In A Town Called Addis
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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.
"...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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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!
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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