Composer, guitarist, bass player, and programmer Nick Page, aka “Dubulah” or “Dub Colossus,” is the man behind this amazing synthesis of ‘70s dub reggae and contemporary Ethiopian jazz. The title refers to the Ethiopian city Addis Ababa and to a classic single by The Jam. And the music mashes up the voices of African divas with roots reggae in a way that is just as instantly appealing and classic as the great neo-soul records of the 1980s. But make no mistake-although this is both beautifully produced and engineered, we’re not talking about remixes here, because each track is built from the ground up out of real instruments, including horns, live vocals, and even the Ethiopian single-string violin known as the masenqo.
A Town Called Addis
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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