Wednesday, April 14, 2010


"State Of Emergency" by Steel Pulse. This version is off the Rastafari Centennial album, which was recorded live at the Elysee Montmartre in Paris, and dedicated to the hundred year anniversary of the birth of Haile Selassie. I'm a fan of the original recording, but the Centennial album is larger than life, and the sirens really capture the essence of the track. Brief history: Steel Pulse came together at the Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, originally composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass), and eventually grew to include Selwyn 'Bumbo' Brown (keyboards), Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett (drums), Alphonso Martin (vocals, percussion) and Mykaell Riley (vocals). They represented the first wave of Jamaican immigration to England and were pioneers in the UK reggae scene, although back in Jamaica they were seen as foreigners and had to fight for their acceptance. Where all my second generation immigrants at? I wonder if Sean Kingston has the same problem. -Dread Perry-

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