Yes me bredren
and sistren, greetings in the name of JAH in these trying times we have
to never lose sight of the fact that Almighty is still in control “ no
matter what they try to do”. Serious conspiracies are in the making, and
mankind will wake up one of these days and see and feel the “difference”.
Gone are the days when we used to be aware of the old hippie cry to
make love and nothing else. Language has now been fine tuned into an art
to convince the sceptical by concealing the essential. This science is
widely used and abused by today’s politicians and of course the mass media.
Knowledge and information have come to be just like other marketable products…
to be bartered and/or sold for profit. All we are supposed to know are
written or shown in exactly the same fashion everywhere. No one can escape
the globalisation of everything including
poverty and disease. Even the so called well to do countries are
on the brink of drastic change…for the better or the worser, we seem to
have a date with destiny coming up.
So what is the end game? No one knows for sure
but one thing that’s certain is that the “entertainment” industry is just
going to simply fade away into
oblivion . No one to blame but
all will see and suffer the consequences…massive de and revaluation of
everything….talking about starting from scratch!! Madness has finally
and formally entered the heads of the world’s power brokers and so the
archaic idea that “ my enemy’s enemy is my friend” shines out in today’s
so called modern “deep low” matic engagerie. It so turns out that the
only drums that we are drilled to dance to these days are those set up
by the warmongers we see on their tell lie vision almost everyday.
Here it now comes down to what conscious people can do to stop or prevent
or whatever to make sure that
the word is safe…should ALL armies disarm? Why not? It looks like civil
disobedience is not enough to sway elected officials especially when voting
time is not around the corner. Since most people do not like to be confronted
with kicks and batons, it is best to think out a strategy to nullify any
plans to bring peace to the world through war. Yes, I think that the answer
lies in the “thinking”. Maybe when we learn to direct our (pure) collective
thoughts towards a genuine and natural purpose, then mother nature will
respond in due time and with the appropriate “weaponry”. Earthquake, flood,
volcano, hurricane or tornado, there are
forces of nature that we always tend to ignore or forget until
the time comes when the Creator shows to men both great and small,who
the BOSS really is.
it easy folks this is not like going back to the wild old west and bounty
hunters and so on
I an I have long since noticed that
there is a slowly but surely dying art of guitar playing, not necessarily
familiar with these here regions. Since reggae became worldly popular
and incorporated some heavy handed guitar a la Al or Junior, most people
forgot that it was the " chapps" that really had the riddim
going so that the boys could fly. Most people around here are not familiar
with music from Haiti or local Guadeloupe or Dominica beats. With the
evolution of sound and everything, this music came to be called Zouk
in Guadeloupe and Martinique, Soca in Trinidad and Cadence in Dominica
and some other islands. This type of music is made primarily to be danced
at weekend fetes and parties. It is not music to be played "in
concert". Chairs have to make way for the people to express themselves
when a Soca Zouk or Cadence hit the floor. Musicians who play this style
must be really good or else you have to go practice. It's never about
the abilty to solo, but the feel of the riddim. Is not chap chap this
time!!! Anyone who knows the old Groovers or the Exile Ones or the Tabou
Combo hits will surely remember how the riddim just takes you off your
feet into dance and expressionland. Most guitarists that I know in the
world today (quite a few) just cannot come in and sit in on a session.
You must be from DA or somewhere in the area to get it straight. The
African brothers have it going in their own way but not with the same
ease and swing of the tropical islanders. So, before this craft goes
away and remains only as samples, I am urging many an aspiring guitar
player to investigate and learn this secret art. It's not easy, but
after a couple years, the joy of swinging to a Soca, Zouk, Cadence or
however you will call it, will make one understand both guitar and culture
instrument but different approach
a timely paper checking on reggae and related scenes in and around Berlin.
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Yes I, how are the vibes with the I an them all over? Over here inna
Berlin things just the sameish kind of way if not getting more and more
dull. The shows are advertised and then they are cancelled because of
poor advance ticket sales. Plus there is a big army of mass distraction
trying to keep us away from our dubbin' and just constantly be reminded
of plans to make sure that gigs and nice entertainment just take a back
seat to killing and spreading woe and misery to foreigners. People keep
looking for the spot where there is supposed to be nice vibes and good
live music even though the sound is not loud and heavy. Such places
exist in the city but then the kinda music that's featured in the free
jam sessions in and around Berlin leaves one to wonder where the real
musicians are hiding. There's hardly a spot in town where roots music
in any form is a sure thing on weekends. The clubs always make sure
that the places are available for "concerts" any day of the
week except Friday and Saturday so the aspiring bands always play to
friends and people who do not necessarily have to go anywhere the next
"working" day. So everything just topsy turvy and the people
who look for the weekend action are left with what the DJs decide to
hash out on that particular night. Sound Systems now outplay the bands
in the city and no one can deny the "forcing" that has been
employed to make sure that things remain so at least for now.
I .... Greetings and hope that most if not all readers are really fed
up with the way that the vibes of the world are moving towards in general.
Sometimes it is hard to believe what all the media and their mediums are
propagating. We have now gone almost back to cave man style days when
the strongest boys just lick out the weaker and who vex might be next.
And it's not just in political life that this struggle is being played
out. Artists today have a hard time getting the proper space and time
to be propagated while they look back and see industry "products"
just flow off the shelves and devoured by the trained and controlled "sheeple".
Sad but really true. Even the so called top hitters are having a heck
of a time keeping up with the way independent people go about trying to
run their own business and not having to live by the dictates of fat cats
who only have one thing on their minds. Yes man, music is a business they
say and if you want to be in the music business you have to get used to
the idea that you are one of so many people who just sell what they have
in order to make a good profit
. Guns alcohol or whatever kind of
drugs (legal or not), in the end it's always to make a "profit".
To sell anything you must have markets and they must be paying well too,
or else it's just a waste of time. For a long time now is only office
people who control artists' destinies, and that is very sad. Trying to
break away from the established way brings on lots of hard and trying
times to those who dare challenge the top seven. They used to say that
if you can't beat 'em join 'em, but it's like jumping from the frying
pan into the fire!! Which is better? To make matters even worse, lots
of today's so called artists or acts only exist in recorded form and when
the music is put to a live "test" the result is usually catastrophic.
Good contax and nuff money flowing can get a product out to the public
in a matter of record-breaking time. To get them to swing at the concert
is something else
but the gate well full up and the shows are lined
up so business rolling cool, or so they try to tell us. If a well signed
and selling artist sells x million copies, the next time around, the "company"
expects the sales to go over the last on and on to the eternity of billions
..And then what? Well it looks like when you get so popular on earth
and sell and sell all over, the only next thing is to pass out and then
the compilations and secret recordings start to surface and is more bucks
to deal around the artist's "estate" as is known in legal terms.
So in the end it looks like the best way is just to have a little fun
on the instruments while we can and if there are friends present, it makes
it even better. Selling "music"as a way of staying alive is
surely one of the trickiest jobs on earth. The majority of earth's talented
people are unknown to the masses and it is better so. The greats that
we all get a chance to experience are but the chosen few who remind us
that the joy we seek is in ourselves and that we have the ability to create
our own little "heaven" irrespective of high flown technical
and worldwide resources that are being and will always be misused by those
I am not a politician,
but suffer the consequences". Peter Tosh
Jesus sow his seed!!"
"Et Jézzi kood Gwènn lee!!"
A practical creole translation from a fired up religious zealot.
world would be a much better place without Saddam Hussane (insane!!) Winston
music is not Reggae, it's"Eggae"!!! Lee Perry
I, lots of people do not even think of it, but there are many folks who
can only play a piece of music only when they have it written out in front
of them in the form of scores or whatever. You can play the CD or cassette
a hundred times over but they would rather have a lead sheet and then
things would flow nicer. On the contrary there are too many individuals
who only have to listen once and then
down the road
we go. Bob Marley never wrote sheets of music but they have the songs
selling as paper to those who cannot do it otherwise. So who are the "real"
musicians? Or which is the real music? Or are both equally real? Well,
it's hard to take a position on a subject as this because lots of people
tend to defend their traditions heavily. If I would dare say something
positive, it would be to notice that most "readers"
unsure, are usually those who are trained to interpret other people's
vibes, whereas the others just ply ahead with whatever is available on
hand and enter the realm of creating new things which can then be analysed
and put together by the experts so that the readers can read and reach
the fun that the original creator bypassed light years ago. Sad but true,
this is the world of "readers" who can only relate to dots and
marks on a piece of paper.
DJs & SOUNDS
all world capitals, Berlin has its fair share of all what temporary western
lifestyle has to offer
both the good and the not so good. When it
comes to the region of Sound Systems and DJs, here is no exception except
that all is done in Berlin's own way of doing things. Without having recourse
to mentioning names and sending out big ups, it is enough to note that
a high percentage of the turnouts at the Sounds are the youth between
16 and 21. More of the experienced are also present but the scene belongs
to the beer drinking and spliff smoking teens who really dig more to the
side than roots. Most selectaz in the city are into universal sounds and
recently lots of soca and zouk have been added to many a Berlin DJ's palette
to boost the crowd's energy. The sounds here fall into two distinct categories.
Those run by the JA crew and the rest run by" it could be anyone
else". Same problem again
every summer Sunday will see Yaam
blasting and the people will eat and check the vibes but it's always the
same sound and other DJs never really get a chance to warm up the positive
reggae crowd that does turn up when the sun is hot and angry. Maybe things
will change but as far as we can see, there seems to be no radical diversion
in the thinking of those who control and set up the scene
for the public, but it always comes down to making profits and not catering
to the artistic appetites of masses who are only considered to be numbers
expected to multiply to infinity. As Bob sang, "time alone WILL(I
I am sure that he was not referring to Bill's arrow
LESSON # 5
flight of the
High Flying birdies
reggae with samples
a good idea?
changing attitudes of Mass Media.
2 good 2 b true.