December 27 2006 - As usual, around the turn
of the calendar-year we look back to the
past twelve months. What went wrong, what
went well, what happened and what didn't
happen? A report from a constructive year.
As we mentioned in our
previous year report,
"the only way is up". And so, we
went forward instead of backward and saw
most of our plans blessed by JAH so that
they were factually established.
But let's recall the start of this year
first. Financial problems were kind of
dominating and they still aren't what they
should be. But when you consider that yours
truly had to see a doctor last summer due to
a lack of food and that this situation is
now history, there's a lot to rejoice over.
And: the Dubroom is still here! We were
offline a couple of times, but we did manage
Central theme these past months could
best be described as "building".
And so we did. The concept of the website
was changed a little bit, in order to make
it more clear just what can be done in the
Dubroom. Four words, all starting with the
letter R, describe the contents:
- Reviews (mp3's, albums, books,
video's, software, and more)
- Research (Babylon Observer,
Center for Research on Christianity)
- Release (music, articles, even
- Rest (message boards etc)
A significant amount of effort was put
into facilitating the needs of the truly
varied interests and nature of the Dubroom's
daily visitors. As we gather statistics,
like words people type in search engines
before they find the Dubroom, we can get an
idea as to why people visit. People come to
get information on Reggae or get our music,
but there are also many who have an interest
in the contents of our research projects.
And there are also many who have an interest
in just about everything we have. And so,
it's kind of easy to go from one thing to
another, but only if you want.
We've been reviewing free and legal MP3's
for a long, long time now. In fact, mp3.dubroom.org
remains to be a well-visited
source for many as we continue to be rather
unique in this.
A long-time wish was established in 2006
was introduced. Thanks to
websites like Google Video and You Tube, the
online Reggae massive could now enjoy the
sights of historical and contemporary
footage: documentaries, and musical video's
of course. And this wouldn't be the Dubroom
if we wouldn't start reviewing the best
material out there.
Another thing we started in 2006, is DUBROOM
STAR SELECTIONS. It's a webstore and
a net-label which can be accessed at music.dubroom.org.
It just started, but we hope to be able to
present some crucial music in the future.
It's the result of a merger between the
Dubroom and a webstore run by JAH
Mark Ragsdale. He owns a
record label called STAR
Recordings and also this
webstore, but we decided to join hands and
One of the major projects was the
production of two Messian Dread net albums,
both of which were released in December
2006. 31 DUB shots from this mega-session
and one "hardware" CD which will
be available in January 2007. In total,
almost 50 tunes were created and each one
was "vocalized" as well, either
with singing or with some toasting.
We hoped, that we could have re-started
RADIO DUBROOM this year (2006). But
unfortunately, there was no money for this.
We do hope to be able to re-start the
program somewhere next year, though. And
when everything continues to go in the way
it currently does, this could very well be
the case. JAH WILLING, of course. And for I
and I this is no vain saying but a deep,
Also, the plan was to create a weblog.
And we did so, but not on our own server. In
2005, we tried to open a News Portal and
that didn't work out because of
script-kiddies presenting themselves as
"hackers". The weblog function
didn't work out because of bugs in the
software. Basically, the weblogs we have now
contain the contents of every Dubroom Front
Page. Obviously that's not the weblog we had
in mind but who knows...
The Message Boards continued to be
well-visited and the level of thoughtfulness
in the various discussions is often
mentioned in the feedback we receive.
There's a group of people coming from truly
various backgrounds, each with their own
specific interest and knowledge. Time after
time, truly interesting subjects came up,
wherein different opinions were shared,
analyzed, et cetera.
Especially those sections where people
can come together to talk about Christianity
and Rastafari turn out to be of interest to
most of the participants. We've reasoned
over topics such as the Trinity, the Bible,
we've shared our experiences in this area
and the Dubroom does receive feedback
wherein people express more personal
problems and dilemma's based on the various
On the top-right side of every page on
the Dubroom, you can see a picture of Yesus
Kristos and when you click on it, you will
read the Most Important Message of all.
Every time we look at the statistics, this
particular picture shows up as the most
And even though this is absolutely not a
"Christian Website", yours truly
certainly is a Christian and is not ashamed
over that either. Being called "Rasta
Of The Christ Doctrine" and being the
Webmaster of this independent website, the
Dubroom obviously does have a lot of
material for people who are interested in
We actually have two different Message
Boards about Christianity: there is one in
which we try to find things about JAH, and
there is one wherein we expose and debate
Babylon Sponsored Christianity.
The Dubroom is partly known to be the major
source of critique towards "Christafari"
as we released a couple of books and a lot
of articles and other material on the
phenomenon. 100's of pages can be found on
our Message Boards, wherein people express
their opinion and one thing is clear: we
absolutely don't like this commercialization
of both Christianity AND Rastafari and will
continue to speak out against it. We don't
believe that Rastafari and/or Christianity
can be seen a product to be produced in an
industry for commercial profit.
Even though we didn't specifically pay
much attention to the Christafari-phenomenon
and the attached "Gospel Reggae
Industry" where people's faith and
spirituality is being transformed into
merchandise, there was quite an intense discussion
on the Dubroom Message boards about the
"Marlin Awards" with "Gospel
Reggae" artist JAH Pickney, resulting
in an article
about yet another branch of this industry.
Unfortunately, JAH Pickney decided to
discontinue the communication with the words:
"I don't want to be involved in
something that may look bad on the Marlin
awards and the artists involved. They are my
brothers and sisters and amazing friends."
Our research project the Center for
Research on Christianity (CRC) which can be
found at crc.dubroom.org,
released a number of articles on the Gospel
Reggae Industry and other branches of
Babylon Sponsored Christianity. One article
that should be mentioned here is "Europe's
Own Saddleback Church",
a disturbing report from yours truly on
"The Fastest Growing Church In The
Netherlands". The church was known to
be a place where one could study the Bible
seriously, but it's gradually becoming just
another "Purpose Driven" social
club, ready to be integrated in a
"Global Peace Plan" which
basically aims to create a New World Order
in the name of "Jesus Christ" with
some very scary implications.
And so we continue to promote not only
the best (DUB) Reggae out there, but also
consciousness in the sense that we continue
to expose and research what so many people
have come to know as "Babylon".
The next year, 2007, will -JAH Willing-
mark the 10th anniversary of the Dubroom
Website. On June 10, 1997 we started to
gather statistics and so we use that date as
the founding date. There are no specific
plans yet, but we do hope that this will be
a nice celebration.
In any way, we do hope to re-establish
Radio Dubroom, we hope that we'll release
some good music in MP3 and CD format, we
hope to be able to add niceness for the
producers of music too.
Thank you for visiting us, for reading
this report, and we surely hope that you'll
continue to visit and perhaps even
contribute to the Dubroom.
Because if there is one thing we would
like to state, it is that we are ALWAYS
looking for people who are able to write
articles, ALWAYS looking for artists who
would like to have us present some of their
music to our -many- visitors.
We are grateful for every visitor, and
currently on average we cater to 1500 people
on a daily basis. In the last month of 2006,
December, there were even well over 2000
We wish them all, YOU all, a very blessed
Messian Dread (Webmaster, DUBROOM.com)