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Happy 95th, Nelson Mandela!


Yes Mi Irieites,

I did promise that I would get back to you on this.  Time has ticked away, but no second has passed without us having thoughts for Nelson Mandela in our hearts.

At the beginning of the month, I received a few phone calls pertaining to Mandela being in hospital and his condition on “being hopeless.”  At that time I was asked by a few close friends to put something together for him before he goes.  I made reference of getting back to them on the issue but never did.  My reason? I had this deep belief that if Nelson survived all the turmoil the way he did for all those years, there was no reason why he would not be unable to gather that well known inner energy he has to be around for his 95th birthday.

My instincts paid off and I feel good about that.  So here is one more tribute to Madiba himself; Nelson, you served us well.  We are honoured to be witnesses and beneficiaries of your achievements in life.

Neither will we forget Winnie.

As the struggle continues, we wish you all the best on this special day, 18th July 2013.

Bless!

Aime Fernand David Cesaire: 100 Anniversaire

One more thing Mi Irieites,

afdcToday, June 26th 2013 is a special tribute to Aime Fernand David Cesaire, the Martinican poet, author, historian, politician and activist, who was born exactly 100 years ago, (26th June 1913 – 17th April 2008).

Aime Cesaire, who was also a teacher and strong influence on fellow native Frantz Fanon, was and still is Martinique’s pride and joy.

He has been noted to be the primary force that challenged the French authorities for Martinique to gain its cultural identity as black Africans subjected to colonialism.  At one point in the 1940′s Cesaire, like many others back in the day, aligned himself with the principles of Communist Russia, but later retracted these beliefs.

Some of his best written works have been “Discourse of Colonialism,” (1950), that denounced colonial racism, “Toussaint L’Ouverture,” (1960) a book based on the life of the Haitian Revolutionary Leader and “The Tempest,” an adaptation of the Shakespearean play, geared for a black audience (1968).

In 2001 Cesaire retired from his active duties.  He had held many positions including the Mayor of the capital, Fort De France as well as the President of the Regional Council of Martinique.

One of his last controversial stances was the snubbing of the President to be, Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2007.  Apparently, the French government was looking about imposing in the schools and textbooks, the ideology of ‘French colonialism’ being a “positive role.”    The Martinicans  protested intensely.  After a series of heart problems, Cesaire died on 17th April 2008 and was given an honorary State funeral.  Sarkozy, now President of France, attended but made no comment.

The national airport in the town of Lamentin has been renamed after this fearless individual.

Thank you Aime Cesaire, one of the greats of the Francophone Black Diaspora, for sustaining Martinique’s  heritage.  In other words, “You Big!!”

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.

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson!


A great “Big Up” to Willie Nelson, who turns 80 years old today and still is in better shape than his guitar.  Willie, wherever you are right now, you have a heck of a lot to be proud of..

Being born during the years of the Dust Bowl, you have certainly made a change to the lives of the croppers. May your years continue to be prosperous and your heart be as concerned as ever.    ‘Cause there is one thing that we Steel Pulse, the farmers and YOU all have in common, and that is: “THE ROOTS” yah!

Willie Nelson.  Earthday, 30th April 1933.

Richie Havens: Rise in Eternal Glory!

Hail Mi Irieites -

As you know by now, Richie Havens passed away yesterday on Earth Day.

I had the good fortune to see him live for the first time at a club in Birmingham called Barbarellas. I must have been about 19 years old at the time.

Years later, Steel Pulse went on to be on an opening billing with him in D.C., in the early 80s. To this day I have yet to see anyone strum the acoustic guitar with the energy he had. Richie, you will never be forgotten!!

More about Richie here >>

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

A Tribute to Chinua Achebe

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Hail Mi Irieites,

We just lost one of the great voices in the world of literature. Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer and statesman, passed away in Boston at the age of 82. I never got to meet him, which is a regret, but my biggest regret is that he did not win the Nobel Prize, as he so richly deserved.

Of Achebe, here is what Nelson Mandela says: “There was a writer named Chinua Achebe in whose company the prison walls fell.”

Achebe shows us how an artist finds their own voice, as he found his own power in the stories that he told. He was and will remain a Father of African literature and a voice against injustice and cultural violence. If you haven’t read his most famous book – Things Fall Apart -  you owe it yourself to do so. It’s going to be sold out any minute, so check the library.

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

Steel Pulse: The Mission

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Hail Mi Irieites,

We welcome you to our new website and blog.  Our aim is to present and share with you our objectives with the hope that your comments and ideals can be a contribution to whatever there is to be resolved.  Please consider this as moments that will be treasured and celebrated with you, our fans.

For us, the mission is: love + justice through music.

Without love there is no justice,and without justice there is no peace. Our views are sometimes political, sometimes controversial. But what we care about is the plight of the“downpressed.”  Are our leaders doing enough to help those who can’t help themselves?  Are we? Are you?

Our aspiration: A world where wisdom is respected, and hatred is rejected.

Join us!  Bless.