Monthly Archives: September 2013

Kenya, Stand Strong

Hail Mi Irieites,

The Ghanian poet Kofi Awoonor lost his life in the terrorist attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, along with a growing number of victims still being counted. Here is a prophetic excerpt from one of his last poems:

We are the celebrants
whose fields were
overrun by rogues
and other bad men who
interrupted our dance
with obscene songs and bad gestures

KenyaflagAs the smoke clears, and the stories start coming out, like this one about the courage of a four-year old child, let us pause and consider the idea that the taking of an innocent human life is ever justified. It is not, and can never be.  No god or God would ever condone it.

And it is when we think about the ideologues who masterminded this heinous act that we should remind ourselves to always remember our humanity.  We are all born of One Love. Without this Love, we are no better than animals. Let us condemn all people who plot and scheme to kill their brothers and sisters in the name of religion. There is no glory or grace for these haters.

Let us pray, Mi Irieites, that the lives of these innocent were not lost in vain. There were people of all nationalities in Westgate mall. Let us honor them all.

Kenya, stand strong. The good people of this world stand with you. Let us unite and work together to defeat the purveyors of hate.  Steel Pulse has always believed in the triumph of LOVE over HATE. Always and in all ways.

Jah Bless Kenya, and the innocents who lost their lives.

Hail Ken Norton


Yes Mi Irieites,

Sadly to say that we just lost another legend in boxing history; Ken Norton (Aug 9, 1943- Sept 18, 2013).

A few months ago while the Pulse were in Las Vegas, we were scheduled to meet Leon Spinks,  which did actually materialise.  However, there was also a schedule to meet Ken Norton.  Unfortunately he had other commitments out of town that day, so what was gonna be a tremendous photo shoot never took place.  That would have been with us standing in between the second and third guy to have beaten my hero, Muhammad Ali.  Now this moment can be created in my dreams.

There had been so much rumours floating around at the time on how Ken managed to make that fight happen with Muhammad, back in 1973.  That was the year of upsets too, ’cause it was also that year Joe Frazier got annihilated by George Foreman, down on “The Rock,” a place better known as Jamaica.

Come to think of it, Norton and Frazier had a similar, awkward, yet unique fighting style.  Both boxers had a fighting stance that had their arms slightly crossed and were always pushing forward towards the opponent throwing power punches from the most bizarre of angles; a style that must obviously have had Ali wearing his “padded thinking cap.”  After all, he did lose to both these guys.

Ken Norton, who had just turned 70 before he died, I would say, had the best physique in his era.  It was the kind of physique one sees when viewing a Michelangelo sculpture.  No doubt, it would have been a contributing factor for him getting the leading role in the film “Mandingo.”

Ken, if you wrote a book out there, I want to read it.  I am sure there are quite a few more events and issues where you must have broken the mold.

Maximum raspect to all friends, fans and family… R.I.P!!

Melkam Addis Amet

Hail Mi Irieites,

Happy New Year to all Ethiopians at home and abroad.  In these perilous times, it may be wise for us to think upon these words from His Imperial Majesty:

“The problems which confront us today are, equally, unprecedented. They have no counterparts in human experience. Men search the pages of history for solutions, for precedents, but there are none. This, then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the answers to the questions which have never before been posed? We must look, first, to Almighty God, Who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity which He created in His image. And we must look into ourselves, into the depth of our souls. We must become something we have never been and for which our education and experience and environment have ill-prepared us. We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

Bless! May the light of Jah guide you all into the positivity, continually… Melkam Addis Amet.

R.I.P. New Mexico’s Greatest Fan: J.R. Tenorio

UPDATE: It is with great sadness that we have to pass on the news of the loss our good friend J.R. Tenorio today September 4, 2013.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family. We were honored take time out to pay a special tribute to one of, if not our most devoted fans this past weekend after our show in New Mexico.


Here are some thoughts from some of the Steel Pulse Family on his passing:

“For 17 years, it’s been my great fortune to be a part of an incredible musical legacy: Steel Pulse. From my earliest days with the band, back in 1996, I have had the honor of meeting some of their truly devoted fans and many of them have become dear friends, regardless of how often we kept in touch. None of them touched me, and my family, more than JR Tenorio. He was the most loving, caring and giving soul one could ever hope to meet.” Rich N.

“Our hearts and prayers to the entire family. LIFE… The journey continues.” Sidney Mills

Please share your thoughts and prayers with the family of J.R. and the whole Steel Pulse Family.

Please take the time to watch the video of our visit last weekend and feel free to share the link and comment! Bless!

NOTE: We also would like to thank our fans for all your support at such short notice.  We know we can always count on you!

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Hail Mi Irieites,

As we complete all the tour dates issued in the USA, we take time out to pay a special tribute to one of our most devoted fans; J.R., who lies gravely ill at home on a reservation in Santa Ana, New Mexico.

Performing at the “Roots Reggae Festival’s” debut event located in the Albuquerque region, without the presence of J.R., left a void that we desperately had to fill by going to his house immediately after the show.

jr1jr2jr3To J.R. and family, we have posted this as a sense of encouragement for you to recover soon, and let you know that our fans give you all their moral support.

Our entire performance was livicated to JR. We love you Bro! We love you…