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Foreigndub.com presents ‘BASS DRIVEN’

Written by Daniel Clarke on August 18, 2009

Foreigndub presents a night of Dub, Dancehall and bass driven riddims with New Zealand’s premier SoundSystem Dubwize. Performing earlier in the year at the Buddah Bar, to a capacity crowd, Dubwize return to Byron and will be joined by Mighty Asterix (recently coming off the Salmonella Dub Tour). Also playing will be Sydney based The Versionaries and Foreigndub, for what is sure to be a night of dancing action.

Some four and a half years since the release of their second album, Reality Chant, Christchurch based Dubwize released their eagerly awaited third album earlier in the year. The new album sees legendarily-dreaded front man Snypa Levi’s solo offering, it is, Dubwize Presents Snypa Levi: The Sojourner.

David ‘Snypa’ Levi was born in the US and immigrated to NZ way back in 1988, joining the Twelve Tribes of Israel and forming the Vision Africa band. After returning to the US for a few years, he settled in NZ in 1995, recording as Papa Levi, before joining forces with Dubwize in 2001, recording their debut album To The Control Tower. One listen shows why these Rastafari brethren took their time crafting this musical journey through rhythm and rhyme, as the production levels are miles ahead of their previous releases – yet stay true to the Dubwize sound and vibe.

Since early 2005, vocalist David ‘Snypa’ Levi and DJ/producer Gabriel ‘Messenjah’ Calcott – with major contributions from Nava ‘Confucius’ Thomas – have been producing the album, utilizing a solid core of heavyweight session musos. Recorded in studios spread between Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton, The Sojourner boasts a track listing that has been successfully road-tested – a sweaty, satisfied dance floor massive the ultimate judge of the quality of these songs.

Lead single on The Sojourner, ‘Meet U @ 9’ showcases Levi’s fierce dancehall style, while the new single ‘Country Living’ is the stylistic opposite with its roots reggae sensibilities – showcasing Dubwize’s ability to connect with roots/one drop and dancehall fans. The new album delivers sixteen tracks of slammin’ dancehall and militant roots reggae, painstakingly mixed by Messenjah and expertly mastered by Ian McAlistair.

Friday September 4, 2009 @ The Great Northern – Byron Bay
Doors 9pm-late
$15 presales – more on the door
Tickets available from the venue.

Keep an eye out soon for an interview with Dubwize.

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