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Dub Echoes 

28 Nov 2009

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Free Kent & Medway Film Screening,
Q & A session and networking event

Date: Satruday 28th November 2009
Film Screening: 19.30 - 21.00
Location: The Community Pharmacy Gallery

Dub Echoes tells the story of how the Jamaican Dub influenced the birth of much of the electronic music and hip-hop we hear today.

The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio in a musical instrument and giving way to all of sonic experiments.

“Dub Echoes” was produced by a Brazilian crew, in Kingston (Jamaica), London (UK), NY, Washington, LA (US), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil).
It features key names, from both reggae and the electronic music world, with interviews and live footage from Don Letts Adrian, Sherwood, Bunny Lee talking about the birth of this genre, how it helped to change the way we perceive music and how it’s presence can still be felt today.

There was a Q & A session after the screening by film participants’ The Sysiphians & Celt Islam, and then also a live performance aftershow by The Sysiphians & Celt Islam at The West Coast Bar, Margate Harbour.

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Celt Islam - creates real pieces of music, fusing the familiar sounds of UK dance music including Drum & Bass, Breakbeat, Dubstep, Bhangra (and the rest) with the alluring sounds of Sufi mysticism and traditional Arabic and Asian music.  Dervish is the highly anticipated debut album, published by Urban Sedated Records, featuring collaborations with Inder Goldfinger, Bongo Chilli, Dan Man from the legendary Iration Steppas, Masala, Kenzi, General, AbdalWahid Mursaleen and Dawoun...d Kringle. Described by Bobby Friction (BBC Asian Network) as "Dubstep with an emotional heart beating its very core.

The Sysiphians - hail from Lyon promoting their debut eponymous EP described by one promoter of the soundclash between the Disciples and Burning Spear

Dub Echoes -It's just a small word from a smaller island, but the ripples created by Jamaica's revolutionary experiments in sound are still being felt some 40 years later. This documentary flag-waves the influence of dub to such a degree you may be left wondering if there's any corner of the music world untouched by King Tubby's baby, and just what role it had in the invention of sliced bread. Except, of course, it's all true, minus the Sunblest. Hip-hop latched onto its re-adaptation of recorded sound, disco ripped it off for effects and remixology, techno minimalists hailed its kindred postmodernist spirit and sense of space, crusties skinned up and nodded off.

But for all Dub Echoes' testimony from the music's extended family - Brazilian rappers, London jungle and dubstep producers, Belgian mash-up auteurs - it's reggae's children who really nail the subject, and its malleability. UK dub producer Mad Professor explains "every object has its shadow, dub is the shadow of the tune"; stentorian Jamaican poet Mutabaruka says "it's where the engineer becomes the artist".

The prospect of one man and his mixing desk may not sound like an enticing spectacle (though anyone who's witnessed live mixes in action could swear to the contrary). And it's perhaps this fear that is Dub Echoes' chief weakness - it's long on talking heads, short on twiddling fingers, just a few too-brief clips of "artist" in action, hindered by slow-motion film and one-camera takes. But the delight is in the detail: Bunny Lee offering a guided tour of his old master tapes, U-Roy reminiscing about all-night open-air dances, Lee Perry explaining just why he had to burn down his old Black Ark studio. Otherwise, it's a reminder that while Jamaica didn't wholly create the modern music world, its role in shaping it goes on, and on, and on.

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