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

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009

Eek-A-Mouse image

Saturday at Austin City Limits the rain came down and drenched Zilker Park. Festival goers went undeterred as the puddles turned into seas of mud. The first band I saw was Mute Math, who played a mean version of 
”Spotlight.” MUTE MATH mashes electronica and hard rock. These New Orleans musicians are excellent entertainers putting on quite the show. Lead singer and keyboardist Paul Meany literally did flips while playing his keys. Also MUTE MATH has a wonderful collection of interesting instruments from space-age synthesizers to wild effects pedal boards. Following Mute Math, I caught part of Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts‘s set under the tent. I heard someone describe Sam Roberts as the Canadian Bruce Springsteen and certainly the comparison seemed apt.

The rain really started to fall as Citizen Cope took the main stage. Despite the rain Citizen Cope served up some spectacular music. His laid back flip-flop rock lightened the mood with   “Back Together“
  and
  “107°.”   And a mean version of the protest song “Bullet And A Target”  brought energy to the wet crowd.
 Clarence Greenwood aka Citizen Cope capped the set with the ballad  “Sideways.”

Next Jamaican reggae superstar Eek-A-Mouse filled the Wildflower tent with reggae lovers and good vibes.  This unique singjay performed his smash hit  “Ganja Smuggling”  to a most appreciative audience. Interesting enough the Mouse also performed a cover of Dolly Parton‘s classic country song
 “Jolene.”  It was amazing. The Mouse soaked up the Texas outlaw sound dropping gun-slinging rhymes and rawhide whips.
 Eek-A-Mouse is quite the entertainer demanding crowd participation and ensuring sweet reggae grooves. With the crowd shouting “Irie” the Mouse dropped the reggae classic  “Wa-Do-Dem” and closed with  “Sensi Party.”

Mos Def performed on the AMD stage playing a red hot version of 
”Casa Bey”  from the new album The Ecstatic. The Brooklyn rapper also covered one of Bobby Brown‘s love songs “Roni.”  The smooth voice and bass heavy beats of this young rhyme sayer leaves fans bobbing their heads.

Mos Def image

Devotchka turned out to be the highlight of the evening. In fact, I consider Devotchka to be the nicest surprise at the festival this year. I knew certain bands would kick ass. But I wasn’t even planning on seeing Devotchka until some of my friends talked me into seeing them. The Denver-based band of gypsies rocked and rollicked. One amazing performing burlesque artist glided above stage on a giant red curtain. Devotchka includes multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass), and percussionist Shawn King. I highly recommend seeing this band. You will not be let down. Their music is beautiful and fun. One of my friends said she liked to listen to this band when she cleaned. I can see why. It doesn’t matter if your are cleaning or standing in the mud Devotchka deserves a listen.

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The Dave Matthews Band headlined Saturday night. The group played my favorite song off the new album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King entitled  “Funny The Way It Is.” Also from the new album the boys kicked out “Shake Me Like A Monkey” and “Spaceman.”  The Dave Matthews Band played some classic tracks, including “Jimi Thing” and
 “Cornbread.”
 And after a brilliant cover version of the Talking Heads song “Burning Down The House,” launched into the crowd pleasers
 “So Much To Say,”  
”Ants Marching,” and  “Two Step.”

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009