Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sleeper's Record Shack: Far East Sound


WWW, December 2007 - Say "Far East Sound", say "Augustus Pablo". Of course! But as Mick Sleeper shows in yet another one of his great Podcasts, there's just a little more behind it, too.

Chop Stick meets Drum Stick!

Ever since the colonizers killed off the original inhabitants, people have been "migrating" to Jamaica. Needless to say, that Jamaica's history has determined the (Musical) Culture of the Island.

The Movement Of Rastafari, for example, could not have come into existence if it were not for the fact that many Jamaicans are direct descendants of Africans who were taken to the "New World" to works as slaves.

But Jamaica has more. Many Jamaicans are descendants from Chinese people, or others from the Far East. Producers such as Clive Chin, for example. Or Earl "Chinna" Smith...

Obviously, all of this had an influence on Reggae Music as well. Just like there is an African Sound, there is a... Far East Sound too.

So, no, it's not just Augustus Pablo even though he is widely considered to be the figurehead of the sound. With his melodica, he told many musical stories without words and definitely created what everyone would recognize as a Far East Sound.

Sleeper's 12th Podcast perfectly portrays this Far East Sound, showing how next to the -obligatory- Augustus Pablo works there is much more to be discovered.

Get it!


01. PEACE AND LOVE - Augustus Pablo
02. JAVA - Augustus Pablo
03. MARO - Randy's All Stars
04. HAP KI DO - Augustus Pablo
05. IGGY IGGY - Augustus Pablo
06. BABY I LOVE YOU SO - Jacob Miller
08. I MAN - Herman
09. ARABIAN ROCK - Augustus Pablo
10. A HARDER SHADE OF BLACK - Augustus Pablo
11. EAST OF THE RIVER NILE - Augustus Pablo
12. ONE THOUSAND SWORDS - Augustus Pablo
13. CHAPTER 2 - Augustus Pablo
14. JAH IN THE HILLS - Augustus Pablo



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