Dub Colossus

Ethiopia, United Kingdom

Dub Colossus is the vision of Nick Page - aka Dubulah. A prolific composer, guitarist, bass player and programmer, Nick started his music career with Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse) and has since worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics. In 1990 he formed Transglobal Underground with Tim Whelan and Hammid Man-Tu, and produced, wrote, and played on six albums before leaving in 1997 to form Temple of Sound with Neil Sparkes.

Dubulah first travelled to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in 2006 to collaborate with musicians and explore traditional Azmari styles, 60s Ethiopian pop, Ethiojazz, and 70s Jamaican dub reggae. Once there, he came across some amazingly talented artists -- including vocalists Tsedenia Gebremarkos, a fine, soulful performer and highly successful African pop star in her own right, and Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe, who runs a nightclub in Addis and has been described as 'Ethiopia's Edith Piaf." He met the extraordinary young pianist Samuel Yirga, veteran saxophonist and jazz exponent Feleke Hailu, and Teremage Woretaw, a traditional Azmari folk singer and player of the one-stringed messenqo violin. Dub Colossus was born.

When their first set, A Town Called Addis, was released in 2008 it was hailed as one of the most inventive fusion albums of the year, with its blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz, and dub reggae. Their second release, Addis Through The Looking Glass, moves the experiment on, with the massively talented Ethiopian contingent playing an even greater role in the proceedings.

This may have started out as a studio-based project, but Dub Colossus have proved that they are also a rousing live band, known to transport audiences to the pounding dancehalls of Addis Ababa with their intriguing and exuberant mix of traditional Ethiopian sounds, sturdy reggae rhythms and a modern dub twist.