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Dead Person of the Day – May 18 – Augustus Pablo

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Augustus Pablo was a pioneer in reggae music and, in particular, dub reggae music. Mr. Pablo, whose original name was Horace Swaby, was known for what he called the ”Far East sound”: haunting, minor-key tunes with sparse lines for melodica (a harmonica with a keyboard…of which he also made famous) floating above deep bass lines and echoing keyboards.

He was a key player in the Rockers movement in Jamaica during the 1970s. His collaborations with the likes of Freddie Mackay, Junior Delgado and Bob Marley were legendary.

With the nice weather approaching taking some time to explore his catalog and eat some tasty fresh fruit. You’ll feel better after, I promise.

Augustus Pablo, 46, Musician; Helped Shape Reggae’s Sound

Published: May 20, 1999

Augustus Pablo, a widely influential reggae producer, died on Tuesday at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 46 and lived in the hills outside Kingston.

The cause was myasthenia gravis, a nerve disorder, said his brother, Garth Swaby. Continue

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