Here is an excellent soundboard recording of the Gladiators performing some of their most beloved tunes at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY on February 27, 1987. Fantastic set which also includes several Bob Marley tunes and a Yabby You tune as well. Also included is an article on the group which was published in the October 2, 1979 issue of New Musical Express.
Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
Sun Is Shining
War/No More Trouble/Crazy Baldhead/Get Up Stand Up/Exodus
Fire Deh A Mus Mus Tail
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.
The year 2015 would have marked the 70th birthday of Nesta Robert Marley, the international “King of Reggae” and one of the most celebrated musical artists of the last half of the 20th century. Bob Marley, who was born to a single mother on February 6, 1945 in a small village in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica, overcame impossible odds to become one of the world’s most popular yet unlikely rock icons. Since his passing in 1981, Marley has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was recently awarded Jamaica’s third highest honor, the Jamaican Order of Merit. In addition, at the turn of the millennium, his song, “One Love,“ was named song of the millennium by the BBC. The album from which it was featured, 1977’s Exodus, was selected by Time Magazine as the album of the century.
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It is December 1979, the International Year of the Child, and Bob Marley and the Wailers end their Survival tour by playing to a large crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex in Nassau, Bahamas. Much like London, Nassau was sort of a second home for Marley. He spent one month in Nassau immediately after fleeing Jamaica in December 1976 as a result of the assassination attempt. Bob Marley and the Wailers’ also did some recording at Chris Blackwell’s state-of-the-art recording studios in Nassau. These studios, which are said to be the best in the world at the time, are run by Wailers’ recording engineer Karl Pitterson.
Bob Marley actually established a vacation home in the Bahamas. Bob and Rita Marley discovered a former governor’s mansion on a visit to Nassau, while they were recovering from an assassination attempt in Jamaica (1976). The property’s lush gardens and oceanfront location provided a respite for the Marley children to balance with life in the mountains of Jamaica.
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Here is a very rare performance by Black Uhuru featuring Junior Reid on lead vocals. After being dropped by Island Records, Michael Rose leaves Black Uhuru and is replaced by Waterhouse singer Junior Reid who leaves his group Voice of Progress to take the helm of Black Uhuru. A talented singer and an electrifying performer, Reid brings new energy to Black Uhuru and they are signed to RAS Records by Doctor Dread. They immediately get to work on a new album titled Brutal. Reid pens some serious songs for the album including “Fit You Haffe Fit,” “Conviction or a Fine,” “Great Train Robbery,” “Let Us Pray,” and “Dread In The Mountain” (“Chanting”). I love the Brutal LP. The album and its dub companion are nominated for a Grammy Award and the group embarks on a short-lived US tour.
There are very few Black Uhuru live performances circulating featuring Junior Reid. This is one of their finest. The band begins to disintegrate. Their next album with Jammy is started but never completed, they stop working with Sly and Robbie, and Sandra “Puma” Jones leaves the band due to ill health (she passes in 1990 from cancer). Her replacement is Reid’s sister Janet “Olafunke” Reid, and the group returns in 1988 with the Positive album. Reid is unable to obtain a US visa, and unable to tour, leaves the band.
1. Shack-A-Lack Rock
2. Babylon Release The Chains
3. What Is Life
4. Fit You Haffe Fit
5. Emotional Slaughter
6. Conviction or a Fine
7. Great Train Robbery
9. Let Us Pray