This is part one of this session in which Ras Kush, of Black Redemption Sounds of Praises, dug into his extensive vinyl collection for rarely played tunes. He began by showcasing the dubwise style including selections from producers Coxsone Dodd, Lloyd Barnes, Adrian Sherwood and Tapper Zukie. Then comes ‘blessed’ selection of rastafari tunes including Earl Sixteen’s take on Niney’s “Jah Love is Sweeter” riddim before he flings some of classic instrumentals – particularly notable is the work of Douglas Guthrie, a much undersung sax player whose work must have influenced Dean Frazier.
Archive for the ‘reggae vibes’ Category
AK’s story is that as a youth he was a promising sound boy in the UK when suddenly he was hoiked off to the musically remote outlands of the USA by his family. AK thus stayed true to roots of classic sound system while the peers he left behind might have had other distractions. However he was not totally out of touch – a network of cousins and pals, plus occasional visits, kept him up-to-date with the latest hot lovers rub-a-dub tunes from UK dances. His contemporary selections continually amazed Streamola’s globally dispersed audience who had little opportunity to hear much beyond mainstream dancehall and roots artists. Here he is warming up the crowd on the Reggae Vibes stream with some of the latest smooth steppers before he goes for the old stuff we all know he is going to eventually pull out. Pay special attention to Easy B’s cover of “Number One” around 50 mins in.
AK The Conqueror was a stalwart member of the Yahoo Club Rasta and a very popular DJ on Streamola, particularly with the ladies, specializing as he did in Lover’s Rock, both classic and modern. The Reggae Vibes stream was founded just to cater to his sessions. Making them all the more rare and desirable was the fact that at his remote Pennsylvania location his Internet connection was less than reliable, thus a good session was always a matter of chance if not divine providence. In this one we hear him, in lo-fi recorded directly off the original 24k stream on 9-23-00, digging into his vault of old time classics.
It was shortly after I first started streaming the old Dread Broadcast Corp. programming that I first encountered Ras Kush via some NYC club website in 1999. I was amazed, in amongst the techno, house, etc, to discover a selecter playing all Wackies music, so much beloved by the D.B.C. back in the day. With some difficulty I made contact and, after some delay, Ras Kush eventually showed up on my door. It turned out he was freshly returned from Japan. Wackies had just, via the offices of Ras Takashi, formed a Far East Chapter, and Black Redemption Sound had been called upon to visit and wave the musical flag. Ras Kush gave me a tape of one of the Japanese sessions and that became the first of many of his sessions to grace the streamola bitwaves.
My Yahoo ID WWWhatsup was universally abbreviated to plain WWW by the Yahoo Rasta Club. I used to quite often stream live spontaneously in the late evening and this is just such a session, from a warm summer’s night in 1999.
From the Ides of September 1999 an early Streamola session from Ras Kush of Black Redemption.
Yet another mix from Selecter Yoske, again with the rub-a-dub foundation vibes.
In this, I believe his first, session Joseph takes the opportunity to program the gamut of the current dancehall stars, including Jahmali, Terry Linen, Beres Hammond, King David / Anthony B, Xterminator, Morgan Heritage, Sizzla, Norris Man, Capleton, Buju Banton, Daweh Congo, Glen Washington, Everton Blender, Luciano – the crowning jewel being the just released Bounty Killer / Richie Stephens (& many guests) collab ‘Peace Now‘ – an anthem urging an end to Jamaican political gang rivalry.
Here’s another of those classic sound system tapes – this time it’s King Jammy’s system playing out at Walkerman Lawn in 1987. MC’s/singers in the area like Major Worries, Frankie Paul, Tulloch T, Little Twitch.