In part two of this session Ras Kush, of Black Redemption Sounds of Praises, dug further into his extensive vinyl collection sprinkling liberal amounts of Wackies in the process.. It kicks off with an african selection, followed by some mash down babylon vibes turning into a brief vocalist showcase featuring singers like Barry Brown and Al Campbell. A modern international steppers segment includes the magical ‘Superstar’ by Japan’s Mighty Massa – a staple of Black Redemption sets at the time – leading into a couple of other popular tunes..
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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.
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.
From the Ides of September 1999 an early Streamola session from Ras Kush of Black Redemption.
A major feature of Streamola was the Augustus Pablo Memorial Stream. The great and inspiring musician Horace Swaby passed on in May 1999 just after the station’s founding. A year later Ras Kush of Black Redemption put together a definitive and heartfelt retrospective session, of which this is the first part.
One thing that became apparent, as Streamola gained more listeners, was that many, particularly in North America, were not well cognizant with the works of the mighty Zulu Warrior from Peckham. In spring of 1999 Ras Kush, of Black Redemption Sounds of Praises, took it upon himself to emancipate and educate the net populace with a full on tribute to the man himself. It is one session, split into 3 parts.
Here we have Ras Kush feeling the spring vibes on April 22 2000. Knowing that both are old friends of mine he gets things started with a Jah Shaka/Aswad collab, and follows with another favorite Errol Dunkley to kick off a rockers segment. Prince Allah, Carlton Livingstone, Black Slate, all get a touch. Then we’re into a showcase of 80’s speed chat with Pato Banton, Smiley Culture, Shinehead. A couple of Jah Shaka tunes lead into a series of rare vintage vinyls – Johnny Clarke on the Sunshine label out of The Bronx singing a heartfelt plea for escape from urban noxiousness – with a seriously sublime dub version, & Richie McDaniel on 56 Hope Rd. The we are into an Augustus Pablo segment with the Rockers All Stars, Jah Levi (Hugh Mundell), and Mr. Swaby himself. More little known artists follow including Jah Frankie, then an extended Pablo Moses selection. The Mighty Threes
‘runaround’ goes runaround – slipping on the turntable til it’s haul for some truths and rights from Ital International. Another vintage vinyl gem – Cornell Campbell on the Downbeat Label ‘Natty Dread’ plays before the tape runs out on Carlton Livingstone.
Don’t ask me what happened to Part 1, but there is a Part 3 of this session coming.
As we move into Part 3 of Ras Kush’s Dec 25 200 session the mood turns reflective with the Sounds of Praises from Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, and Kush is off into an article Rasta selection of rare 7″ : cuts from The Upsetters featuring vocalists like Dennis Alcapone and King Burnett, better known as Wattie from the Congos; Aggravators and Johnny Clarke with a ‘stand-up’ tune I can practically guarantee you never heard before – unless of course you were listening to Streamola back in the day! Carlton Coffie sings about the Musical Revolution – then we are off into the dubwise deep end, with a bunch of heavyweight grooves, finishing up with a roots and culture segment.