A special tribute to one of the pioneers of reggae from the NY region; Philip Smart, engineer, producer, mentor and recording studio owner, out in Freeport Long Island.
Sad to say that Philip passed on peacefully, last week after a long bout of cancer. One of our last recordings at Philip’s studio was the backing tracks to “Put your Hoodies On,” a song dedicated to the murdered teenager, Trayvon Martin.
Many acts have gathered a momentum of success having worked at Philip Smart’s. Acts including: Shaggy, Sister Carol and more.
Philip, I’m sure that you will be proud to know the positive response our song has been getting on youtube since it’s release. With heartfelt condolences we come together in celebration of the life and legacy. One should have been named Philip “Smiles,”too for that beam of happiness always on your face.
Celebration of his life starts today, March 8th between 12pm and 4.00pm.
Here we are on the two year anniversary of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s parents are still fighting courageously for justice – in this unsafe climate created by the unjust “Stand Your Ground” law. Steel Pulse issues this video on the second anniversary of the slaying of Trayvon as a plea for justice for all mankind:
Once again, Our-Story and not His-Tory is in the makings. Speaking of which, today is the 50th anniversary of the legendary Muhammad Ali beating Charles Sonny Liston, in Miami, 1964.
It was a moment I remember vividly, while our family watched it on TV in the early hours of the morning in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. The pandemonium was something else that day. It was the most wonderful feeling I have even seen to bestow my mother, father, uncles, aunt and elder brothers and sisters. One would have thought we had “Bingoed” The National Lottery.
Muhammad, then called Cassius Clay, was the 7 to 1 underdog, who was hated by many because of his boastfulness, arrogance and assurance. It was an attitude that we the minority, and also the underdogs of society who had no courage, were longing to have.
As the great man would say, “If any man would ever dream of beating me, he’d better wake up and apologise!”
Muhammad, Boom you are the best, Biff you pass ever test and Zapp, Jah Love and Jah Bless!
On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom when someone in the 400-person audience yelled “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards attempted to quiet the disturbance, a man who was seated in the front row rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun. Two other men charged the stage and fired semi-automatic handguns, hitting Malcolm X several times.He was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The autopsy report showed 21 gunshot wounds to the chest, left shoulder, and arms and legs, of which ten were buckshot wounds from the initial shotgun blast.
Steel Pulse is wishing Julia “Butterfly” a well deserved Happy 40th Birthday, today. Julia Butterfly, who’s Babylonian name is Julia Lorraine Hill, was our inspiration to write the song “Global Warning.” This came about when she took it on herself to live in a redwood tree, that she herself called “Luna,” for a period of 738 days (Dec 10th 1997-Dec 18th 1999), in Northern California.
Her purpose was to save the 1,500 year old tree that stood 180 feet tall (55metres), from being cut down as well as the forest that surrounded it, by the Pacific Lumber Company. Her mission succeeded.
Julia, this is just to let you know that you are a real trooper, fighting against those plentiful nights of cold and rain to get your message across. This is just to show you the power of the individual when one truly believes in something. You will not be forgotten.
“Global Warning, we looking for love,
Stand up and be counted, don’t ever let them chop us down.”
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Grenada’s Independence from Britain. If you can remember, I wrote an in-depth blog on their most recognised Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, who was executed back in October, 1983. So Grenada, the island of the best spices, a BIG UP to this incredible milestone.
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.
Today, 12th January 2014, marks the 4th anniversary since the earthquake struck Haiti, killing more that 250,000 people and leaving over a million still homeless.
So far, out of the $9 billion US, that was promised by the “International Community,” only a small portion has been bestowed to the country, of which a good percentage of that went towards emergency aid as oppose to reconstruction. If it was not for the tremendous effort of the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Australia and the many small business’ coming from out of America, that have volunteered their services, Haiti would still be in the quagmire just as the day the catastrophe to place. So President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe, still have a lot on their plates serving the almost 500 tent camps scattered all over the stricken vicinity. Please excuse me for any countries that have made major contributions that I have not listed or we are not aware about. It would be good if you the fans can give me an update on that.
As you already know, that we have been supportive of the situation ever since by donating a song we wrote immediately after the incident while recording in Jamaica called, “Hold On [4 Haiti].“ This we’ve awarded as a digital download to raise funds for Partners In Health (PIH) to erect solar panels by S.E.L.F (Solar Electric Light Fund). We were fortunate enough to perform in Haiti 2 years ago and visit one of the hospitals being supplied, 2 hours north of the capital, Port au Prince.