There’s a big revival of reggae music going on right now, both in Jamaica and around the world, and front and center is Suns of Dub. This group is the loudest champion of “dub,” a genre that grew out of reggae in the late 1960s and is typically lighter on the vocals, and heavier on the bass and drums. In the absence of lyrics, and with a focus on instruments, dub comes alive on the dance floor.
Behind Suns of Dub are two people: producer Ras Jammy and Addis Pablo, son of the late, great roots reggae and dub producer Augustus Pablo. Pablo and Jammy have worked with some of the biggest names in the reggae music industry, including Walshy Fire of Major Lazer and Chronixx, and they’ve performed at festivals across the globe, such as Bangarang in Italy and Reggae Jam Germany. “We keep things going because we realize the importance in the world of the culture and the messaging, and the real music,” said Bigs Mcgeachy, the group’s UK road manager. For Pablo and Jammy, the latest interest in dub music shouldn’t be called a revival: It’s a survival, because it never really went away. They are just glad more people are paying attention. Press play to hear more.