Thanks Martin. You have given me lots to read and listen to as I travel to Jamaica in a couple of months. I have enjoyed exploring the development of 60s and 70s era Jamaican music (Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, and Dub) in recent years and am really drawn to it, as I am to 60s and 70s soul and R&B music in the United States (where I grew up).…[Read more]
I hope Hohner is reading these forums and get a clue that they should bring these models back and maybe add a 32 and 36 note version in the same design.
Actually there was a recent Hohner marketing collaboration made with Addis, Pablo’s son. Sound is really ugly as expected and Addis seems so bored it’s really painful to watch
I saw several…[Read more]
I didn’t go into full details regarding Augustus Pablo works, but i will post next into annoted single chronological discography (in fact there’s not that much singles with melodica as lead instrument). I think my recommandation list post in the first post should be a good starting point.
Because of their single nature, lot of his works are…[Read more]
Welcome to the forum Martin.
What a great informative first post.
I’m a Augustus Pablo fan from way back.
As you wrote because of the many overlapping collections I wasn’t aware of his stylistic periods but I could sure tell there were some tracks I liked the sound of a lot better than others.
Thanks to you I now know why and what to look for.…[Read more]
Comments & thoughts
1/ Which melodica to play reggae?
What are your feeling about different melodica sounds here? Did you identified some specific models?
I feel the Hohner 26 definitely suits reggae best
2/ How to get the reggae dub sound?
Studio effect brings really big change in the overall sound (check Pablo early…[Read more]
Others melodica players
When it comes to melodica Augustus Pablo remains the great pioneer. Some occasional melodica players appeared soon after his breakout hit “Java” in 1971, mainly coming from piano & horns background, but nobody really explored and played that instrument consistently and the total record…[Read more]
Augustus Pablo, The spiritual father
He was responsible for the (short-lived) melodica craze in the jamaican music industry in the mid 70s, and remained the sole true specialist of this instrument in the reggae field. He also played clavinet, xylophone and piano with great melodic results (check out Marabi, a…[Read more]
Hello there .. my first post!
Here you will find some informations & profiles about melodica in reggae. There is surely lot of things to say and discuss. For the moment, i will mainly focus here on 70s reggae, hence ignoring recent players (Art-X, Addis Pablo,..)
This topic will consist in 3 main posts:
– a basic Augustus Pablo overview
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