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SOUNDSYSTEM JAMAICA! (selections from 311’s Master iPod Playlist)

Last month I sailed to Jamaica on a boat that was the size of the tallest unfinished building in my city and held two times as many people as the village I grew up in. Once the sun set over the Caribbean Sea on the first night, we quickly lost cell service, and life reverted to 1999 settings. No more text messages; it was all about hatching plans in the hallways with old friends and making joyful semi-drunk introductions to new ones in the elevators.

There were three constants on the ship: #1) Every time you had a quiet minute you could count on yourself looking around, and saying “Is this real? How are we so lucky to be the floating excitable crew?” #2) Someone was always cracking “Washy Washy” jokes just when it wasn’t funny any more. #3) The house PA system constantly pumped major jams to keep the party rolling 24/7.

I tracked down the master iPod playlist for the ship and out of the 367 tunes that made up the unceasing soundtrack, I put together three hours of mostly reggae tunes from nearly 50 artists that represented the flavor of the Norwegian Pearl on those four endless nights. Welcome to Part 1 of the master iPod playlist from the 311’s Soundsystem Jamaica Caribbean Cruise. I hope you enjoy it.


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Seth founded Rootfire while he was managing a group of influential modern reggae acts, including The Green, John Brown’s Body, and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. The goal of the project has always been to connect the people who participate in the modern reggae movement.

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9 years ago

Following and might re-blog…thanks!

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