Category Archives: Steel Pulse

R.I.P. Sister Ayanna Ade

Hail Mi Irieites,
My spirit weighs heavy with sadness today.  I just learned that a dear friend of mine, Sister Ayanna Ade, passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning after a sudden, short and heavy battle with cancer.
Our condolences go out to her friends, colleagues and family, especially her son Samora. Please keep us posted as to what will be happening.
Bless, D

Malcolm-X: X-Resurrection with Macka B

Bless up this special day, Malcolm X, we’ll never forget you:

 X-RESURRECTION by Steel Pulse
[Malcolm X]
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

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Raspect: Thanks to Malcolm X, we keep on growing, keep on learning.

John Peel: Thoughts from Peru

We are here in Peru tonight, 16th May 2013.  This is a tribute night for UK radio DJ, John Peel who died right here 8 years ago.

For those unfamiliar with John Peel, he was the Radio 1 DJ who played a major role in breaking British Reggae to the public.  It was at a time when reggae was very much shunned from national radio and got little to no exposure in any of the music advertising media that was out there.

John found a loop hole in the system whereas there was a limitation to the amount of airplay reggae was to get, it did not out rule the idea of having the music performed live on the radio.  So British reggae upon went live – with versions of the studio songs that Radio 1 were refusing to play.

John, this is to let you know that your efforts will never be forgotten.  The restrictions and barriers on our music was going on far too long.  You had the courage and ingenuity to out-think your employers at RADIO 1. For that we remain grateful, always.

Bless…

Happy Birthday Wonderful Stevie!

Hail Mi Irieites,

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Nuff blessings to the mighty Stevie Wonder who turns 63 years old today.  Many happy returns Stevie!!

We remember the times we spent hanging out at your studio during the 80s, and this jam in LA:

Steel Pulse – Guest Stevie Wonder, Hollywood, CA 1985 SBD by Dubwise Garage on Mixcloud

Stevie comes in on “Ravers.”
Bless again!

P.S. – Stevie, we’ve been trying to get a hold of you. Can you have one of your guys contact us?

Martin Luther King: “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”

Hail Mi Irietes,

This is of special interest.  Today, April 4th 2013, marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are a few excerpts from his last speech, given the day before he was killed in Memphis, Tennessee [full speech >>

Recently, in the United Nations General Assembly, we sang a song in honor of Dr. King. We all still have much to learn. Here are just a few select quotes that stand out as beacons in a world of injustice:

  •  “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: ‘This is not just.’”
  • “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”.
  • “I have not urged a mechanical fusion of the civil rights and peace movements. There are people who have come to see the moral imperative of equality, but who cannot yet see the moral imperative of world brotherhood. I would like to see the fervor of the civil-rights movement imbued into the peace movement to instill it with greater strength. And I believe everyone has a duty to be in both the civil-rights and peace movements. But for those who presently choose but one, I would hope they will finally come to see the moral roots common to both.”

More information on Dr. King.

Bless, D.

WATCH: Steel Pulse perform at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, NYC

Hail Mi Irieites,

Here’s a video of the proceedings at the United Nations on March 22nd.  Steel Pulse joined the various guests as part of the Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  On the video, we come on at the 1:16:31 mark, for about 18 minutes, and then for the finale - at 2:07:44 – where we join Marcus Miller and the rest of the celebrants to perform Bob Marley‘s Get Up, Stand Up. 

Steel Pulse was truly honored to be a part of this special occasion. Here’s an interview I did with UN Radio.

Bless! D

United Nations – “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation”

Hail Mi Irieites,

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This week the United Nations is honoring the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. On the 22nd, Steel Pulse will be performing as part of this tribute in the General Assembly Hall, United Nations, New York. UN Foundation Girl Up Champion Monique Coleman will host the event featuring performers from Africa, the Caribbean and the United States:

  • Benyoro
  • Cameroon National Ballet
  • UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcus Miller
  • Somi
  • Steel Pulse

Speakers at the concert include:

  • H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ms. Shorna-Kay Richards, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations and Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee
  • Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

This year is particularly important, with many key anniversaries in the fight against slavery – including 220 years since France’s General Emancipation decree liberated all slaves in present-day Haiti; 180 years since the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 ended slavery in Canada, the British West Indies and the Cape of Good Hope; and 170 years ago, the Indian Slavery Act of 1843 was signed. Slavery was also abolished 165 years ago in France; 160 years ago in Argentina; 150 years ago in the Dutch colonies; and 125 years ago in Brazil.

2013 is also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States, which declared that, on 1 January 1863, all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.

The Door of No Return (lyrics) from African Holocaust was perhaps our best tribute to the tragic legacy of slavery:

For those who are unaware, slavery continues in this time.

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Here are some links to overstand what’s happening, and how you can get involved:

Bless. D