Kaya 40 by Bob Marley and The Wailers

On August 24th The Marley Family, Island Records, and UMe will collectively proclaim the sun is shining in celebration of 40 years of Kaya, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ historic March 1978 release. This most special anniversary edition will feature Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s exciting and vibrant new “Kaya 40” mixes of all ten tracks from the original album alongside its original mixes in 2CD and 2LP configurations.

Kaya has a number of the most enduring, heartfelt songs in the entire Marley canon, including “Is This Love,” “Easy Skanking,” and “Sun Is Shining.”

Bob Marley - Kaya 40 2xLP (Green)

Stephen’s goal in mixing Kaya 40 was to create a balance that drew heavily from the original versions. Using Bob’s vocals from demos from original Kaya sessions that were recorded at different tempos, Stephen synched the vocals with alternate takes and layered it over different instrumental arrangements. Stephen tried to keep the flavor as authentic as possible. To mix the album, he used a similar minimal approach, basing his version heavily off the classic analog concepts they used in the 1970s.

Zenyatta Mondatta

35 Years Ago….

The Police released their third album, Zenyatta Mondatta. It features the two hit singles: “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da“. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.[1]

The album won The Police two Grammy Awards including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and The Police’s second consecutive win for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Behind My Camel“.[2]

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Irie Feelings Radio, WPKN-FM, DJ Dave-O

I was dial twisting earlier today and came across a bombastic radio show on listener sponsored WPKN-FM 89.5. The program was titled: “Irie Feelings Radio”, the disk jockey was a cat by the name of Dave-o. He definitely had his groove on. He was playing a great mix of Jamaican Dub music which settled in perfect on the car audio system.

He turned me on to a Jamaican reggae deejay that I was totally unfamiliar with, Prince Far I.  The more he played tracks by the Prince of Peace, the more I dug it. Dub is infectious.

The late Prince Far I recorded some cool sounds. I am liking the recording, Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1, immensely.

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Punky Reggae Party – Bob Marley


Punky Reggae Party
Punky Reggae Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I bought the 12″ single, “Punky Reggae Party” by Bob Marley as an import on the Tuff Gong label. I was managing a record department at Caldors in Stamford, Ct in those days. I could not secure this import single through any of my record distributors. I ended up buying it from the Jamaican Record Store in Stamford which I loved to frequent during lunch time 😉


It is an infectious song that I love to play extensively. Give it a spin on YouTube or Spotify.

One Love!


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Happy Birthday Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie – One Love

I tuned the FM dial in the car to WPKN-FM 89.5 for the morning commute. I quickly discovered that tomorrow February 6th would be Bob Marley‘s 68th birthday. Steve di Constanzo the morning DJ was doing his Radio Basecamp show, playing some cool stuff.

He announced that starting at 1 p.m. WPKN would begin a Bob Marley 36 Hour Marathon. The radio celebration would be complemented by the annual Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie Birthday Bash on Stage One by the Fairfield Theatre Company. It was at that moment I said to myself this event can’t miss. Woah, Woah…. Stop the Clock! Our two favorite reggae superstars, Mystic Bowie and Bob Marley with special guest stars at this intimate venue. I purchased the tickets online pronto 😉 The concert will be broadcast live over WPKN this evening!

It has been a One Love celebration ever since. I plugged into WPKN-FM this afternoon where I have been actively engaged and entertained ever since.

We love Mystic Bowie’s energy, its so infectious! Can’t wait to dance the night away.

Remembering Bob Marley – Open Your Eyes, Look Within

Today is the 31st anniversary of the passing of  legendary global mystic and visionary, Bob Marley. His music and spirit lives in all of us, flowing ever stronger.

I have listened to Bob Marley with renewed hope and purpose the past few days. He reaches deep inside my consciousness. I keep hearing his lyrics as he’s urges me to answer my convictions, to “Strive for More”.

Open Your Eyes, Look Within

Are You Satisfied (With The Life You’re Living)?

Exodus – Copyright Universal Music Group 2012

I am jazzed for the documentary Marley and the extended soundtrack.

Marley Official Soundtrack

One Love and Jah Rastafari, Bob Marley, you live on!

Marley Trailer

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