February 2013 ECHO CHAMBER Archives

On February 6, 1945 Robert Nesta Marley was born in the small village of Nine Mile in Jamaica. Forty-four years later, on February 6, 1989 the great dubmaster King Tubby was senselessly murdered in Kingston. One man had become a legend the world round. The other was a legend in the reggae world, and a permanent influence upon recording studio techniques and technology.

Tonight the Echo Chamber proudly presented our annual “Tribute to Tuff Gong & Tubby” special. Four hours of great roots and dub from the masters Bob Marley and King Tubby, and many friends… From dubs to remixes, and cover versions and tribute songs, we had quite a mix of great music. So, in addition to songs from Bob Marley & the Wailers, and dubs produced by King Tubby, we featured: Tack>>Head, Dub Terminator, CeU, Prince Wadada, Youssou N’Dour, Yes King, Neon Black, Marissa Lindsay, Hepcat, Lone Ranger, Rita Marley, Chin Dub, Judy Mowatt, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Cedella Marley Booker, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor, the Skatalites, Johnny Nash, Johnny Cash (feat. Joe Strummer), Steady Earnest, Grover Washington Jr., and many more. Finally, DJ Baby Swiss wound things up with another Feb. 6 reggae birthday, that of the great artist/producer Derrick Harriott, here being covered by Giuliano Palma and doing his own thing alongside U-Roy.

Got things kicking tonight with the cumbia-dub-electronica-club sounds of Piper Street Sound and their very cool “Cumbia de la Piedmont” release on Boom One, and did a cumbia-based set a bit later in the program. Also new tonight: Addis Pablo (son of Augustus Pablo) and the Suns of Dub productions; the new album “Free Your Soul” by the Banyans; plus new tracks from OnlyJoe, Freddie McGregor, Moshi Kamachi , Ramon Judah & Conscious Sound (with RSD), Ammoye, Wise Rockers, Justin DeHart, Akasha, DU3normal, Blaminack/Manwel T, Yabass Yabba Radics, and ZionNoiz. The modern cumbia set included fresh music from Piper St. Sound, Rafael Aragon, Kuto Selektah Quilla, and Ondatropica. More great dubwise & otherwise tracks on the eve of Valentine’s Day from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (ft. Megumi Mashiro), SOJA, Bob Marley/Dubmatix, Prince Fatty, The Specials, John Holt, Mutant Frogs, The Dreamlets, Dry and Heavy, and more…

So much new dub…so little time. Another boatload of new music: the fine new album from Junior Culture (Dan Dada Records); Bombay Dub Orchestra’s club-wise “The New York Remixes” (Six Degrees Records); Bomba Estereo’s cool new “Elegancia Tropical” (Soundway Records); Akasha’s sublime new Into the Web (on Dubmission); and more new material from Trevor “The Technician” McKenzie, Red Star Martyrs, Yeyo Perez/Puppashan, Dub Caravan, DU3normal, La Yegros, Bandulu Dub vs. Krusseldorf, Sorian, Addis Pablo, Suns of Dub, Phoniandflore, Jashwa Moses, and Bonobo. And that was just the first half of the show… DJ Baby Swiss was “Pourin’ Dubbles”, playing two-fers from greats like Desmond Dekker, Dean Fraser, the Skatalites, Aston “Familyman” Barrett, Tommy McCook, and Big Youth. And rounding things out we included Mayd Hubb, Infinite Third, Impact All Stars, Etana, Martin Zobel & Soulrise, Rebelution, Terakaft, i.rebel meets Dub Dragoon, Fedayi Pacha, David “Fathead” Newman, King Tubby/Jacob Miller, and more…

To culminate Black History Month, the Echo Chamber presented “A Short History of Reggae – from Jamaica to the World”. We started things off with Etana’s homage to “Reggae”; then a short mento track (the Jamaican equivalent to calypso); and then right into the classic “Oh Carolina” by the Folkes Brothers, and produced by the great Prince Buster; followed by a Nyahbingi classic from Count Ossie. Now that the stage was set, we moved headlong into some great ska, rocksteady, and roots reggae from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Don Drummond, Desmond Dekker, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, The Melodians, Sound Dimension, Peter Tosh, Jennifer Lara, King Tubby, The Skatalites, Junior Murvin, Bim Sherman, Black Uhuru, and Yellowman. From Jamaica we moved out to the rest of the world and hit tracks from Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube, Mad Professor, Dub Syndicate, Citizen Sound (“Reggae Is Her Name” feat. Blessed), 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Pale Rider, and Gato Negro. For the second half of the show, DJ Baby Swiss traveled back to JA and covered Third World, George Nooks & Welton Irie (part of a Joe Gibbs Discomix Showcase set), I-Roy (the middle cut of a “Do Your Thing” riddim mix bookended by The Chosen Few version of the Isaac Hayes song and The Crystalites’ Nyahbinghi-fied instrumental), Tommy McCook & the Supersonics, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy, Monty Morris, Phyllis Dillon, Jackie Mittoo, Scientist, Marcia Griffiths, and more. Finally, back to the wider world with tunes from Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell, Minneapolis Dub Ensemble, and fellow Twin Citians Dub Sack. A very nice taste of the history of Reggae music!