This day Feb 7th, 2014, marks the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ very first US tour, touching down in New York. That was the second British invasion. The first British Invasion was in 1775 during the USA’s war for Independence. This time the shouts of Paul Revere: “The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!” was replaced by thousands of screaming fans while the group disembarked the plane.
As for The Beatles, all we can still say after 50 years is, “We love you yeah yeah yeah. We love you yeah yeah yeah!”
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……
Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – Jan 27, 2014).
Hail Mi Irieites,
I have been in transit, but let me start by making up for some lost time by congratulating Ziggy Marley on his Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Bless!
Looking forward to Fly Rasta!
Yes Mi Irieites,
Today, 12th January 2014, marks the 4th anniversary since the earthquake struck Haiti, killing more that 250,000 people and leaving over a million still homeless.
So far, out of the $9 billion US, that was promised by the “International Community,” only a small portion has been bestowed to the country, of which a good percentage of that went towards emergency aid as oppose to reconstruction. If it was not for the tremendous effort of the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Australia and the many small business’ coming from out of America, that have volunteered their services, Haiti would still be in the quagmire just as the day the catastrophe to place. So President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe, still have a lot on their plates serving the almost 500 tent camps scattered all over the stricken vicinity. Please excuse me for any countries that have made major contributions that I have not listed or we are not aware about. It would be good if you the fans can give me an update on that.
As you already know, that we have been supportive of the situation ever since by donating a song we wrote immediately after the incident while recording in Jamaica called, “Hold On [4 Haiti].” This we’ve awarded as a digital download to raise funds for Partners In Health (PIH) to erect solar panels by S.E.L.F (Solar Electric Light Fund). We were fortunate enough to perform in Haiti 2 years ago and visit one of the hospitals being supplied, 2 hours north of the capital, Port au Prince.
We thank you for being part of this…
“I believe you have to be true to people. You have to be writing something that people understand but, at the same time, something that’s profound enough to have meaning past, say, the six o’clock news.” - Amiri Baraka
Here, Mi Irieites, is a short list of his works; check Blues People if you have not already.
Born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, Amiri Baraka (Le Roi Jones) gained international stature as a poet, dramatist, essayist, and political activist. He became a leader in the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s. Much of his work considers the political situation of people of color in capitalist America.
R.I.P., brave soul, for speaking when most held their tongues. Our condolences to your loved ones and all who knew you as a friend. In controversy you still made us think. Most of all, you were an optimistic revolutionary.
At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean there’s a
railroad made of human bones.
from Wise, Why’s, Y’z (Africa Section)
Yes Mi Irieites,
And a Merry Christmas to all Ethiopians at home and abroad!!
Yes Mi Irieites,
I trust the New Year went off “with a Bang!” ….Well, not literally.
Anyway, here is another toast to the first country of the diaspora to be free from slavery and colonialism….Haiti. A Happy 210th Anniversary to day.
Long live the efforts of Toussaint L’ouverture.
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