In A Town Called AddisDub Colossus
In A Town Called Addis (Real World, 2008)
I’ve followed the career of Nick Page for a few years. He was a member of TransGlobal Underground and is now one of the components of Temple of Sound, two of my favorite world music groups. Page uses several artistic nicknames, such as Dubulah and Count Dubulah. Dub Colossus is one of his latest projects. I was very curious about this project and Dubula, as usual, did not disappointment me.
Dubulah‘s musical taste is very eclectic. He has ventured into Arabic, Jamaican, South Asian and Latin American music. In this case, however, he pursues his passion for Ethiopian music by combining his state of the art electronica expertise with the vocals and instruments of some of Ethiopia’s most talented musicians as well as ambient sounds recorded in the streets of Addis Ababa in August 2006.
For the recording sessions in the UK, Real World Records invited singer Sintayehu ‘Mimi’ Zenebe (Addis Ababa night club owner ), saxophonist Feleke Hailu, Teremag Weretow (vocals and messenqo one-string fiddle), pianist Samuel Yirga and Tsedenia Gebremarkos, winner of a Kora award as the best female singer in East Africa in 2004.
The result is a brilliant mix of rootsy Ethiopian melodies, mesmerizing African blues, and the exquisite dub and trippy global electronica enrichments provided by Dubulah. Let Dub Colossus take you to a Town Called Addis.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.