Augustus Pablo Tribute


  Augustus Pablo Tribute Page


Featuring Augustus Pablo’s first ever US live show

Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954 – May 18, 1999), better known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist,
active from the 1970s onwards. He popularized the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used to teach children music in the Jamaican public schools)
in reggae music. He was a committed Rastafarian. 

He was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and learned to play the organ at the Kingston College School. It was at that point an unnamed girl lent him the melodica. Fascinated by the instrument, Pablo rarely put it down. He also met Herman Chin Loy, who after working at his cousin Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s record shop, had set up his own Aquarius store in Half Way Tree. Swaby recorded early tracks including “Higgi Higgi”, “East of the River Nile”, “Song of the East”, and “The Red Sea” between 1971 and 1973 for Chin-Loy’s Aquarius Records.[1] Chin Loy had previously used the name Augustus Pablo generically for keyboard instrumentals recorded by Lloyd Charmers and Glen Adams, and Swaby took the name for this recording.

“East of the River Nile”, a unique blend of East Asian and Jamaican sounds, became a moderate hit. He soon joined Now Generation (Mikey Chung’s band) and played the keyboard with them while his friend Clive Chin began his own career as a record producer. Pablo and Chin recorded “Java” (1972) together, as soon as Pablo quit Now Generation and Clive was able to get the studio time. This instrumental was a massive hit and launched Pablo’s solo career. He recorded with Chin and various others, including Leonard Chin, his uncle, and Lee Perry. He scored another smash hit with “My Desire”
Pablo formed the labels Hot Stuff, Message and Rockers (named after his brother’s soundsystem, Rockers), and released a steady stream of well-received instrumentals, mostly versions of older hits from Studio One. In spite of his success with Rockers, Pablo’s 1974 album, This Is Augustus Pablo was recorded with Clive and Pat Chin. This was followed by a collaboration          with the legendary reggae engineer King Tubby, 1975’s Ital Dub.

In the later 1970s, Pablo produced a steady stream of hits, including the hit “Black Star Liner” (Fred Locks). He also worked with Dillinger, Norris Reid, I-Roy, Jacob Miller, Te -Track, The Immortals, Paul Blackman, Earl Sixteen, Roman Stewart, Lacksley Castell, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Ricky Grant, Delroy Wilson, Junior Delgado, Horace Andy and Freddy McKay. This period was eventually commemorated with critically acclaimed LPs including King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) and Hugh Mundell’s classic Africa Must be Free by 1983. This was followed by East of the River Nile (1978), Original Rockers (1979) and Rockers Meets King Tubby in a Firehouse, another acclaimed hit album.

In the 1980s, Pablo’s career slowed significantly. In 1980, he appeared on the soundtrack of the documentary D.O.A. He had begun to establish an American audience and released Rising Sun in 1986 to good reviews and sales. Pablo also produced memorable hits, including “Ragamuffin Year” (Junior Delgado), “Humble Yourself” (Asher & Tremble) and “Far Far Away” (Ricky Grant). In addition, he toured extensively throughout the world, making a memorable live album in Tokyo in 1987. That same year, Rockers Come East re-established his career and he began to release a series of critically acclaimed though somewhat inaccessible albums in the 1990s, including Blowing With the Wind and also producing several, such as “Night & Day” (single) (Dawn Penn) and “Jah Made Them All” (Yami Bolo).
Augustus Pablo died as a result of a collapsed lung on 18 May 1999. He had been suffering for some time from the nerve disorder Myasthenia gravis.
More Augustus Pablo shows on my tribute page here 

Augustus Pablo w High Times Players

Hollywood,CA Oct. 4, 1984 

This maybe not be his first US show as I do have a show labels as

Beacon NYC 1981.  Below is my original text file.

AUD First U.S. Show
at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood

What can you say about Augustus Pablos first
ever U.S. show.. Not till 84, sure took awhile.
This show is just like the Greek Berkley show,
but not in mass circulation.  Give thanks,
Augustus was a true original, Jah son
01. roger intro
02. ?
03. ?
04.  cassava piece
05. lovers rock
06. satta masaganna
07. rockers rock
08. east of the river nile
09. ?
10. king alpha and queen omega
11. Java
12. encore clapping
13. roger
14. drum song


 Augustus Pablo

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Santa Cruz ,California ,USA

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Addis Pablo – Melodica in the Bloodlines


Addis Pablo – Son of the Legendary Augustus Pablo

Addis Swaby was born in Redbank new jersey in 1989 to Karen Scott and Horace Swaby better known to the world as Augustus Pablo . Brought to live amongst his father at his home in Kingston Jamaica within the Rockers International Home Studio.

Pablo being a world renounced Reggae legend for creating his own unique style of playing which is associated with the Far East sound of Don Drummmond ,
the use of a instrument which was still considered to be a child’s toy though he was not the first musician to incorporate the melodica into reggae music he was the most recognized for bringing it to the forefront as a lead instrument . As well as being known for his work as a musician and artiste he was widely associated with producing a developing many of reggae greatest voices and singers like Jacob Miller , Hugh Mundell.Prolific Africa Must Be Free By 1983 LP .


In a somewhat expected step Addis Swaby or Addis Pablo as he now goes by as a performer and producer is following in his fathers footsteps a brave and challenging move considering the status and work which his father achieved and still maintains to this day across the world . However being raised by the same environment as his father as well as the teachings he received from his father as a child up until he passed and even after he passed the lessons and moral continued to be instilled by his Mother who was there to comfort him when the time of his Father’s passing .

Addis Choose to approach his musical journey with a team of High School friends who shared the same vision in their own way of creating and developing their own sounds as well as the sounds of others who could apply the knowledge and experience of having a independent home production studio and training camp for artiste and talent known as One Motion Studio’s and One Motion Music.

ImageAddis aims to be able to play his melodica with the same effect which his father had and has been getting great reception to his attempts this far he knows it’s a far way to go but it willing to put in the time and effort to get his skills to the highest levels with the help of his beliefs in the Principles of his Father’s Spiritual Religious upbringing through the teachings of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellasie King Of Ethiopia.

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Current Location
Kingston, Jamaica
General Manager
Jamal ‘Ras Jammy’ layne
Artists We Also Like
Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley, The Wailers , Chinna Smith
All music influences me it would be hard to say which should be listed from Rap to Reggae to Jazz and classica to l RnB
Band Interests
Production , Promoting , Creating sounds and concepts of songs and instrumentals
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Booking Agent
TriniYard International