Augustus Pablo

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Horace Swaby, 21 June 1952, St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 18 May 1999, Kingston, Jamaica. Raised in Kingston’s middle-class Havendale district, the teenage Swaby was forced to leave Kingston College due to serious illness. Concentrating on music, he taught himself several instruments, including piano, organ, xylophone and clarinet. He was responsible for putting the humble melodica on the musical map, however, when one day in 1969, he walked into Herman Chin-Loy’s Aquarius Records shop clutching the instrument, and was taken to Randy’s studio the following day to cut his first record, ‘Iggy Iggy’. His next release for the same producer (who gave him the Augustus Pablo stage name) was the prototype ‘Far East’ sound of ‘East Of The River Nile’. Moving from Chin-Loy to Clive Chin as his new producer at Randy’s, the next single, 1972’s ‘Java’, proved to be Pablo’s biggest, and one of his most...

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