Genre Detail

    In Jamaica, Dub and sound have been an integral part of their culture for years. The Dub we talk about is a subgenre of reggae in which echoes, electronic effects, and repetitions take over the rest of the sounds. For many, it is the electronic version of reggae and, therefore, the most experimental; its birth is in Kingston, Jamaica.


    King Tubby decided in the hands of the respected Bunny Lee to twist the Dub genre and develop this sound, which soon caught the attention of the sound systems at that time, which these riddims used indirectly for their sessions. Then, a new way of versioning reggae began to develop that influenced other musical genres, such as disco, jungle, drum and bass, rap, and dubstep. The Dub consecration came thanks to other artists who managed to perfect it and give it an identity.


    The Dub Movement Began As Mobile discos

    The origin of the Dub sound system dates back to 1950 when the owners of the sound equipment decided that if they moved through different places, they would reach many more people. Then they became mobile nightclubs, organized large parties wherever they got to and quickly became an integral part of Jamaican popular culture. The Dub set at that time consisted of a powerful sound system, a DJ and a singer, and one of its most important aspects was the so-called shock (fights between sounds). 


    Among the most important of the time were those of Tom the Great Sebastian and the Big Three: Clement Seymur, Arthur-Duke, and Vincent-King-Edwards. There are other pioneers of Dub, such as Jack Taylor, V-Rocket, Junior Sebastian & Son's Junior, Docs the Thunderstorm, and Count Smith, whose contribution was crucial at the beginning of the Dub Sound System.


    Finally, the Dub spread throughout the Caribbean and then moved to the United States, Latin America, and later to Europe. The Dub experienced one of the most critical moments in the United Kingdom when the 1970s became an actual cultural occurrence that invaded many of its streets and clubs and made Britain the Cradle of Dub movement in Europe then.