Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Reggae Outernational (2) (Webmaster Column)

Dubroom Online - Edition December 4, 2007


WWW, December 4 2007 - Sometimes, you see Reggae categorized as "World Music". This is a term invented by Babylon to basically describe all non-western forms of local music.

Reggae, in this context, is portrayed as a local form of Jamaican Music which is obviously not an accurate description.

But still, Reggae Music can be seen as "World Music", in a way.

For Reggae is very much a music played by local artists all over the planet, each one adding their own particular -local- flavor.

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

Drum Song Style (MP3 Review)
Early B - Visit Of King Selassie (Video Review)

Drum Song Style (MP3 Review)


WWW, December 2007 - Musically, the Drum Song Riddim incorporates the Nyabinghy rhythm as well as the standard Reggae rhythm. So in a way, "Drum Song Style" really refers to a specific style!

When you dance on an ultra-new Dancehall release, chances are you're really dancing on a decades-old riddim first played in Studio One. The Drum Song riddim has it's cradle in that studio too, when Jackie Mittoo released the tune back in 1967 (Source: JAMRID.com).

With a very monotonous bassline and a drum that resembles the Nyabinghy as much as the standard Reggae rhythm, the riddim has served as backing for many, many conscious and spiritual tunes by just too many artists to mention.

"Drum Song Style" contains an excellent selection of twenty-one tracks incorporating the Drum Song Riddim. The nice thing is, that the riddim is used in so many different variations, that you don't even realize how you're listening to a one-riddim mix and that says a thing given the fact that the podcast lasts well over 50 minutes.


01. Jackie Mittoo - Drum Song
02. Jim Nastic - Chanting
03. Jim Nastic & Soul Vendors - Chanting Version
04. Devon 'Soul' Russell - Drum Song
05. Badoo - Rockin' Of The Ten Thousand
06. King Tubby - Dubbin' Of The Ten Thousand
07. King Tubby - Class One Dub
08. Ronnie Davis - Jah Jah Jehoviah
09. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Jah Jah Version
10. The Jays - Lets Give Thanks and Praises
11. Prince Far I - Every Time I Hear the Word
12. Prince Far I - PSALM 1
13. The Wackies Rhythm Force - Drum Song
14. Jah Stitch - Make a Joyful Noise to Jah
15. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Power Pack
16. Scientist - Drum Song Dub
17. Willie Lindo - Drum Song
18. Augustus Pablo - Drum Song
19. Devon Russell - Money Problem
20. Jackie Mittoo - Brain Mark
21. Jackie Mittoo Featuring Marjorie Whylie - Drum Song



Early B - Visit Of King Selassie (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, December 2007 - Almost 20 years after the event, Early B -dressed up like Haile Selassie- gives an impressive musical report of the Emperor's visit to Jamaica.

The year is 1985, and Early B is about to give a massive performance in Jamaica. Backed up by a crucial band playing the "Pass The Kutchie" Riddim, the Rub a Dub MC enters stage dressed up like Haile Selassie when he visited Jamaica back in 1966 and starts to talk about it.

Musically, that is!

In retro-spective, it is kind of clear how the musical developments in Jamaica were leading from the more chilled-out Rub a Dub beats towards what we now know as Ragga or Dancehall. The band plays and stops, but doesn't quite get there were they would be a few years later.


Visit the Dubroom!

Our NETLABEL releases music from the Dubroom Studio and that of others and our WEBSTORE has some interesting releases too. We also have tons of REVIEWS on MP3's, VIDEO's, ALBUMS, BOOKS, WEBSITES, and MORE. Especially for the (online) artists, there is an artists-only STUDIO. Additionally, we have several research and information websites on BABYLON, CHRISTIANITY, and RASTAFARI. Also check out our ARTICLES and get in touch with other visitors on our MESSAGE BOARD. Or stay up-to-date by subscribing to one or more of our MAILING LISTS. Find all Dubroom features at our SITE MAP. When something is unclear, you can always check our FAQ or use the search engine to find what you're looking for. And ofcourse, you can allways CONTACT us.