Friday, November 18, 2011

The Process Meets Ghetto Priest played on the BBC again!

The Process Meets Ghetto Priest played on the BBC again!
Monday Nov 14 BBC Radio 6: Legendary Punky Reggae DJ Don Letts Culture Clash Radio - The Don's selections cross time, space and genre. (Don Letts is a British film director and musician. He is credited as the man who through his DJing at clubs like The Roxy brought together punk and reggae music.)
KFAI - 90.3 FM Minneapolis - 106.7 FM St. Paul celebrated the 30th Anniversary of ON-U Sound on 9/14/2011, The list of ON-U stalwarts appearing on the big show included: Dub Syndicate, Creation Rebel, Voice of Authority, Prince Far I, Little Annie, Garl Clail, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Barmy Army, Singers & Players, Bim Sherman, Deadley Headley & Rico Rodriguez, Little Axe, London Underground, Dr. Pablo, and Missing Brazilians. On top of this they included AMS remixes of Primal Scream and The Process & Ghetto Priest!
#10, The Process / Ghetto Priest "The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed".
94.9 CHRW (London Canada), World Charts for the week ending November 1, 2011.
KUNM 89.9 Albuquerque, Santa Fe "Overnight Freeform" Program played Congo Natty (Well Toasted Mix) from THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST October 24!
Other Transmitter Include:
KUNM 89.9 Albuquerque, Santa Fe.
KBOM 88.7 Socorro
KRRT 90.9 Arroyo Seco - Taos
KRRE 91.9 Las Vegas
KRAR 91.9 Española
K220EM 91.9 Nageezi
K213ET 90.5 Eagle Nest
K216CU 91.1 Cuba

Holding on in the Top 10, CKXU 88.3MHz - Lethbridge International For the Week Ending: Tuesday, October 18, 2011: The Process & Ghetto Priest The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed.
Sat Oct 8th 2011 KDHX 88.1 FM St. Louis, MO "Tropical Riddims Program",
Played The Process Meets Ghetto Priest “Adrian Sherwood Dub Mix” from The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed.
The Process and Ghetto Priest taking over all available frequencies!
Last but not least check out this Video montage of the Peoples Revolutions spreading the world in 2011, set to

Friday, October 14, 2011

Joint Venture Sound System - live Polish National Radio

Joint Venture Sound System - live Polish National Radio Czworka played
The Process Meets Ghetto Priest The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed and a ton of new On-U Sound and other cool stuff!
Click the link to watch!
Audio-visual live attack in ‘Czworka’
5th Sept 2011, 21.00 – 22.00 (first part)
Polish National Radio Channel 4 ‘Czwórka’

PLAYLIST: (just the video part)
Crispy Horns & Prince Far I - Bedward The Flying Preacher (dub)
Crispy Horns& Prince Far I - Bedward The Flying Preacher
The Process Meets Ghetto Priest - The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed
Juakali - Revolution Now
The Rootsman & Bongo Chilli - Read Your Bible
The Rootsman & King David - 21st Century
Tippa Irie & the Far East Band - Big Talk
Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat - J.U.F. Dub
Lee Scratch Perry - From the Secret Laboratory (Kosine remix)
Ranking Joe with House of Riddim - Too Much Confusion
Download the Radio Podcast HERE!

More News!

The Process Meets Ghetto Priest is #3 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 CKXU 88.3MHz -Lethbridge International.
!earshot : charts : CKXU 88.3MHz - Lethbridge AB : International : 11/10/2011

The "Tropical Riddims" program on WORT 89.9FM Madison, Wisconsin played 3 Mixes from “The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed” The Process Meets Ghetto Priest Sat Sep 3rd 2011.The Process and Ghetto Priest taking over all available frequencies!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

New Video: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed, The Process Meets Ghetto Priest (Adrian Sherwood Mix).

The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed, The Process Meets Ghetto Priest (Adrian Sherwood Mix, Featuring Congo Natty aka Rebel MC).

Friday, September 16, 2011

THE PROCESS® have just received a 2011 ASCAP PLU$ SPECIAL AWARD

David Asher and Garrick Owen of THE PROCESS® have just received a 2011 ASCAP PLU$ SPECIAL AWARD.
The award is given to writer members of any genre whose performances are primarily in venues not surveyed; and/or writer members whose catalogs have prestige value for which they would not otherwise be compensated. This is the 11th consecutive year Asher and Owen have received this cash/recognition award.

Friday, August 12, 2011

‎The Process Meets Ghetto Priest Hits # 8 on Canada's NATIONAL Campus and Community Radio International Charts!

The Process Meets Ghetto Priest The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed
# 8 at Canada's NATIONAL Campus and Community Radio International Charts!
The Process & Ghetto Priest Taking over all available frequencies!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Dr. Strange Dub's Review of The Process Meets Ghetto Priest

"A sublimely powerful masterpiece.....that comes in six different flavors -- each with its own point of emphasis. No one sings more powerfully about Ras Tafari than The Process' David Asher, and this is complemented so well by the subtle, rootical vocals of Ghetto Priest, and the tasty toasting of Congo Natty. Quite a trans-Atlantic collaboration on an idea that took root and grew in many directions."

Dr. StrangeDub has been a DJ at KFAI-FM since 1996. The good Doctor is the host of the Echo Chamber -- which pounds and soothes the brain with the heaviest dubs, the most conscious roots, and funkiest club beats on the planet. Join Dr. StrangeDub & co-host DJ Baby Swiss in the Echo Chamber.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Saginaw News: The Process releases international collaboration with England's Ghetto Priest

Lionartists.jpgArtists involved in making "The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed" are, from top clockwise, Ghetto Priest, The Process, Adrian Sherwood, Congo Natty, Skip "Little Axe" McDonald and David Harrow.
Published: Monday, May 16, 2011
For three years, David Asher has spread the word, talking about an international project, a collaboration with a brain trust of musicians and producers in Great Britain, a recording that would take The Process out of this world.

Anyone who knows The Process knows there is no one like Asher to drum up some enthusiasm — in another age, he might have traveled with the Ringling Bros., rounding up audiences for the coming circus.

And “The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed” is a reality now, the collection of mixes and a bonus track available on the website and at Records and Tapes Galore in Saginaw.

Don’t listen for it on local radio stations soon, though the Rastafarian-influenced tune is getting play on England’s BBC and stations in Windsor, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, Portland and Houston. But be warned, once you hear it, it’s going to rattle around your head for a long time to come.

“I found The Process via MySpace,” Ghetto Priest said of the Vassar-based band, talking via e-mail from England about the project totally carried out through the Internet. “When I listened to their music, and saw it was a rock band open-minded enough to play reggae music, I thought of it as an interesting challenge and possible collaboration.”

Asher sent Ghetto Priest, a Rastafarian himself, a link to the film, “The Footsteps of the Emperor,” about Emperor Halie Selassie’s exile in England in the 1930s, Asher said, and within two weeks, Ghetto Priest sent back a vision of where he saw the song going. It was a tribute, Asher said, to “the courage of the emperor of Ethiopia who never lost his faith that God and right would prevail over the forces of evil.”

Soon after, guitarist Skip “Little Axe” McDonald and vocalist Mikki Sound, producers Adrian Sherwood and David Harrow and rapper Congo Natty AKA Rebel MC joined the mix and it began to grow.

“It started as a single and then took on a life of its own,” said Asher, who with bandmates Garrick Owen, Bill Hefflefinger, Gabe Gonzalez and Seth Payton worked with local producers Gee Pierce and Bernard Terry at their studios on the recording, featuring Hefflefinger’s arrangements.

In the meantime, Ghetto Priest was laying down tracks at Sherwood’s On-U Sound Studios in London with McDonald and Sound. And electronic music producer Harrow, now living in Los Angeles, did his own “Dub-step” take on the piece, adding it to McDonald’s reinvention of the song and Sherwood’s three mixes, including one that pulled in Congo Natty to “toast” over the tracks, a Jamaican style of talking over the instrumentals, similar to rap.

“We ended up with six mixes — and a bonus track, ‘Ghetto Life,’ from Ghetto Priest’s upcoming album, ‘Sacred Ground,’ ” Asher said, adding that The Process’ own version embraces the blend of high-energy rock with the warmth and passion of reggae the band’s fans have come to expect.

Ghetto Priest, considered one of the most flamboyant and creative performers on the London music scene, Asher said, is known for pulling the rhythm of the street into his music. And it didn’t take long for him to tap into The Process as well.

“I grew up listening to all kinds of music, so for me, differences are no obstacle, or even a barrier for that matter,” Ghetto Priest said.

As for the process — the American and British musicians have never met — “in this technological digital age we live in, physical distance is no problem,” he said. “I suppose it would been a great vibe for all involved, working at the same time in the same place, but due to the situation, we made good with what we had.”

The Process’ recordings survived a fire in Pierce’s studio, Asher said, and a transfer to Terry’s place in Flint, so a digital collaboration was one of the easiest parts of the process.

“You don’t have to be in the same room to create anymore,” he said, talking about how Ghetto Priest would send a verse and he’d add a few more and a bridge. “In the end, it lived up to everything we hoped and more. It was almost mystical, the way it all came together, very star-crossed.

“It couldn’t have happened without God’s hand in it.”

The Process has turned its attention on its own music for the moment, Asher said, as attention builds on “The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed.” He’d like to go to England at some point and meet the people who’ve worked so closely with him on the project.

There are no plans for another collaboration at this point, he said, “but I’d like to do more work with them. It’s still hard to believe Adrian Sherwood was involved; I’ve admired his work for many years.”

Ghetto Priest says the same.

“I have no great plan to collaborate, but if it happens, and the artist or musician reflects what I do, that’s cool!”

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Michigan Bands: Music Review: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed; The Process Meet Ghetto Priest

Music Review: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed; The Process Meet Ghetto Priest

"The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed; The Process Meets Ghetto Priest" is a seven-track EP from the Saginaw, Mi based roots-reggae rockers, five of which are alternate mixes of the title track by London reggae artists and producers Congo Natty and Adrian Sherwood, and American artists and producers Skip "Little Axe" McDonald and David Harrow. The seventh "bonus" track is "Ghetto Life", a sneak-peek release from Ghetto Priests forthcoming record, "Sacred Ground" (On-U Sound Records 2011). Both songs are worthy additions to any reggae collection. Your DJ will know what to do with the rest.

The Process will be appearing for their second release party Saturday, May 7th @ The Elbow Room in Ypsilanti. The show starts @ 9:00pm.

Band: The Process
Recording: The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed; The Process Meet Ghetto Priest (2011 Temple Gong Recordings)
Members: David Asher,Garrick Owen, Bill Heffelfinger, Gabe Gonzalez, Seth Payton
Additional Mixes & Performances by:Ghetto Priest, Little Axe, Adrian Sherwood, Congo Natty, David Harrow.
Produced by: Negus Dawit & The Wizard Of Light (see last photo insert for actual credits)

review by Mitch Phillips, April 2011

Hail The King Of Kings, Praise His Name -

It occurred to me on first-listen to the title track of "The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed; The Process Meets Ghetto Priest" that reggae music, particularly the Rastafarian variety, may have more in common with God-fearin, Jesus-luvin' Christians than it does with dope-smoking, dread-headed stoners. Of course, The Process are neither, but 'Judah does give a nod to bible-inspired traditions of Judaism and Christianity.

The lyrics of the title track are replete with references to "Jah" (Jaweh or God), "Babylon" (that bustling land of confusion - you're soaking in it) and "Zion" (generally, any "promised land"). Even the title itself is lifted directly from the book of Revelations:

Revelations(5:5) 'and one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.'

In this case, however, 'The Lion of Judah' refers not to the biblical son of Jacob or to Jesus, but to the Orthodox Christian Emperor of Ethiopia who appears on the cover; Halie Selassie I (i.e. Ras Tafari Makonnen), who ruled from 1930 to 1974.

Selassie is recognized as the returning biblical messiah to certain mansions of the Rastafari tradition who purported his divinity when news of his coronation and official titles (i.e. "Conquering Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah", "King Of Kings" and "Elect Of God") reached Jamaica. By tradition, Selassie was the 224th Ethiopian emperor in an unbroken line of succession dating back to King Solomon and The Queen of Sheba - and, at the time, the only black independent monarch in a heavily-colonized Africa.

Selassie appears in the sepia-toned cover photo of the CD in full military regalia, complete with a safari-style helmet and an officer's cape befitting nobility. He stands triumphantly with one foot perched upon his latest "trophy"; presumably a cache of chemical weapons used against his people by Mussolini's Fascists who invaded Ethiopia in 1935. Selassie's triumph must have been short-lived, however, as he was forced into temporary exile shortly thereafter.

In 1936, the deposed emperor addressed The League Of Nations, pleading for help and moral sanity from the body and to make good on its commitment to collective security and help defend his people. Although considered to be one of the greatest speeches of the era, it resulted in only 'partial and ineffective sanctions' against the Italians.

His words did, however, earn him another title: Time Magazine's "Man Of The Year". But more importantly, it lay bare the moral hypocrisy of The League Of Nations (and, I'd argue, the U.N. to this very day) and it's members who were clearly motivated only by self-interest.

"God and history will remember your judgement," Selassie declared in his speech.

Those words would prove to be prophetic, particularly in regard to the decades of Rasta-centric roots reggae that would follow, propagating Selassie's pastimes with religious zeal to an infectious, skanky rhythm that would capture the imagination of the world.

God, History, Conscience

"The Lion Of Judah Hat Prevailed" is a worthy musical testament to Halie Selassie. Ghetto Priest sings that narrative with reverent humility ;

"1892 a child is born, in a ancient land called / Ehtiopia, in the province of Harar / Lij Tafari he is named, a divine personality / Crowned the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, ....By His name RastafarI"

The lyrics continue in the best tradition of socially conscious roots-reggae, proving The Process, if not intergovernmental organizations, have remained loyal to their stated mission since 1992, ' fight ignorance, apathy and social retardation' - albeit against overwhelming odds (see American politics and television). If only our leaders were so steadfast and determined.
Asher points a finger with the lyric:

"The rich fall into temptation and foolish hurtful lust / Greed envy and craving for power, drowns men in destruction / Propaganda is only a tool, just a tool of the foolish / Take heed, and beware of jealousy / life is not in the abundance of possessions..."

But equal to the history and the social conscience of this track is the praise, which ascribes all the mystical qualities befitting a divine entity to Selassie. It's here I find similarities to Christian pop & rock, where exaltations are heaped-on in biblical proportions. Ghetto Priest sings:

"Standing like patience on a monument, smiling at grief
Blood sweat and tears for the sake of peace
He sits upon the highest regions, overlooking all
the harder they came is the harder they fall"

Asher sounds like a shaman with an attitude over a skanky, staccato clav:

"When I see the lightning and I hear the thunder
I know man and woman have made a blunder
Jah makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers
At his word the mountains rose and the valleys sank down"

Finally, the chorus marches you on to the summit with an urgent proclamation:

The Lion Of Judah hath prevailed!
Hail The King Of Kings praise His Name (praise His Name)
The Lion Of Judah hath prevailed!
The footsteps of His Majesty is not in Vain (not in Vain)

Spirituality, history, social justice - not exactly the kind of subject matter you'd expect from a group of folks who are so often depicted as dope-smoking, dread-headed slackers by pop-culture media. In light of that, I suppose I'll have to reconsider my pre-conceptions about Christian rock and pop music. Some other time, maybe.

Three For Five From Two

"The Lion Of Judah..." follows The Process' 2006 release, "Weapons Of Mass Percussion" which really only included two new songs ("Rasta Soldier" and the percussive instrumental "Weapons Of Mass Percussion Pt.2") and a litany of dub mixes and re-mixes that relied heavily on previously released material. Like it's predecessor, 'Judah', unfortunately, is light on new songs.

This record includes no less than five re-mixes of the title track, which were created over a three-year span by a host of artists and producers in Saginaw, Flint, London and LA. Exactly who needs five mixes of the same song is a question probably better left to DJ culture than to me.

In any case, there's a flavor for every palate; a "Chilled Mix" with American bluesman Little Axe (aka Skip McDonald, aka Bernard Alexandar), a "Well Toasted Mix" featuring London jungle producer and toaster Congo Natty (aka Conquering Lion, Rebel MC, Blackstar, Tribe Of Issachar, X Project, Ras Project), two versions by London dub producer Adrian Sherwood (one featuring Congo Natty and one pure Dub) and finally a mix by the restless and elusive David Harrow (he's recorded dozens of top artists in as many genres and pseudonyms).

On second thought, if you have the opportunity to work with this calibre of producers and performers, why wouldn't you release five versions of your new song? Hedge your bet. While "The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed; The Process Meet Ghetto Priest" may be light on the scale, don't complain 'cause you're getting the good shit here.

Everything Is Different In The Ghetto

The seventh and final "bonus" track is "Ghetto Life", a sneak-peek release from Ghetto Priest's forthcoming record, "Sacred Ground" (On-U Sound Records 2011). Ghetto Priest (aka S.G. Townsend) co-wrote and co-sings on the title track and appears in Harrow's mix as well. If "Ghetto Life" is a fair representation of the Priest's work, you'll want to catch the full-length when it drops sometime later this year.

Track By Track

1. The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed - The vocals of Ghetto Priest fall like rain over the keyboard motif while David Asher roars on like the thunder to a skanky, percussive clavinet, then builds to the triumphant declaration of the chorus. The synth-stab programming of Bill Hefflefinger and the heavily-affected guitar wanderings of Garrick Owen ride on the bedrock rhythm provided by Gabe Gonzalas and Seth Payton. Unmistakably, the sound of The Process.

5. Adrian Sherwood Dub Mix - Here things take a turn for the trippy. The verses are stripped from the mix, leaving only heavily affected back-up vocals and Asher's chorus. Emphasis is given to the guitars and some freaky spaced-out synth pads.
2. Little Axe "Chilled Mix" - Like it's name implies, this version dials it back a bit, dumping the synth-stabs and adding shuffling, brushed drum sound to the mix. The keyboard motif is replaced in the chorus with a squelchy fuzzed-wah guitar and a lead is tagged onto at the end ala Carlos Santana.

3. Adrian Sherwood Mix Featuring "Congo Natty" - Timbales take over for the drum kit. In addition to the original vocals, Congo Natty is added in the mix, "toasting" (kind of a mono-melodic vocal riffing) lightly over the verses which have been rearranged chronologically, beginning with Selassie's birth. The squelchy-fuzz-wah guitar from the Little Axe version is still present, as is the heavily-affected guitar of Bill Hefflefinger and Garrick Owen. Delay and echo are added selectively to the back-up vocals.

4. Congo Natty "Well Toasted" Mix - Here 'Natty riffs to his heart's content - I imagine a Rasta soldier tromping through the brush, Armalite slung over his shoulder, muttering whatever verse comes to mind to stave-off boredom and bolster his faith along the way. You'd think he was born there until he lets-on with a thick British accent for half a line, "I come from-a London where we cannot be tamed-a." Sherwood mixes the timbales a bit wetter, as well as the back-ups vocals which seem to echo out into the darkness.

6. David Harrow Mix - Like the dub mix, emphasis here is given to syth pads with the addition of a bass-heavy patch and sheer echo effects which add some breadth and headroom. The chorus is given the (a'hem) lion's share of space, repeating again and again - even when the music has dropped off completely.

7. Ghetto Life by Ghetto Priest - A battery of timbales takes you directly to the chorus: "Everything is different in the ghetto," Priest sings to a grave and plodding tempo. The verses illustrate that fact in a variety of ways, but one line sums it up: "What's good is bad / what's bad is worse / living with this ghetto curse." A lonely melodica riff elicits the visage of some forgotten street that leads to nowhere, emphasizing the soul-sucking desolation of his surroundings. 'Priest gets inside his lyric, sounding dejected by his surroundings, until desperation takes over and his voice rises high and clear above the "ghetto stream" where, perhaps, hope might be found. Strategically-placed vocal samples and synth pads add contrast. A delay-enhanced polyrhythmic high-hat keeps the whole thing moving along very nicely.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST, THE LION OF JUDAH HATH PREVAILED continues to gain radio play across the globe.

‎89.1 WIDR-FM Kalamazoo, Michigan played "THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST" (2 mixes) Apr 26 - 12:53 PM.
KTRU 91.7 FM played THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST 04/13/2011 ktru Houston is Rice University’s student-run radio station.
THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST was featured on Chuck Foster's "Reggae Central". 4//21/11 90.7fm Los Angeles 98.7fm Santa Barbara 93.7fm San Diego 99.5fm Ridgecrest/ Chinalake & streaming globally online at
THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST "The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed played on WCBN 88.3 Ann Arbor 4-18-2011.
THE PROCESS MEETS GHETTO PRIEST was featured on Radio Mega 99.2 Lyon France, Monday 04-04-11. Prince Thierry at the controls!
THE PROCESS & Ghetto Priest taking over all available frequencies!

Friday, April 22, 2011


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


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The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed
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Sunday, April 17, 2011


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Thursday, April 14, 2011


"The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed"

The Process Release a New CD of Power and Beauty

From Issue 724 (Published April 14th, 2011)
I’ve always liked The Process and the incredible full body blast sound that heats you up like a nuclear meltdown whenever you catch them live, or through recordings. The Process has never strayed too far from their unique vision of reggae music and their molten embrace of social consciousness and spirituality. They have a tenacious grasp on a perspective that music can be more than just another silly diversion.

This is all good and true but our airways and information highways are clogged with the stuff that keeps the public isolated, uninformed, and preoccupied with meaningless spectacles such as sports, instant celebrity, and mass-produced disposable culture.
It seems that the more we are plugged in, the more we are tuned out. So unplug your X-Box, I-Pod, DirectTV and Notebook and listen to the real thing. The Process creates astonishingly complex and beautiful music in layers of sounds and rhythms with a voice that speaks an uncompromising truth.
This is the thinking man’s soul music - warm, passionate and political. Even if you don’t ascribe to Rasta principles and practices or the deification of Haile Selassie, you will still be able to dig the music. If you are Rasta, well. You are there.

The Lion of Judah CD is a seven track gem that was three years in the making. It was a painstaking labor of love featuring an international cast of characters including Ghetto Priest aka Squids from London’s eclectic music scene, Skip McDonald from Sugarhill Records house band, seminal techno wizard David Harrow, Adrian Sherwood from the UK Reggae scene, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC and, of course, the members of The Process including Seth Peyton.
The CD was recorded in London, Los Angeles, and Michigan. It was worth the wait. This is one of the most thematically rich and concise bodies of music to emerge since Good Morning Magpie by Murder by Death or John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This. The Process are motor city metal madmen that will take it to you like a full body slam and then pick you up, dust you off and punch you in the face - musically speaking. You may not realize what just happened, but you will beg for more even though your face is bloody and your body is bruised and aching. This is a modern spiritual music. Listen to the gospel.
The music and lyrics are inspired by the story of Haile Selassie’s life and his belief that God’s spirit would prevail over the forces of evil. This is heavy karma in the day and age of never ending war. In Rasta culture, the Lion of Judah represents Emperor Haile Salassie of Ethiopia. Rastafarians hold that Selassie is a direct descendant of the Israelite Tribe of Judah through the lineage of King David and Solomon and that he is the Lion of Judah mentioned in the Book of Revelation. (Revelations 5:5).
The EP contains all of the original mixes of The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed – Little Axe Mix, Adrian Sherwood mix, Congo Natty’s well toasted mix, Adrian Sherwood’s Mix plus a bonus Dub-Step version by David Harrow. There is a bonus track entitled Ghetto Life by Ghetto Priest from his upcoming CD Sacred Ground.
The Music:
The disc opens with the original mix of The Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed with David Asher and Ghetto Priest switching off on vocals. The sound is pristine with just enough echo and the vocals mixed up front. There is a solid interplay of instruments with the rhythm section, bass and percussion mixed back and echoed guitar.
Version two is a Chilled Mix worked out by Little Axe. This mix has a softer sound with an emphasis on mixing the sweet harmonies up front in the mix. The drum machine is less effective but never interferes with the message or overall sound. Skip McDonald’s guitar work is splendidly understated. He riffs in an economical melodic style that gives this mix emotional grit.
Adrian Sherwood is the featured producer on the next three mixes. This one features Congo Natty on vocals with Asher. The rhythm section is used to greater effect on this mix. Drum/percussion and Bass lines are more prominent. Natty has a raspy rapping style that drives the power of the message.
Sherwood’s “Toasted” mix brings Congo Natty back in a free-form rap of the Rasta gospel and praise His name. This is the only version that strays from the original lyrics written S.G. Townsend, David Asher and Garrick Owen. There is more of an electronic/synthesized vibe to this mix. It sounds great and Congo Natty’s inspired vocals elevate this version to an almost perfect mix. Sherwood’s final effort, “The Dub” mix - is primarily an instrumental workout that experiments with empty spaces, echo, electronica and synthesized surges of sound and fury
David Harrow mixed the sixth and final version of the Lion of Judah. It is slowed down and has abrupt stops and starts with some wah wah guitar mixed with synthesized squibbles, blurts and conga beats. At times the vocals are accapella and echoed giving this version a minimalist edge
Bonus Track: Ghetto Life by Ghetto Priest from the forthcoming Ghetto Priest CD “Sacred Ground”
Ghetto Life has a sparse arrangement to an unobtrusive reggae beat with occasional electronic doodlings. The musical backdrop includes a somber keyboard riff that weaves in and out of the mix. The vibe is laid back but the lyrics tell a tale about the horror of poverty, violence and exploitation. The contrast is powerful. Ghetto Priest sings in a distinctive tenor that is reminiscent of Sting during the heady days of The Police. A masterful performance!
The Lyrics
It is essential to the overall experience of the CD to know the words that support the music. The lyrics are repeated in each of the six mixes with some degree of variation

The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed
Standing like patience on a monument, smiling at grief
Blood sweat and tears for the sake of peace
He sits upon the highest regions, overlooking all
the harder they came is the harder they fall
When I see the lightning and I hear the thunder
I know man and woman have made a blunder
Jah makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers
At his word the mountains rose and the valleys sank down
The Lion Of Judah hath prevailed

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Process Meets Ghetto Priest Receiving Radio Play

The Process Meets Ghetto Priest: "Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed: is receiving radio play on the following stations so far:

as well as more tunes from THE PROCESS and lots of other great music.
Click the link for The Echo Chamber program 4/6/2011 to stream the show!
April 08 2011
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April 2011
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


At Long Last, Just Released:
Over three years in the making, recorded in LONDON, LOS ANGELES and MICHIGAN.
The new 7 track EP is finally unleashed on the world!
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Don't let this extraordinary and unique recording fall off your radar!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

THE PROCESS has received Four Nominations in the 2011 DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS!

THE PROCESS has received Four Nominations in the 2011 DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS!
Outstanding Reggae/Ska Artist/Group:The Process
Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Vocalist: David Asher
Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Songwriter:David Asher
Outstanding Urban/Funk Musician:Gabe Gonzalez – ( drums )
Friday, April 15th, 2011 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Detroit Music Awards.
The Awards are Held at the Fillmore in Detroit.
2115 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-3469
Voting members may cast their votes at
Thank you all for your support!

Saturday, March 05, 2011


The infectious grooving sounds of Detroit's legendary rock reggae sensations THE PROCESS are making believers of the masses with their blend of high energy rock and the grooving warmth and passion of reggae. On a mission to fight ignorance, apathy and social retardation, THE PROCESS has been at the center of attention and controversy , while breaking new ground with their uncompromising attitude and performances. THE PROCESS catalog of recordings crosses barriers and breaks down stereotypes that will keep even the most discriminating listener interested.
Ghetto Priest aka Squidz is one of the most flamboyant, creative performers to have emerged from the London music scene in the past few years. Like the community from which he hails, Ghetto Priest is a man at ease with multiple musical visions. Walk through the streets of London and you begin to grasp the flow and the rhythm that has produced his unique sound. It’s a community of exchange; African/Caribbean and Irish, Asian and English, each mixing and informing the other, lending beats and grooves, keeping things fresh and new.
Little Axe is the alias of Skip McDonald, a blues performer whose list of credits also included work on some of rap music's most influential records. As a member of the Sugarhill Records house band, Skip, along with Doug Wimbish and Keith LeBlanc played on a number of the most seminal records of the era, including the Grandmaster Flash classics "The Message" and "White Lines." After exiting Sugarhill's ranks, the group worked at Tommy Boy Records, where they teamed with producer Adrian Sherwood to develop his famed On-U Sound. Sherwood subsequently convinced the trio to relocate to London, where they were rechristened Tackhead and fronted by vocalist Gary Clail. By 1992, McDonald adopted the name Little Axe and returned to the blues of his youth, albeit a brand of blues informed by his latter-day musical experiences.
Producer and programmer David Harrow is one of the busier and more elusive figures in techno, often shrouding his assorted activies under a variety of aliases. Among Harrow's earliest projects was a remix of the 1990 Depeche Mode hit "Enjoy the Silence". He later collaborated with artists ranging from African Head Charge to Psychic TV to Gary Clail, and also worked with the On-U Sound System and Andrew Weatherall. He also recorded under the guises Technova and James Hardway.
Long one of the most influential and innovative figures on the U.K. reggae scene, producer Adrian Sherwood and his famed On-U Sound label pioneered a distinctive fusion of dub, rock, and dance that made waves not only in roots circles but also in the pop mainstream. Since the mid-'80s, Sherwood is among the most visible producers and remixers in all of contemporary music, working on tracks for artists as varied as Depeche Mode, The Cure, Simply Red, Sinead O'Connor, and Ministry. He became involved in industrial music, producing tracks for Cabaret Voltaire, Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, and Nine Inch Nails, and although On-U Sound continued to reflect its leader's eclectic tastes, the label has remained a top reggae outlet. Sherwood has recently released two solo albums on Peter Gabriel's Real World imprint.
Congo Natty A.K.A. Rebel MC is an English jungle producer and toaster.
The '80s popster turned proto-jungle revolutionary was born Michael West in 1965 in London. He formed "Double Trouble" in the early '80s with Michael Menson and Leigh Guest, releasing the ska-pop hit "Street Tuff." Rebel MC later gained fame in England as a pop/rapper, but by 1991 he had released "Black Meaning Good", an album that presented jungle with hardcore techno married to dub basslines and ragga toasters such as Barrington Levy and P.P. Arnold. His 1992 singles "Rich Ah Getting Richer" and "Humanity" also showed the new direction. "Code Red" -- released as Conquering Lion -- became an outright jungle smash in 1994, bringing the jungle movement to the British masses.