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I post this here because it's the only article that seems to treat Trevy and Nelly with the respect they deserve, and not just as two bodies in a sensational story. 

Nelly and Trevy are revolutionary artists who used reggae music and conscious lyrics to address contemporary and universal issues. You can say that again.

#TrevyFelix   #RasTrevy   #BoomShaka   #Reggae   #Dominica  
Our thanks to Ayeola George and AGSelect [agselectpr@gmail.com] for sending the following update on the developing story of Nelly Shtarre and Trevy Felix's apparent death in a fire in Dominica. Tho...
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Meaning this is a tragedy but these beautiful people must be survived by there music as it grows to a larger awareness.
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Boom Shaka on Los Angeles TV station KTLA in 1987
They perform "Song For Jah" and "Closer Now," live and direct! There is also a very brief interview. The name of the show was "Tomorrow Is Monday."

This is the lineup of the band that recorded the Creation album (an earlier four man lineup made the first Boom Shaka record, a single, Dig A Dis, Dig A Dat b/w Ponderous). Trevy Felix is singing lead and playing guitar, Noel Rhodes and Joel Epps are singing and playing guitar, Mark Tumolo is playing bass, Owen Rose is drumming and Taharqua is playing keyboards and singing backup.

Recorded 7/23/87, aired 8/9/87.

Note on the sound: I did the live mix on this in the same room as the band, and they fed that directly to the control room, which wan't really the best way to do it. Being in a room away from the band would have allowed for a better mix to the control room. But as the kids say, it is what it is.

#BoomShaka   #TrevyFelix   #reggae   #RasTrevy  
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Fire burn the Vatican city...
...was the original title. It was shortened to Vatican for what should be obvious reasons. This is the first time the unreleased dub version can be heard in its entirety. 

#boomshaka   #trevyfelix   #rastrevy   #reggae  
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One hour photo, a short story - THIS IS NOT A TEST #35

Today I'm going to read you a story. Sit back, relax. Put your feet up. Pour yourself a tumbler of tequila or Bärenjäger. Get into your jammies. Or whatever you do.

http://thisisnotatest.com/one-hour-photo-a-short-story-this-is-not-a-test-35

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#podcast #shortstory #thisisnotatest
Today I'm going to read you a story. Sit back, relax. Put your feet up. Pour yourself a tequila or Bärenjäger. Get into your jammies. Or whatever you do.
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International Diplomat
Representative of His Imperial Majesty!
Ras Trevy Felix, my spar, my brother, died in a house fire in Dominica. 

Trevy and I were talking about Peter Tosh on the day we heard the news of his murder, and at one point I must have said something about how tragic or senseless it was, how sad, and Trevy frowned at me and said, "My-kal, Rasta can't dead! You know that!"

So that's how I prefer to think about Trevy now. That it isn't possible for him to really be dead, and one day he'll be schooling me again, somewhere. And we'll make some music, laugh again, piss each other off again and get into the van for one more road trip.

Which is easy for me to say, but my heart goes out to all of Trevy's family around the world, those I had the pleasure of meeting and those I didn't get a chance to meet. Much love to my Topanga Canyon family, Vicky, Malika, Jelani, Miles, Tavis, Echo, Noel, Jenny, Gaia, Aylee, and the O.G. #BoomShaka posse, Owen, Mark and Joel.
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Damn... :(
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Age is just a number - unless you happen to be old. THIS IS NOT A TEST #34

Listen while I extol the wonders of aging and sing the praises of getting up and doing the same thing every day, running naked through the streets, retirement, pensions, GOD testing Job, people who "don't see color," being in your 50s, filling up the Internet, the best place to sit or stand at a concert, going blind, having the stamina of an 18 year old, torn ligaments and separated shoulders, hummingbird feeders, dropping dead on your 35th birthday, doctors not actually curing anyone, changing lots of flat tires, eternal life and looking up at the sky and wondering what happens next.

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Listen while I extol the wonders of aging and sing the praises of looking up at the sky and wondering what happens next.
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Boom Shaka, "Check U Still" Carthage Tunisia, 1988
Here's a side of Boom Shaka you've probably never seen. The video and audio aren't great, but what a gig! August 3rd, 1988, in an ancient Tunisian amphitheater with a crowd estimated at 7,000.

The Tunisia tour was the first big lineup change in the group. Here you'll see Trevy Felix, Noel Rhodes, Joel Epps and Binghi-I on the keyboards, and the brand new rhythm section of Ray Felix and Watson "Drummie" Duverney.

Noel was so sick he could barely move before the show, but you'd never know it to watch them. The energy was so intense that for the most part I didn't do any dubbing. They were bringing it hard, so I just set the levels, stood back and let it unfold.

#BoomShaka   #Reggae   #TrevyFelix   #RasTrevy   #tunisia   #carthage  
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This is a sound I'll always remember, Trevy with a guitar working things out. You hear things a thousand times and you think they'll always be there to hear, but nope.
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Rastafari deh pon the fertile ground...
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Damn, that's lovely. I'm glad you had time hanging out and making music with him.
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Getting High on Art

Yet another lengthy blog post about, what else? ART! You know the drill. This one is all over the place. Don't ask me what this one is about because frankly, I don't exactly know. 

#mixedmediapainting   #abstractart   #abstractpainting   #PaulKlee  
I like to talk about my own work, and abstract expressionism in general. It's fun. It makes me so high I can practically lick the Moon!
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Never Too Much News?

I know I just put out one of my hella-cool newsletters, but now I have more news. And remember, sharing is caring. 

In this blog post is a bit of news I've been holding onto for a little while and I feel a sense of relief that I am finally mentioning it. It comes on the heels of the fact that now I have a little solo show coming up in December - nothing as ambitious as Exodus or anything, but I will be showing some of my mixed media abstracts with whatever else I can create until the end of November.

#gallerychange   #abstractpainting   #mixedmedia   #collageart   
I am trying to come up with a title for my new solo show at Craig Krull Gallery in December.
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You might find me on mjp Books, weirdo Ink Poems or on the awesome Charles Bukowski, American Author site. You might also find me doing a podcast. Sure, why not. I have a microphone. Check out THIS IS NOT A TEST. Really. Go do it now.

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