Dub Colossus: A Town Called Addis (Real World/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Dub Colossus: Yeka Sub City Rockers
Dub Colossus: A Town Called Addis (Real World/Southbound)

Bridging dub, world music, an ethnomusicology project and with a smattering of jazz, this project by UK musician/producer/remixer Nick Page who is Dubulah, aka Dub Colossus (and co-founder of the groundbreaking Trans-Global Underground then Temple of Sound) brings to attention the wonderful music of Ethiopia, but in a very different light.

Internationally there has been an on-going reissue project of late Sixties/early Seventies popular music from Ethiopia (the Ethiopiques imprint which hasn't been released in New Zealand) and that has put the spotlight on this exotic, evocative sounds.

Picking up on that lead Page went to Addis Ababa and recorded local musicians in a cheap room, brought the tracks back to the Real World studio and began layering in other sympathetic African voices and instrumentation (again mostly from African musicians but also Skip McDonald of Little Axe).

The result is an album that sounds fresh, international yet somehow specifically Ethiopian, sometimes transcendental and at other times earthy. The  saxophone and piano parts scattered around also pull this more towards contemporary jazz in places

Diverse, unexpected and in every sense a "world music" project. 

 

Share It

Your Comments

Damon - Mar 19, 2010

Not a touch on the album Punt (Made in Ethiopia) by Invisible System. Came across it via Trevor Reekie on Radio New Zealand. Has the DC crew on it as well but far more diverse in sound and musicianship. Many known guests on there as well.

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble: Traditional Chinese Music (Arc)

Silk and Bamboo Ensemble: Traditional Chinese Music (Arc)

We have been down this seductive and often restful path a few times with the Silk String Quartet, the solo album by pipa/qin player Cheng Yu and the Taoist Music Orchestra of Shanghai -- but the... > Read more

Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger le Monde (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger le Monde (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Recently while looking out music for a DJ night of African music I played dozens of tracks at home back-to-back searching for the best sounds . . . and one thing became very clear. Most of this... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Various Artists: Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (Alligator/Southbound)

Various Artists: Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (Alligator/Southbound)

The Alligator collections are always worth hearing because they serve two purposes; a catch-up with the Chicago label's recent signings and some terrific tracks from the label's enormous and... > Read more

JOHN PAUL JONES OF LED ZEPPELIN INTERVIEWED (2003): The songs remain reissued

JOHN PAUL JONES OF LED ZEPPELIN INTERVIEWED (2003): The songs remain reissued

They might have been the biggest band in the world at the time, but they were openly despised, ignored or condemned by critics. Even later, after the shouting had died and a clearer perspective was... > Read more