Dub Colossus - Dub Me Tender Vol. 1+2

Dub Colossus
Dub Me Tender Vol. 1+2
Real World Records (UK) CDRW189
If you listen to the inaugural Globetronica broadcast you'll hear  the classic 'Uptown Top Ranking' covered by Dub Colossus where said cover, has now been remixed and is available on this release too. Got lots of time for Nick Page in all his guises, and Dub Colossus is just an outstanding sound and concept that one can't allow to pass them by !!!

Dub Colossus are hailed as one of the most inventive fusion acts of recent years, with their blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz and dub reggae, and two successful albums to their name ('A Town Called Addis' and 'Addis Through The Looking Glass'). They also developed into a rousing live band, transporting audiences to the sultry clubs and pounding dancehalls of Addis Ababa with their intriguing sound and exuberant live shows.

Dub Colossus began as the vision of musician/producer Nick Page (aka Dubulah, founding member of Transglobal Underground and Syriana), who first travelled to Ethiopia's capital in 2006. There he came across some amazingly talented artists – female vocalists Tsedenia Gebremarkos, a fine, soulful performer and highly successful African pop star, and Sintayehu 'Mimi' Zenebe who runs a nightclub in Addis, extraordinary young pianist Samuel Yirga, veteran saxophonist and jazz exponent Feleke Hailu and Teremage Woretaw, a traditional folk singer, an azmari, an exponent of the one-stringed messenqo violin. Add to this mix Dubulah's love of 1970's Jamaican Dub Reggae and Dub Colossus was born.

'Dub Me Tender' is a reworking of tracks from both Dub Colossus albums, plus four previously unreleased tracks – all put through a dub blender. It's a more personal approach for Dubulah, whose career encompasses Temple of Sound, Transglobal Underground, Syriana, Los De Abajo, Natacha Atlas, Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali, reggae, and most significantly, adventures in dub.

The original aim of Dub Colossus was to combine the golden years of Ethiopique beats and Ethiojazz with the dub reggae styles of the early 70's groups like Abyssinians and Mighty Diamonds. The dub element on 'Dub Me Tender', ever present in the first two albums, has been pumped up – giving these tracks a full Dubulah workover. This is an album in the tradition of Joe Gibbs' 'African Dub' series and Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell, but it is still the extraordinary Ethiopian essence of Dub Colossus that gives the tracks on this album a unique edge.

'Dub Me Tender' features the cast of 'Addis Through The Looking Glass': the five original Ethiopian musicians are joined by the reggae singer Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse), drummer Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), The Horns of Negus brass section, bass work from Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation),
and double bass from Bernard O'Neill (Syriana).

This CD features both Vol. 1 + 2 of 'Dub Me Tender'. Vol. 1 was originally released as a limited edition green vinyl in June 2011. Vol. 2 will be released as a limited edition red vinyl in September 2012.

Do not allow this release to pass you by..............

Dub Colossus - Dub Me Tender Vol. 1+2
Dub Colossus - Dub Me Tender Vol. 1+2
Published Thursday Jan 26 '12