Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Reggae Must Play

Saturday March 19, Saturday Night Rockers was the place to be on the FM dial--KUSF 90.3 . Here’s some of the highlights of my three hour broadcast:

Hour one: Universal Love riddim on Joe G’s (Vivian Jones, Sandino, Top Cat, Macka B), Turbulence on First Born riddim on Master One, Lava Ground riddim on Loyal Soldiers (I-Wayne, Bascom X, Jah Mali), Natty King “Love Me” on Insight—a hot track from his debut album “No Guns To Town”, Trying To Conquer Me riddim on Cousins (Earl 16, Lukie D, Prince Malachi).

Hour two: Interview with Jamaica Association of Northern California, Tribute To Downbeat riddim a.k.a. Johnny Osbourne’s Truth & Rights on Maximum Sounds (Lukie D, Jr. Kelly, Anthony B)—check for Bobby Konders lick of the same riddim out now, Drop Leaf riddim on Don Corleone (Jah Cure, Sizzla, Turbulence), Jah Cure artist spotlight featuring the tunes “Situation Out of Control” (Kickin), “Zion Way” (Sellekshen), “Western Region” (Sellekshen), “Jah Bless Me” (Henfield), Fantan Mojah “Hungry” and Capleton “Invasion” on Mr. DC/One Dance riddim on Downsound.

(Alton Ellis, rocksteady legend)

Hour three: Bitty McLean’s “I Got Love” on Peckings—a relick of a classic rocksteady riddim, then a rocksteady set including Winston & Robin, Sugar Minott and Alton Ellis on Studio One riddims, Slim Smith & Dawn Penn on Striker Lee productions off the new Striker Lee 4-CD box set (Jet Star), Gaylads “Joy In The Morning (Treasure Isle), then roots selections from Midnite, Lions Den, Don Carlos, Mikey Dread, Twinkle Brothers and Wailing Souls.

(Supercat, the Don Dada)

Hot roots riddims to check: Dub Inna Rome, Superior, Things You Say, Crystal Woman, First Born, plus check for great revives of 80s/90s riddims like Admiral Tibet’s Serious Time, Supercat’s Boops, Tiger’s Bam Bam (a.k.a. Kuff), Frankie Paul’s Worries In The Dance---all out now.

If you visit or live in SF, check for these club nights: Monday–Club Dread at Studio Z (11th St./Folsom) or Reggae On Broadway at Bamboo Hut (Broadway/Kearney in North Beach), Tuesday–Bless Up at Milk (1840 Haight St./Stanyon), Wednesday–Big Up at 330 Ritch (330 Ritch St/Townsend, SOMA), Thursdays–Give Thanks at Club 6 (60 6th St/Market, Downtown), Sunday–Dubmission at Elbo Room (Valencia/17th St, Mission District).