Wednesday, 26 June 2019
A NEW EPISODE OF CONSCIOUSNESS-EXPANDING TRUTH MUSIC.
STRAINJ POETRY: INTRO SKIT
KILLAH PRIEST: INFORMATION
GRAND PUBA: PROPER EDUCATION
ODD TV: LIVING IN HELL
FUNKY DL FEAT. AISHA SHEREENA: TOO MANY OF NOT ENOUGH (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
THE INNERCOURSE: PHARMACY IN THE FOREST FEAT. KING KONG LOUIE
DEAD PREZ: THE AWAKENING
THE INNERCOURSE: THE WHEEL OF KARMA FEAT. ETERNAL MIND
ERYKAH BADU: NEXT LIFETIME
MARVIN GAYE: THE WORLD IS RATED X (ALTERNATE MIX)
MAVIS STAPLES: CHANGE
KOOL & THE GANG: HEAVEN AT ONCE
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: WORK TO DO
EDDIE KENDRICKS: GOIN' UP IN SMOKE (LONG MIX)
REELSOUL, SOLARA, GROOVE JUNKIES: FOR THOSE WHO KNOW (GROOVE N- SOUL CLASSIC VOX)
GEORGE LESLEY FEAT. JAIDENE VEDA: I SMILE (DOUG GOMEZ BOSSACUMBE REMIX)
SEAN McCABE & HANLEI & 95 NORTH: NOW IS THE TIME
MARIO DJUST: DIFFICULT DAYS
Thursday, 20 June 2019
An update on my latest book-writing project, and announcing the next Q&A video session. The e-mail address for any questions is email@example.com
Saturday, 15 June 2019
When corporate and control-system meddling and subversion has been present in every other popular music genre, why would anyone reasonably expect things to have been any different in Reggae - a music and culture which has captivated many millions of fans and followers all over the world?
Here to discuss the various manipulations is the New York-based author, lecturer and black cultural studies scholar R.A Ptahsen, more commonly known as Rodney Shabazz. He offers a masterclass overview of how reggae music evolved out the earlier Ska and Rocksteady styles, (and before that, mento music,) and how all remain rooted in African cultural traditions. We also discuss how Reggae represents a culture and a lifestyle beyond the music, intrinsically linked to the Rastafari religion and the deification of the long-time Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, and the ceremonial smoking of marijuana.
Dr. Shabazz casts a critical eye over the emergence of the Reggae sub-genre known as Dancehall which appeared in the 1980s, its lyrics rooted in vulgarity, and which largely replaced conscious message-music as the pre-dominant expression of the music. This occurred soon after the untimely deaths of Bob Marley and Inner Circle’s Jacob Miller, with Peter Tosh’s demise following a few years later, and Dr. Shabazz raises suspicions about three of the most politically active of Jamaica’s musicians all meeting early ends. We re-visit aspects of Bob Marley’s terminal cancer. Also coming under scrutiny are Chris Blackwell, founder of the hugely influential, Island Records, and David Rodigan, the immensely popular British Reggae DJ. With both coming from white, privileged backgrounds and military links, is there more to know about how they achieved their respective prominent positions than first meets the eye?
The Harvard Business School report into manipulating the black music scene of the early 1970s, as commissioned by Columbia Records Group and refernced in the interview, is discussed in this article:
Friday, 7 June 2019
I'm happy to say I'll be back at the outstanding Open Minds Ireland conference in Waterford for its third outing this November. I'm not speaking this time; instead I'll be dropping a Sound of Freedom-style conscious music DJ set.
Tickets full info here:
My Occult Aspects of the Beatles talk hits New Horizons in St. Annes a week on Monday. Here are the full details.
MONDAY 17TH JUNE - NEW HORIZONS, ST. ANNES, ENGLAND
Address: The Community Centre, St. Alban’s Road, St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, FY8 1XD
Start time: Open at 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Admission: £3 on the door. (Includes refreshments.)
Further info: http://www.newhorizonsstannes.com/this_year.htm