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Jah Shaka Meets Aswad In Addis Ababa Studio

Jah Shaka Meets Aswad In Addis Ababa Studio

Jah Shaka Meets Aswad In Addis Ababa Studio

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Who said that good reggae only comes from Jamaica ?


Jah Shaka meets AswadLet’s go back in the early 80’s. We’re in 1984, ‘reggae golden era’ is over and digital music is favoured by more and more people. But in the same time comes out this roots piece, Jah Shaka meets Aswad In Addis Ababa Studio. Now become a classic for most of UK roots reggae and dub lovers. As the album title suggests, this set presents the encounter between legendary Jah Shaka and Aswad. Recorded in 1984 in Jah Shaka’s Addis Ababa studio in London, it embodies the sound of the 80’s British reggae scene mixing stamps from ‘Zulu Warrior’ and one of the Britain's best-loved reggae bands composed of Brinsley "Dan" Forde (on vocals and rhythm guitar), Angus "Drummie Zeb" Gaye (on vocals and drums), and Tony "Gad" Robinson (on bass).

This set was released in 1985, the same year that the coming of first Jammy’s computerized ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim and few years after Bob Marley’s passing away. Jah Shaka meets Aswad got success in England. Was in the UK reggae charts alongside ‘Stalag’ riddim and Fever from Tenor Saw, while rub a dub and dancehall flood reggae scene. This 7 tracks album, only composed of instrumentals played by Aswad and composed, produced and mixed by Jah Shaka, points up on the musical performing of Aswad’ musicians.

From the great ‘Addis Ababa’ to ‘Shaka Special’ or ‘Rockers Delight’, this is the composition of those rhythms based on a simple bass - drums - keyboard trio, which makes their strength. Powerful is the good word to describe them, as each melodie carry us along. Then comes ‘Drum Dub’, a version of Studio One classic ‘Drum Song’ from Jackie Mittoo, followed by captivating ‘Behold H.I.M’ with its serious drum and bass duet.

30 minutes of great instrumentals presenting Aswad in top form before their pop reggae era. For those who wanted more, feel free to listen to Jah Shaka’s 1985 Commandments Of Dub part. 5 - Jah Dub Creator. This set features the dub versions played by Shaka All Stars and mixed at Mad Professor’s Ariwa Studio in London.

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Posted by Mummy on 10.01.2010
I like listening dubstyle also ska too. Jah Shaka is very old artist. I hope he still play good well.

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