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with Don Gino Chaca Runa
Zürich | 25 – 28 June 2019
Breaking Convention – Be Part of the Psychedelic Renaissance
London, England | 16 – 18 August 2019
The quality of the video is nothing to write home about but the music and the lyrics are so much fun! Cleveland (born c.1965), better known as Lieutenant Stitchie, is a Jamaican DJ who originally worked in the dancehall style but switched to gospel reggae in 1997 after surviving a car crash, thereafter working under the shorter name Stitchie. (Wikipedia) Teacher, father, author, honorary doctor, singer, performer… there are few things that this man is not. Enthroned and revered as the dancehall Governor, he has been one of the genre’s most acclaimed icons, his energetic and mesmerising live appearances, coupled with his message of Love, Peace and Righteousness, makes him one of the most sort after artiste in the Reggae Music Industry globally. (Reggaeville.com)
Orchard Music, 2007
Janice Fyffe (born 7 May 1968), better known as Lady G, is a female dancehall and reggae deejay. She is best known for her song Man a Bad Man from the film «Third World Cop». Lady G’s other songs include Nuff Respect, Round Table Talk (with her mentor Papa San), Certain Friends, Breeze Off and Girls Like… Us as a featured artist. She records on the label Greensleeves. Lady G performed at Europe’s biggest reggae festival, Summerjam, in 2001. She has also toured the United States with Buju Banton. Typically, there is little info to be found about this fantastic lady artist.
The Best of Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown was born in Kingston, on 1 February 1957, and began his music career at age nine, as a street singer. When he was eleven, he made a guest appearance with the Fabulous Falcons who asked him to join them as a vocalist. In 1972, he recorded his first album bringing him instant acclaim in Jamaica’s dancehall scene. By 1973, he had exhausted himself, stayed home and concentrated on his studies. He toured the United Kingdom in 1977, moving to London in 1978 to relaunch the DEB Music label with Castro Brown. He recorded many well-known artists of the day and also worked as a back-up vocalist. His own albums included Visions of Dennis Brown, So Long Rastafari and Josep’s Coat of Many Colours. In 1981, Brown signed a record deal with A&M Records, releasing a great number of songs during the 80ies. His 1994 Album «Light My Fire» was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was his posthumous album «Let Me Be the One» (2001). Unfortunately, his health deteriorated around the turn of the century. He contracted tuberculosis and died on 1 July 1999. (sgs)
EMI Music, 2013
1Xtra in Jamaica
King Jammy, Beenie Man, Lt Stitchie & Josey Wales at King Jammy’s studio
«Lloyd James (born 26 October 1947, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, better known as Prince Jammy or King Jammy, is a dub mixer and record producer. He began his musical career as a dub master at King Tubby’s recording studio, being known for his clear sound and use of effects. After earning money from building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment from his mother’s house in Waterhouse in the late 1960s, he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems. After a few years in Canada, he returned to Kingston in 1976 and set up his own studio. Jammy improvised Reggae and Dancehall, he digitalised old riddims, like Real Rock, and Far East. King Jammy then began working with top artists in Jamaica throughout the 1980s and 1990s such as Admiral Bailey, Admiral Tibet, Chaka Demus, Frankie Paul, Lieutenant Stitchie, Pinchers and even Dennis Brown.» (Wikipedia)
BBC Radio 1Xtra, 2017
Ricky Trooper Live & Direct @ the Maroon festival 2019
«The Jamaican DJ Ricky Trooper is a prominent dancehall selector. Despite the loss of his US visa, due to gun possession, Trooper frequently plays dates in Africa, Europe and the wider Caribbean area. Garfield McKoy (Trooper’s real name) says his interest in sound systems started when he was eight years old and living in St Mary. That fascination grew when he and his family relocated to Spanish Town where his neighbour, who owned a sound system, gave him his first opportunity to operate the turntables. While attending St Catherine High School in the 1980s, he and a friend started their own sound system called Ultimate Touch. Next stop was Kilimanjaro, the era’s top ‘sound’. It was not until 1995 that he got his big break.» (McKoy’s News)
Culture For more Quality, 2019
The common denominator of most fake news is its negativity: Child porn ring in pizza parlour; daylight saving time promotes global warming; Pope supports Trump; Soros instigates migrant caravan; Merkel to accept twelve million refugees; EU roots in Nazi Germany… Now I suggest we start spreading the following rumours instead: Sultan of Brunei opens sanctuary for abused LGTBI people in Seri Begawan; Ku Klux Klan finances schools for disadvantaged black children in Alabama; Presidents Putin, Xi and Erdogan jointly announce new laws guaranteeing freedom of expression in their countries; President Trump signs bill to create twelve new national parks in former mining areas and gives migrant children back to their families; Australia closes its concentration camps on Nauru and Manus; Kim Jong-un opens border to South Korea; Israel and Palestine proclaim unconditional peace, and, last but not least, all public transport, worldwide, to be free as of 1 September 2019!
Susanne G. Seiler
All nature has a feeling
The woods are quiet
and Nature watches
as the seeds of ourselves
deepen in the fertile soil
of what is possible
knowing we will finally unfurl
and sprout above ground
as someone more like ourselves.
(Thanks to Claire Dubois and all the TreeSisters, see below)
Hello World. How to be Human in the Age of the Machine
You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determined your fate – a human or an algorithm?
An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgment. Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence. Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions – in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go even who we send to prison. So how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want?
Hannah Fry takes us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us, she lifts the lid on their inner workings, demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations, and examines whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing.
Transpub Publishing, March 2019
Atlas of Poetic Zoology
This Atlas of Poetic Zoology leads readers into a world of wonders where turtles fly under the sea, lizards walk on water, insects impersonate flowers, birds don’t fly, frogs come back from the dead, and virgin sharks give birth. Animals, writes Emmanuelle Pouydebat, are lyric poets; they discover and shape the world when they sing, dance, explore, and reproduce. The animal kingdom has been evolving for 700,000 million years, weathering many crises of extinction; this book allows us to draw inspiration from animals’ enduring vitality. Emmanuelle Pouydebat is a permanent researcher employed by the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), working at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.
The MIT Press, March 2019
Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic
Mescaline was isolated in 1897 from the peyote cactus, first encountered by Europeans during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. During the twentieth century it was used by psychologists investigating the secrets of consciousness, spiritual seekers from Aleister Crowley to the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, artists exploring the creative process, and psychiatrists looking to cure schizophrenia. Meanwhile peyote played a vital role in preserving and shaping Native American identity. Drawing on botany, pharmacology, ethnography, and the mind sciences and examining the mescaline experiences of figures from William James to Walter Benjamin to Hunter S. Thompson, this is an enthralling narrative of mescaline’s many lives.
Yale University Press, June 2019
High Weirdnes. Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies
An exploration of the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson.
America’s leading scholar on things extraordinary examines the writings of three iconoclastic thinkers and their life-changing mystical experiences. After a sound theoretical and scholarly introduction to various strange states, their meaning and possible origins (the author writes we can skip if we want), we get to the core experiences of our three proponents: Terence and Dennis McKenna and their – psychotic or shamanic – adventures in La Chorrera, Columbia; Robert Anton Wilson and the synchronicities and altered states he experienced while writing CosmicTrigger and last but not least, Philip K. Dick and an occurrence that goes by the name of 2-3-74. As beyond the norm these experiences may be, Davis’ finds a fascinating context for them, as well as presenting them seriously, which elevates them beyond mere lore and lends them respectability. This is not an easy book but it is highly worthwhile, a true Bible of Weirdness shedding light on the mystical thinking of an entire generation. (sgs)
MindApps. Multistate Theory and Tools for Mind Desig
Thomas B. Roberts (Introduction: James Fadiman)
Using psychedelics as the prime example, Thomas B. Roberts explores the many different kinds of mindapps, including meditation, other psychoactive plants and chemicals, sensory overload and deprivation, biofeedback and neurofeedback, hypnosis and suggestion, sleep and lucid dreaming, creative imagery, transcranial brain stimulation and optical brain stimulation, rites of passage, martial arts and exercise routines, yoga, breathing techniques, and contemplative prayer. He also looks at the future of mindapps, the potential for new mindapps yet to be invented, and how installing multiple mindapps can produce new, yet to be explored mind states. Drawing on decades of research, he shows how psychedelics in particular are «ideagens»–powerful tools for generating new ideas and new ways of thinking. Reformulating how we think about the human mind, MindApps unveils the new multistate landscape of the mind and how we can each enter the world of mind design.
Brainpickings is a newsletter by the Bulgarian writer, blogger, literary and cultural critic Maria Popova who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
psychoactive | WSU News, 29 May 2019
Gene sequencing of cannabis allows for quality control
culture | IFL Science, 30 May 2019
Bronze age shaman skeleton reveals astonishing accoutrements
nature | The Observer, 3 June 2019
Huge increase in humpback population in New York
Life goes on
nature | Guardian, 4 June 2019
Calf born to endangered orca pod
science | CNN Travel, 4 June 2019
KLM funds fuel-efficient new aircraft
culture | Nature, 5 June 2019
Neo Siberians may have engendered First Nations
psychoactive | Eater, 5 June 2019
Oakland second US city to decriminalise psilocybin
culture | Rolling Stone, 5 June 2019
Black Sabbath honoured for earth quake relief in Armenia
science | National Geographic, 6 June 2019
Evidence found that the universe resembles a huge net
psychoactive | Independent, 9 June
Magic mushrooms could replace antidepressants
science | Physorg, 10 June 2019
Metallic mass discovered under largest moon crater
science | The Astrophysical Journal, 10 June 2019
Alien life is probably rarer than expected
psychoactive | Guardian, 12 June 2019
Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in China
psychoactive | Rolling Stone, 14 June 2019
United Food and Commercial Workers major force in marihuana politics
science | Inverse, 17 June 2019
CBD and dreaming
eco | Food Business News, 17 June 2019
Agro-giant pledges 30 million to protect the Amazon
eco | Guardian, 18 June 2019
Eskilstuna – the world capital of recycling
Billions of trees
eco | 19 June 2019
Will planting them save our planet?
nature | CNN, 20 June 2019
Meet Corsica’s new cat-fox
Africa’s lost kingdoms
culture | New York Review of Books, 27 June 2019
An article by Howard W. French
The Five Percent Challenge
is an invitation to join an open collaborative action plan to cut GHG emissions from the mobility sector in cities by 5% in the first year
The Limina Foundation
supports «the betwixt and between states of conciousness, where transformation, change and renewal takes place. This awakening can occur in the individual, the community and the culture at large.»