Augustus Pablo Tribute Page
Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954 – May 18, 1999), better 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.
"East of the River Nile", a unique blend of East Asian and Jamaican sounds, became a moderate hit. He soon 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) together, as soon as Pablo quit Now Generation and Clive was able to get the studio time. This 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"
Pablo formed the labels Hot Stuff, Message and Rockers (named after his brother's soundsystem, Rockers), and released a steady stream of well-received instrumentals, mostly versions of older hits from Studio One. In spite of his success with Rockers, Pablo's 1974 album, This Is Augustus Pablo was recorded with Clive and Pat Chin. This was followed by a collaboration with the legendary reggae engineer King Tubby, 1975's Ital Dub.
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 Wilson, Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay. This period was eventually commemorated with critically acclaimed LPs including King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) and Hugh Mundell's classic Africa Must be Free by 1983. This was followed by East of the River Nile (1978), Original Rockers (1979) and Rockers Meets King Tubby in a Firehouse, another acclaimed hit album.
Augustus Pablo died as a result of a collapsed lung on 18 May 1999. He had been suffering for some time from the nerve disorder Myasthenia gravis.
Augustus Pablo w High Times Players
Hollywood,CA Oct. 4, 1984
This maybe not be his first US show as I do have a show labels as
Beacon NYC 1981. Below is my original text file.
at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
What can you say about Augustus Pablos first
ever U.S. show.. Not till 84, sure took awhile.
This show is just like the Greek Berkley show,
but not in mass circulation. Give thanks,
Augustus was a true original, Jah son
01. roger intro
04. cassava piece
05. lovers rock
06. satta masaganna
07. rockers rock
08. east of the river nile
10. king alpha and queen omega
12. encore clapping
14. drum song
Wax Poets Pics Below
Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA
Many thanks to Gregory West for sharing his pictures of Augustus Pablo in Berkeley 1984.
(Never seen before on the internet)
Beacon Th., New York, New York
Nov. 4th, 1985
- East Of The River Nile
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Santa Cruz ,California ,USA
Music Machine, Los Angeles, CA
Master Audience Recording
Various CD/LP covers