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Jamaica Day 19: Keeping Mento Alive, Errol Flynn Island, Jah T, More Studio, Drum Line, by Davin Michael Stedman

My friends Bull and Joseph Whitmore and my new friend Jah T on guitar keeping Mento music alive.

Jah T said something tonight that inspired me, that I want to share. But let me wait till after we do some more work with them tomorrow…

But let’s just say I hatched a plan to bust Mento . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 19: Keeping Mento Alive, Errol Flynn Island, Jah T, More Studio, Drum Line, by Davin Michael Stedman

Israel Voice – Uplift Yourself

This song is from a few years back, but this work of visual art is still worth a look. The video finds beauty amid poverty and shows the vibrance of the people of Jamaica with candid shots from life: soccer games, markets, backstreet gatherings etc. It’s bright and alive and better than any other . . . → Read More: Israel Voice – Uplift Yourself

Jamaica Day 18: Green Room Notes, Salt Fish, Dogs, Drums, Bamboo Boats, by Davin Michael Stedman

Just some notes from the Green Room of a popular day time talk show

One of the great gifts of these trips abroad is perspective. It is fascinating to sit in a waiting room for a popular daytime television show and hear how notable Jamaicans process American tragedies that effect them because they all . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 18: Green Room Notes, Salt Fish, Dogs, Drums, Bamboo Boats, by Davin Michael Stedman

NBA All-Star Break Notes: Blazers Up, Warriors Lost, by Chuck Strom

Last Wednesday, in their last game before the All-Star Break, the Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Golden State Warriors in a game that was not only a barn-burner but also illustrated the current state of both teams, who would meet in the first round of the playoffs if their current #7 and #2 seedings . . . → Read More: NBA All-Star Break Notes: Blazers Up, Warriors Lost, by Chuck Strom

Jamaica Day 17: National TV Appearance, M-16s, Freak Flag, Parish of Portland, by Davin Michael Stedman

AND THIS HAPPENED: Before we went on National TV, Red Rose asked me who I had sent ‘Free Your Mind’ to, because the biggest radio station in Jamaica played the song.

A friend of our publicist Susan Smith was sent a voice note of our song playing on the station. We had previewed the . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 17: National TV Appearance, M-16s, Freak Flag, Parish of Portland, by Davin Michael Stedman

Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey

Thanks to Pat Thomas for this Dylan quote. Pat is working on a Van Morrison bio right now.

“Tupelo Honey has always existed, Van Morrison was merely the vehicle and the earthly vessel for it.” – Bob Dylan

Ronnie Montrose’s minimalist guitar on this track from October of 1971 cuts the heart deeper than . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey

Jamaica Day 16: Ras Isachar, Publicity Photos, Trench Town Soccer, by Davin Michael Stedman

First Book: The Wise Mind of Emperor Haile Sellassie. Someday Ras Isachar will update us on the other title. It is obscured by by loving layers of masking tape.

Haile Selassie I

I am going to be dropping a bunch of great videos today, because tomorrow I leave for Port Antonio with Lenni I-Music for the . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 16: Ras Isachar, Publicity Photos, Trench Town Soccer, by Davin Michael Stedman

Go Tell It to The Mystics: Ras Isachar Reads the Wisdom of Selassie on Roots FM, by Davin Michael Stedman

First Book: The Wise Mind of Emperor Haile Sellassie. Someday Ras Isachar will update us on the other title. It is obscured by by loving layers of masking tape.

Haile Selassie I

I am going to be dropping a bunch of great videos today, because tomorrow I leave for Port Antonio with Lenni I-Music for the . . . → Read More: Go Tell It to The Mystics: Ras Isachar Reads the Wisdom of Selassie on Roots FM, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Foxfires – Choose Love, Don’t Give Up

The Foxfires are a four-piece band of immensely handsome and mischievous gents from New York. They describe their sound as Seagaze, a neologism they coined to explain their upbeat combination of indie rock, pop, shoegaze, folk, and surf rock. The mix forms a fresh, wind-driven soundscape you’d want to hear on summer beaches . . . → Read More: The Foxfires – Choose Love, Don’t Give Up

Jamaica Day 15: How to Cut a Jelly, “Free Your Mind” Blasting the Block in Kingston, Baby Goat, Our Clockwork is Orange, Shumba Youth, by Davin Michael Stedman

This is how you cut a Jelly. You just need a small sword. This is what Cocunut water is supposed to taste like.

Just a baby Jamaican goat cruising around my neighborhood eating delicious foliage.

How do feel about our song ‘Free Your Mind’ blasting on the block in Kingston? (Video is below.) . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 15: How to Cut a Jelly, “Free Your Mind” Blasting the Block in Kingston, Baby Goat, Our Clockwork is Orange, Shumba Youth, by Davin Michael Stedman

Heather O’Neill – Lady Blue

Heather O’Neill is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her first showbiz job was passing out flyers for an English band in Liverpool when she was 16.

“I’ve had my share of interesting day jobs,” she says. “A barista in New York City, an extra in L.A., a record store employee in Chicago. Remember . . . → Read More: Heather O’Neill – Lady Blue

Tia P. – Revolution

This is a powerful tune. Give it a listen.

With clarity and resolve, the message is clear, “Revolution” is for the NOW, where matters such as race inequality, police brutality, sexual abuse against women and children are at a significantly troubling high. Without lament, this Anthem of the (now) majority voice of mankind is . . . → Read More: Tia P. – Revolution

Jamaica Day 14: Drones of Jamaica, by Davin Michael Stedman

Drones of Jamaica: This is my first music video with drones. We actually had to move down the road from our ideal location because the drone’s wifi was disabled being closer to an airport than we realized.

Mario, pictured on the left mentioned that they once didn’t realize they were flying too close . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 14: Drones of Jamaica, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 13: Cell Phone Wisdom, Four in the Back, Blue Mountains, Warm Rains, by Davin Michael Stedman

My Jamaican number is 876.498.4012. Let’s see if I can keep this number till I return, given the rat maze it takes to keep your number from returning to the Great Digital Spirit in the corporate sky.

If I go online once a month and purchase 100 Jamaican dollars of credit every month, my . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 13: Cell Phone Wisdom, Four in the Back, Blue Mountains, Warm Rains, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 12: The Cowboy Rides, Hope Gardens, 41 Fleet Street Kids, by Davin Michael Stedman

Tonight I entered the Lair of The Cowboy. I promised folks like Lee Gillette that I would find the heart of Country music in Jamaica. As fate would have it, a new friend of mine wanted me to meet The Cowboy, Kingston’s very own Country singer. It’s pronounced Coe Boy, like Seattle guitarist Andy . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 12: The Cowboy Rides, Hope Gardens, 41 Fleet Street Kids, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 11: Behind the Scenes at BBCTV, Jah9, New Clothes, Publicist Extraordinaire, by Davin Michael Stedman

Want to join me behind the scenes on a BBC TV program? Today I met BBC presenter David Rodigan and Beanie Man, as Anthony Red Rose introduced me and the news of our ‘Free Your Mind’ to the Big Yard.

I also got to see a stripped down and poignant performance from a deserved . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 11: Behind the Scenes at BBCTV, Jah9, New Clothes, Publicist Extraordinaire, by Davin Michael Stedman

When the Sun Rises on Talking Drums: Happy Birthday Bob Marley, by Davin Michael Stedman

This video is Earl Chinna Smith and his Nyabinghi Orchestra playing to the sunrise for their dear friend Bob Marley at his birthplace in a remote Jamaican village called Nine Mile, on February 6, 2018, the 73rd anniversary of Marley’s birth.

It’s surreal that I am friends with these folks. Mr. Oliver Simms . . . → Read More: When the Sun Rises on Talking Drums: Happy Birthday Bob Marley, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jamaica Day 10: Michael Moore Good, Donald Trump Bumbaclot, Clapping on the Back of the Beat, by Davin Michael Stedman

I had so much fun in the studio with Owen Bassie, Wrong Turn, and Kirk Bennette. Yes one of the top keyboardists in Jamaica is named Wrong Turn. He got his knickname from King Tubby. But the first time I met Wrong Turn, it was when I first slipped into a Sly Dunbar session . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 10: Michael Moore Good, Donald Trump Bumbaclot, Clapping on the Back of the Beat, by Davin Michael Stedman

Stephanie Black – Winter of my Soul, by Steve Stav

With lilt-echoes of Kate Bush at the upper register — and more than enough grandeur-crescendo for a chick-flick credits theme — Stefanie Black’s new single, “Winter Of My Soul” is pleasant, yet pedestrian fare. On lyrical and arrangement levels, a good, but uninspired tune. However, the 19-year-old singing sensation’s powerful pipes are the sort . . . → Read More: Stephanie Black – Winter of my Soul, by Steve Stav

Jamaica Day 9: Time to Level Up, Building a Riddim and an Epic, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am trying to upload the greatest video clip from Nine Mile. But how about me hanging out with Prince Allah right now?

We are having a nice long chat, but I had two minutes left on my phone. Legends everywhere. You wake up and legends chillin’.

Time to level up. Owen Baddie . . . → Read More: Jamaica Day 9: Time to Level Up, Building a Riddim and an Epic, by Davin Michael Stedman