Dub Me Tender

Dub Colossus, 2012

Following the critical success of Dub Colossus' second album, "Addis Through the Looking Glass" (March 2011), and two fantastic shows at WOMAD Charlton Park, Dubulah has now made a dub-heavy album, reworking existing Dub Colossus album tracks plus four previously unreleased tracks.

It's a more personal approach for Dubulah, who "turns the dub element in Ethiopian fusion up to 11 - applying heavy one-drop pressure to hypnotic effect." (Metro UK)

The original aim of Dub Colossus was to combine the golden years of Ethiopique beats and Ethiojazz with the dub reggae styles of the early 70's groups like Abyssinians and Mighty Diamonds. The dub element on Dub Me Tender, ever-present in the first two albums, has been pumped up - giving these tracks a full Dubulah work over, in the tradition of Joe Gibbs? African Dub series and Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell.

Dub Me Tender Volume 1 was released as a limited edition green vinyl. Volume 2 is scheduled for release later this year.

Dub Me Tender features the cast of Addis Through The Looking Glass; the original Ethiopian musicians are joined by the reggae singer Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse), drummer Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), the Horns of Negus brass section, bass work from Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation), and double bass from Bernard O'Neill (Syriana).

Dub Colossus Sound System will be performing this album live in 2012 in UK and Europe as a real-time dub experience, live dubbing tunes with full FX. The live band will include The Horns of Negus, Dr Das, Nick Van Gelder, Ramjac and vocals from Mykaell S Riley and PJ Higgins.



Credits



1 DUB IN A TIME OF CHOLERA (Dubulah)


Samuel Yirga: Piano / Vibraphone
Feleke Hailu: Tenor Sax
Joanna Popwicz: Weird percussion
Greg Freeman: Tambourine
Dubulah: Guitar, bass and percussion, FX
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Horns of Negus: Ben Somers (Tenor Sax), Robert Dowell (Trombone), Jonathan Radford (Trumpet)
2 DUB ME TENDER (EZANA MIX) (T. Gebremarkos / Dubulah)
Luke Allen: Spoken Vocal

Teremage Woretaw: Massinko
Samuel Yirga: Piano
Feleke Hailu: T Sax + Solo
Jimi Papatzanateas: Hammond
Dubulah: Guitar, bass and percussion
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Paul Chivers: Percussion
Horns of Negus
3 SATTA MASSAGANA (YEKA DUB) (B Collins/D Manning/L Manning

Samuel Yirga: Organ solo + Piano
Feleke Hailu: T Sax
Dubulah: Guitar, bass and percussion
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Greg Freeman: Tambourine
Horns of Negus
Ben Somers: Tenor sax + solo
Robert Dowell: Trombone + solo
Johnathan Radford: Trumpet + solo
4 I'M IN DUB WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR (S. Zenebe / Dubulah)

Mykaell S. Riley: Backing Vocals
Sarah Phieler: Spoken Vocals
Samuel Yirga: Organ/Piano
Feleke Hailu: T Sax
Jimi Papatzanateas: Microtonal Keyboards
Greg Freeman: Tambourine/Bongos
Neil Waters: Flugalhorn solo
Joana Popowicz: weird perc
Dubulah: Guitar, bass, percussion, vocal effects
5 FALLING IN DUB AGAIN (T. Gebremarkos / Dubulah)

Abu Gebre Keto: Washint
Samuel Yirga: Piano
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Neil Waters: Flugalhorn
Greg Freeman: Tambourine
Dubulah: Guitar, bass, organ and percussion

6 UPTOWN TOP RANKING (NEGUS DUB) (A Forrest/D Reid/E Thompson/J Gibbs)

Dubulah: Guitar, bass, harmonica, percussion and dub fx
Samuel Yirga: Piano
Teremage Woretaw: Massinko
Feleke Hailu: T Sax
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Horns of Negus
Ben Somers: Tenor sax + solo
Robert Dowell: Trombone + solo
Johnathan Radford: Trumpet + solo
7 STOP! IN THE NAME OF DUB (S. Zenebe / Dubulah)

Winston Blisset: Spoken Vocals
Feleke Hailu: Tenor Sax + solo
Sintayehu Zenebe: handclaps
Tiruedel Zenebe: handclaps
T Gebremarkos: handclaps
Teremage Woretaw: Krar/Massinko
Dubulah: Guitars / FX
Dr Das: Bass
Nick Van Gelder:Drums
Paul Chivers: Flexitones
Joanna Popowicz: Piano
8 THIS IS NOT A DUB SONG (T. Gebremarkos / Dubulah)

Tsedenia: Gebremarkos Vocals
Luke Allen: Vocals
Feleke Hailu: T Sax + solo
Samuel Yirga: Keyboards
Dubulah: Guitars
Dr Das: Bass
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Paul Chivers: Percussion, PIM box dub fx
Horns of Negus
9 CRAZY IN DUB (F. Hailu / Dubulah / W. Blissett)

PJ Higgins: Vocals
Cristina Moran: Spoken Vox
Feleke Hailu: Clarinet and solo
Jimi Papatzanateas: Microtonal Kbds
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Paul Chivers: Congas
Dubulah: Additional Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Percussion
BOLE BETTER HORNS
Wondwassen W Sellasie: Tenor Sax + solo
Solomon Betremariam: Trumpet + solo
Ephrem Wubshet Teka: Trombone
10 I DUB THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS (T. Gebremarkos / Dubulah)

Abu Gebre Keto: Washint
Feleke Hailu: T Sax
Samuel Yirga: Piano
Joanna Popowicz: Vibraphone
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Dubulah: Guitar, keyboards, programming, percussion
Horns of Negus
11 WHAT TIME IS DUB? (Dubulah)

PJ Higgins: Vocal
Mykael S Riley: Spoken Vocal
Antonio Moran: Spoken Vocal
Cristina Moran: Spoken Vocal
Dubulah: Guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, percussion
12 LIVING IN THE DUB OF THE COMMON PEOPLE (S. Zenebe / Dubulah)

Mykaell S Riley: Spoken Vocal
Sintayehu Zenebe: Vocal / Claps
Teremage Woretaw: Vocal / Massinko / Claps
Tiruedel Zenebe: Vocal / Claps
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Paul Chivers: Congas
Dubulah: Guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, percussion
13 IT'S FRIDAY, I'M IN DUB (S. Zenebe / T. Woretaw / J Papatzanateas / Dubulah)

S. Zenebe: Vocal
Teremage Woretaw: Vocal/Krar
Jimi Papatzanateas: Microtonal Keyboards
Dubulah: Guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, percussion
14 BIZARRE DUB TRIANGLE (Dubulah / B Somers / R Dowell / J Radford)

Feleke Hailu: Tenor Sax
Samuel Yirga: Piano
Neil Waters: Flugalhorn + solo
Nick Van Gelder: Drums
Dubulah: Guitar and bass
The Horns of Negus

Reviews

  • Songlines Music Awards - Winners of the Cross-Cultural Collaboration prize Surprise guest of the evening? The Ethiopian Ambassador, Berhanu Kebede, must have been a contender for the gracious and unassuming way he went about presenting the Cross-Cultural Collaboration prize to Dub Colossus. A sprawling band that puts flesh on the mystical link between Addis Ababa and Kingston, Jamaica, Nick Page's team duly set about throwing the reggae and funk elements into the pot and giving them a mighty stir. 4/5 The Times (from the Songlines Music Awards ceremony) (UK)
  • Remarkable... Highly recommended... ...hazy King Tubby-style echo effects, laid back jazzy rhythms and hallucinatory soundscapes, occasionally reminiscent of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Arkestra, that don't quite sound from this planet. When dub's produced right, it can place the listener in an almost meditative state. Dub Me Tender achieves this, helped in no small part by its jazz undertones. Highly recommended, even to purists. Morning Star (UK)
  • The music is very much in the lineage of the beautifully crafted albums from the UK's very own dub master ... ...Dennis Bovell (aka Blackbeard) with hints of the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson, in the use of sound effects. UK Vibe Online (UK)
  • This is a solid yet bracingly air-filled effort... This CD has the woozy, vertiginous vibe of an authentic Jamaican dub mix of the mid 70s, but also the crisp definition one expects today... This is a solid yet bracingly air-filled effort that pays its respects to the dub tradition while simultaneously moving things along. Songlines (UK)
  • All told, a real winner... stunning new piece of music that stands up in its own right but definitely does not ignore the music that originated it. ...tunning Ethojazz of the originals but adds in fabulous bass from Dr Das and Bernard O'Neill (Syriana). The music is incredibly rich and full, never plodding and due to the quality of the original numbers, never feels as though the dubs are pointless or overblown. ...if you are into Dub Colossus then it is a great companion to the albums. All told, a real winner for me. Musicnews.com
  • The shimmering Ethiojazz elements remain... ...but Dub Colossus mastermind Dubulah applies heavy one-drop pressure to hypnotic effect. The Metro (UK)
  • Do not allow this release to pass you by... ...extraordinary Ethiopian essence that gives the tracks on this album a unique edge. ...Dub Colossus is just an outstanding sound and concept that one can't allow to pass them by. Globetronica.org