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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World Records
  • ASIN: B001G83TRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Azmari Dub
  2. Entoto Dub
  3. Tazeb Kush
  4. Shegye Shegitu (Blue Nile Mix)
  5. Yeka Sub City Rockers
  6. Shem City Steppers
  7. Tizita Dub
  8. Black Rose
  9. Neh Yelginete
  10. Ophir Dub
  11. Sima Edy
  12. Ambassel
  13. Mercato Music

Product Description

Product Description

Dub meets dreamy blues, hypnotic grooves, jazz piano and driving funk brass. Dub Colossus brings together an extraordinary but little known African musical heritage, a labour of love recording in a makeshift studio in downtown Addis Ababa and then a journey back to Real World to capture for the first time ever in the UK some of Ethiopia's finest performers. Produced by Dubulah, one half of the British group Temple Of Sound, Dub Colossus is a unique attempt to mix traditional East African music with experimental reggae sounds. From the most primitive recording context to one of the best in the world, this is an audio journey, and a discovery of one of the most alluring, funky and seductive genres of African music.

Review

"...as if Lee Scratch Perry were producing 'Éthiopiques'" - *****
-- Financial Times, October 25/26, 2008

...replete with magical moments. ***** -- The Independent, 10th October 2008

The swirl of sensuous vocals, cinematic horns and grounding bass lines have been brought together to majestic effect. -- Independent On Sunday, 12th October 2008

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Format: Audio CD
Drawing on a well-established link between Reggae music and Ethiopia for inspiration, Dub Colossus (Nick Page formerly Transglobal Underground /Temple of Sound) imaginatively brings together Ethiopian singers and musicians with heavyweight reggae rhythms. Killer bass hooks, sublime percussion and rich dub treatments all pervade one of the most original and varied dub/reggae albums I've come across in 20+ years of interest in the genre. For the purists, it should be stressed that this is far from unadulterated dub reggae as there are 4 or so tracks that don't really qualify as such - ranging from beautifully rendered Ethiopian ballads to blues and Jazz.

Indeed, I wouldn't recommend this if you have any aversion to traditional African music - the majority of tracks combine aforementioned styles to stirring and sometimes surreal effect through the contributions of some of Ethiopia's most accomplished singers and musicians. If you're partial however to an accomplished merging of musical boundaries, which in this instance pays tasteful homage to the very best experimental 70's dub/reggae, look no further!
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This album is certainly one which I will keep coming back to. The fusion of traditional Ethiopian styles and Jamaican reggae and dub makes for an enticing and rewarding experience. One of my favourite releases of 2008 and definitely recommended.
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This one-of-a-kind project connects the real-life fireworks of old and new, urban Ethiopian music with the Rastafarian mythology that has long linked this country to reggae via the late Emperor Haile Selassie, whom Rastas deify.
The album is the work of Dubuluh (Nick Page) and a host of Ethiopian and English artists. It's an intriguing, somewhat surprising collection of tunes. Often times dub projects can be anchored in a recurrent groove, but Page has created a group of tracks that are quite distinctive. "Neh Yelginete (My First Love)," for instance, is a beautifully layered tune that invokes the Ethiojazz vibe. "Ophir Dub" has a retro feel, bringing to mind the dub reggae of Abyssinians. "Shegye Shegitu (Blue Nile Mix)" is a dark, bluesy number produced in fairly minimalist fashion. The song "Yeka Sub City Rockers" conjures the spirit of Augustus Pablo and blends it with an ambient dub sensibility. The opening track on the disc, "Azmari Dub," is Ethiopique roots reggae featuring vocalist Sintayehu Zenebe and the sturdy punch of the Horns of Negus.
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By Pal Joey VINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2009
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I had the first couple of songs played to me, and immediately placed an order for my own copy. This is a natural meeting of musical minds and the result has been on heavy rotation on my hi-fi. Superb sound quality, to boot.
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