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.
….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.
This is a tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest musical icons, Muhammad Yusef Ali (yes he is a knock out), better known as Cecil Bustamante Campbell (yes, he should have been Jamaica’s first Prime Minister), even better known as “Prince Buster.”
Prince Buster, Jamaica’s first super star, turns 75 years old, today (May 24th 2013).
Many happy return, rude bwoy. May you continue to wash all our troubles away.
Bless up this special day, Malcolm X, we’ll never forget you:
X-RESURRECTION by Steel Pulse
Born in Omaha Nebraska
May 19 Year 25
Was the son of a Garvey teacher
We will keep his name alive
Youthful years were full of adventure
Drifted to a life of crime
In jail he learned to be our leader
Thank God he was released on time
Spoke out against Jim Crows injustice
And never turned the other cheek
There’s no room for non violent protest
Yes these words were what he preached
Taught us bout Pan Africanism
To put my people back on their feet
Take whats ours robbed by the system
He said by any means
Let Malcom live through us
Black liberation is a must
They have tried to rid his name
From history books and magazines
They even tried to criticize
His greatness and philosophy
Against all kinds of exploitation
For all of us he bore the pain
We won’t let him be forgotten
No he did not die in vain
Put away the misconception That he came to teach us hate
So Wake up from your sleep and slumber
Wake up before its too late
We need to resurrect that spirit
A lease of life the people need
To fight resistance from the system
He said by any means
Live Malcom live through us
Black liberation is a must
By any means by any means
By any means necessary
Raspect: Thanks to Malcolm X, we keep on growing, keep on learning.