#31 - NZ Reggae Dub
National Reggae Showcase Volume 1:
Session's National Reggae Showcase Series brings you its
first installation, the New Zealand Reggae Showcase, Vol. 1.
Place: Wellington, New Zealand. Status:
there is a reggae buzz in the air. New Zealand's reggae scene is
emerging and expanding.
strange music booming and crackling from the speakers ripples the
loose skin on your kneecaps. It sounds like the record is
scratched beyond repair, but somehow it sounds good.
It's the early 90s at Taki Rua Depot - a small theatre-cum-live
music venue tucked down a seedy alley off Wellington's Cambridge
Tce - and the Roots Foundation Sound System are educating the
masses about roots, reggae, ragga, and dub. Like many in
this smoky room I'm witnessing not only new music but a new way to
experience music - in New Zealand, at least.
Over the last ten
reggae roots and dub have grown to become mainstays on the national
music scene thanks to bands like TrinityRoots, Salmonella Dub and Fat
Freddy's Drop. These artists blend local styles, political
culture, island roots, and global messages together seamlessly.
Since 1992, the
Dub and Reggae scene in New Zealand has blown up to super-size
Just as Jamaica was abuzz with Reggae in the early 1970s, and England
was the launchpad for the birth of global reggae in the late 70s/early
80s, New Zealand thriving, culturally significant and powerfully
popular reggae culture is now emerging on the global scene. Like
Musical Youth said in 1978 "we are the heavy heavy mothers yeah!"
This is the spirit of the NZ Reggae scene today.
This episode of the Dub Session explores the defining artists of the
New Zealand reggae scene. New Zealand's music has a special,
unique flavor - a distinct blend of reggae-funk-hip hop-Maori
roots-dub styles that provides a fresh expression of roots culture,
modern technology, and future vision. For more information on the
artists featured in this edition, please refer to the links below.
Dub Session Episode 31 - New Zealand Reggae Special - Playlist
1. Fat Freddy's Drop - Roady - from the Based on A True Story LP
2. Rhombus - Clav Dub
3. Salmonella Dub - Bromley East Side Roller - from Inside The Dub
4. The Black Seeds - Keep on Pushing - From Keep on Pushing LP
5. Boozoo Bajou Remix of Joe Dookie (Fat Freddy) with Top Cat - Take
It Slow - from the Dust My Broom LP
6. Kora - Politician
7. Fat Freddy's Drop - Midnight Marauders
8. Pitch Black - Speech remix by International Observer
9. Rhian Sheehan - Childsmind - from the New Zealand Reggae V.A.
10. Salmonella Dub - Pushing - from Inside The Dubplates
11. Black Seeds - Black Sunrise - From Keep on Pushing LP
12. Fat Freddy's Drop - Wandering Eye - from the Based on A True Story
Zealand and Outernational Dub Radio
We are fans of the KPFM radio station
in New Zealand. One show called "The Morning Steppa" with RFG
plays a good mix of reggae, dub and downtempo.
For more information on the Dub Session,
DJ Chill Will
Host, The Dub Session Podcast
Progressive reggae dub and downtempo grooves
Host, The Chill Lounge Podcast
Nujazz, downtempo, and ambient groove
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