Tonight, Kaya Herb House is set to host the 2019 edition Dubwise Jamaica — one of the most anticipated events in the city’s dub reggae music scene at their new Kingston location. Dubwise has become a staple of Kingston’s reggae music scene, elevating traditional dub style and securing its place in the pantheon of new sounds emerging out of Jamaican popular music.
My first encounter with the event was while living in Wynwood Art District. On Sundays, we would hit up Dubwise Miami at Coyo Taco and instantly be transported into another world with sounds and experience you couldn’t find anywhere else in the city, and possibly the country. I affectionately called it “church”, as I would leave every experience feeling lifted, elevated and pon a next level, full of positive vibes. Especially on the nights when Yaadcore would pull up in his cape and shell the place. It was my first introduction into reggae, hip hop and soul dubs in a club setting, until I would later experience Dub Club on Skyline Drive in the Kingston Hills.
The highly anticipated return of Dubwise Jamaica promises to take patrons on a journey through the nostalgic, early sounds of reggae, rockers, rocksteady in dubplate style with the effervescent historian-style delivery of David Rodigan, who is returning to Dubwise for a much anticipated encore performance. This time around, Rodigan will be joined by Jamaica’s ‘Rock Star Selector’ Rory Stone Love – who is a legend in his own right, having invented the style of playing music knowns as ‘jugglin’ that DJ’s and selectors still emulate up to this day and is now producing roots and reggae music on his own label Black Dub. To cap off a legendary lineup Renaissance sound with Delano & Jazzy T who popularized scratching & remixes along with popular dancehall productions that created a distinctive sound and continues to influence DJs to this day. Patrons can expect the unexpected along with many special guests.
At the recent launch and pre-kickoff for the event, David Rodigan shared his insight on a variety of topics including the emerging talents from modern-day reggae, Jamaica’s recent Red Bull Culture Clash and how Dubwise seeks to create spaces where positive music and uplifting vibrations are at the forefront. He even addressed a recent Gleaner article that claims that Afrobeats has replaced reggae in the UK and confirmed it as true, while explaining that this has partially been a result of people enjoying the upbeat, uplifting vibes of the genre while also encouraging dancehall to get back to the origins and sounds that made it truly unique.
The host and hostess for the night, creative director Jason Paton and media director Jamila Pinto, were gracious and Tracks & Records proved to be an ideal pre-game for the weekends with media houses, influencers and artistes in attendance to soak up vibes and insight before Dubwise.
“This staging of Dubwise is a musical journey, but most importantly a place to dance and enjoy the greatest sounds of our own authentic reggae & dancehall music.” Rodigan also played on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Kaya Herb House in Falmouth & on Friday, Nov. 8 at Kaya Herb House Drax Hall.
About Dubwise Jamaica
Dubwise Jamaica is a sound system event in Kingston, created to preserve the roots, reggae and dub music for the next generation to learn, hear and experience. Started in Kingston in 2013, by Yaadcore, Protoje, and Jason Panton, Dubwise is now a global pop up event with stagings in New York, Miami, California Trinidad, Africa and more. It is dedicated to spreading the message of love through reggae music.