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.
Hail Mi Irieites,
The Steel Pulse Family is consumed with sadness to learn of the tragic loss of Faybiene Miranda, the dear wife of our dear brother Cliff ‘Moonie’ Pusey.
Few could compare to her. She stood for all that is good – the love of words, education, meaning and yes, the future. She was a true revolutionary – full of love and hope for the next generation. She was the godmother of my daughter – Shashamane.
Moonie, we can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolences.
Take a few minutes, Mi Irieietes, to listen:
An Interview: http://www.reggae-vibes.com/concert/fmiranda/fmiranda.htm
Prophecy – her song was banned in Jamaica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-phUA8P1wuw
A Poem for My Godmother by Shashamane
You were my godmother
The one God chose for me
You brought kindness
You are my definition
My explanation of
You will always be
My jewel and treasure,
My universe, My all;
With little effort
A marvellous poet
A wonderful woman
Great and adoptive mother to all
Because of you,
I will now find
New territories of
Yes Mi Irieites,
And we have touch down in Nigeria, after 31 and a half years. A great welcome to the Motherland….
Hail Mi Irieites,
Today, I bear strong thoughts of my father, Charles Percival Hinds (15.11.1921- 08.11.2003).
Even now I give thanks for his endurance, patience and belief in the band; long before the world had recognised our potential. It was through his eyes that I initially viewed the world and its political history. Though his methods were crude in description, I was able to adapt and interpret from him the energy, that you, our fans, have been able to identify with in our music.
Homage to the original Mr Hinds….
Hail Mi Irieites,
Ms. Alvera Coke, the mother of the late Peter Tosh has passed away. Here is the statement from the estate of Peter Tosh:
The Peter Tosh Estate with great sadness acknowledges the passing of Alvera Coke. Born in Belmont Jamaica May 25, 1917- she passed at the same home in which she grew up, in her bed today. As the matriarch of the Tosh family she leaves behind the great legacy as the mother of Peter Tosh and grandmother of ten. Her grand spirit and guidance will be missed.
Ms. Coke, we give thanks and praises for your love and inspiration. Your son got up, stood up for justice and was the voice for the voiceless. I and I are forever thankful for your grace.
Yes Mi Irieites!
With only one more show to go, Eindhoven, we performed our second to last show in Amsterdam at the Melkweg, last night. And if the truth were known, the crowd was electrifying as ever. Please allow me to rephrase that; the “Nether Lands” has “Never Let us down.”
Incidentally, Al Anderson came backstage with his family. We had no idea he was there or else we would have presented him on stage for old time’s sake. Least we not forget that it was here in Holland that we shared the same stage with Al when he was one of the lead guitar players for Bob Marley and the Wailers, 35 years ago! Fret not, we hope to feature him for a brief moment in our long over due documentary. We hope that your wait will be significant..
On another note, I found time to check the Anne Frank museum here in Amsterdam and although the queue was halfway around the block, it was worth the wait, believe me. At first, I was feeling quite agitated, knowing that the tour bus would be leaving midday, sharp. I am already known for my lateness. But finally, we, (Rande the merchandise guy) and I got in viewed managed to view all; enlightening and forever memorable.
Anne Frank was Special. Her energy during those time will remain with me, forever.
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…..
Yes Mi Irieites,
It’s a truly welcomed and deserved “day off” for the entire Steel Pulse entourage on this European tour. However, we take time out to remember Hugh Mundell who was murdered this day 14th October, back in 1983. The 30th anniversary of this reggae legend should not be forgotten.
In the earlier years of Steel Pulse’s presence in the Bay Area of San Francisco, we bumped into Hugh quite a few times. We were shocked when we learned of his death soon afterwards. For quite sometime in the early 80′s Hugh Mundell’s career became quite dormant. After a long hiatus friends advised him to return to Jamaica and produce the classic songs he was capable of composing. It was on taking such advice he met his death in JA. It was said to have derived from some kind of family dispute.
Hugh’s hit album “Africa must be free by 1983,” contained a lot irony, if you get my meaning. I’m sure his own spirit of freedom was what he was referring to.
Jah Bless another legend….
This is also the 30th anniversary of the slaying of dub poet Mikey Smith, who just like Stephen the disciple of our Lord, was stoned to death in 1983, in Jamaica.
Mikey, “Mi Still Cyaan Believe it.”
Hail Mi Irieites,
….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….