Sunday, November 4, 2007

Reggae and Religion (3) (Webmaster's Column)

Dubroom Online - Edition November 4, 2007


WWW, November 4 2007 - Bob Marley, the King of Reggae, always talked about his personal faith. And in this, he was definitely not alone!

Many will speak about Reggae as JAH Music, pointing out to the obvious spiritual or religious elements that can be found everywhere.

It even goes so far, that artists will sing about Jah without even meaning a word of what they are singing! Yours truly was first confronted with this somewhere in the mid-1980's when a singer said: "I just say Rastafari because I like to say the word".

Sure, we can raise our eye browses over such creative bankruptcy and maybe we should. But you can also look at it in a different way.

Give Thanks, One Love,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)

Roots, Culture and Dub Steppa (MP3 Review)
UB40 - One In Ten (Video Review)

Roots, Culture and Dub Steppa (MP3 Review)


WWW, October 2007 - From serious UK Roots and DUB to heavyweight Jamaican Rockers and everything in between, DJ Ian Irie of the Ambassada Hi Power comes again to bring niceness in the area!

Ian Irie doesn't just play tunes, he actually works on them and adds all kind of things in the process. Sirens, echo's, jingles, every knob on the mixing board that can be touched will be touched. The result is an experience that can only be provided by veteran Sound systems such as the Ambassada Hi Power.

Take Roots, Culture & DUB Steppa, for example.

Deep, deep basslines from Mafia and Fluxy open up a strong selection of known and unknown UK DUB and Roots tunes. This selection itself is just the first half of yet another excellent non-stop mix skillfully mixed by DJ Ian Irie. The second part is reserved for Jamaican classics, equally mixed together in authentic Sound System style.


1) Wailing Spirit - Mafia & Fluxy
2) Wailing Dub
3) Sacrafices of Righteousness - Jahmali
4) Praises to the King - Tenastelin
5) Edge of Life- Empress Ayeola
6) Edge of Dub - Mafia & Fluxy
7) Jah Jah Children - H. Martin
8) Jah Dub
9) Just A Little Herb - Aswad
10) A picture of Dub - Entebbe
11) Righteousness - Willie Williams
12) Yabby Dub - Sly & Robbie
13) Dread A Dread - Johnny Clarke
14) Across the Border - Freddie McGregor
15) Bloody City - Dennis Brown



UB40 - One In Ten (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, October 2007 - Recorded in an empty stadium, we'll meet a young UB40 in the official video-clip of one of their first major hits. And they tell it like it is!

The year is 1981 and the economical crisis in the UK produces a high number of unemployed. They have to fill in their UB-40 form in order to get some money to live.

A group of young Reggae Lovers decide to take matters into their own hand and form a band. They name the band UB40 and release some very strong material. Social injustice, and other forms of Babylon Downpression are named for what they are.

The band would reach world-stardom in just a few years. Known for their specific -commercial- sound, they released one hit after the other.

In this video-clip, we'll meet the band just after they started. "One in Ten" is a strong accusation against the Shitstem for making people into a number, "a statistical reminder of a world that doesn't care", as the lyrics go.



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