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Augustus Pablo

Also known as

Augustus Pablo, Augustus Pablo, Augustus Pablo, オーガスタス・パブロ, Augustus Pablo, Augustus Pablo, Augustos Pablo

Musical genres

Reggae, Dub, Roots reggae

Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954 – May 18, 1999), known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He popularized the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used to teach children music in the Jamaican public schools) in reggae music. He was a committed Rastafarian. He was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and learned to play the organ at the 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, who after working at his cousin Leslie Kong's Beverley's record shop, had set up his own Aquarius store in Half Way Tree. Swaby recorded early tracks including "Higgi Higgi", "East of the River Nile", "Song of the East", and "The Red Sea" between 1971 and 1973 for Chin-Loy's Aquarius Records. Chin Loy had previously used the name Augustus Pablo generically for keyboard instrumentals recorded by Lloyd Charmers and Glen Adams, and Swaby took the name for this recording. "East of the River Nile", a unique blend of East Asian and Jamaican sounds, became a moderate hit. He soon

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  • Doctor Pablo & Dub Syndicate
  • The Now Generation
  • King Tubby and Augustus Pablo
  • Augustus Pablo meets The Upsetters
  • Augustus Pablo Meets Lee Perry & The Wailers Band
  • Augustus Pablo & Inner Circle
  • Upsetter
  • Augustus Pablo

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