Nubiart Diary - Reggae Updates & The War on Civilians

By Kubara Zamani, Nubiart Producer / Presenter | Sun 9 July 2006


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Editorial Pt 1
On midweek Nubiart we looked at two stories about the reggae industry. We started by paying tribute to Ruddy Thomas, the reggae singer, songwriter, musician, producer and sound engineer who has passed away aged 54. He collapsed and died on 10 June while performing on stage at the Popular Song Street Blocker in Port Antonio, Portland, where he was one of 10 finalists in this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Popular Song Competition (JCDC). Thomas, (born 12 July 1951), penned and recorded hits including ‘Loving Pauper’, ‘Let's Make A Baby’ and ‘People Make The World Go Round’, which was famously adapted by Michael Jackson. Thomas gave the Hawkeye label its first number one hit in 1981 with ‘Just One Moment Away’, a song which topped the British charts.

Artists and producers Ruddy Thomas worked with: Abyssinians; Marcia Atkins; Barrington Levy; Boris Gardiner; Buro Banton; Susan Cadogan; Cornell Campbell; Charlie Chaplin; Culture; Dean Fraser; Dennis Brown; Desi Roots; General Trees; Pam Hall; Beres Hammond; Derrick Harriott; Frankie Jones; Frankie Paul; General Plough; Joe Gibbs & the Professionals; Hugh Griffiths; Prince Hammer; Horace Martin; Clive Hunt; Gregory Isaacs; I Roy; King Sounds & Israelites; Kotch; Little John; J.C. Lodge; Bunny Maloney; Meditations; Peter Metro; Michael Palmer; Sugar Minott; George Phang; Jacob Miller & Ray I; Jimmy Reid; Sam Carty & Astronauts; Cynthia Schloss; Captain Sinbad; Leroy Smart; Sons Of Jah; Peter Tosh; Toyan; Trinity; Welton Irie; Willy Williams; Delroy Wilson; and Yellowman;

The second story concerns Sister Carol (aka Black Cinderella) who has been a recording artist for over 25 years starting out around Jah Love and King Sturgav sound systems with her brother Brigadier Jerry. At this year’s Bob Marley tribute in San Diego, USA Sister Carol and another female reggae artist, Desree, were on the bill to appear. The Chasidic European artist Matisyahu instructed the promoters that no female artist was to perform before or after him (and he obviously didn’t want any appearing with him). Matisyahu, who we only heard of in the last six months and is pushing his debut album, paid the promoters to put both female artists at the start of the bill when few patrons had arrived. He performed twice, cutting short the veteran Barrington Levy, (who with producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes invented dancehall music in 1979 with the ‘Bounty Hunter’ album) to perform again.

This shows the problems conscious Afrikan artists are having where interlopers can come and dictate who plays on what bill and when. Reggae is getting a fight from politicians over reggae artists justifiable criticisms of politicians’ inability to solve severe social and economic problems while at the same time ‘the homosexual lobby’ are calling reggae ‘murder music’ and getting promoters, venues and the police to cancel shows and have artists convicted under incitement to murder, and public order laws. Matisyahu claims his musical inspiration is Sizzla yet Sizzla has never endorsed Matisyahu’s anti-Afrikan women stance and indeed is more famous for songs such as ‘Black Women and Child’ and ‘Women of Africa’. Sister Carol, who had never met Matisyahu before that day, will be bringing out an album with tracks inspired by her experience. Nubiart advocates a complete boycott of Matisyahu, his records and shows.

Editorial Pt 2
On Friday night’s Nubiart titled ‘Saba Saba Day – When the Two Sevens Clash’ we explored the war on civilians being conducted by the combined armed forces of Al-Qaeda, Britain, Israel, the Taliban, the US and their fellow travelers.

We played the Peter Power interview from Radio Five Live on July 7 last year and read from “London Underground Bombing 'Exercises' Took Place At Same Time As Real Attack Culpability Cover Scenario Echoes 9/11 Wargames”, “New Developments In London Underground Exercise Story - Will The Real Peter Power Please Stand Up?” and “UK Channel 4 Whitewash London Underground Exercise Story” by Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones from Prison Planet which were published between 13-25 July 2005.

“A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.

“On a BBC Radio 5 interview that aired on the evening of the 7th, the host interviewed Peter Power, Managing Director of Visor Consultants, which bills itself as a 'crisis management' advice company, better known to you and I as a PR firm.

“Peter Power was a former Scotland Yard official, working at one time with the Anti-Terrorist Branch.

“Power told the host that at the exact same time that the London bombings were taking place, his company was running a 1,000 person strong exercise which drilled the London Underground being bombed at the exact same locations, at the exact same times, as happened in real life.

“The transcript is as follows.
POWER: At half past nine this morning we were actually running an exercise for a company of over a thousand people in London based on simultaneous bombs going off precisely at the railway stations where it happened this morning, so I still have the hairs on the back of my neck standing up right now.
HOST: To get this quite straight, you were running an exercise to see how you would cope with this and it happened while you were running the exercise?
POWER: Precisely, and it was about half past nine this morning, we planned this for a company and for obvious reasons I don't want to reveal their name but they're listening and they'll know it. And we had a room full of crisis managers for the first time they'd met and so within five minutes we made a pretty rapid decision that this is the real one and so we went through the correct drills of activating crisis management procedures to jump from slow time to quick time thinking and so on.

“…The Anglo-American establishment that controls the military-industrial complex of the West has been caught over a hundred times carrying out bombings and other terrorist attacks around the world to further their corporate aims and to blame their enemies.

“…The London terror alert level was lowered before the bombings took place. This gave the perpetrators extra cover to plan and execute the attack without having to evade the most stringent security.

“…BBC polls that were showing 80 per cent plus opposed the ID card will now likely flip back in the opposite direction.

“…Due to the bombardment of e-mails that Peter Power and Visor Consultants are receiving on the issue of the London Underground exercises, Power has been forced to issue a standard e-mail response to all inquiries, which forms the basis of his only response to the 'exercise' firestorm that has gripped the Internet since this website first highlighted the matter on Saturday.

“…Power also admits that the program was part of a "wider project," which again broadens the scope of this from being an insignificant drill for a small company with no affiliation to the government, to something potentially much bigger.

“…Visor's crisis team, Power explained, were planning to practice the switch from what he called 'slow time' thinking to the 'quick time' thinking required by a crisis situation. In the event, they were forced to do so for real. 'Unusual though it may be to stop an exercise and go into real time,' he comments, 'it worked very well - although there were a few seconds when the audience didn't realise whether it was real or not.'

“…Channel 4 quoted Power earlier as saying that when the real attack began, the exercise switched from 'slow time' to 'quick time' thinking and that Visor stopped the exercise and went into 'real time'. This, coupled with comments previously made by Power, suggests that Visor had some kind of active role in the command structure in dealing with the management of the crisis, the real attack. How can the exercise have just been paper based when Visor started managing the real attack, not the scripted one, after it happened.

“…One individual calculated the likelihood of this being just a coincidence. The odds were one in 3,715,592,613,265,750,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.”

We rejected the term ‘war on terror’ and instead use ‘war on civilians’ as governments and paramilitaries use ‘terror’ as an excuse to murder innocent people and political opponents and bring in repressive legislation. We questioned why the US government closed the CIA unit dedicated to hunting Osama Bin Laden for the last decade if he was ‘the world’s most wanted’ with a $25m bounty on his head. If Bin Laden’s activities were so detrimental to the interests of the US why were his entire family allowed to leave the US by plane at a time when all planes were officially grounded after the attacks on the Twin Towers without any of them being questioned about his whereabouts or their last contact with him.

On the police raids in Lansdowne Road, Forest Gate, London and Lansdowne Court, Lansdowne Road, Bolton which happened a fortnight later two people connected with the Bolton address have been charged with terrorist and finance offences while nothing was found in Forest Gate despite the police pulling the house apart brick by brick. We again stressed the differences between information, opinion, speculation and fantasy and that possessing these is not necessarily the same as having intelligence.

On the history of scares in the West. Now, it’s Islam, ten years ago it was Jamaican ‘Yardies’, twenty years ago it was communism, forty years ago it was anti-colonial movements, sixty years ago it was Hitler and Japan and a hundred years ago it was the Chinese ‘Yellow Peril’ – so we’re coming full circle.

Sources: The Guardian; Metro; Radio Five Live;;;

Full copies of the shows and track playlists are available from Afrikan Quest at the address below.

NUBIART 1: Every Wed at 5-7pm. Focus on arts, education, business, sport and health.
~ Jul 12: Samson Isaacs, Eritrean consultant discussing the situation in Eritrea.

NUBIART 2: Every Fri at 10-11pm. Focus on political developments and the media.

~ Godfrey Arumoh, Publisher and Co-Ordinator, Niger Delta Republic Movement

~ Tony Pryce, author of ‘The Art of Mental Muscle: Using Life’s Challenges to Develop Internal Strength and Other Qualities’ [Grounded Vision]

~ ‘Sidi Goma: Black Sufis of Gujarat’ – Sidi Goma [KAPA Productions – out now] Music from Afrikan Sufi Muslims who have been living in Gujarat state in India for over 600 years yet still retain Swahili songs and traditions.

~ ‘Afrolution Vol 1: The Original African Hip Hop Collection’ [Afrolution Records – out now] Double pack CD and DVD with interviews and performances from some of the artists pushing hip hop across the continent. Contributions from Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Afrika, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. With interviews from DJs and writers from Britain and the US on their view of the music.

We will try to recommend books that we have read and that are available in shops or libraries. However, given the nature and current state of Afrikan publishing there may be books on this list that are worth the extra effort to track down.

~ ‘The Homecoming: Journey of the Orphan Child’ – Amari Blaize [Troubador / Matador Publishing ISBN: 1-905237-63-4] First novel by transpersonal psychotherapist Blaize. ‘Abandoned by both parents the orphan lives with a fragile sense of self and struggles to remember who she is.’

~ ‘The Art of Mental Muscle: Using Life’s Challenges to Develop Internal Strength and Other Qualities’ – Tony Pryce [Grounded Vision ISBN: 0-9550861-0-8] How to develop your brain like muscles which you can use to do the job it needs to do for you.

~ ‘Voodoo: Truth & Fantasy’ – Laennec Hurbon [New Horizons ISBN: 0-500-300496] Exploration of the roots and practice of Vodou in Haiti. Looking at the western myths as well as the centrality of Vodou to Haiti’s liberation and development.

~ ‘Bann Move Masquerade: A Carnival’s Journey from Dominica to 21st Century Britain’ at Old Town Hall, Stratford, London, E15 until 13 July. Contact Colihaut In Focus UK, PO Box 38382, 478 Barking Road, London, E13 8QB. Tel: 020 7476 6548. E-mail: or check:

~ Ligali and Insaka present African Remembrance Day - a day of positive edutainment dedicated to remembering our ancestors who have fought and died for self-determination, justice and social revolution and the African people and culture lost through enslavement, colonialism and racism. The day includes debates, films, guest presentations, performances, a gallery of Remembrance, stalls and cultural food. On Sat 22 July 2006 at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London, E8. Adm free. Contact: Emma Pierre, Media Affairs, The Ligali Organisation, PO Box 1257, London, E5 0UD. Tel: 07868 707 932. E-mail: Web: or

~ ‘Heroes of Our Time: Rwandan Courage & Survival’. An exhibition of genocide survivors’ stories presented by The Survivors Fund showing 13 July – 23 Sep at The Brunei Gallery / SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG. Tel: 020 7898 4026 / 4259 (fax) Web:

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