Protoje live in Arcata, CA, February 12, 2015 (A DUBWISE GARAGE Exclusive)

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.

Dubwise Garage
Contributing Editor

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Bob Marley interview, The Berkeley Barb, Oakland, 1976

Peter van Arnhem
Contributing Editor

As we continue to mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley we share with you a rarely circulated interview which catches Marley in Oakland, CA.  The interview was conducted by Jeff Cathrow and Eugenia Polos in a motel in San Fransisco most likely on May 29/30, 1976 as Bob was in town to play Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.  He will play the Santa Barbara County Bowl on May 31, 1976 and then on to Europe where the band plays the Sunrise Festival in Offenburg, Germany on June 6, 1976.

It is a fascinating interview as Marley gives his reasons for not playing many shows in his native Jamaica over the previous several years (“you no get good equipment.  Y’know, you can’t fuck aroun’ like a foolish one.  It ain’t funny, y’know?”).  He also speaks about the government as vampires (the govamint is a t’ing ya call, uh, ever ‘ear ’bout Jacula?…Govamint—vahmpire.”).  These words would later appear in the song “Babylon System” from the Survival album.

Bob also talks at length about his father, a white military man from England, which is something he rarely talked about in an interview such as this one.  It is while discussing his father that he says something profound, something that indicates a type of self-awareness and duty to fellow man:

“For out of black and white came I.  And I say, ‘Black and white must come together.'”

It is this type of self-awareness, that his existence – the gift he has been given to communicate his message to the world through music – that really sets Bob apart from the other rock and roll artists of our time.

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The Berkeley Barb, July 22-28, 1977

The Berkeley Barb, July 22-28, 1977

Reggae MD X-ray radiogram reveals Heavy Dub Manners from Midnight Dread

Dub can see through anything in its revelation fashion:

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You never heard “Get Up, Stand Up” like this radiogram’s version from the mysterious Lightning Clap. It’s Reggae MD X-ray time so cover your vitals and stay still, version gonna zap yah same way! While you’re electrifying well-charge up even further with knob-twisters and muse-misters like Kazufumi “Echo” Kodama, Mikey Dread, Tosh, Cliff, Bob, Scratch, Tubby, and The Rhyth-O-Matics plus The Process Meets Ghetto Priest, Tazmanian Devils, Dub Colossus, Adrian Sherwood and that’s just the tip of the ites-berg in this very special Reggae MD X-ray window rattler and neighborhood waker. 76 minutes of fireworks from firehouse internationals hosed down and heated up. Radio not robots. Circle the wagons, we’re surrounded. Incoming!

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Penetrate any substance with this week’s Reggae MD X-ray vision. Get more clues to what ails Babylon from last week’s Reggae MD Symptomatic audio analysis. Listen up again and text I in the afternoon.

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Jah Raver’s Freddie McGregor Vinyl Selections

Included here are several rare Freddie McGregor vinyl selections from my record collection.

Rare 12″ mix of “Across The Border” issued on a RAS 12″ in 1984 in the run up to the Across The Border LP release.  Features the Studio One Band…

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“Chant It Down” with rare version…

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“Sargeant Brown” featuring Soul Syndicate on the riddim.  Issued on a Priest Hood 7″.

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Rare extended mix of “Rastaman Camp” from Studio One…

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Rare alternate mix of “Brotherman” from the Come On Over LP.

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“Rasta Man” 7″ mix…

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“Big Ship” issued on a Thompson Sounds 7″…

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“Yes I Am Ready”/”Try Love” 12″ issued on the Live & Learn label…

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And don’t miss The Roots of Freddie McGregor – an exclusive Jah Raver mix of Freddie’s foundation roots tunes.

1.Rastaman Camp
2.Peaceful Man
3.Big Ship
4.Big Ship (Version)
5.Brotherman
6.Shortman
7.Shirley Come Over
8.We Got Love
9.Apple Of My Eye
10.Walls Of Jericho
11.Jah Can Count On I
12.All In The Same Boat
13.Rhythm So Nice
14.Jah Is The Don
15.Natty Dread
16.I Am A Revolutionist
17.Rasta Have Faith
18.Freddie
19.Chant It Down
20.War Mongers
21.Out Of The Valley
22.Across The Border
23.I Man A Rasta