The publishing catalog of one of Jamaica’s most distinctive and influential artists and legendary Dub Music pioneer, the late Augustus Pablo…..
Horace Swaby (21 June 1953 – 18 May 1999), known as
Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s until his death. Augustus Pablo has long been considered one of the founding pioneers of Jamaica Dub Music. Pablo along with Lee Perry and his mentor, King Tubby built the foundation of Jamaican Dub Music.
He popularized the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used in Jamaica to teach music to school children) in reggae music. His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub. (READ MORE)
MILL ROCK MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP LLC ACQUIRES CATALOGUE OF VISIONARY JAMAICAN MUSICIAN, PRODUCER AND DUB ARCHITECT AUGUSTUS PABLO
New York, NY (September 15, 2021)–Mill Rock Music Publishing Group LLC, founded in 2016 by music industry veterans Murray Elias and Christoffer Mannix Schlarb, has acquired the catalogue of legendary Jamaican composer, producer, musician and melodica master, the late Augustus Pablo, whose ethereal instrumentals, inspired by his Rastafari way of life, brought heightened spirituality to reggae music. One of Jamaica’s most distinctive and influential artists, Pablo, who passed away on May 18, 1999 at 44 years old, altered reggae’s trajectory with his sonic innovations, which included his mystical Far East sound, characterized by haunting, minor-key melodica lines, and his contributions to the evolution of dub, the impactful art of stripping a recording to a forceful bass line overlaid with reverb, echo effects and fragments of melody.
Born Horace Swaby in Kingston, Augustus Pablo was a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. While still a teenager, he worked as a studio musician, beginning in the late 60s (which included sessions with The Wailers.) A friend introduced him to the melodica, and he took the instrument, essentially a harmonica with a keyboard, into his initial session with producer Herman Chin-Loy; Chin-Loy had previously used the name Augustus Pablo on other instrumental productions, but the name stuck with Swaby. Pablo introduced his Far East sound on his next single “East of the River Nile,” which he followed with the mesmerizing “Java,” voted Jamaica’s top instrumental in 1972. The same year, Pablo founded his record labels including Hot Stuff, Yard, Message, and Rockers International. (READ MORE)