Friday, February 6, 2015

Haji Mike 27 Years And Counting.



"Wheel And Come Again"

You'll find him on Youtube, Soundcloud, Twitter, Talawa, Versionist, Facebook, iTunes et al. He's been on the BBC (Rhythms Of The World Programme), He's graced many a radio station both real world and internet, His dub poetry has appeared on many underground artists creations (attempted full discography below) not only on dub music but hip hop and folk. He's toured various countries as MC as DJ as Dub Poet as Speaker at seminars on music and media. Currently he has a DJ slot at Versionist Village Radio every wednesday where he selects his favourite reggae and dub music from past and present both underground and above ground. He's a writer and has edited the book Art And Social Justice - The Media Connection - recently published.
A mainstay and revered part of today's underground scene we take an indepth look into the one Haji Mike.

"The main thing that keeps me motivated is the live situation. No matter what happens to how we buy or get the music for free, there will always be the need, the fulfillment in audiences to see, hear and feel music as a live performance. And musicians themselves, will always get that equal buzz factor, doing it in front of audiences, and making a communicative connection – no matter the content, style or sounds. Some people will do it for fame, some for love, and some for peace, but at the end of the day, many of these people will feel that need to carry on and perform." Haji Mike.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Link Up With HAJI ON FB


Haji Mike started his radio DJ adventures back in the late 1970's at University Radio Essex. 

A Haji Mike Radio Show LISTEN HERE 

"We're Gonna Shake The Hip & Play The Flip" H.M

He's a DJ that enjoy's playing the music, discussing the music to the audience, it's evident when you hear Haji on the radio wether it be a live show or podcast, I've never heard a DJ that is so at ease with playing music live to a watching audience as is the case these days with cam lounges and chatrooms intergrated into stations, he simply is not phased by any of it, that's years of experience working along side his easy going manner equalling a very chilled out listening situation. He'll play anything that he likes, he'll go down eclectic avenue then take the vibe to the classics then drop in some pure underground vibes without fanfare just rollin' in nicely, he'll also -and this is lacking today with so many DJs -  tell a story about a particular tune or artist he's just spun, how it relates to his life, sometimes he'll give a verse or two of some dub poetry for good measure whilst treating the listeners to one of his own collaborative releases. 
He's worked many collaborations during the past twenty five years and in his own words some were great, and some he'd rather forget. I first discovered Haji's dub poetry by listening to the album 'Virtual Oasis' a wonderful collab with Dub Caravan that I came across by surfing the web blind style one evening a couple of years ago and I was hooked and thus this started my own personal link up with Haji, I presented a two hour showcase of Haji's works on the radio in 2014 and continue to spin a tune or two nearly every show and like most fans of musicians I embarked on collecting his works which has included some rare stuff sent to me by the man himself.  Having Haji DJ at our station and profiling at our site 'Versionist' is the icing on the cake. I sent him a Flow Prod riddim a while back, I didn't say a word, left it at that, two days later or so we had an exclusive dubplate for the Village station with just about all the DJs playing it for a few weeks, natural collaboration spesh that. Every DJ listed at the station during that time had a name check on it.

"I hope this tune makes it cos it looks like a fried dumplin' selection" H.M

Haji Mike is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications, at the University of Nicosia.

Attempted Full Discography

Breezin’ Thru London – Jellyfoot feat Haji Mike 12” single       white label  1990

As’Ta Narkotika – Haji Mike   12” single - Kebab Kulture Music  KKM1 1990

Mousiki – Haji Mike  12” single -Kebab Kulture Music                 KKM2  1992

Sugar & Spice – Izit feat Haji Mike  from LP “The Whole Affair” by Izit - Tongue & Groove Label  TNGLP1  1993

Stavroulla – Haji Mike 12” single – Kebab Kulture MusIc KKM3   1993

Vrakaman – Haji Mike   12” single – Kebab Kulture Music    KKM4  1994

When Cyprus Becomes One – Haji Mike & Sugar released on “One Hell of a Storm ( Versemongers
Meet Soundcreators) Various Artists – Tongue & Groove Label  TNGLP4  1994

Chakaramak! – Haji Mike  12” single – Kebab Kulture Music  KKM5  1994

Haji Mike On The Mike – Haji Mike  CDLP- Kebab Kulture Music  *Also on cassette  KKMCDLP1 1994

Aphrodite’s Dream – Haji Mike  CDLP – Haji Mike Music Productions (HMP Label) HMPCDLP2  1997

Hmiz & The Haji – Hmiskoumbria feat Haji Mike from CDLP ‘2030’ – DefJam Universal Greece   CDLP  1999

Haji Mike meets Dirty Harri – Haji Mike & Dirty Harri – Axion Music Greece   CDLP      2000

2001-2008 – NGO activism music/community media phase founded Poetz4Peace with Zeki Ali and
Steffen Franz (USA) most releases self-manufactured (CDLP) and co-produced with key group members
Steffen Franz/Haji Mike/Mike Cherry/Mike Minas. Developed Olive Tree Music as a label and studio and during  this time very few solo releases came out. Also a great period for touring abroad. Poetz4Peace appeared at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival – USA 2004.Haji Mike also toured with Steffen Franz on ‘The Power of Words’ tour – 2007 and recorded material online and in the Studio in San Francisco with Steffen Franz, CES One and Mike D for his third solo LP, ‘The StoryMan’ which was an LP of many collabs.

Poetz4Peace – Demo – with Zeki Ali and Steffen Franz (USA)    Olive Tree Music   CDEP  2001/2

A Pair of Olive Leaves – Poetz4Peace                                             Olive Tree Music   OTM1 2003

Cyprus Thing Vol 1 – Various Artists                                            Olive Tree Music    OTM2 2004

Music Is Joy – OTM Music Workshop II                                         Olive Tree Music   OTM3   2005

The StoryMan – Haji Mike                                                                Olive Tree Music   OTM4  2006

Safe Sex – Haji Mike, Pinky, Sofoz, Zeki Ali & Mike Cherry       Olive Tree Music  OTM 4   2008

Around 2006 started doing first collabs online starting with ‘Babylon Kingdom Must Fall’ this was a demo submitted online to Alpha & Omega. Despite their positive response to the lyrics it did not make the remix release project so it never came out. Around this time linked up with Bandulu Dub from Portugal resulting in around 20-30 songs online. Some of these were lost due to hard drive problems in both ends of the mix. A couple of tunes got released officially. Bandulu Dub toured Cyprus (2008) Haji Mike toured Portugal (2008) and this he linked up for first time with an artist then called Russtafarian – who later became known as  Dub Caravan. This was a time of many collaborations 3 songs with Sonic Crime and  from about 2006, following the passing of Zacharais ‘Sugar’ Hadjishacalli, who produced many of Haji Mike’s early tunes (1990-94)  linked up with Sugar’s Brother, Don V Louie. This is probably the loosest most improvised collaboration ever. Whenever Haji passes through Louie’s Turnpike Lane Studio the two do tunes on the fly. There’s a few tracks unreleased from this but one (see below) has come out via social media (not as a free download though).

Babylon – Haji Mike feat. Aaron Kedar with Don V Louie   online streamed single Spill The Milk Label 2006

Freedom – Haji Mike meets Bandulu Dub    FNAC Compilation Portugal   FNAC  2007/8

Flag – Haji Mike meets Bandulu Dub & Jah Billah  digital download Dan Dada  2008/9

Jah Works – Haji Mike meets Bandulu Dub & Roots Ista Posse digital download Dan Dada   2007/08

Domestic – Haji Mike produced by Stephanie     digital download  Stephanie   2008

Only The People (Can Bring The Wall Down) Haji Mike & Sonic Crime    online streamed single Sonic Crime Productions   2009

Unite - Haji Mike & Sonic Crime    online streamed single Sonic Crime Productions   2009

Thalassa (Sonic Crime Remix) – Lia Vissi feat Haji Mike  Lia Vissi release ‘Apousia’ (Greece) 2009

Babylon Time – Haji Mike featured on Sick Donkey Compilation (USA) Sick Donkey Records  2009

Babylon Time – Haji Mike 7 inch single  THC Records Greece   THC 2009

Bless – Haji Mike, Manwel T & DoobieSounds   DubKey digital download   2009

This Is My Prayer – Alpha & Omega with Haji Mike ‘Virtual Dub 3’  DubKey digital download  2010

Virtual Oasis – Haji Mike & Dub Caravan   CDLP DubMed Music     DMCDLP01   2010

Distrobushan – Haji Mike & Dub Caravan   digital download  2011

For 1 Gramme – Haji Mike    digital download   2011
For 1 Gramme (DC Remix) – Haji Mike & dub Caravan     digital download     2011

‘Wild & Green’ – Karney feat Haji Mike from the LP ‘Respect’     Karney Music (USA) 2012

Extremes – Haji Mike & Dub Caravan     digital download   2012

2013-present…with the passing of his father Philippos, Haji Mike made very few tunes in 2013. Towards the end of the year a collab
Began with Med Dred, locally based Reggae and Dub Producer. These songs will be coming out at some time in the near future.

No Nazzi – Haji Mike & Med Dred with Pinky – from free compilation ‘Reggae Community of Greece sings about Peace in memory of Killah P                                                             digital download   
Dead Politiks – Red Star Martyrs feat. Haji Mike ‘United As One’ release by Dubophonic & DubKey  digital download   2014

Liberation – Haji Mike & Flow Production Versionist Radio Dub Plate    online stream   2014

‘The Lost Poetry Hard Drive EP Vol 1’ – Haji Mike meets Bandulu Dub   Dan Dada Music   digital download   2014

Works in the making…
Guest track on Direct Impact 25th Anniversary release called ‘Bloodsuckers & Vampires’.

 Haji Mike & Al Breadwinner (Versionist Records) LP in process.

You can catch Haji Mike at Versionist Village Radio every Wednesday at 6pm-8pm UK / 7pm-9pm FR / 8pm-10pm CYP

Haji Mike Versionist page HERE

Haji Mike first appeared on the Mic in 1990 and is celebrating his silver jubilee!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Art And Social Justice - The Media Connection

Edited by Mike Hajimichael
aka Haji Mike (Dub Poet)

Tzelalot 'Labyrinth'

New Free Album Download From Cyprus Label Dubophonic

The fifteen tracks of “Labyrinth” compile only a small image of the works of Tzelalot, putting the best vibes together and showcasing the bright spiritual aura that emerges out of every track. As extra bonus we included two brand new tracks of Tzelalot, “I” and “Ras Amlak”. From the consciousness of the “Wheel” (sung in Amharic and English) and the uplifting vibes of “Cali” to the Nyabinghi influenced chanting on “Jah-I-full”, Tzelalot leads you to an esoteric journey of meditation away from the Babylonian labyrinth of today’s society.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Road Man


You simply must check out the re release of this majestic trip
It's Pyschedelic Reggae in fine style...
Free download for members (membership absolutely free) 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mellow Moon

Mayd Hubb meets Joe Pilgrim

Following the release of their full-length studio album "Mellowmoon" in 2012, Mayd Hubb & Joe Pilgrim find themselves in a continuous orbit of the earth, captivating audiences with their undeniably original and energetic live performance. While combining organic elements with interstellar soundscapes and conscious lyrics, they create a unique musical fusion which encompasses the earth, moon and stars, guiding their listeners on a journey into higher dimensions. Their steady contributions to the international dub scene have rightly earned them a dedicated following worldwide, and beyond. This dynamic duo truly knows no borders!

We are in the bottom of the lake ,
See, the moonlight brights over:
Horu light !

For our people, at the first, his a light way !
Certain ... bridge... is there.
We are in the bottom of the lake between two worlds ...
And a certain brightness is shinning over me
On the mellowmoon, who touch my heart.

In that touch the hearts bright
Man ! touch hearts bright
In that touch your heart brights, yeah !!
In that touch hearts bright

When the brightness is shinning over us
and I feel the moon in the aera of my home .

Brother time get a come
Get be read'a read' !
Stand firm, read'a read ! Firm !
Brother Man get a come
Get read'a read' !
Stand firm, read'a read !

After brightness was shinning over me !
In the mellowmoon, yeah !
It's comes to talk to my soul.
Where's the bridge between visible and invisible worlds ?

Braveheart get a come
Get to be read'a read' !
Stand firm, read'a read ! Firm !

Brother Man Sister woman link by the heart
By physical and universal rules
Brother man Sister Woman live the life
between visible and invisible wolds
Brother Man Sister Woman unite your conception
in one love, one way, universally !
Yes, Man respect Woman treat her better
'cause she's the key of all humanity .

When the brightness is shinning over us .
There's a mellowmoon who came to heal !
Heal the Brother heart !

No matter your condition
with the touch heart rise, in that touch the heart rises !
No matter your conception, no matter your religion
in that touch the hearts rise up rise up

Mellow Moon
Mayd Hubb with Joe Pilgrim

Re visit Virtual Oasis

Featuring the track "World Of The Wasteless"
(the most requested track on Gibsy Rhodes' Kings Of The Underground Radio show)

Music By Dub Caravan
The originator of the Dub Caravan project is Felix Russ Abu - an artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer who is striving to create a multi-dimensional musical landscape for listeners craving something fresh, original and out-of-this-world…
This atypical Caravan (project) of sounds is of a nomadic nature and is in constant motion. It isn’t bound to a single location, country or city. Dub Caravan continuously wanders around the world in pursuit of recruiting poets, singers, musicians and other artists from various cultures and countries in order to concoct new and original exotic sounds...
Members/partakers of the Dub Caravan project jump on and off as they please but always remain part of the Caravan. Being a member of this project is about belonging to something special without being bound to it. It’s organic, natural and free flowing…
In theory, the music of Dub Caravan is not associated with any particular style but it is heavily influenced by the dub and reggae music of the 70’s, world Beat, ambient, chill out,  jazz, punk rock and ethnic music particularly from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Far East...

Re visit A Different World


The majority of the tracks on this compilation were big download hits in the early 00s at the original website. They also appeared on the three Mind's Eye Dub albums for 'Mind's Eye', 'Mystic' and 'De Jah Vu'. We are treated with several unforgettable melodies here, most of them played on the melodica: timeless, majestic, reggae instrumentals recorded on a Fostex cassette portastudio!

All these tunes were played during Manwel Tabone's Reggae Club show on Radio Malta. Two dub plates mixed especially for that programme, plus a vocal contribution from the great MC Trooper that was recorded live during the Dread Connexion show, are released for the first time on this album. Dread Connexion was a Sunday night live internet show originating from England, and MC Trooper was the resident toaster there. 'Nuff Respect' was recorded over the internet, so recording quality is not perfect, but the track is a scorcher! Nuff vibes and energy on this one! was one of the first places on the net that offered free legal downloads and it helped many artists to establish themselves beyond the boundaries of their countries of origin. The tracks on this set introduced Mind's Eye Dub to the international reggae fans. This is a reintroduction, and a nostalgic trip for old Mind's Eye Dub,Reggae Club, and Dread Connexion fans! Go deh!

Manwel T (Dubkey Records)

For this and many other great releases free to download go to DUBKEY RECORDS 

Kings Of The Underground

Each and every Saturday on Versionist Village Radio
Celebrate the underground with Gibsy Rhodes

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Baking The Breadwinners

The past two years has seen a flurry of activity from the Bakery, a vintage equiped studio located on the edge of Manchester England. AL Redfern at the controls recording on reel 2 reel via an array of classic effects units the same as used at Mr.Perry's Black Ark studio back in the mid to late 70's in Jamaica and using instruments bordering from the same era including a restored Rhodes piano, a couple of two and three deck heavy organs along side an arsenal of percussive instruments all combining together to make up the Bakery Studio sound, a true analog signal experience. Various bands, outfits and producers have enlisted the mixing duties of AL Redfern not only from the reggae arena but also from the Indie and hip hop arena's.

The Breadwinners is the collective name for whoever records with AL at the Bakery, a host of musicians and vocalists have graced a recording or three at the studio, both vintage JA artists and today's underground  uprising star.. The Breadwinners first officially released album was called 'Dubs Unlimited' in 2013 which came out on the King Spinna label on Vinyl LP, CD & DL which was followed shortly by the Horus Records label 7" vinyl release entitled "Riddim Box Dub" a heavy duty instrumental featuring Bakery Studio stalwart 'Stally' on the saxophone; a double A side affair with on the flip side a tune by London's 'Skinshape' suffice to say the first press 7" sold out pretty quickly, more recently and again on Horus Records a Breadwinners 12" vinyl appeared featuring on the A side the distinctive voice of vocalist City Culture with a traditional Jamaican style discomix track entitled "As Far As I Can See" backed by a complete re working of the classic Stevie Sotunes vocal track "Mr.Landlord" (the original version was much championed by Springline's Gibsy Rhodes during his 'in fine style' underground radio shows throughout 2013).
A breadwinners track also appears on a CD album release by underground long timer 'Yabass' with the superb "Roots Controler" followed by it's dub cut on the album entitled "Send Em To Outa Space' on the Atomic Sounds label.

Free Breadwinners Archive MP3 Mixtape

The Breadwinners

Bakery Treasures From Analog City

Over at stored in their Musical Toad profile page is a 90 minute traditional
style mixtape as free DL for members of the site (membership is free and quick) featuring
analog recorded and mixed archive of The Breadwinners & Bakery Studio Manchester UK.

Vocals/Versions/Dubs never before heard on any radio or platform before until now..

Courtesy of SpringlineJamaica's Gibsy Rhodes and The Breadwinners AL Redfern who present the set
in radio style fashion.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Damalistik - Babylon Time Riddim

Another forthcoming (2nd June) release via Scotch Bonnet is Roots Survial's Damalistik,a soundsystem champion in his own right with his tireless work making and playing top class reggae and dancehall all over the world.
The release will be a double digital and limited edition 7"vinyl format offering, with both of them paying homage to the Firehouse label track 'Babylon' by the decidedly regal pairing of King Tubby & King Kong.
The riddims slick digital fatness is a testament to Damalistik's experienced ears and features outstanding vocal performances from Solo Banton, Donavan Kingjay, Deadly Hunta & YT.

Stalawa ft Ponchita Peligros - 'Rock & Come In'

Coming to you fresh soon on 2nd June from the Scotch Bonnet label is the first vinyl release from their very own prodigy Stalawa in collaboration with Spanish rub-a-dub maestro Ponchita Peligros entitled 'Rock & Come In'.
It will be available in both digital and 7" single format. With the vinyl being limited to just 500 pressings.

Zvuloon Dub System - Anbessa Dub

When Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, the man known as Ras Tafari, visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, more than one hundred thousand Rastafarians were waiting at Kingston Airport to see the man they revered as the Messiah. For a brief moment, still celebrated by the faithful as Groundation Day, the two countries came together. 18 years later, in 1984, an Ethiopian Jewish family, members of the lost tribe of Israel, walked across the desert, making the long track to their homeland. And now those three cultures – Jamica, Ethiopia, and Israel - merge on the new album by Tel Aviv-based Zvuloon Dub System, called "Anbessa Dub" to be released on July 1st, 2014 (Pre-Order June 17th).

“It’s a natural mix,” explains drummer Asaf Smilan. “We started out in 2006, playing roots reggae, all very ‘70s. I’d also loved that old Ethiopian music since I first heard it, about 10 or 15 years ago, but I didn’t have any Ethiopian friends to discover more about it. Then Gili Yalo joined as the singer in 2009. He’s from Ethiopia. And once he came, everything changed.” That change didn’t happen overnight, of course. But fooling around at rehearsal, they took an old song in Amharic, the Ethiopian language, and transformed it into something that connected the dots between the classic Ethiopian soul of the early 1970s and roots reggae. “We liked it,” says singer Yalo, “and the crowd liked it, so we did more and this whole new sound was born.” Yalo was the catalyst, but his has been long journey, covering many miles and a number of years, to discover exactly where he belonged musically. He’d grown up in a Jewish family, a member of Israel’s lost tribe, in Gondar, in the north of Ethiopia, in a house with no electricity or running water. “The Jews could live there, but not own land,” he recalls. “They used to work with their hands, making tools and knives and plates. We’d have meat to eat once every few months.”
In 1984, as drought started to grip the country, the family made the decision to go to the land of their distant ancestors – Israel. Yalo was just four years old at the time. “We walked across the desert for two months, all the way to Sudan,” he recounts, “and then we were in a refugee camp for several months after that. Finally, one night, trucks took us out into the desert and we got on an airplane. The next thing I knew, we landed in Israel. After all I’d seen in my life, it was like going 100 years into the future.” It was on that trek that he first realized he was destined to be a singer. “My father carried me on his shoulders most of the way, and I drove everyon e crazy singing old songs that I knew. My mother felt that singing was my true calling – and I haven’t stopped ever since.” And with Zvuloon Dub System he can not only explore the Jamaican music he loves, but also know his roots he’d been forced to denied for so long, due to the difficulties face integrating into Western society.
What the band has created is a unique fusion that’s based in Tel Aviv, but looks equally to Kingston and Addis Ababa. And they’ve refined the sound until it feels utterly natural, the mix of the reggae offbeat with horns and chord changes from Ethiopia. Anbessa Dub, which although not a classic dub album, is filled with the atmosphere of vintage Jamaican roots reggae, mixes old Ethiopian songs arranged in the Zvuloon style, along with some originals, like the opener “Alemitu,” where the arrangement moves smoothly between Lee Perry’s studio and a downtown Addis club in 1973. It’s completely convincing, in part because of the equipment the band uses in its studio. “Everything is analogue,” says Smilan. “We take all those old sounds as reference points, we record onto tape. We do it the real way.” One person who liked what he heard was Mahmoud Ahmed, the voice behind so many legendary tracks in the Golden Age of Ethiopian music. “I found out he was coming to Israel,” Smilan says. “I got his number and sent him a demo of a song we wanted him to do. He liked it and did a session with us. He was a complete perfectionist in the studio, listening to what he’d done and wanting to do it over until it was right. His friends said that he told them it was the highlight of his trip.” The result, “Ney Denun Tesesh,” sounds as if it would have been perfectly at home in the classic Ethiopiques series, but it’s just one in a series of standouts on Anbessa Dub, with Yalo’s soulful voice shining throughout. The music flows perfectly, Africa and the Caribbean in perfect sync. “When we play in front of Ethiopian people here it’s very special,” Yalo observes. “Parents think the culture has been forgotten here, but hearing us, they know it’s not. We even use a krar (an Ethiopian lute) and a maskino (one-string violin) mixed in with the sound.” This summer they’ll be taking that Anbessa Dub on the road, with a tour of North America and a date at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica. “We want to go into the studio while we’re over there,” Smilan says. “I want to take the riddims from this album and record Jamaican artists singing about Ethiopia, Haile Selassie and the Lion of Judah. To celebrate the triumvarate.”
Legend has it that Menelik, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, traveled from Ethiopia to meet his father. He stayed for a year, and his father showed him great favor. But when Menelik returned home, he took something holy with him – the Ark of the Covenant, containing the tablets handed to Moses by God. Some believe it’s still carefully hidden in Ethiopia, which took as its national symbol the Lion of Judah, the same one that watches over the Jews. The same lion that guards Jamaica’s Rastas. Those three lions come together in the music of Zvuloon Dub System, and together they make the sweetest roar.

Mungos Hi Fi - Serious Times Riddim

Mungos Hi Fi to release a new EP to accompany their latest LP 'SERIOUS TIMES'.
This riddim harks back to golden age reggae with 3 outstanding vocalists, Marina P, YT, and Shanti D ridding the riddim to full effect!
Available from the 2nd of July dis choon will have ya rockin'!!

J-Man - Bad Days Are Gone / Ed West - Rule Your Destiny

Since releasing ‘Youthman Riddim’ Sleepy Time Ghost has been receiving the credit he deserves as one of the most exciting and versatile producers currently working in the UK bass music scene. As he prepares to drop his second full length 12” on Unit 137 the label thought it was only appropriate to take a look back at Youthman and share some of his heaviest dubplates that they’ve been running.
J-Man and Ed West both appear on remix duty of the original vocal tracks, taking them on an exploration through the spectrum of Jungle music. Anyone who’s joined them in session over the past few months will know these tracks mash up any dancehall. Coming soon on extremely limited edition 180gsm vinyl.