey references his radio operator skills amidst his custom Midnight Dread drops that pepper alla its programs. Jamaican born lead singer M. Al Azeem drops in to reason and preview several tracks from his new lp recorded in Oakland CA with Session, a foundational San Francisco Bay Area reggae band formerly known as Legs. Their first lp’s called “See Up Azeem” and features Sly on a coupla tracks:

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After the Azeem interview and sounds and just before Jah Minstrels sing ‘Itality!’ ending Part One of this radio aircheck in their latest tune “African Roots” Peter Broggs gives major drum & bass thanks & praises with his landmark “Never Forget Jah”:

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Yes I. Not only is Stevie Wonder coming to the Cow Palace but Culture’s coming to The Key Stones and Joe Higgs & The Mighty Diamonds are due at the Old Waldorf in North Beach. Early December 1980 is a glorious time. Travel there through audio and catch the vibe.

Last time’s 33 years ahead program. Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page. Go deh. All of dem.

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