Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Reggae Outernational (3) (Webmaster Column)

Dubroom Online - Edition December 5, 2007


WWW, December 5 2007 - In a tune called "Across The Border", vocalist Freddy Mc Gregor sings about the development of Reggae Music. He describes how everything started in Jamaica, then went across the border and has now gone world-wide.

Gone to Canada, for example. It was there, that the video reviewed for today's edition of Dubroom Online was shot entirely.

We see Willy Williams and Jackie Mittoo as they play some crucial material into the multi-track recorder of the first Canadian Reggae Studio.

In the 1970's, that is!

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

Documentary - Summer Sound In Canada (Video Review)
Sleeper's Record Shack: Instrumentally (MP3 Review)

Documentary - Summer Sound In Canada (Video Review)

Dubroom (DUB) Reggae Video Review

WWW, December 2007 - Summer Sound In Canada tells us all about the history of Reggae in Canada. The mere fact that the documentary was shot in it's entirety during the 1970's and features several well-known Jamaican artists should say a thing or two...

The documentary, which is part of a CD series called "From Jamaica to Toronto", has been graciously donated to the online (DUB) Reggae community by the publishers. It tells the story of the birth and early development of Jamaican Reggae in Canada.

There's some semi-acting going on, but this is just to make a couple of things clear. For example, the fact that many Jamaicans migrated to Canada even back in the 1970's which caused the birth of a Reggae scene in the North-American country.

Well known names such as Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Osbourne and Willy Williams, the Canadian Reggae scene was not to be underestimated. But still, it is a part of Reggae History that is not widely known and if only because of that, Summer Sound In Canada should be watched by every self-respecting Reggae fan.

The name "Summer Sound" doesn't just refer to the fact that the Jamaican climate had an influence on the music itself. It's also a reference the name of the very first Reggae Label in Canada, which some even say was Canada's answer to Lee Perry's Black Ark Studio.

We'll meet with Willy Williams and Jackie Mittoo in Canada, as they record in the -then freshly started- Summer Studio. Great sights from sessions in the studio, interesting interviews and sceneries complete a very interesting and historically very relevant document.


Sleeper's Record Shack: Instrumentally (MP3 Review)


WWW, December 2007 - Sometimes, you'll hear "Reggae Experts" claiming how DUB really is "Instrumental Reggae". Well, they're wrong and Sleeper is here to proof it with 15 excellent instrumentals!

Before there was a thing called DUB, there were SKA and Reggae Instrumentals. And after there was DUB, there were still Reggae Instrumentals too.

In fact, when King Tubby released his first DUB music, producers like Lee Perry would keep releasing instrumentals and even many of his (Perry's) Dubs shouldn't really be called by that name either.

The difference? Obviously: we hear a full blown band and often one member will play a solo by a horn or organ, in contrast to the heavy drum-and-bass-driven DUB mixes.

Instrumental Reggae can -in many ways- be compared to Jazz. There is a basic rhythm, musicians get themselves in the groove, playing -more often than not- an improvised part on the foundation. There's no place for a vocalist, even if (s)he wanted!

Each and every one of the 15 selections in Sleeper's 9th Podcast is a school example of a pure Reggae instrumental that is not a Dub, will appeal to those Reggae fans that usually don't care about DUB, may even cause the hard core Jazz fan to snap a finger or two...


01. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE - Jackie Mittoo
02. RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE - The Upsetters
03. DECIMAL CURRENCY - The Blenders
04. PANTOMINE ROCK - Glen Brown
05. AFTER THE RAIN - The Skatalites
06. REVENGE OF EASTWOOD - The Prophets
07. WORK YOUR SOUL - The Supersonics
08. FOUND OUT - Duke Reid Band
09. DO IT 'TIL YOU'RE SATISFIED - Skin Flesh & Bones
10. NUCLEAR WEAPON - Ansel Collins
11. FROZEN DUB - Augustus Pablo
12. 30 60 90 - Jackie Mittoo
13. TIME IS TIGHT - Sound Dimension
14. SOLID GOLD - Randy's All Stars
15. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - The Upsetters



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