Mary Ann Kennedy
Mary Ann Kennedy presents sounds from across the globe, plus a studio session with Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble.
Mary Ann Kennedy with sounds from across the globe, plus a studio session with Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble.
'Japanese Dub' is Jah Wobble's second project mixing traditional oriental music with powerful dub basslines. The legendary Public Image Limited bass player has assembled a UK-Japanese group including percussionist Joji Hirota and koto player Keiko Kitamura. Wobble writes: 'For some time I've fancied having a crack at merging Japanese music with dub. I was very happy with the Chinese Dub album that I put together a couple of years ago, and was confident that I could do a similar job with Japanese styles. It can't be denied that traditional Japanese music is heavily influenced by Chinese music. However, paradoxically, there is something unique and unmistakable about Japanese music. To an extent this is due to their distinctive chromatic modes, but above all the Japanese are incredible reductionists. Somehow they take other cultures' 'stuff,' and in their own respectful way, rationalise it, reduce it, and thereby make it their own.'.