Blessings Mi Irieites,
We are at this moment in Lima, Peru’s capital and having a blast. While between press conferences and interviews, I’ve managed to tuck in to some of the dishes in this country of diverse culture. It is amazing just to witness the variety of fruits and vegetables that this place, the back bone of the Andes, has to offer.
i’m tasting a blended smoothie, which includes bananas, almond milk, walnuts and one of Peru’s most favoured fruits, the “lucuma.” For the millions out there that don’t know this fruit, it’s hard to describe it really.
Let’s put it this way, it’s about the size of an orange. The fleshy part has the colour of an egg yolk and it’s dry taste, is that of a cross between a roasted breadfruit and a baked sweet potato – just loaded with all the B vitamins. Incidentally, it is used here to make ice cream!
Thanks Peru! Now being freshly energized with these healthy foods, Steel Pulse will definitely be giving y’all a great show tonight.
Hail Mi Irieites,
Please accept my humble apologies for not continuing with this Midwest tour. The sickness I have contracted became too overbearing to sustain the remaining days.
Ever since the first date, I’ve been fighting a fever during the night right up to show time only to find that the condition had made my vocal chords inflamed, therefore unable to perform with any accuracy. On top of that I had a complete loss of appetite, ultimately sapping my strength. Nevertheless, I was willing enough to at least make a presentation each night despite my setback, not wanting to let you, our fans, down.
Unfortunately, the whole thing got the better of me and now has forced us to “throw in the towel.” To our loyal fans, especially those that have been waiting anxiously and have travelled hundreds of miles cross country to be part of our event; we hope that you can bear with us until I get back on the mend to serve you in the way that you know we do best. I thank those that have supported us at the events that we had managed to get by on (Telluride, Aspen, Boulder and Denver). Your cheers and high morale were terrific and uplifting to our spirit. We hope to give you something a bit more special next time round.
Once again, my sincere apologies…
Hail Mi Irieites,
With more tributes out there, we pay our respects to David Koff, film director of “Blacks Britannica.” David Koff, who died just over a week ago, age 74, was said to have had bouts of depression, ultimately taking his own life.
You will be missed, David, because you spoke up for justice when few had the courage. We salute you and your work.
“Blacks Britannica” is a documentary that came out in 1978, depicted the social, political and racial issues throughout the UK at that time. This film became so controversial that it was banned from the UK for many years. Before it was made, not many outside Britain were aware of the plight and hardships faced by Caribbean migrants struggling to survive in a harsh England.
Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Your spirit will be with us always. Selah.
(David and his producer was kind enough to offer any footage for us to use in the Steel Pulse film/ documentary which is now due for a late summer release.)
Yes Mi Irieites,
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:
We will never forget. Forward ever.
Hail Mi Irieites,
Before the day’s out on this 49th anniversary since his slaying, I promised myself that I would start a portrait of Malcolm X. Here it is… wish me luck on the finishing line!
Hail Mi Irieites, this is a day to remember.
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.
More on Wikipedia…
Half the story has never been told. Selah!
Let’s think of the reggae icons once again on this day February 6th. Yes, the birthday of Bob Marley and the late “Reggae Ambassador” himself, William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke. Long live their legacies.
And a Happy Birthday to our beloved Californian girl, Karyn. Trust you enjoyed your day.
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.
Mi Irieites, the message is the music. The man whose banjo “surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” The world misses you already, Pete Seeger.
Just for further information, Pete Seeger became a very strange and interesting part of my life at an early age without me even realising it.
Songs like “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” were imprinted in my memory – back in the UK we treated them as nursery rhymes! These songs were played on radio 2 and 4 while getting dressed to go to school. We never realised that they were actually protest songs. My acknowledgement came full circle when I was asked to do a seminar about protest songs onboard a “Jam Cruise” exactly a year ago. As a result I decided to do some research on that subject only to stumble across these types of songs that were recognised as protest music. In doing so I understood and respected the meaning of Pete Seeger and the many other contemporaries of his, including Woodie Guthrie, Lead Belly, Phil Ochs and Joan Baez. Bob Dylan was already on my list.
But the most painful thing for me right now is that we have been trying, ever since my re-discovery, to meet this great man – but to no avail. The chances became slimmer when we learned that he lost his wife a few months ago.
Pete, I wanted to tell you how much of an influence your music had on me at an early age and has now become even more potent knowing the tribulations you had to go through back in the day when songs like yours were viewed as anti-establishment.
“When will they ever learn, when will they ever…… learn!
Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – Jan 27, 2014).