Jah Itagaki's REGGAE LIFE
   This Day in Reggae
and Nubian, Rasta, herb and related history

 April 26
1607: First permanent European settlement in U.S. (Cape Henry, Virginia), introduces hemp cultivation to North America.
1964: Tanganyika and Zanzibar unite to form Tanzania (Tanzanian Union Day).
1999: Reggae singer Jah Cure get a 15-year sentence after he was found guilty of rape and gun charges.

 April 27
1960: France grants Togo independence. (National Day)
1961: U.K. grants Sierra Leone independence.
1972: Ghanaian nationalist leader Kwame Nkrumah passes away in Bucharest, Romania. Age 62. (b. September 18, 1909)
1994: The South Africa general election is held.
Lucky Dube may have voted for the first time in his life. Soon after Nelson Mandela of the ANC would become President of South Africa.
1998: Recorded at Ali Campbell and Travers new recording studio in Jamaica, "UB40 Presents The Dancehall Album", featuring toasting by the likes of Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Lady Saw and Mad Cobra among others, all backed by the band, is released by Virgin.

 April 28
----: DJ General Degree (Cardiff Butt) is born in Manchester, Jamaica.
1966: Quino (in full Joaquin William McWhinney) [Big Mountain] is born.
1970: Little Roy records "Keep On Trying" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador. It can be heard on a CD "From Matador's Arena - 1969-1970 - Volume 2" (Jamaican Gold JMC 200.233).
1994: Germany's Federal Constitutional Court decides to decriminalize private use of marijuana and hashish.

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