50 Years of African Unity

Yes Mi Irieites,

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This great day has finally arrived.  This great day has finally come upon us.  This great day has been witnessed by the whole world, especially us of the African Diaspora.  This great day is May 25th 2013, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of Africa Unity, which is known today as the AU.

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Our story, not history is in the makings where all of Africa will sit together as we did 50 years ago (attended by 32 African heads of State), to take a serious and critical view of the current and future position of the Mother Land.

All the best for the event that is hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, the place of the organisation’s origin.  Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma spearheads this.  Congratulations to you, too, Dr.

There’s more to follow but in the meantime “Enjoy the Celebration.” Rastafari Live.

Prince Buster: Happy 75th!

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.”

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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, D

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?

National Day for the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade (France)

Yes Mi Irieites,
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May 10th is also the National Day for the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade in France.  This has been commemorated for the 7th year now, this year.

As a matter of fact, although slavery was abolished by the French in 1794 when it became a republic, the effect did not come into reality until some 54 years later, in 1848.  This came about after a series of uprisings throughout the colonies, especially in Guadeloupe.  One of the main characters was Victor Schoelcher, a French abolitionist writer and the main spokesman for an abolitionist group from Paris.  He formed an abolition society in 1834, working for the abolition of slavery on the Caribbean islands.   His program to continue publishing articles against such atrocities started in 1833 ’til 1847.

I and I are aware.

19 Years Ago: Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration

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Exactly four years and two months after his release from Victor Verster prison, May 10th 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black African democratically elected President of South Africa.  This was the beginning of a “Government of National Unity.”

This eventful day was attended by over 4,000 guests and was witnessed across the world by at least a billion viewers.

These were trying times.  I never thought I would live to see the demolition of the Berlin Wall or the first Black president of the USA or even the release of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.   So this one is for the non-believers; “Faith DOES move mountains.”

Mr. Mandela, now 94, stay strong!!

In Memory of Cedric Brooks

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Yes Mi Irieites,

I’m sad to announce that Cedric Brooks, of the legendary Skatalites band, passed away last Friday, 3rd May 2013.  He was 70 years of age.  Before he joined the Skatalites, Brooks was renowned for his work with Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari and the Light of Saba. He began his music career in the late 1960s as a studio musician, playing on Burning Spear’s “Door Peep.”

Our condolences to the only surviving band member, Lester Sterling and also Cedric’s sisters and seven children.

More information on the brilliant Cedric Brooks here >>

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.

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