Throughout July and August 2008, Jah Wobble, legendary bass player and contemporary renaissance man, toured the UK with his new project, Chinese Dub, a 22-piece Anglo-Chinese aural and visual spectacular. Combining his trademark dub with Chinese melodies and instrumentation, the maverick music-maker successfully married East and West sensibilities, proving once again that his creative adventurousness is far removed from others’ world music dilettantism. Chinese Dub
, a studio album produced by Jah Wobble, includes singers Mongolian/Tibetan Gu Yin Ji and Wang Jingqi, from the Mao ethnic minority of China, part of Yunnan Province (both handpicked by Jah Wobble on a visit to China in 2007), internationally acclaimed guzheng player Zi Lan Liao, flutist Clive Bell, and Wobble himself--the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra also features.
This valiant attempted fusion of east and west could fall flat on its face, but it proves a remarkable success --The Guardian
Nobody could deny that Jah Wobble's Chinese Dub performance was knockout entertainment. Veteran punk and bass virtuoso Wobble has fruitfully married classical Chinese instrumentation to heavy dub rhythms - the music was scintillatingly catchy. You couldn't help wondering: is Jah Wobble the man that Damon Albarn would secretly like to be? --Arwa Haider, Metro (WOMAD)
Jah Wobble gave the performance of the festival. His new project, Chinese Dub, started as a relatively modest commission for Liverpool 08, marking the city's year as European capital of culture, and grew into a tour and an album. Dub and Chinese music proved a perfect mixture. The earnest folk melodies leavened the dub's conceptual self-importance; the dub hardened the Chinese music against kitsch --Financial Times (WOMAD)