The World of Reggae Music Collection: Collie Herb

COLLIE HERB

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selecta explores the reggae songs dedicated to the ganja. It is believed that the term ganja came from India and from the Indians who migrated to Jamaica. Many of the great reggae artists performed songs about the herb, some taking the tunes to another level playing ganja anthems. From Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Kaya” to Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi” to Peter Tosh’s anthem “Legalize It” the weed is a constant theme in reggae music.

According to Rastafarians, collie herb grew on the grave of the wisest man in history, King Solomon. For this reason the herb is to be smoked as a sacrament. Often the smoke is referred to as wine to be partaken in communion. The water pipe is called the chalice or cup from which the smoker draws or sups from the cup. Furthermore the great collie herb aids in meditation. The World of Reggae Music Collection presents the finest tunes about sensi.

Julian Marley – Boom Draw

Alborosie – Herbalist

Jah Thomas – Strong Ganja

Rupie EdwardsFree The Weed

Rupie Edwards – Feeling High

Bob Marley & the Wailers Kaya

Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace & Lee “Scratch” Perry Herb Vendor

Peter ToshLegalize It

U-Roy – Chalice In The Palace

Mr. Williamz – Ganja Palace

AswadJust A Little Herb

Eek A Mouse Sensi Party

Sublime – Get Ready

I-Wayne & Rebelution – So High

The EthiopiansLet Me Blow My Smoke

Carl MurphyLick I Pipe

Cornell Campbell A Hundred Pounds Of Collie

The Mighty Diamonds Pass The Kutchie

Josey Wales – It A Fi Bun

Black UhuruSinsemilla

The Uprising Roots – Steamers

Sugar Minott – Herbsman Hustling

Linval ThompsonI Love Marijuana

Barrington LevyCollie Weed

John HoltPolice In Helicopter

Bob Marley & the Wailers Easy Skanking

Rita Marley – One Draw

Ky-Mani Marley – Get High

Horace AndyBetter Collie (Better Calley)

Ben Harper – Burn One Down

Bobby Hustle – Real Ganja Man

The ObserversPass The Pipe

Barrington Levy Under Mi Sensi

Collie Buddz – Ganja Pipe

Collie Buddz & RoacheSensimillia

Slightly Stoopid – This Joint

Eek A MouseGanja Smuggling

Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor

Capleton & Slightly Stoopid – No Cocaine

Manu Chao – Welcome to Tijuana

Chino – Boom Draw

Big JoeSmoke Marijuana

NinjamanLegalize The Herb

Yellowman & Fathead – Herbman Hustling

Gyptian – Sensi

Jacob MillerLamb’s Bread Collie

SOJA – Talking To Myself

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ganja Babe

Cypress Hill & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Ganja Bus

Frankie PaulPass The Tu Sheng Peng

Bob Marley & the WailersAfrican Herbsman

Wayne Smith Under Me Sleng Teng

Seeed & Denyo – Sensimilla

Slightly Stoopid Collie Man

Hopeton LewisCool Cool Collie

SublimeSmoke Two Joints

Million StylezPolice In Helicopter

Da Grynch – Police In Helicopter

Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – Smokin’ Love

Rebelution & Zumdi – So High

Rebelution – So High Dub

Jah TLick The Pipe, Peter, Part 4

Alborosie – No Cocaine

Chronixx – Perfect Tree

Sizzla – Sweet To My Brain

Kabaka Pyramid – Herb Defenda

Wayne Marshall – The Boom Draw

Don Carlos & Slightly Stoopid – Marijuana

Max Romeo My Jamaican Collie

Triston Palma & Jah ThomasJoker Smoker

Papa Bruce – Loafer Smoker

Vybz KartelSen On

U-Brown – Tu Sheng Peng

Bushman – Buk-In-Hamm-Palace

Alborosie – Camilla

Johnny Clarke – Collie Dread

Daweh Congo Ganja Baby

Tarrus Riley, Demarco, & Vybz Kartel Herbs Promotion

Richie Spice Marijuana (Pon Di Corner)

Slightly Stoopid No Cocaine

Culture – The International Herb

Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Baby G, & Don CorleonHigher Altitude

Alborosie & Michael Rose – Waan the Herb

Mr. Vegas, Alozade, & Hollow PointUnder Mi Sensi

Bounty Killer – Smoke The Herb

Sugar Minott – Oh Mr DC

Capleton – Acres

Wayne Smith & B-Real – Under Mi Sleng Teng (Remix)

Buju Banton – Sensemeila Persecution

Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed

I-Octane – Puff It

Laden – Highest

Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff

Gyptian & Round Head – Through the Valley

Slightly Stoopid – Fruits “Legalize Them”

Tony Rebel – The Herb

Rootz Underground – Herb Fields

Horace Andy – Collie Weed

Alborosie – One Draw

Lloyd Charmers – Ishan Cup

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ganja Babe

Raging Fyah – Ganja

Snoop Lion & Collie Buddz – Smoke the Weed

Mr. Williamz – Babylon In Helicopter

YT – Heat Seeking Camera

Jacob Miller – Tired Fi Lick Weed Inna Bush

Clancy Eccles – Ganja Free

Leftside – High (Friday Version)

Slightly Stoopid – Fat Spliffs

Bunny & Ricky – Bush Weed Corntrash

Willie Nelson & Mishka – Homegrown

Anthony B – One Chalice

Sizzla – Ganja in My Brain

Reggae Crusaders – Bring The Couchie Come

Burro Banton – Sensi Love That Cheeba

311 – Who’s Got The Herb

Josey Wales – Stalk Of Sensimilia

Slightly Stoopid – Sensimilia

Barrington Levy – Sensimilea

Capleton – High Grade

Gyptian – High Grade

Derrick Morgan – The Great Collie Herb

Lady G – Herbie

Chuckleberry – One Draw 2

Dillinger – Marijuana In My Brain

G.G. All Stars – Ganja Plane

Eek-A-Mouse – Juicy Juicy & Weedy Weedy

Onton – Hi Grade Way

Mr. Evil, Mapei, & Major Lazer – Mary Jane

Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby

Eminem – Must Be Ganja

Tappa Zukie – Chalice to Chalice

Inner Circle & Slightly Stoopid – Mary Collie Weed

Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (’94 Spliff)

Israel Vibration – Red Eyes

Sister Carol – Red Eye

Sean Paul & Luga Man – Weed Indeed

Sizzla – Good Load Of Herb

Beenie Man & Silvercat – Chronic

Deadly Hunta – High Grade

Horace Andy – Good Vibes / Dub Vibes

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Barrington Levy Gimmie The Grass

CultureCollie Weed

Sister Carol – Wicked Draw of Sensi

Bounty Killer Eyes A Bleed (RZA Remix)

Anthony Red RoseGi Mi Di Weed

Lone Ranger – Quarter Pound of Ishen

Junior Reid – Sensi Breeze

Jah Mason Couple Chalice A Day

Lee “Scratch” PerryRoast Fish & Cornbread

SizzlaHealing Of The Nation

YellowmanBun The Kutchie

LucianoFree Up The Herbalist

SanchezChronic

JamelodyHigh Grade

The Mighty Diamonds Chalice In A Circle

CapletonChalice

Black Uhuru Puff She Puff

Tippa Irie & Long Beach Dub All StarsSensi

Jah Mason – Let’s Get Some High Grade

SizzlaMarijuana

Chuck FendaGwaan Plant

Charlie ChaplinJamaican Collie

Morgan HeritageGive We A License

Mykal Rose Rush On The Tonic

Billy Boyo One Spliff A Day

Jah THot Pipes

Warrior KingOh What A Feeling

Michael PalmerDon’t Smoke The Seed

Ranking Joe Natty The Collie Smoker

Junior Byles Lick the Pipe Peter

See I – Dinner of Herb

Ward 21Ganja Smoke

Morgan HeritageWisdom Weed

Horace FergusonSensi Addict

Little John Strong Sensi

YT – No Sandweed

King Kong – Legalize It

Jacob MillerHealing of the Nation

ChezidekA De Weed

Carlton Livingston 100 Weight of Collie Weed

Mr. Williamz No Cigarette

Top Cat – Push Up Ya Lighter

PressureGanja Make the World Go Round

ChezidekBun’ Di Ganja

Mojo Morgan & Peter Tosh Herbsman Anthem

Lloyd Clarke – Bad Weed

Israel VibrationHerb Is the Healing

Lutan FyahPlant The Herbs

Capital LettersSmoking My Ganja

Michael Palmer Smoke The Weed

Barry Brown – Natty Dread Nar Run

Triston PalmerSpliff Tail

U-Roy, Suga Roy, & Conrad CrystalHigh Grade

The Skatalites – La Ska Racha

PerfectBig Fat Ganja Spliff

Morgan Heritage Plant Up The Herbs

I-Roy – Jamaican Collie

U-Roy – Herbman Skanking

Little JohnSmoke Ganja Hard

Perfect10 Pound Of Ganja

Congo Ashanti Roy – Stay Red

The EthiopiansWell Red

The SkatalitesCollie Bud

Jah Lion – Columbia Colly

Prince Huntley and Colonel – Granny Iley

Boy Blue (Singer Blue) – A Long Time I No Smoke

Trevor Blyfield – Burning Bush

Rupie & Sidy – Herbert Spliffington

Sylford WalkerLambs Bread

Welton Irie – Lambs Bread International

Jah ThomasMarijuana-Marijuana

Vivian Jones – Got A Light

Flourgon – Bill A Spliff

Max Romeo – A Quarter Pound of Ishan

Rapper Robert & Jim Brown – Minister for Ganja

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Collie Herb

Reggae on the River 2009 – Reggae on the River in Humboldt County

I got to attend this year’s Reggae on the River Festival in Southern Humboldt County, California. The festival had a great local community feel and funds raised went to support the Mateel Community Center in Redway, California. The Eel River flowed through the picturesque venue located at Benbow State Recreational Area. Reggae on the River celebrated its 25th Anniversary in fine style. Positive vibrations flowed all day long. Soul Majestic played early in the day bringing their brand of soul-drenched reggae to the stage. The track “First Light” set the vibe and songs like “Rough N’ Tuff ” displayed the musical prowess of this young group. Soul Majestic also played the single “Better World,” which dovetails nicely with their positive vibe and eco-friendly message.

Queen Omega ignited the stage with soul, dancehall, and roots reggae. A native of Trinidad and Tobago Queen Omega sang “Love Ya Color,” “Judgement,” “Warning,” and “Ganja Baby” to an appreciative crowd.  The Roots Revealers bought Jamaican dancehall to northern California playing the songs “Long Road” and “No More Killing.”

The crowd-pleasing crown princess of roots reggae Etana turned it up a notch dropping the killer hits “Roots” and “Blessing.” The lovely songstress covered some Bob Marley and the Wailers tunes creating a wonderful vibe with the classic “One Drop.” Etana played some tracks from her newest hit album The Strong One performing “Jah Chariot” and “Don’t Forget,” and “Caltariba System.” And I was pleasantly surprised by Etana‘s cover of the Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down.” Etana finished her set singing “I Am Not Afraid,” which is from one of my favorite riddims: the “Rub-A-Dub” riddim.

The legendary vocal group from Jamaica The Abyssinians took the stage under the afternoon sun. Roots reggae filled the air with classic tunes like “Y Mas Gan,” “African Race,” “Let My Days Be Long,”  “Meditation,” and “Know Jah Today.” The Abyssinians took us to the Bible and the book of Daniel with “Abendigo,” turning the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo into a wonderful reggae and dub experience. And of course the reggae legends performed their megahits from the Satta Massagana album, including “Peculiar Number,” “Black Man’s Strain,” “Declaration Of Rights,” “Forward Unto Zion,” and “Satta Massagana.”

The Abyssinians at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians Dancing at Reggae on the River 2009
The Abyssinians Dancing at Reggae on the River 2009

Tanya Stephens livened things up with a raunchy-rough riding performance that included plenty of references to “long ding dongs” with high-energy versions of “Boom Wuk” and “Good Ride.” The dancehall favorite “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet” set a playful vibe and then she played the killer singles “Can’t Breathe,” “It’s A Pity,” and “These Streets.” Stephens showed her soulful side too with songs like “What Ah Day” and “Little White Lie.” But it seemed Stephens dominated with the playful tunes like “Tek Him Back” and “To The Rescue.”

Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009, California
Tanya Stephens at Reggae on the River 2009, California

Then the Yellow Wall Dub Squad took the stage to warm it up for The Mighty Diamonds. The bassist sang the song “Overlaod” and then King David sang a reggae version of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” The Mighty Diamonds entered the stage and played “Poor Marcus Garvey” and “Rise Up” from the album titled Rise Up. The roots reggae gems “Have Mercy,” “Right Time,” “Africa,” and “I Need A Roof” all made the set list. The “I Need A Roof” jam extended and transitioned into a cover of the Bob Marley‘s anthem “Get Up, Stand Up.” An extended version of “Pass The Kutchie” and a sweet version of the Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions tune “It’s All Rightt” capped off the set. Etana, The Abyssinians, Soul Majestic, Queen Omega, and The Mighty Diamonds then returned to the stage and all performed together for a finale. The all-star group of reggae performers sang the Bob Marley and the Wailers classic hit “One Love / People Get Ready.”

The Eel River at Reggae on the River 2009
The Eel River at Reggae on the River 2009
Dancin' Crowd at Reggae on the River 2009
Dancin' Crowd at Reggae on the River 2009

Reggae on the River 2009 – Reggae on the River in Humboldt County