Hail Mi Irieites,
Chilling with Ky-Mani Marley. I haven’t communicated with him for quite a few years now… well, since we all did that show in Ghana along with Joseph Hill. Joseph passed on later that year (2006). Too bad Ghana’s 50th anniversary was right around the corner.
Nevertheless, we will, both Ky-Mani and the Pulse, continue our divine duties to “Chant Down Babylon”.
As Big Daddy would say “ONE LOVE” and One heart at the One Love Festival….
Yes Mi Irieites,
As we embark on the first date of the European summer tour, I had the pleasure to chill out briefly with one of reggae’s original veterans, Mr. ‘Ruff and Tuff” himself: Stranger Cole.
There I was, rushing to get out of what was a slightly cold night (well for me it was), after an extremely hot day, and now fighting off a sore throat because of this drastically mixed weather, I stumbled across Stranger, sitting in our van waiting for the rest of his band members. We both are at one of France’s biggest reggae festival, Garance.
It beats me why every time Stranger re-introduces himself he makes it a point that he is the father of Squiddly Cole, one of Jamaica’s best drummers. But with no disrespect to Stranger, I believe he has carved a very chunky-size niche, within the industry. Stranger was one of the acts that we use to shuffle dance to when my eyes were at my knees.
I am still reeling in disbelief that there is only an eleven-year difference between us. He started his career in 1962.
So Stranger, don’t be a stranger.
One of the first comments I made in regards to the Trayvon Martin shooting, was within days of the incident. I stated that American justice will be in the balance, whatever the decision. I was also hoping that what ever decision made was based on “truth and rights,” as oppose to the cunningness of lawyers.
As the story unravels itself, another juror has come forward now saying that “Zimmerman got away with murder.” She went on to say that she held on to her decision as long as she could for a second degree murder conviction.
This day in 1892. I and I never forget what it means. The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords walketh upon the Earth. Selah.
Hail Mi Irieites,
This is an undying love for one of the most inspirational figures that has entertained our community while we came of age…. the masterful Bruce Lee. This day July 20th, marks the 40th anniversary of his death.
So give some thought to Bruce, our unforgotten warrior. (27.11.1940 – 20.07.1973)
Just finished watching a documentary special on him. BTW, Bruce shared the same birth date as another icon who passed on while in his prime……. James Marshall Hendrix
Yes Mi Irieites,
I did promise that I would get back to you on this. Time has ticked away, but no second has passed without us having thoughts for Nelson Mandela in our hearts.
At the beginning of the month, I received a few phone calls pertaining to Mandela being in hospital and his condition on “being hopeless.” At that time I was asked by a few close friends to put something together for him before he goes. I made reference of getting back to them on the issue but never did. My reason? I had this deep belief that if Nelson survived all the turmoil the way he did for all those years, there was no reason why he would not be unable to gather that well known inner energy he has to be around for his 95th birthday.
My instincts paid off and I feel good about that. So here is one more tribute to Madiba himself; Nelson, you served us well. We are honoured to be witnesses and beneficiaries of your achievements in life.
Neither will we forget Winnie.
As the struggle continues, we wish you all the best on this special day, 18th July 2013.
A sad state of affairs:
Earlier today, a food-poisoning incident broke out and killed at least 22 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age in a small village near Patna, in the state of Bihar, eastern India.
The children were said to be having their school meals consisting of rice, lentils, soya beans and potatoes when all of a sudden they started to feel severe pains in their stomach followed by a series of vomiting. No one is really clear as to what might have caused this terrible outbreak. But the idea of an insecticide known as “organophosphate,” used on the crops, has not been ruled out. It is used in the rice fields and there was a strong possibility that the food was not properly washed before being cooked and served. There is also a lot of speculation going because it has been said that many children who ate the soya bean product before the rice and were the ones that took ill, first.
Well, we are praying for the families who have lost their young ones and for a speedy recovery for those that are still in critical condition lying helpless in the local hospitals. This is the world’s largest school feeding program involving 120 million children, and in a poor state like Bihar, it is important to feed the children at school, but it is equally critical to make sure the food is safe.
For those who are unaware, the village is about 200 km from Gaya, the place where the Buddha is reported to have achieved enlightenment.
Jah Love Itinually…
Hail Mi Irieites,
Just saw the Piers Morgan CNN talk show, featuring Rachel Jeantel. After watching her testimony for the second time, I have to say, it was a lot more impressive than when I initially saw it. And as for the interview with Piers Morgan, I found her to be a very straightforward and upright individual, though young and obviously inexperienced.
It is hard to comprehend that there are people that are still out there that cannot see that this case was about race. Rachel pointed out that the mere fact that the jury was comprised of races contrary to Trayvon Martin’s ethnic background, made her understand that justice would not be served. Rachel didn’t need an IQ of 200 to rationalise that.
And after listening to the Anderson Cooper’s interview with one of the jurors, it was evident that she (the juror) was biased from the beginning. She believed what she wanted to believe. There was no blood on the hands of Trayvon Martin that belonged to Zimmerman, despite the fact that Zimmerman claimed that Trayvon was trying to smother him after he was punched on his “bloody nose.” In other words, blood would definitely be on one’s hands if such an incident happened. How did they – the jury – not see that? A no brainer.
Amazing… Where is J U S T I C E ?
At the Mountain Winery, Saratoga CA (July 5, 2013):