The Jamaican Government: We call on them to Aid & Support the Foundation Artist in Reggae (ASFAR)

It is sad but true that with each passing year we continue to lose the foundation artists of Jamaican music at an alarming rate. What is even more concerning is that so many many of them are dying in poverty, with neither much-needed medical care or the very basic sustenance of food and shelter.

We should not forget that it is first and foremost the beautiful and bountiful indigenous reggae music – evolved over generations by these same singers and players – that is the principal tourist attraction to the island, and that tourism is the very life-blood of the Jamaican economy.

Considering that the influx of foreign monetary exchange is in no small part directly due to the efforts of our ageing and often unsung heroes of the music industry, who often received little or no financial recompense or recognition at the time for their important work, mainly due to ignorance of business practices, we call on the Jamaican government and those with political influence within the Jamaican music industry – of which there are many – to establish a care home with medical and musical facilities to ensure that the foundation artists are able to live out their lives with some much-deserved respect and dignity.

Please show your support by signing the petition at

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_Jamaican_Government_We_call_on_them_to_Aid_Support_the_Foundation_Artist_in_Reggae_ASFAR/?carfSbb

Midnight Raver

The Foundation Reggae Artists of Jamaica are dying in poverty…..

After the death of so many Jamaican artists this year including Jackie ‘Kingstonians’ Bernard, many due to poverty, we are making a plea to draw attention to the plight of our ageing unsung heroes of foundation reggae. Many cannot even afford to buy the medicines they so badly need, some have no food or proper shelter, without any help from the Government they will continue to die prematurely. These artists have given so much and got so little for their trouble……..We want to point out the rich heritage and economic benefits they have brought Jamaica….They have put Jamaica high on the cultural world map and have brought most of the tourists that come to the Island, giving much needed revenue to the Jamaican economy. …….We call upon the Jamaican Government to acknowledge the huge part they have played in the…

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“Babylon Brutality” – Marlon Asher (New Official Music Video 2015)

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Best known for his hit tune “Ganja Farmer”, Marlon Asher, the Trinidadian reggae singer from Enterprise, Chaguanas, returns to the frontline with a brand new powerful song and video against police brutality. Marlon Asher’s perfect flow, positive vibes and conscious, original and notably relevant lyrics depicting the sad, unjust sociopolitical climate, combined with a big sound, reaffirm his singing talent and ability to create reggae masterpieces. “Babylon Brutality” is the first single off Marlon’s upcoming album “Illusions”, out January 13th 2015. I am happy to see Marlon making quality productions once again and getting the recognition he truly deserves. I await the new album’s release in anticipation and with high hopes. Enjoy & share the excellent reality tune & video here!

Keeping Positive over the Weekend: 3 Timeless Motivational & Uplifting Roots Reggae Songs

Strictly good vibes!

“There is Hope” – The Viceroys (off the 1983 LP Brethren and Sistren)

“No One Can Stop Us” – Willie Williams (off the Studio One Soul compilation)

“Can’t Stop Us Now” – The Viceroys (Produced by Linval Thompson!)

“Mutiny” – Winston “Niney” Holness aka Niney the Observer (1978) / Produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry & Hopeton “Scientist” Brown (High Quality Vinyl Sound)

Listen to this rare high quality roots reggae tune from the late 1970s.  Conscious lyrics and a militant message reflecting the political turmoil and confusion of the time. Classic Sly Dunbar on the drums! A serious ting…

“10 Deadly Shots Vol. III” – 10 Ft. Ganja Plant (New Full Album 2014). Listen Free!

deadlyshot3Listen for free to the new album by the awesome international roots reggae dub group, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant!


01 White Snakeroot
02 Castor Bean
03 Mala Mujer
04 Monkshood
05 Western Water Hemlock
06 Bladderwort
07 Venus Flytrap
08 Angel Trumpet
09 Oleander
10 Giant Pitcher

Wish you a Reggae Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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With the holidays almost here, thought I’d share the best comprehensive playlist of Reggae Christmas songs that I’ve come across so far.  200 roots, lovers rock, dub and dancehall reggae songs by great Jamaican artists, such as Gregory Isaacs, Alton Ellis, Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, Cocoa Tea, Sugar Minott, Jacob Miller, Ernest Wilson, Yellowman, The Maytals, The Ethiopians, The Aggrovators, Lee Perry, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Eek-A-Mouse and many others. An essential compilation selected by RastaClaus85.

“Talent is Healing” – Rootsriders ft. Ashwin Jaydee & Maikal X (Official Music Video 2010)

A big tune from Holland, I’ve loved this one longtime.  Off the Rootsriders album “So Much More”. The video is shot on the beautiful island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean.  Blessed vibes, a positive, inspirational message and great performance by all the artists!

“Hands Up I Can’t Breathe” – Steel Pulse (New Single December 2014) Listen & read full lyrics!

Brand new tune by the legendary reggae band Steel Pulse and David Hinds, livicated to the lives that have been recently unjustly taken by police brutality and racist discrimination, in particular the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this past August. Once again and after all their years of making music, Steel Pulse always deliver a notably strong and relevant message. Still chanting down Babylon as 2015 approaches… Listen and read / share the full lyrics below!

Lyrics (transcribed by rootsnwingz):

Should I run away

Don’t get disillusioned
By this racist institution
The bigots are out there with their weapons too
Yes they’re aiming just to gun down our children

So let me tell you this time around
Yes, we’re gonna draw this line right now
Our common goal is to stand our grounds
You got the city on lock down

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
Shoot I to keep my mouth shut
What do you want from me?

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
No doubt, you got the handcuffs
I’m choking, I can’t breathe

Why should I run away? Curfew!

Do I lay dead as a victim
Another statistics to the system
All kinds of crazy shit flow through my mind
Do I left to raise my children
So I’m gonna tell you this time around
What goes around, yes will come around
Is it defiance that has me bound
You got this whole town on lock down

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
Shoot I to keep my mouth shut
What do you want from me?

Don’t shoot, I got my hands up
Don’t shoot, I put my hands up
No doubt, you got the handcuffs
I’m choking I can’t breathe

I’m down on my bended knees
I’m choking I cannot breathe
I beg you don’t tazer me

Why should I run away?

Is it because I’m happy?
Why you so trigger happy?

Don’t shoot!

police brutalityUndercover cop pulls pistol on unarmed civilians in Oakland, California.

Champion Squad Presents Romain Virgo – “Inna Rub a Dub Style” (new official mixtape)

Brand new official mixtape by Romain Virgo, mixed by DJ Reem, featuring exclusive dubplates! Listen to Romain sing over classic rocksteady, roots, reggae and dancehall riddims, as well as a tribute to the great Alton Ellis.  This is Romain at his best! Download the tracked version for free in high quality mp3 here: https://www.mediafire.com/?66u35cggou9jcrc (mp3), or in wav format: http://www.mediafire.com/?dyaea5tg2syyacb . Or listen to the full mixtape:

The Structure of Guilt, Anxiety & BOREDOM!!

“The Structure of Awareness”, 1969, Thomas C. Oden

Part III, the structure of boredom, analogously, is as follows: The self (1) relates to the now or present actuality in the mode of immediate experiencing (2). When that present (3) is symbolized as being devoid of values regarded as necessary for one's existence, one experiences boredom (5). Boredom is the awareness that the essential values through which one fulfills himself are not able to be actualized under these present circumstances. To the degree to which these limited values are elevated to absolutes which appear to be unactualizable (6), one is vulnerable to intensive, depressive, demonic boredom.
Part III, the structure of boredom, analogously, is as follows: The self (1) relates to the now or present actuality in the mode of immediate experiencing (2). When that present (3) is symbolized as being devoid of values regarded as necessary for one’s existence, one experiences boredom (5). Boredom is the awareness that the essential values through which one fulfills himself are not able to be actualized under these present circumstances. To the degree to which these limited values are elevated to absolutes which appear to be unactualizable (6), one is vulnerable to intensive, depressive, demonic boredom.

5 Inspired Images & Photographs

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Gallery Compiled by 420randomness & rootsnwingz

Epistemology: Belief, Knowledge & Pragmatism, an original essay by 420randomness

Guest Post by 420randomness, translated from Greek into English by rootsnwingz for our English-speaking readers!

Epistemology: Belief, Knowledge & Pragmatism

According to recent scientific evidence … living within reason … we find ourselves in a blind existence without any archetypes, where everything seems to happen anyways, for no reason at all !

~ 1.1 Expression ~

one stimulus makes you twice as stimulated becomes one stimulus does not stimulate you at all

In other words, “Once bitten, twice shy,” becomes “Once bitten, never shy,”

But what can we do, if we can’t learn about a subject when we lack the relevant experience in that subject matter?

~~And thus, the rhythms of the natural world are still unappreciated~~

However, let us take a closer look

Passage from: “How We Believe”, Michael Shermer. Scientific American,

‘’I argue that our brains are belief engines: evolved pattern-recognition machines that connect the dots and create meaning out of the patterns that we think we see in nature. Sometimes A really is connected to B; sometimes it is not. When it is, we have learned something valuable about the environment from which we can make predictions that aid in survival and reproduction. We are the

ancestors of those most successful at finding patterns

This process is called association learning, and it is fundamental to all animal behavior, from the humble worm C. elegans to H. sapiens.’’

~ 1.2 Scientific Reference ~

Using evolutionary modeling and having a demonstration through it, Harvard University biologist Kevin R. Foster and University of Helsinki biologist Hanna Kokko in ’08, tested the theory and tried to have a gist out of it:

They begin with the formula pb > c,

where a belief may be held when the cost (c) of doing so is less than the probability (p) of the benefit (b). For example, believing that the rustle in the grass is a dangerous predator when it is only the wind does not cost much, but believing that a dangerous predator is the wind may cost an animal its life!!

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natural selection will favor patternicity

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Sluggish Schizophrenia in the Soviet Union , an original short essay by rootsnwingz

From its very early stages in the 18th century, Russian psychiatric theory viewed mental disorders as the result of “functional changes in cerebral activity or brain injuries” (Miller, 15). Although Stalin’s social reorganization condemned and politicized psychoanalytic theory and practice, the 1930s saw vital development in psychopathology, especially in the field of clinical symptomatology thanks to the work of P.B. Gannushkin. One of Gannushkin’s successors, G.E. Sukhareva, suggested an alternative classification model for the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia, rejecting Kraepelin’s original system (Miller, 16).

Essentially, the new model suggested that by examining the lifelong course of schizophrenia, as opposed to simply the symptoms, the disorder could be divided into two distinct types: ‘sluggish’ or ‘chronic’ on the one hand, and on the other, ‘acute’ or ‘periodic’. Sluggish schizophrenia referred to the continuous form, “which developed at varying levels of severity with periodic remissions during the life history of the patient”(Miller, 16). Soviet psychiatrists believed that there is usually a biogenetic, biochemical, neurological and physiological etiology for schizophrenia, which is triggered by the environment and manifested as a psychotic episode. The patient’s realization of his disorder’s facets and roots was considered critical to Soviet psychotherapy and, as a result, therapies aimed to be “short-term, supportive and very specific” (Miler, 17).

Critics have argued that this classification system of schizophrenia often leads to misdiagnosis or overdiagnosis because genetic inheritance with physiological manifestation is assumed more often as the etiology than cultural or individual causes (Miller, 20). Furthermore, Soviet psychiatry is often criticized for labeling its patients by “imposing an unsubstantiated diagnosis on a patient which will itself have negative consequences, both on the patient’s conception of self and in terms of the suspicious way he will then be regarded at home and at the workplace” (Miller, 20). This is largely due to the fact that any Russian, who was politically oppositional to Soviet authority and power, was in general deemed insane. Therefore, sluggish schizophrenia was thought to be manifested as a distortion of political reality by minds that were slow to realize the perceptions of Soviet reality. Substantial evidence is found for this in the establishment of special psychiatric hospitals for their ‘re-education’.

Patients were thus often regarded as political adversaries on top of being looked down upon for being insane by both the public and doctors, when they were not even mentally ill. In my view, this is what is insane. When the general population accepts that standing up or questioning political authority is always a sign of madness, then the population has evidently been tricked by those whose wealth would be threatened by any exposure of the existing established system’s injustice. This is what leads me to believe that the labeling impact of sluggish schizophrenia was merely an immoral scare tactic employed to condemn any act of resistance  as madness and to label any person unsatisfied with the political structure as mad. Fear and prevention of political dissent or an uprising could well be the underlying factors behind the phenomenon of labeling discussed above.

Nevertheless, it is unfair to condemn the entire profession even though it was abused to a certain extent, for one must keep in mind that a lot of propaganda was in play at the time, and consequently people were mostly exposed to one-sided and exaggerated portrayals of what was actually going on. Moreover, despite its drawbacks, it is undeniable that Soviet psychiatric theory & practice made some genuine and fruitful attempts to explore numerous explanations and treatments for mental illness.

Works Cited:

Miller, Martin A. The Theory and Practice of Psychiatry in the Soviet Union. 1985.

“Is It Worth It ? (Gunman World)” – Damian Marley (Official HD Music Video 2014)

The brand new music video / short film by Damian Marley, off the upcoming compilation “Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 2” (out December 23!, was directed and shot in Morocco by acclaimed directors Nabil Elderkin and Francesco Carrozzini and features renowned French – Moroccan actor Saïd Taghmaoui, best known for his roles in “La Haine” and “Three Kings”. Remarkably well made, the short film provides significant insight into the life, mind and conscience of a “gunman”, i.e. a contracted, mercenary killer. The “Is it Worth it?” message is powerful and successfully delivered through memorable and realistic visual scenes depicting both the violence and humanity of the killer. May not be suitable for all audiences as it contains graphic violence that may be unsuitable to some viewers. Watch the full official video in high definition here.

“Shame” – Mykal Rose & Snow (Official HD Music Video 2014)

Yes, you read correctly.  Canadian international reggae artist Darrin Kenneth O’Brien aka “Snow”, best known for his 1993 hit “Informer”, is back!  This past summer, Snow signed with Bugatti Music Entertainment and, with the guidance of producers Kent Jones and Grammy wining duo Cool & Dre, created this massive tune to explain his disappearance from the music scene in the U.S. And what’s more, the tune features the legend Michael Rose, former lead singer of Black Uhuru.  Two amazing reggae veterans with original and timeless vocal styles; their flow and lyricism have been left intact by the passing of time, which is why the video is so awesome to watch. As Mykal Rose sings: “Some ah dem nah really know we boss”. A must watch and listen!
All proceeds from “Shame” will be donated to the fight against Cancer.
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“Ασφάλεια” – Κακό Συναπάντημα (Unofficial Lyric Video by rootsnwingz)

Unofficial lyric video of a great song by Greek reggae band “Kako Synapantima”, on the classic “Solomon” riddim.  The lyrics are a clever and ironic commentary on city life and particularly the current tragico-comic security measures in Athens and Thessaloniki (The increased presence of police and army in the streets, discrimination, abuse of power and especially undercover informas). Video made by rootsnwingz, lyrics are in Greek and were transcribed by rootsnwingz.

Ανεπίσημο lyric video ενός άψογου και επίκαιρου κομματιού από την ελληνική reggae μπάντα ¨Κακό Συναπάντημα”.  Έξυπνοι στίχοι γεμάτοι ειρωνία και χιούμορ για την τραγική πραγματικότητα της ζωής στην πόλη. Δείτε το βίντεο για να ακούσετε το κομμάτι βλέποντας τους στίχους. Καλή Απόλαυση!


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Revival: Sugar Minott – “A Letter To Nelson Mandela + Dub” (HD audio)

Tribute to Nelson Mandela, produced by Black Solidarity. Amazing riddim! I predict that the “A Letter To Nelson Mandela” riddim will soon become very popular again as it is used in the upcoming OBF Dubplate “Freedom Fighter”, featuring crazy good lyrics and vocals by Mr. Williamz. The dubplate is yet to be released so I’ve also embedded a live video with decent audio of OBF playing it at Garance Dub Station 2014. Lemme see unu hand if you love Nelson Mandela, the great freedom fighter from outta South Africa!

“I Beseech JAH” – Midnite featuring Pressure (Lyric Video by rootsnwingz)

Unofficial Lyric Video. A BIG chune off the brand new Midnite album “Ride Tru”, produced by I Grade Records. Lyrics transcribed by rootsnwingz. Lyric Video made by rootsnwingz. Please comment if you find mistakes in the lyrics and wanna suggest corrections!

Music written by Vaughn Andre Benjamin, Delyni Brown aka “Pressure”, Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred, David “JAH David” Goldfine & Josiah Winans.
Lyrics and Vocal Melodies: Vaughn Benjamin
Drums & Tambourine: Lloyd “Junior” Richards
Bass: JAH David
Keyboards, Skank Guitar & Melodica: Tippy I
Keyboards: Josiah Winans
Guitar: Padraic Coursey
Recorded by: Tippy I at Aqua Sounds Studio, St. Croix

http://www.igraderecords.com
http://www.midniteband.com
http://www.igradedub.com
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