Dub Colossus is the vision of Nick Page – aka Dubulah. Composer, guitarist, bass player and programmer Nick started his music career with Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse) and has since worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics.
Dubulah first travelled to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa in 2006 to collaborate with musicians and explore traditional Azmari styles, 60s Ethiopian pop, Ethiojazz and 70s Jamaican dub reggae.
There he came across some amazingly talented artists – female vocalists Tsedenia Gebremarkos, a fine, soulful performer and highly successful African pop star, and Sintayehu ‘Mimi’ Zenebe who runs a nightclub in Addis and has been described as ‘Ethiopia’s Edith Piaf’, extraordinary young pianist Samuel Yirga, veteran saxophonist and jazz exponent Feleke Hailu and Teremage Woretaw, a traditional folk singer, an azmari, an exponent of the one-stringed messenqo violin – Dub Colossus was born.
When their first set, A Town Called Addis, was released back in 2008 it was hailed as one of the most inventive fusion albums of the year, with its blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz and dub reggae.
“A Town Called Addis was inspired by meeting, writing and working with singers and musicians in Addis Ababa in August 2006,and is a collaboration between myself and these amazing musicians covering Azmari and traditional styles as well as the popular singing styles of the 60s and 70s.
It seeks to combine the golden years of ethiopique beats (popular again thanks to the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Ethiopique’ compliation ) and ethiojazz with the dub reggae styles of early 70s reggae groups like the Abyssinians, Mighty Diamonds and so on, along with a hint of Sun Ra…” – Nick Page
As well as the album A Town Called Addis (2008) we also publish the albums Return to Addis (2009), Addis Through the Looking Glass (2011) and Dub Me Tender (2012) which were all released by Real World Records.
Listen to tracks featuring Dub Colossus
Extracts of tracks taken from the album A Town Called Addis: