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Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954May 18, 1999), better known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He was perhaps the first person to use the melodica as a viable musical instrument. June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 18 the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Roots reggae is the name given to Rastafarian reggae music from Jamaica which evolved from Ska and Rocksteady and was made famous outside the Caribbean by the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Marley. ... Dub is a form of Jamaican music, which evolved out of ska and reggae in 1970s Jamaica. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... A Hohner melodica The melodica is a free-reed instrument similar to the accordion and harmonica. ...

He was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and learned to play the organ in Kingston College School. It was at that point an unnamed girl lent him the melodica. Fascinated by the instrument, Pablo rarely put it down. He also met Herman Chin Loy; the Chin family owned an influential record store in Kingston. Swaby recorded "Iggy Iggy" in Clive's father's studio, Aquarius Records. He took the name Augustus Pablo for this recording. The Casavant pipe organ at Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Montreal The organ is a keyboard instrument with one or more manuals, and usually a pedalboard. ... Location of Kingston Kingston (population 652,000) is the capital of Jamaica. ...

After releasing a few more singles, Pablo came out with "East of the River Nile", a unique blend of East Asian and Jamaican sounds, and the song became a moderate hit. Augustus Pablo popularized the use of the melodica, essentially a childs toy, in reggae music. He soon joined Now Generation (Mikey Chung's band) and played the keyboard with them while his friend, Clive, began his own career as a record producer. Pablo and Chin recorded "Java" (1972) together, as soon as Pablo quit Now Generation and Clive was able to get the studio time, the instrumental was a massive hit, and launched Pablo's solo career. He recorded with Chin and various others, including Leonard Chin, his uncle, and Lee Perry. He scored another smash hit with "My Desire" (John Holt). Born Michael Chung, Mikey Chung is a keyboard, guitar and percusion player, arranger and producer of Jamaican music. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or piece without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Lee Scratch Perry, The Upsetter in Dub Lee Scratch Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry March 20, 1936) is one of the most influential people in the development of reggae and dub music in Jamaica. ...

Pablo formed labels Hot Stuff, Message and Rockers (named after his brother's soundsystem, Rockers), and released a steady stream of well-received instrumentals, mostly versions of older hits from Studio One. In spite of his success with Rockers, Pablo's seminal 1974 album, This Is Augustus Pablo was recorded with Clive and Pat Chin. This was followed by a collaboration with the legendary reggae engineer King Tubby to great acclaim, releasing 1975's Ital Dub. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A sound system is a group of DJs and engineers contributing and working together as one, often playing and producing one particular kind of music. ... Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... King Tubby King Tubby (born Osbourne Ruddock, January 28, 1941 – February 6, 1989) was a Jamaican electronics and sound engineer, known primarily for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...

In the later 1970s, Pablo produced a steady stream of hits, including the hit "Black Star Liner" (Fred Locks). He also worked with Dillinger, Norris Reid, I-Roy, Jacob Miller, Te -Track, The Immortals, Paul Blackman, Earl Sixteen, Roman Stewart, Lacksley Castell, The Heptones, Ricky Grant, Delroy Williams, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay. This period was eventually commemorated with critically acclaimed LP's including King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) and Hugh Mundell's classic Africa Must be Free by 1983. This was followed by East of the River Nile (1978, Original Rockers 1979 and Rockers Meets King Tubbys In A Firehouse, another acclaimed hit album. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Dillinger, born Lester Bullocks on January 25, 1953, is a prominent reggae artist. ... Jacob Miller Jacob Miller (May 4, 1952 – March 23, 1980) was a Jamaican Reggae artist who died very young in a car accident, cutting abruptly short a promising career that had already taken young Jacob from fronting Inner Circle to a solo career. ... The Immortals quartet, by Tamora Pierce, is the story of Veralidaine Sarrasri (usually known as Daine), an orphan with an unusual talent: she can speak with animals. ... Horace Andy is a legendary roots reggae singer, notable for such tracks as Government Land, You Are My Angel and Skylarking. ... King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown is a dub album by Augustus Pablo and King Tubby, released in 1976. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... East of the River Nile is a 1977 reggae/dub album (see 1977 in music) by Jamaican musician Augustus Pablo. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...

In the 1980s, Pablo's career slowed significantly. He had begun to establish an American audience, and released Rising Sun in 1986 to good reviews and sales. Pablo also produced memorable hits, including "Ragamuffin Year" (Junior Delgado), "Humble Yourself" (Asher & Tremble) and "Far Far Away" (Ricky Grant). In addition, Pablo toured extensively throughout the world, making a memorable live album in Tokyo in 1987. That same year, Rockers Come East re-established his career, and he began to release a series of critically acclaimed though somewhat inaccessible albums in the 1990s, including Blowing With the Wind and also producing several, such as Night and Day (Dawn Penn) and Jah Made Them All (Yami Bolo). The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Junior Delgado was a reggae singer. ... Far Far Away is a fictional kingdom in Shrek 2. ... Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized central area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... Night and Day may mean: Night and Day (song), a song written by Cole Porter for the 1932 play The Gay Divorcee; it subsequently became an American standard and has been peformed and recorded by dozens of artists, notably Frank Sinatra. ...

Pablo died of the nerve disorder Myasthenia gravis on May 18, 1999. He was known for his spiritual beliefs in Rasta. Myasthenia gravis (MG, Latin: grave muscle weakness) is a neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating weakness and fatiguability. ... May 18 the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... H.M. Haile Selassie I Rasta, or the Rastafari movement, is a new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, as Jah (the Rastafari name for God incarnate, from a shortened form of Jehovah found in Psalms 68:4 in the King James Version of...

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Article : In memory of.. Augustus Pablo. (2755 words)
Something else that Augustus Pablo had in his favour was an uncanny knack for picking on unlikely or unknown vocalists to sing or toast over his riddims, not only providing the public with good music but also the chance to hear what these people could do given the opportunity.
Augustus Pablo will be remembered as the somewhat frail-looking Rastaman, who made an amazing contribution to roots reggae both as a melodica/keyboards player and as a producer with an immediately recognizable style.
This was the album that set Augustus Pablo firmly on the musical map as a leading figure in the burgeoning rebel rock movement that immediately preceded the Rastafarian inspired roots music that dominated the rest of the decade and sealed reggae musics role as a vehicle for the dissipation of social protest and spiritual inspiration.
TrouserPress.com :: Augustus Pablo (612 words)
A true reggae original, dubmaster Augustus Pablo is as closely identified with his instrument —; the melodica —; as most jazz musicians are with theirs.
Soon, as Augustus Pablo, he was composing, arranging and producing his own instrumental tracks; now the reedy, vaguely Middle Eastern sound of his melodica is immediately recognizable, a plaintive cry in the dub landscape.
Rockers Story, the fifth collection of Pablo's various protégés, is a mixed bag of Pablo's own material, singers such as Delroy Williams and Barry Reid, U-Roy-style DJs (e.g., Dillinger and Ras Bull) and such groups as Tetrack and the Rockers Allstars.
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