Salah Dawson Miller, 22 August 1950 – 25 August 2017

Real World Records was very sad to hear of the death of Salah Dawson Miller. Dawson performed with JuJu's Justin Adams and Juldeh on the Real World album 'Tell No Lies'.

Of his long time friend and early mentor Justin Adams says:

“When I was gigging as part of a trio with Juldeh Camara and Salah Dawson Miller, people often asked me about the mysterious wizard on percussion onstage with us. Salah, or Dawson as I originally knew him, cut a regal and enigmatic figure onstage, with his customised percussion instruments, otherworldly outfits and his touch, so particular, never bombastic, always supple and melodious… Dawson’s overview of music showed connections that encompassed the whole world, from the point of view of someone who had physically internalised the “claves” or rhythmic keys unlocking the pulse of so many African or Asian derived musics. His travels in Brazil, Cuba and Algeria, as well as his life in multi-cultural London, gratefully accepting lessons from great African, Arab and Latin American musicians there, imbued him with a passionate love of cultures where music is a communal, dancing experience. Wherever there was rhythmic interest, Dawson was there to investigate; he was one of the founding members of the London School of Samba, and as “Isfahani Mustapha”, he was one of the 3 Mustaphas 3, a wild and virtuosic band whose riotous mix of Global styles was ahead of its time”

Salah Dawson Miller, 22 August 1950 – 25 August 2017

  • Tell No Lies

    Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara

    Released 11 May 2009

    Tell No Lies is the new sound of Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara. The sound of a nation with no borders, a place that needs no passport, no visa. This is where the deep roots of African music nourish the raw electric groove of rock and roll, where Gnawa spirit rhythms come up against Chicago distortion, where snaky N’awlins rhythm has a West London howl, and a Sahel Wail.

By Online Editor

Published on Thu, 07 September 17

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