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‘One Summer…’ New Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal launched live on Radio out of Corsica, Cyprus and London

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dl coverRadio brings people together, it always and always will. Haji Mike in Cyprus linked up with Gibsy Rhodes aka Kingdom Signal in the summer of 2014 via Versionist Radio. Gibsy wanted to do a Haji Mike Special so he requested a few tunes. This led to an invite to Haji Mike to join the station, which happened shortly afterwards. Versionist was also known as the ‘Village Radio’ and would later transmute into ‘OuttaMiYard Radio’ where people from different locations around the world switch studios every couple of hours like as one Reggae/Dub Radio Marathon. Radio also brings people together through music and is a vital media for musicians as a platform to showcase their creations. Haji Mike realized this when he started releasing independent music in 1990 via London. ‘The first time I did a radio session for Andy Kershaw I was over the moon. In fact Kershaw was the first person to play ‘Stavroulla’ one of my early releases in Cyprus’ says Haji Mike ‘ and that concept of the live session, where musicians jam on air was crucial for many artists like myself back in the day as a way of getting exposure.’ Fast forward, 27 years and the live radio session is just as important but something fundamental has changed in the meantime. The Internet gives everyone the opportunity to play live on air from any place and any time as long as the technology works. So Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal, follow in the that fine live radio session tradition this month with a couple of special exclusive shows to launch their new release ‘One Summer’ (Power of Love Records) which came out on May 1st. Dates as follows for the sessions and interviews:

LIVE SESSION HM, KS CORSICA OMY RADIO

Weds 10th May 17:00–21:00 UTC+02 (4-8pm, UK – 6-10pm, CY) OuttaMiYardRadio Live Session Episode 1 – Live and direct from Kingdom Signal Studios, Corsica Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal play ‘One Summer…’ in full plus dubplates, selections and tunes galore as the two Kings of The Mediterranean Underground meet for the first time on Air.

Tune in here——> outta-mi-yard-hm-main

Thurs 11th May Live interview with Jahmon Selector (Belgium) on OuttaMiYardRadio 18:00 – 18.30  Tune in here——>    outta-mi-yard-hm-main

Thurs 11th May Live interview with DJ Debbie Golt on The Outerglobe (UK) on Resonance FM 7.40-8.15 pm  Tune in here——>  resonancefm_logo

LIVE SESSION HM, KS CORSICA GBR RADIO

Fri  12th May 5-7pm UK (7-9pm CY) GreekBeat Radio (UK)  Live Session Episode 2 live and direct from Kingdom Signal Studios, Corsica Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal perform ‘One Summer…’ in full plus dubplates and selections. Tune in here ——————>greekbeat

What people have been saying about ‘One Summer…’   

‘Lush New Dub Sound’ – Sarah Fenwick – Cyprus News Report

‘Meditative’ Sista Skanka – OMYRadio

‘Hypnotic’ Dub Thomas – Dubophonic/OMYRadio/RastFM

‘Fabulous!’ Dj Mario Greekbeat Radio

‘A contemplative call to action, earthed in the cosmos, rootical, soaring, essential!’ Debbie Golt Outerglobe/Resonance 104.4FM

‘Many things…an awakening, fresh, exciting, earthy, witty, poetic, summerness, takes you on journeys, bittersweet and ambitious’ Stelios Keryniotis, Astra Radio Cyprus

 

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The New release ‘One Summer…’ is available through  Google ,24/7 ,7 Digital, Amazon MP3, BounDEE, Emusic, iFeel Music, iMusica, iTunes,Juno, MediaNet Mobile Partners: AMI Entertainment & Gracenote – Streaming – Napster/Rhapsody/YouTube Art Tracks and many more….

 

 

 

Also check the video for ‘Stargazing’ by Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal

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Web Links:

Power of Love Records on Facebook

Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal Bandcamp

Kingdom Signal Soundcloud 

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For more information contact  POLRecords@protonmail.com

 The ‘Haji Mike & Kingdom Signal Live Corsica Sessions’ are supported by

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Happy Name Day – Mihalakis

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happy name day to any one who shares the name….

Mihalakis

They gave us all kinds of names
Dished out on playing pitchesAnd over stormy dining tables
They called me many names
I had more nicknames than the years has days
More nick names than the sun has rays
Them call me colour
Call me paki, diego, whop, spik and darkie
Them call me class
Said I should work like my parents
Sweating bucketsLong hard hours present past
Them call me intelligence
Said I was good at Rugby and footie
But my maths and history was dodgy and awkward
Them also call meCulture
Said I was schizophrenic
Trapped in some kind of bi-cultural panicLost in Britain
And not proud of it
Call me colourCall me culture
Call me class
Call me
All kinds of……
Nothing
But them never call me
Mihalakis
By my name
For that
Was all
I Ever
Asked….

(C) 1998

Special Tribute to Sugar Minott Part 1

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Lincoln Barrington “Sugar” Minott (May 25, 1956 – July 10, 2010) is a very special person in the history of reggae music. He will always be remembered, loved and honoured for his contributions and creations. Sugar Minott came out of the reggae scene as a sound operator and selector, making his way into music as a singer through Clement ‘Coxsonne’ Dodd and the legendary Studio 1 Label. Minott was a bridging artists, a person who kept the vital Studio 1 Riddims alive from first generation artists such as Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and Dennis Brown.

Realising early on that he had to set up his own foundation, Minott established the Black Roots label and community based music group Youthman Promotion. He was vital in propelling careers of artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw.

In 1981 Sugar Minott had a crossover hit with a cover of The Jackson 5’s “Good Thing Going”. It was such a good cover that most people thought it was an original. Memories of a charismatic Minott on Top of The Pops, skanking and singing sweetly are so special.

Sugar Minott had many hits, lovers rock as well as sufferer’s choice roots music. ‘Vanity’ ‘Hard Time Pressure’ ‘Lovers Rock’ and the legendary ‘Herbman Hustling’ one of the first reggae tunes to use a drum machine, paving the way for the digital revolution and the massive ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim.

Trying to cram all this in a one hour podcast has been challenging, thats why I have chosen to do it in 2 installments. Sugar passed away on 10th July at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. He will be dearly missed…deepest condolences to his family…’We’re living a ruff old life…’ RiP

Pass by and download the Podcast

The Roots that never die…

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Reggae is foundation music. It beats like the earth. The sound of the wind, sea, air flowing free blowing breeze. There’s also a rhetoric to classic roots music, a logicality, its a bit like finding that magical mountain path that takes you to the mountain top for the first time.

So whenever some of these timeless selections are remixed I can be a little wary. How can any one for example improve the sound of ‘None of Jah Jah Children No Cry’ by Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus. I once had the pleasure of meeting Ras Michael backstage at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in the USA. He came across like a humble lion and how can any one improve on the works of a humble lion!

And yet Geneva’s roots stalwarts Cultural Warrior’s Music have done precisely this to 8 classic roost reggae tunes along with their respective dubs mixed by CWM’s Lionpaw and the UK’s own Russ D, Gussie P and Vibronics.

Various Artists – Classic Reggae Recut Chapter 1 is a mighty release well worth seeking out. I did my own back to back mix, tune with dub into next tune with dub lasting over one delightful hour. Perfect for that drive to Paphos!

Full list of songs and artists is:

Mikal Rose – i love king selassie i
Eek a Mouse – no wicked cant reign
Ras Michael – none of jah jah children
Leroy Smart – jahovia
Cornel Campbell – natty dont go
Johnny Clarke – our father
Earl Zero – righteous works
Rico Rodriguez – jungle signal

The set is available as a download at:http://www.sendspace.com/file/l1elay

Enjoy!

OuterNational Radio…never had it so good :)

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I started on radio many moons ago on a station called University Radio Essex (URE) some time in the late 1970’s. Reggae was then as it remains til now my main pre-occupation and musical passion. I kept my first and last URE shows, in order to hear how I had progressed over 5 years on air. Nowadays I continue flying the red, gold and green, on a show called ‘OuterNational’ which I started as a podcast a few years ago. Having worked on several stations in Cyprus I had become  disillusioned with the overall lack of understanding. For many Greek speaking stations everything is very ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s ‘Greek’ music programming and ‘Xena’ or the ill-termed ‘Foreign’ music. I had always been puzzled by this after all most Greek pop music has become bloated with all kinds of sounds from mainstream pop which are not remotely Greek. Overall the effect is ‘Muzak’ that non-genre defining tasteless sound. Just think about it, most songs by Greek pop stars outside of Greece are unmarketable.

Now many people may be saying, yes, HM is just stating the obvious after all the songs are in Greek. But language has nothing to do with it. Everything has to do with genre and sub-genre. So being on radio-land back then felt like being in the wrong place. Trying to fit demographically was awkward. How could a specialised reggae show ‘fit’ on schmultzy Muzak stations?

So I discovered podcasting. This was around 2004 and I think my ‘OuterNational’ podcast was probably the first to ever be made in Cyprus. I dug deep in the cassette vaults, finding old interviews with Burning Spear and Cutty Ranks, as well as hot revival selections juggled on different themes. It was so different from being on radio as a found podcasting was a great way of reaching far beyond Cyprus. So one particular podcast was downloaded over 1,000 times over 3 days in China. Not sure how that happened but it certainly brought a smile to my face.

Time passed, I was content with ‘OuterNational’ being a podcast until one day I heard one of the most ridiculous bastard style mash up mixes. ‘Get Up Stand Up’ by Bob meets ‘Lets Go To Hawaii’ by Protopsalti. Knowing the manager of the station I phoned up to complain about what was being done on the airwaves in the name of Jah music. This led to my first stint on Astra Radio, where OuterNational came to the airwaves on Monday’s 9-11pm. It was good to be back on air and soon the show, with the advent of the net, had picked up a good listener base outside Cyprus, mainly in the USA. This led the show to coming to the attention of BigUp Radio, the most popular reggae station in the net. It’s good to be doing radio again but on different terms from before. The show was also featured on Radio Napa  and is now also hosted on Inspiration FM in Northampton, UK.

Artist featured recently as guests include  Grammy Winner Tippa Irie, Junior Toots and the legendary MC Cutty Ranks.

All of this makes me very happy as the aim of the show is to promote reggae as a music that transcends conventional borders and national identities. Who would have thought that this music from Jamaica in  the 1960’s would evolve into such a world-wide force, making it the island’s biggest cultural asset and a crucial economic export.

Reggae is just as much a genre these days as rock and it has been that way for several decades. Like any music, it will always evolve, develop and move on. I am proud to play a very small part in this expanding world-wide reggae community, as an artist and reggae broadcaster.

Outernationally Yours

Haji Mike

tune in http://bigupradio.com/radio/radio-shows/outernational

Haji Mike Outernational airs every Friday on BigUpRadio…

Sunday the original slot on Astra Radio 11-midnight 92.8 FM http://www.astra.com.cy

Monday around midnight on Inspiration FM UK   107.8FM  http://www.inspirationfm.co.uk/  

Also available as a Podcast each week 

http://www.podcasts.canstream.co.uk/inspirationfm/index.php?cat=Outernational

Happy New Year…Top 10 OuterNational Reggae Choices

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Happy New Year to everyone…I just wanted to share my top 10 OuterNational Reggae Choices for 2009. The main criteria for picking these has been quality of song and not sales or popularity. I prefer to play songs that have a crafted, gifted sound than ones that have been mass-produced for the purpose of popularity…So here they are with some short blurb on why they have been chosen..

OuterNational Song Chart 2009

1. America – Albarosie – top tune, heavy message and sounds great blasted loud. Albarosie is at his finest on this as a next generation singjay stylee dj and conscious roots singer.

2. Judgment Day – Bill Ortiz – reggae instrumental covers can be bland but this one rocks. Bill Ortiz plays trumpet for Santana and his new CD ‘From Where I Stand’ is one of the most spiritual releases of the year.

3. The Way Life Should Be – Joan Baez & Rocker T – a very historic collaboration that links so many people together. Just that one line ‘We’ve all got to stop the war before we die’ seals it for me.

4. Reggae Feelin’ – Tune In Crew feat Dynamiq – a new Crew to me but they sound very seasoned production wise. Dropped at the right time in the dance you are gaurenteed to have the masses skanking.
5. Green 4 Life – Kiddus I – title track and great to have a new release from this classic singer. Also look out for the version release of ‘Graduation in Zion’. You can interpret the tune how you want…either way I am Green 4 Life.

6. Turn You Around – Tony Brown – from the first moment I heard this it just stuck in the player. One of the best love songs of 2009.

7. Mr Francois – Mojo Morgan – acoustic wise this is the tune of the year for me. A guitar and a voice and reality lyrics sung by a very fine singer – what more could you ask for.

8. One In a Million – Gramps Morgan – a very successful year for Gramps. I just love the way this song builds up. A great love song sung by one of the best reggae singers.

9. Never Give Up On Jah – Inner Circle – one of the longest surviving reggae bands still making music sound as fresh as always on this tune.

10. Thalassa – Dub Remix – Lia Vissy feat Haji Mike – produced by my brother Sonic Crime, I could have put another 3 tunes in here, like Babylon Time, Bless or Hate Breeds Hate that I have done with various people round the world in 2009 but this one, with Lia’s voice is very special to me.

OuterNational Radio Show with Haji Mike on BigUp Radio 5am, 11am, 5pm and 11pm EST & amp @ http://www.bigupradio.com; Sundays Astra Radio 92.8FM 11-midnight http://www.astra.com.cy