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Reggae Sunsplash 1983 Montego Bay Jamaica

Updated on January 20, 2011
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Splashdown 1983

In the late summer of 1983 I boarded a plane at the Greater Cincinnati Airport headed to Chicago where I'd board Air Jamaica on my way to the Reggae Sunsplash. On arrival in Montego Bay as I was coming down the steps of the plane I was greeted by a group of approx. 20 Jamaican children sing Bob Marley's One Love. I knew right then my next five days were going to be Irie. The first order of the day was to find a taxi to the hotel. No problem, jumped into the taxi and realized the driver was a Rasta , which would turn out to be beneficial in procuring a stash of ganja for the upcoming evening. The first night was a beach party where mostly the locals were hanging out. There was music and dancing until sunrise. The next four days were spent sightseeing, Negril, the beach, eating curry goat and just moving around in the bowels of Montego Bay. A trip to the straw market proved prosperous, I met Zeffy, who not only had a great line on ganja he even changed my American dollars for Jamaican at a rate better than the bank. The Sunsplash itself lasted four nights, from sundown to sunup and was one of the best lineups of music I've seen. Here, along with some photos, are some videos from that !983 Reggae Sunsplash. Hope you enjoy them! Irie!!

The Late Mr. Gregory Issacs live at the '83 Sunsplash

The Skatalites Live '83 Sunsplash

Ziggy Marley '83 Sunsplash He's only 14 Years Old

Musical Youth '83 Sunsplash

Bankie Banx with The Roots Radicals '83 Sunsplash

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      I really like the way you wrote this, in more of a story way, very fun sounding as I am sure it was...LOVE this music...I bet in person it just rumbled right through you...I can feel it just listening to the videos...

      Thanks was a great hub to hear just before going to bed. Nice beat....:o)

      Children always bring me to tears...loved it...Merle Ann

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      jandee 6 years ago

      lovely and very descriptive, can feel and hear the warmth,thanks from jandee

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Glad you enjoyed it jandee! Peace!! Tom

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Hey Merle Ann, it was a beautiful time. It was funny seeing Bob Marley's son at 14 and musical youth were real little kids. The song they did was about passing a joint (they call it a duchie)they were a stitch! Peace and Love!! Tom

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Ha ha Tom,I sorta had that figured out...cough cough...puff puff...Ok chat later...:O) HUGS !!! Merle Ann

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Dude, I'm thinking your record collection probably looks pretty similar to my younger brothers cd collection.

      I might have to publish a million hubs about guitars and boots to be able to travel to places like that; fuck it, I've nothing much else to do :-p

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Yeah Todd, I think about 2500 but I've sold some and am thinking about unloading them all. You know back then it wasn't that expensive, under 2000 for sure and worth every fucking dollar. The word party is an understatement!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Hey Merle Ann, you'd be surprised how many folks have no idea. I just forgot about you in the bay area :-D Peace and Love!! Tom

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Berkeley to be exact...HA HA...in the 60's...what can I say??? HUGS :O) Merle Ann

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      I know, I wasn't sure if you wanted me to get into that much detail. You can say "Pass the duchie from the left hand side" :-D Peace and Love !! Tom

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Only the left? so did you get the "white stuff" promised ?

      and how is that Bourbon holding out??? hic hic...my wine is fine..:O) Hugs Merle Ann

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      LOL!. . . .there's some code talking going on here; but then it disintegrated! hahahahahahhahahah!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Merle Ann, you gotta' be careful when talking about "white stuff". Todd will swear I'm doin' coke again! I stayed away from the bourbon tonight.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Todd, I know it looks bad man, she just meant snow!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Yes I did mean snow I always call it "white stuff" sorry Tom not trying to get you in any trouble...SORRY SORRY SORRY... must be the wine...I gotta blame it on something other then my good sense...Is thankfully raining here now no more SNOW...heck i remember when they called it Snow and not white stuff...hoo humm...one never knows what is right anymore...

      Guess i best go watch T.V. and finish my wine alone...Night Night....:O) Hugs Merle Ann

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Yeah Tom, and we ALL KNOW what THAT means!

      ~nods~

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Hey Tom thanks for sharing some cool music ;) Cool treasures too. Peace.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      You're welcome, I'm gals you liked it! Peace!!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love Reggae music. It made my body keep moving follow the rhythm of reggae music. Bob Marley is one of my favorite. But I never heard about Mr. Gregory Issacs. Thanks for writing this and made my day so colorful by reading your hub and I really enjoy all the video you gave to us. Vote up. Take care!

      Blessing and hugs,

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thanks Prasetio, I'm glad you enjoy reggae music too. I've loved it since the late 70's. I'm always glad when you stop by. Peace my friend!!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dude, you're AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Haaaaa< I just tell the truth too!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Cool stuff indeed, Tom! Your write-up is awesome and the music is great too. Sounds almost like a tropical Woodstock, LOL!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thanks Tony, I'm glad you liked it. It was great fun!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      OMG how did I miss this hub boyfriend? I love this hub, Ragga was our thing in the 80's on sunday the outside cafe's overlooking the bay we would play all day long and hear this awesome music. Rate up and up love & peace darski

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      I know you're lovin' it girlfriend. It's very uplifting music! Peace!!

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      Vernon Bradley 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Hi, Tom. Haven't been keeping up here on HP because of some eye surgery! I can see again, so trying to catch up. Man, you take more trips to Jamaica!! And you're still alive after all that partying!! I really enjoy these little tidbits or big tidbits of your music life experience that you share with us here on HP. Vicarious experience for me. Can't imagine will ever go to Jamaica and hang out at all night parties and concerts forrous a week, but it sounds adventurous and worth the adventure!!.

      Love you Bro Glad you survived! And lived to share it with us!

      Vern

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Hey Vern, what kind of surgery? Lasic? My ex wife had that done last year and now doesn't need glasses anymore. Someone messing with my eyes scares he hell out of me. Hope you're doing well. I don't expect I'll be going back to Jamaica but it was fun. The partying was great fun to but I had to be a bit careful, like anywhere else there's a risk of finding trouble and the places I like to go invite that to some degree. I've always had good street smarts though so when trouble came I knew how to deal with it! I just found out yesterday I'm traveling to Pittsburgh in 2 weeks to see a punk band. A younger friend (he was my artist and business partner when I had my screen printing biz)loves this band and never had the chance to see them. They're playing in a place that only holds 150 people so it should be fun. I'm sure I'll do a hub about it. Welcome back! Peace and Love!! Tom

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      Vernon Bradley 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Wow 150 people! Awesome.

      Surgery to repair a previous blib (?) for glaucoma. I seem okay. My eye ball pops out every time I sneeze, but what are you going to do!! Not really!! Have fun in Pit. that is where my very first love lived. Maybe still does. 1968!!!

      Peace and Love

      P. S. Want to go to Egypt and help them out with this peace and love?

      Vern

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      I just had my eyes checked last year (after I found out about diabetes) and aside from getting glasses I had none of those problems luckily! I went to Pitt. for the first time about 2 years ago (with the same guy and also to see a band) and was blown away at how much I liked it. It's only a few hours away from here.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Justom

      I love this hub. I love raggae music. I especially loved the video of the Pass the Dutchie. Wow, I havn't heard that for so long.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Healing Touch, I haven't heard that song for a long time either. Glad you liked it, thanks! Peace!! Tom

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Beautiful Tom! Thanks for a little reggae here! God bless you brotherman!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thank you brother! Justin and Tom

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thank you brother! Justin and Tom

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      cd tabor 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      You're quite welcome cd!

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      Thanks for the Musical Youth flashback. Props to you and the ganja. I'm gonna take a trip like that when I hit the power ball.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Hi Mimi, you probably need to hit the PB to take that trip today. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Peace!!

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      anamari 6 years ago

      Just want to say thank you, and also that I too was there, and want to ask if you can confirm a memory for me! As I recall, Ziggy Marley began singing Rastaman Chant offstage before being identified and appearing onstage. It was an eerie thrill hearing that voice, so close in character to his father´s. Does that ring a bell for you?

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      anamari, how cool that you happened to be there too. I don't remember Rastaman Chant but have a feeling that it probably was Bob's voice. One thing I remember spot on is that Ziggy was I think about 13 or 14 years old and it made me laugh that his voice had not yet changed. All through the Melody Makers set I got a kick out of that. I did see Ziggy several times after that and I couldn't agree more about his voice. I remember closing my eyes when he did "No Woman Cry" and it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up it was so erie. The only other time I remember that happening was when I saw Julian Lennon and he sounded right on John. Nice to hear from you! Irie! Peace!!

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago

      I've been to Negril 4 times, and I wish I saved more money so I could buy a vacation home there. Or live on the beach like everyone did in the '60's. Every time I meet incredible people, and feel so Irie!

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      justom 6 years ago

      Ha Jean, Negril was great but the bowels of Montego Bay were much more interesting for me. How cool you went!! Irie

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      Oh my goodness. I long to go to Jamaica! This is such a great hub in portraying a face of Jamaica. Thanks for sharing such a well documented trip.

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      justom 5 years ago from 41042

      It's a wonderful place Victor. I didn't get to Kingston, I think things there are a bit more edgy. Thanks again for checking out some of my music travels! Peace!!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      An era that my parents brag about whenever they try to say "your not as cool as us". Did you really live it up!! if I could ever time travel, this would be my time. This was Jarret Park in Mo-Bay, real throw back. Isaacs, Skatalites and Musical Youths. You make even Jean Bakula Jealous.

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      justom 4 years ago from 41042

      rasta1, my son says that to me too. It's been an honor to see all the great music I've seen through the years and I always love sharing the stories. This on could have been much longer :-) Live it up I did! Only had a couple of disappointments, no Peter Tosh (who I did get to see later) and on the Sunday we were leaving Third World and Black Uhuru played so we missed them. So many great artists, some no longer with us. Glad you checked out the hub! Peace!!

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