After ten years of making eclectic music, the dub ghost musician from Romania has tuned-in to another frequency creating Lil Obeah from Transylvania. When it comes to his sound, he defines it as duppy dub from a parallel universe - The Shape of Dub to Come dimension.
He works with professionals in the music business, from Bucharest-based producer Marius Costache of 148Studio to international stars like Nick Dubulah of Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground and Dreadsquad. His remix work includes local artists, international sound clashers like Dubmatix and Prince Fatty, but also fictional acts like Reefah Madniss from Berlin.
Lil Obeah’s roots are a very eclectic batch of bands and artists, including his own Crowd Control, The Shape of Moombhaton and Tunesinnaourheads projects. He is inspired by the strangest Romanian sounds, ranging from weird experimental authentic local dub to traditional reggae-dub with ska and folk-rock influences, music and records released near the Black Sea from 1988 to the present.
The artist considers Dub music sound art and aims to create a forever authentic Romanian horror film soundtrack with his songs and remixes.
Dub Colossus is a musical project, the vision of Dubulah aka Nick Page. Composer, guitarist, bass player, producer and programmer, Nick has worked with a long list of notable artists and eccentrics. In 1990 he formed Transglobal Underground with Tim Whelan and Hammid Man-Tu, with whom he produced-wrote-played six albums before leaving in 1997 to form Temple of Sound with Neil Sparkes. Once Temple of Sound had run its course, Nick then decided to concentrate on his favorite alter ego, Dub Colossus. Dubulah first travelled to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in 2006 to collaborate with musicians and explore traditional Azmari styles, 60s Ethiopian pop, Ethiojazz, and 70s Jamaican dub reggae. Once there, he came across some amazingly talented artists.
Dub Colossus may have started out as a studio-based project, but they proved to be a rousing live band, known to transport audiences to the pounding dancehalls of Addis Ababa with their intriguing and exuberant mix of traditional Ethiopian sounds, sturdy reggae rhythms and a modern dub twist. In 2008 Dubulah released the albums "A Town called Addis", "Addis through the Looking Glass" and "Dub Me Tender" on Real World Records. "Addis to Omega" followed and his latest long play “Dr Strangedub (Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Dub The Bomb)” was a successful crowdfunded album again well received by critics and fans.
Dubulah has also remixed many artists including Toots & The Maytals, Tom Tom Club, Natacha Atlas, Transglobal Underground+Fanfara Tirana, Malawi Mouse Boys, Justin Adams, Eccodek, Brina, Meklit, Solus 3 and Lunar Drive.
CreditsLil Obeah – all vocals, samples, conceptsDub Colossus – all instruments: electric bass, keyboards, guitar, synthesizers, percussion, production, programmingHorseman - drumsSpecial guest: Marian Șerban Feraru – țambal aka santurCristiana Bucureci – collages & art direction
All vocals recorded by Marius Costache at 148StudioSpecial thanks to Stanciu “Punct” DanielMastered by Toby Mills at Patchwork Music