This day Feb 7th, 2014, marks the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ very first US tour, touching down in New York. That was the second British invasion. The first British Invasion was in 1775 during the USA’s war for Independence. This time the shouts of Paul Revere: “The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!” was replaced by thousands of screaming fans while the group disembarked the plane.
As for The Beatles, all we can still say after 50 years is, “We love you yeah yeah yeah. We love you yeah yeah yeah!”
Sorry to be the bearer of this sad news in this 2014. Bunny Rugs, the lead singer of Third World was pronounced dead a few hours ago. He had a long bout of cancer.
Only 3 days short of his 66th birthday, this man was not only one of reggae’s biggest voices but also a dear friend of ours. We will be paying tribute to this icon who has left an incredible legacy behind.
To Cat, Richie, Ruption and the rest of the crew, our heartfelt condolences.
Bless up everyone! Our first time in the Czech Republic. On the streets of Prague and I hope to be getting a treat tomorrow “Czech-ing” out the museums. Talks of viewing Mozart’s original manuscripts as well as a few Picassos. We shall see.
By the way, the show was great. Thanks for the hospitality Lukas, and those from Rastafari Radio…..
….Still on our European festival tour and loving it!!
Here’s an image from Port De Saint Nazaire, Les Escales, at the of the “Festival des Musiques du Monde” (The Music of the World Festival).
It beats me why after 22 years of being active, this has been the first time that Steel Pulse has ever performed here. It was a wonderful and honourable experience. Behind me is a monument that was made in memory of the slaves that were transported from Africa. The ships had docked here and the slaves were generally transported to Nante, a nearby major city. We give maximum respect to the efforts of advocates such as Victor Schoelcher, who went to drastic measures to put an end to the slave trade.
Saint Nazaire, was also a important entity during World War II, for the making of ships and any other types of water vessels.
And to the children of Saint Nazaire: keep strong and continue to grab education. It would be good to start a communication network between you that can interlink with the UK and other nearby countries to spread more harmony and positivity around the world. Thank you for your presence.
Oh, and a Happy Birthday to Ed, our tour manger, President Obama and my good good brethren, Jah B….
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….
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.