Happy 70th Birthday Roger Steffens Ras Rojah

Roger Steffens “Reggae Obsession”

Happy 70th Birthday Ras Rojah

Many know Roger Steffens from his video lectures/tours about Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, or from his “Reggae Beat” radio show and magazine. Steffens co-hosted Reggae Beat on KCRW from 1979 until 1987, and Reggae Beat International from 1983 until 1987, which was syndicated internationally to 130 stations.  He has toured to many parts of the globe to give his lectures and multi-media presentation on the Life of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He has also contributed to countless music anthologies as a writer and photographer.  But to many of us, Roger is know for his generosity, kindness, and willingness to share with reggae fans his rare audio and video gems that fill his massive reggae archives. If fate or luck or whatever works your way, it’s a beautiful day if you get to visit his archives. (Big thanks to his wife Mary for putting up with all us fanatic fans)

Please read wikipedia for more information on Roger and visit his site Roger Steffens Reggae Archives, because roger’s life is so  full of interesting achievements and people he has met I can’t write about it all here. Two interesting things many reggae fans don’t know about Roger is how he saved George Segals ass at the climax of movie Rollercoaster (he was the radio technician that jammed the bombers signal) or that he was close friends with fellow veteran and one of my favorite comedians/actors John Ritter.  His mind seems like a steel trap, ready to open and share his memories.  I remember a comment my brother made after I took him to meet Roger at his house. He said “Roger is like a encyclopedia. He knows everything”.


The list of visitors to his house and archives is testament to the importance of his knowledge and massive rare collection. I love that all the members of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers have visited, plus a countless list of other artists and reggae fans. The real topper and probably Roger’s most important visitor to him was Rolling Stone guitarist and reggae lover Kieth Richards. A Rolling Stone in your house….Wazzza!!!

I have not been to Roger’s archive since he moved from his old house by Echo Park.  Back in college, I  would visit him with my arms full of double tape decks.  I am happy to have donated some material to his archive knowing that he will share it with folks around the globe.   I treasure the time I got to spend chillin’ and learning about Jamaican music history, and hearing his stories about interviewing people like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Lee Perry.  Give thanks to Roger for all he has done to promote Jamaican Music all these years.

Happy EarthStrong to ya Rojah!!

Here is a special Tribute Video I made.

With Carlos Santana

With Lee Perry

With The Meditations

With Cedella Booker

Rog & CC Smith

With Familyman Barrett

With Joseph Hill and Sangie Davis

With Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths of the I-Three

The Life of Peter Tosh – Roger Steffen’s look at the life of Peter Tosh thru music and interviews.

If you have never heard this tribute to Peter Tosh by Roger Steffens, then your in for a real treat.  This page is taken from my Peter Tosh Tribute site. HERE > Peter Tosh Tribute

Peter Tosh – The Life of Peter Tosh KCRW broadcast unknown date.

Roger Steffen’s look at the life of Peter Tosh thru music and interviews.

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Recording source: FM  Dubwise Transfer

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Part 1.

 

Interview – coming in hot
Interview – Vienna 1980

Roger Intro for show

Interview 1983 with Mel Cheplowitz.

Simmer Down

rasta shock them – treat me good

Interview 1983 cont.

walk and don’t look back early version
Acoustic What Your Doing To Me

Interview about being on Jamaica Music Business

steppin razor early version
simple tom
the letter
rightful ruler
Arise blackman

Talks about Here comes the Judge

here comes the judge

Part 2,

Selassie Seranade
Sun Valley
We can make it uptight

Interview about education

downpressor man early slow version
no sympathy
get up, stand up

Talks about his songs >stop that train

Chris Blackwell talks about telling Bob to go Solo >Once Bitten
lion

Talks about Mark of The Beast

Mark of The Beast



Part 3.

Talks about His Work to Do

Igizabier Y masgwan ( let jah be praised)
dont want to get busted live in studio

Talks about Laws
Speech One Love Peace Concert as Peter says “An Integration Concert
Equal Rights  One Love Peace Concert

Speech at One Love Peace Concert talks about the Shitsytem

Bush Doctor   One Love Peace Concert
Interview talks about his speech at One Love Peace Concert

Part 4.

bob and peter in LA – get up, stand up
guide me from my friends
dont call it no rat race
explains bumba klot meaning
bumba klot live
Speech when power went out at Jamaica World Music Fest. 1982.

you can’t blame the youth  live

them a fi get a beaten  live
pick myself up  live in studio

Speaks about worries of Assassination Possibilities  > mama africa live

Peter talks about Future with Roger
Interview > jam inna jamdown 

Closing Remarks by Roger > Fire Fire live Studio