Sunday, December 17, 2017

City Boys International Band - Obaa Sima

artist: City Boys International Band
album:  Obaa Sima
label: Rainbow Highlife
producer: S.Y.O. Safo
year: 1985

side one:
1) Obaa Sima
2) Onyame yedan wo

side two:
1) Meye agyanka
2) Bisa ofie nnipa

Call it an early Christmas Gift...


Obaa sima

Onyame yedan wo

Mfye agyanka

Bisa ofie nnipa


Monday, September 18, 2017

The Roots Radics

I ask myself how could we have gone so long without ever having a "Roots Radics" label?  How is that even possible?  

That changes now.  


song: Bit by Bit
artist: The Morwells
label: Mor-Well-Esq
year: 1975

It all goes back to the Morwells,

and Kingston Jamaica..

The Morwells were a reggae band originally formed in 1973 by friends Maurice "Blacka" Wellington and Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont.  Later Errol "Flabba" Holt was brought in to make it a trio.

Blacka, Flabba and Bingy Bunny

During the mid to late 1970's The Morwells released a string of singles on their own "Mor-Well-Esq" label with Bingy Bunny usually singing lead vocals.  Their first album "Presenting the Morwells" was released in 1975 along with its companion dub album "Dub Me."  They have both been reissued, by the way, and are considered cult classics.

Between the years 1975 to 1978 the Morwells released a total of four vocal albums: "Presenting the Morwells", "Crab Race",  "Cool Runnings" and "Kingston 12 Toughie."  During this time Bingy Bunny and Flabba Holt were also working in the Kingston recording studios as session musicians.  Bingy on guitar and Flabba on bass.  The Jamaican studios of the late 1970's were a bee hive of musical creativity.  Bingy and Flabba joined forces with Lincoln "Style" Scott on drums, Dwight Pinkney on lead guitar and Gladstone Anderson on keyboards and began laying down tracks for some of the great Jamaican artist of the day: Prince Far I, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, The Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy and more.

Prince Far I called them "The Arabs" but it was Gregory Isaacs who gave them the name the world would come to know them by: "The Roots Radics."

The rest is musical history. 

artist: Prince Far I and the Arabs
song: Plant Up
album: Cry Tuff Dub Encounters Chapter 3
label: Pressure Sounds

prince far i and the arabs

artist: Gregory Isaacs and the Roots Radics
song: Confirmed Reservation
album: BBC session 1981

gregory isaacs and the roots radics

The Roots Radics

The Roots Radics Band

bass - Earl "Flabba" Holt
rhythm guitar - Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont
drums: Lincoln "Style" Scott
lead guitar: Noel "Sowell" Bailey, Dwight Pinkney
keyboards: Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson
percussion: Barnabus, Scully
saxophone: Headly Bennett

artist: The Roots Radics
song: Country Gal Dub
album: King Tubby Meets Roots Radics: Dangerous Dub
label: Copesetic

the roots radics


Friday, September 15, 2017

Ali Chukwuma - Udo Nigeria

artist - Ali Chukwuma and His Peacemakers International Band
album - Udo Nigeria 
label - Polar Records AGB 0013

side one: Udo Nigeria
side two: Chief I. I. Udeaja / Egwu Hunanya

from the back:  

"Big thanks goes to gentleman Ali Chukwuma who has taken time to compose and arrange this mortal melody that will ever remain for decades."

And now, four decades later....

udo nigeria


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rogana Ottah Agbachimi Nkiti

artist:  Chief Rogana Ottah and his Victory Stars Band
album: Agbachimi Nkiti
label: Alhaji Y. Akomolafe AAKC 030

side one: Agbachimi Nkiti / Onwu Adubegbum
side two Ashi Madu Abu Ofu

I purchased this record a few years ago from a source in France which will go unnamed because I've forgotten the name.  I purchased several records from them actually and I will confess that many of the records looked like they had been dug up from the ground.  Unearthed.  However, as there can be no beauty without ugliness much to my pleasure this record was in quite nice condition.  And it plays surprisingly clean.  A diamond in the rough.  

John Beadle writes: "Guitarist Isaac Rogana Ottah, "The Oshio Super King," a prolific artist from Akoku, Ndokwa LGA, Delta State, is one of the better-known Anioma musicians. His musical career began in the early 1970's when he played in the bands of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and Rex Lawson. In 1973 he joined fellow Ndokwa native Charles Iwegbue and His Hino Sound Band. Striking out on his own after Iwegbue's tragic death in 1976, Ottah scored a major hit with his first LP, Ukwani Special, in 1977. In quick succession a series of outstanding recordings, notably the "Oshio Super" series, propelled Ottah to the vanguard of the Anioma recording scene. Although his career slowed after the 1980s, he still made a prosperous livelihood as a touring musician into the early years of the 21st century."

Thanks to John Beadle and Toshiya Endo for their Rogana Ottah discography HERE

Very nice on the ear.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Delroy Wilson - Super Mix Hits

Delroy Wilson and We The People Band

"Super Mix Hits"

What you need when you need it.

hello Systah

Red red wine
go to my head
make me forget that I
still need her so

Red red wine
it's up to you
all I can do is done
memories won't go

Monday, September 4, 2017

Reggae Singles 03

"Real love creates the world.  When God created a pair of people and that same pair of people made children, world grew and grew.  It's an invention of God.  My kids are God's kids.  I created them through the love of the almighty."  -  Toots Hibbert


1) The Bluebells - Call Me Teacher (Typhone)
2) Murphy Romie - Lie Dem Tell (World Wide Records)
3) The Maytals - Night and Day (Trojan)
4) The Versatiles - Stronger Strong (Soul Sounds)


King Tubby aka Osbourne Ruddock


Laurel Aitken


Jennifer Laura, Johnny Osbourne, Coxsone Dodd


Earl "Chinna" Smith

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Joe Higgs - Creation 10" single

Killer Reggae

song: Creation with Creative Version
artist: Joe Higgs backed by August Pablo and Super 8 Corporation
label: Half Moon

when I look over Africa

Joe Higgs


Friday, September 1, 2017

Reggae Singles 02

"Even the dog that piss upon the wall of Babylon shall witness these last days" - Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace

Sang Hugh & the Lionelairs - Rasta No Born Yah (The Thing)
The Ghettos - Tell Them Ja Ja (produced by E. Maxwell)
Peter Tosh & the Wailers - Lion (Tuff Gong)
Bingie Bunny - Young Lover (African Museum)
The Thing - Sound Track (The Thing)

sang hugh

Fully Fullwood

the ghettos

Burning Spear

  peter touch

Sonia Pottinger

bingie bunny

Bim Sherman

  the thing & the lionelairs

Rod Taylor

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reggae Singles 01

I'll tell what I like to do.  I like to stay up late in the evening and play seven inch singles.

I am a man of simple pleasures and this is mine.

Late in the evening when the world is quiet I sit next to my stereo and go through my singles.  Most of them were purchased second hand so some of the records have pops and scratches.  But that's fine.  Those pops and scratches take me there.  I listen to the music.  And I smoke herb.  And I dream.

I'm thinking to start posting a few singles.

 Let's get started.

1) The Starlites - Some A Weh A Bawl   (G.G.Records 1975)
2) Toil and Tears - Respect Jah Jah Children  (Federal Records 1975)
3) Roots of the Field - Selassi I (Records Inc.)
4) Easton Clarke - Bike No License (Micron)

the starlites

Glen Brown

toil and tears

Sly Dunbar

roots of the field

Sammy Dread

easton clarke

Me bike no license
Having a bag of weed
Coming from Harbor view
Oh lord, arrive in a curfew.

My first lud two years
Me other is a suckling
What can I do?
Oh lord, arrive in a curfew.

I'm lock down in jail
I'm looking through the rail
My rent soon due
Oh lord, arrive in a curfew

Wat a money letter
I sent it by the officer
Please don't cry Lou
Oh lord, arrived in a curfew.

Oh lord natty rived in a curfew.

Easton Clarke

Robbie Shakespeare

"How long will the wicked reign?"



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Orlando Owoh - Kangaroo


Oh Kangaroo
Oh Kangaroo
As you're beautiful also you're proud too much
Oh Kangaroo

I see that mediafire is blocking some of my uploads on copywrite grounds.  Fair enough.  I respect that as I respect all things with absolute power over me.

It seems to be somewhat random though.  Somehow Orlando Owoh's "Knock out 85" is OK but "Asotio Aiye" is blocked...  Bunny Wailers "Borderation" is blocked but the version side "Badder Ridim" is OK.  Whatever.  I like the version side more anyway.

Let's try this one.


Chief (Dr) Orlando Owoh and His African Kenneries

side one: Kangaroo / Itan Iku Ati Iberu / Chief Arounmolase

side two: His Royal Highness Oba Okunade Sijuade (Ooni Of Ife) / Ore Te Ose Funmi / Koito / Talonpe Sebe Nibeyen

side one

side two

Special thanks to Afroslabs for sharing these files.

Also thanks to Toshiya Endo for his Orlando Owoh discography.