Passing Clouds presents an exclusive show from one of the UK's maverick veterans & his earth shattering bass - Jah Wobble! As we continue to celebrate Ten Years of Passing Clouds, we welcome the inimitable fusionists TransGlobal Underground to the stage, as well as Jah's Japanese dub group, the Nippon Dub Ensemble!
Jah Wobble (LIVE PA)
John Wardle originally met John Lydon, John Grey and Sid Vicious at Kingsway College, London, in 1973. It was Vicious who originally nicknamed John “Jah Wobble” after a drunken binge, and would also loan him his first bass guitar.
During the heyday of punk rock in the mid to late 70s, Wardle earned himself the reputation of being something of a wildman. His original introduction to the bass stemmed from his long-term obsession with dub reggae music. Combined with the D.I.Y. punk ethos, Wardle embraced punk and reggae, and in the process, created an original rock/reggae hybrid of his own.
After his split from Public Image Limited, and before the genre became in vogue, Wardle became a well respected session and solo artist, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music. Over the past 37 years he has worked with a diverse range of musicians and music genres. He has since gone on to release a Mercury Prize nominated album, forayed into many different collaborations with artists from different genres, and toured intensely all over the world!
TransGlobal Underground is a U.K.-based collective fusing as many different kinds of world music as its members can get their hands on. They refused to accept that dance music had to be four to the floor house; they slowed down hip-hop and sped up dub; they sang in whatever language they felt like singing in; they were DJs but they played live! Their influence is all over the place, sometimes benign, sometimes joyful, always beautiful, with elements of DJ culture, Indian classical, reggae, bhangra, hip-hop, community politics, underground art and eighties pop!
The group's core is composed of vocalist Natacha Atlas (who has recorded with Jah Wobble, Apache Indian, and her own band, Atlas Project), keyboardist Alex Kasiek, drum programmer Man Tu, and founder, bassist, and sampler Count Dubulah. The project grew out of a mutual love for dance, avant-garde, Arabic, and world music and draws on each member's listening tastes and cultural backgrounds. Their debut album, Dream of 100 Nations, was released in 1994, quickly followed by International Times. After 1995's Interplanetary Meltdown, TransGlobal Underground returned in 1997 with Psychic Karaoke. Rejoice, Rejoice followed a year later and Yes Boss Food Center appeared in spring 2001.
The Nippon Dub Ensemble
Jah Wobble's has fused dub with jazz-rock, English folk and (most recently) far eastern themes, with his bravely original Chinese Dub. With Nippon Dub Ensemble, he has moved on to reinterpret Japanese styles, using very much the same technique, matching traditional acoustic instruments against his bass, beats keyboards and programming, and doing so with remarkable delicacy. Expect high, yelping vocals, a slow, solid beat from the barrel-like taiko drum, and the wail of the hichiriki flute used in Shinto religious ceremonies. Vocals from drummer Joji Hirota are matched against the zither-like koto or banjo-like shamisen, with Wobble's distinctive rumbling bass holding the music together.
Youth (Killing Joke)
Pete Holdsworth (Pressure Sounds)
Jamie Renton (Chilli Fried)
£5 before 9pm, £7 before 10pm, £12 after
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