New roots and Pablo Senior

Addis Pablo maintains the dub traditions that made his dad Augustus a legend. In Lancashire next month, Addis tells TONY DEWHURST that dub is ‘therapy’
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Wherever the son of legendary dub pioneer, composer and record producer Augustus Pablo performs in the world, he says he feels the spirit of his father with him.

Pablo Senior’s distinctive melodica sound provided the foundation stone of King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown, regarded as one of the greatest dub albums.

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“As a father he was the best dad I could have wished for and it still feels as if his special spirit is watching over me,” said Addis, who performs on the Dub Rising Tour at Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre next week.

“He’s the one who did everything for me, so the fact that he’s not physically here, then I do my part promoting him, and I do feel his connection on stage.”

Undaunted by his father’s heavyweight legacy, Addis released his first melodica album, ‘In My Father’s House’, which celebrates his legacy and places the younger Pablo firmly at the forefront of the new roots reggae revival.

“My father’s name was synonymous with the melodica and his influence on dub, reggae and Jamaican music is so huge, it wasn’t the easiest decision to follow him and it did create a lot of expectations.

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“He was a great man; a spiritual, kind, loving and humble person.

“Even though he accomplished so much in his life, he would never boast about them.”

Addis has since collaborated with DJ and master mixer Skrillex and worked alongside Lee Scratch Perry, adding: “My dad always focused on the spirit and the unity of Rastafari.

“It is a lifestyle, something that courses through your being.

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“The definition of dub is a musical process, to work on the body and the mind.

“It is independent of language, which is why the vocals are secondary in dub.

“The sound is the therapy, and music is all about sharing the emotions and feelings with people.”

The show also features Young Warrior, the offspring of the mighty Jah Shaka, and the godfather of the UK Sound Systems.

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Staying true to the template forged by his father, his DJ sets have a very new yet old school sound playing roots and culture dub music from the 1970s until the present day.

His sound appeals to traditional reggae audiences as well as a fresh generation drawn by his mix of dubstep and musical experimentation.

The Dub Rising package is completed by the dub production team – Suns of Dub, featuring Ras Jammy.

The UK Dub Rising Tour: Yami Bolo (Jamaica), Addis Pablo (Jamaica), Young Warrior, Suns of Dub, featuring Exile D Brave (Jamaica) arrives at Clitheroe Grand Theatre on April 2.

Tickets £12 call 01200 421599 or see

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