Episode 31 National Showcase: New Zealand

  #31 - NZ Reggae Dub

National Reggae Showcase Volume 1: New Zealand

Dub Session's National Reggae Showcase Series brings you its first installation, the New Zealand Reggae Showcase, Vol. 1.

1992. Place: Wellington, New Zealand.  Status: there is a reggae buzz in the air. New Zealand's reggae scene is emerging and expanding.
"The 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 years, 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 proportions. 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 Plates
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. compliation
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 LP


New Zealand Reggae/Dub Videos

New Zealand Reggae/Dub Artists
(courtesy of music

Fat Freddy's Drop


Salmonella Dub

The Black Seeds




Glen Moffatt



More info

New Zealand and Outernational Dub Radio
We are fans of the KPFM radio station 106.9fm in New Zealand.  One show called "The Morning Steppa" with RFG plays a good mix of reggae, dub and downtempo.  Recent Playlists


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