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Augustus Pablo popularized the use of the melodica (an instrument used primarily to teach children music in the Jamaican public schools) in reggae music. He joined Now Generation (Mikey Chung’s band) and played the keyboard with them while his friend, Clive Chin, began his own career as a record producer. Pablo and Chin recorded “Java” (1972), the instrumental was a massive hit, and launched Pablo’s solo career. He recorded with Chin and various others, including Leonard Chin, his uncle, and Lee Perry. He scored another smash hit with “My Desire” (John Holt). In the later 1970s, Pablo produced a steady stream of hits, including the hit “Black Star Liner” (Fred Locks). He also worked with Dillinger, Norris Reid, I-Roy, Jacob Miller, Te -Track, The Immortals, Paul Blackman, Earl Sixteen, Roman Stewart, Lacksley Castell, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Ricky Grant, Delroy Williams,Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay. This period was eventually commemorated with critically acclaimed LP’s including King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) and Hugh Mundell’s classic Africa Must be Free by 1983. Augustus Pablo died as a result of a collapsed lung on 18 May 1999. In the summer of 2008, The Mystic World of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story (box set) was released which includes 4 discs, biography booklet, and dvd – video footage.

Posted by 5 Star General on November 13, 2009 under Classic Reggae,Dub,Roots & Culture