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Israel Vibration


Israel VibrationMention the name Israel Vibration in reggae music circles and watch the warmth of recognition and appreciation of anyone who has seen or heard this very special group of singers. The positive vibrations emanating from the music of Israel Vibration have been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs for over two decades. This group of singers casts a harmonious musical spell, weaving traditional roots reggae with a mesmerizing sound and deeply spiritual message.

Israel Vibration members Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) were born in Jamaica, West Indies. Each is a victim of Poliomyelitis (Polio). They met as children in the Mona Rehabilitation Center, into which they were placed because of their families’ limited resources and their needs for specialized medical care. They learned early on the necessity for developing survival skills, and although polio is an undeniably crippling and debilitating disease, the youths never let their physically challenging situation supercede their willpower and their creative abilities. They found strength in the faith of Rastafari through the guidance of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and began composing and singing songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs.

Their spirituality and stance on issues relating to their residency at the Mona Rehabilitation Center caused them to be expelled from that institution. Undaunted, they found solace, comfort, and sustenance in their music, which won them the support of their local community and provided them with encouragement to pursue their music careers. They began recording in 1976, enjoying a hit with the poignant Same Song, which was licensed to EMI and brought the group international attention. Their musical careers seemed to be taking off, but, like many Jamaican artists, Israel Vibration’s recording career was set back by a local industry plagued at that time by questionable accounting practices, musical piracy, and a lack of tour support. In 1983, the group broke up and its members moved to the States both for superior medical care and to pursue solo projects.

In 1988, each of the members approached Doctor Dread, president and founder of RAS Records, about solo recordings. Dr. Dread, who had greatly admired Israel Vibration’s unique, resonating sound, took heed from the words of Marcus Garvey, and, telling them that "unity is strength," recommended that the members unite. They accepted, and the rest of the story is one of a beautiful relationship that began with Strength of My Life, and continued with Praises, Forever, Vibes Alive, IV, On The Rock, Free to Move, and several dub albums. On the Rock garnered much praise the single and video "Rudeboy Shufflin’," which, along with the "Feeling Irie" video, has been aired on BET as well as other television programs throughout the US and abroad. On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move reached their height of success upon reaching number one on the CMJ New World charts. Their 1999 release, Pay the Piper, displays some of the strong material songwriters Skelly and Wiss are known for, and the album's featured video "Hard Road" was seen in 3900 Blockbuster video stores during the month of January, 2000.

Their album Jericho, released May 16, 2000, is undeniably their strongest work in years and features the best musicians and harmonizers Jamaica has to offer. Skelly and Wiss fully commit to each honest lyric and sing from the heart with the true spirit of universality. Israel Vibration has been working closely with RAS Records for a long time, and will no doubt continue to do so while they redefine the term "Roots Reggae" for the new millennium.



   
   RAS-3228 Same Song     SAME SONG
   RAS-3227 Unconquered People     UNCONQUERED PEOPLE
   RAS-3229 Israel Dub     ISRAEL DUB
   RAS-3210 Why You So Craven     WHY YOU SO CRAVEN
   RAS-3037 Stength Of My Life     STRENGTH OF MY LIFE
   RAS-3054 Praises     PRAISES
   RAS-3055   Dub Vibration     DUB VIBRATION
   RAS-3080 Forever     FOREVER
   RAS-3091 Vibes Alive     VIBES ALIVE
   RAS-3120 IV     IV
   RAS-3140 IV Dub     IV DUB
   RAS-3175 On The Rock     ON THE ROCK
   RAS-3190 Dub The Rock     DUB THE ROCK
   RAS-3231 Free To Move     FREE TO MOVE
   RAS-3247 Live Again     LIVE AGAIN
   RAS-3317 Ras Portraits - Israel Vibration     PORTRAITS ISRAEL VIBRATION
   RAS-3251 Pay The Piper     PAY THE PIPER
   RAS-3255      JERICHO
     RAS-3331      APPLE VIBES
     RAS-3332      WISS VIBES
     RAS-3333      SKELLY VIBES
     RAS-8001      POWER OF THE TRINITY  (3CD BOX SET)
     RAS-5002      REGGAE IN HOLYLAND  (VHS VIDEO and DVD)
     RAS-3261 DUB Combo     DUB COMBO
     RAS-89602      FIGHTING SOLDIERS
     RAS-89915      LIVE & JAMMIN' - CD
     RAS-88361-9      LIVE & JAMMIN' - DVD
   

 

Original - Israel Vibration

 

Formed in 1975 and continuing until 1998, Israel Vibration originally was a trio which included these three close friends from childhood:
Cecil  "Skelly"  Spence
Albert  "Apple"  Craig 
Lacelle  "Wiss"  Bulgin 

 

 


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