Born in 1953, Plowden in a rural village in the Jamaican parish of Manchester, we know little about the youth Pableto Henry alias Pablo Moses. We know that he chose his stage name to reflect his African origins and denounce his surname inherited an English settler.
Early on, he sang in churches before participating in many groups where he ended up performing her own compositions. Pablo feels close dreadlocks and especially the Twelve Tribes Of Israel association one of the illustrious members was none other than Bob Marley. Keen on literature, our singer is interested in great men of black people: Kwame Nkrumah - a Ghanaian pan-Africanist revolutionary - Americans Steve Biko and Martin Luther King not to mention Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaica famous black leader who advocated the return in Africa: "It is essential to use his knowledge to open new doors and cross bearings to go higher and further. For Rastafarians, repatriation in Africa is primarily a cultural thing, a state of mind. To know who you are, you must first be aware of your history and know where you came from. " Musically, if Pablo listening to Jamaican music, he is also fascinated by the Rythm'n'Blues and soul across the Atlantic: Fats Domino, Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole.
While many artists need time to give the best of themselves, that is absolutely not the case of Pablo Moses. In 1975, with his first recording I Am a Grassohopper, it already shows a maturity and a rare talent. A fully confirmed printing the following year with his second 45t We Should Be In Angola. In 1977, Pablo out the first volume of a trilogy considered by many true masterpieces of reggae 70s "Revolutionary Dream." Produced by the very underrated Geoffrey Chung, this disc perfectly highlights the almost prophetic texts of our singer.
Pablo's voice, strange and nasal, is unmistakable. His vocal melodies so special are also one of its most sought signatures. "Revolutionary Dream" becomes so popular worldwide that the US journalist Village Voice is a nickname that well defines our singer: poet college graduate. To perfect his musical knowledge, Pablo integrates two years for the prestigious Jamaican School of Music to study jazz, funk and rock. Always supervised by Geoffrey Chung, his second essay "A Song" (1980) enjoys the learning, his reggae roots fused with various influences. 33t it is timely and accentuates its popularity, especially as it is the major company Island Records which is responsible for logistics. It enjoys the right budget for a reggae project, the renowned musicians such Cedric Brooks or Sly & Robbie are joined by luxury singers like Freddie McGregor, Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley.
Something unusual enough to be reported, there is simply no bad track on this disc, almost unanimous criticism even refers Pablo Moses as one of the contenders for the Marley King crown. Last masterpiece built with the help of Geoffrey Chung, "Pave The Way" (1981) will be the best selling Pablo Moses Island have decided to also distribute the project in the US. Artistically speaking, this album is slightly below the previous two but still a great album with very careful arrangements.
Unfortunately, this is the moment chosen by the producer Geoffrey Chung to quarrel with Chris Blackwell, owner of Island Records, leaving our record label without singer. Pablo decided to take control and self-produce his next album "In the Future". Not having the money, however, he manages to take the bare minimum for his own lawyer! However, Pablo decides to do things best by registering at Tuff Gong, Kingston (JA), studio built by Bob Marley, with Errol Brown, one of the engineers appointed its king of reggae. "As my budget was very limited, remembers Pablo, I had to sing all my songs in one day, without even having the opportunity to choirs or arrangements. I had long been very difficult to listen to this disc because each time I thought about what I could have done with a higher budget.
But the more time passes, the more I appreciate the rawness stripping ". Regarding the musicians, he decided to contact the who's who of local musicians including two members of the Wailers: The drummer Mikey 'Boo' Richards and keyboard Earl 'Wire' Lindo. The prestigious list continues with one of the best brass-sections of the island (Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson and Dave Madden), the best percussionists Sticky Thompson and Skully Simms without forgetting some usual members of the group regularly accompanying Pablo Moses in concert ( Lowell Francis, Donald Peter Prendergast or Ashboune). In addition, when recording the first musical outlets, Aston 'Family Man' Barrett (legendary Bob Marley bassist) passes by chance in the studio. Attracted by what he hears, he asked Pablo to play a few lines. While it was not planned, Familyman appears on three tracks Ready Aim fire, Sillie Willie and The Slayer. Musically, Pablo Moses decided again to include new influences in his reggae roots, energy and very rock guitar solos and the use of various electronic instruments.
It will even use the vocoder - the ancestor of the Autotune. In addition to text and voice, Pablo is in charge of the musical composition, arrangements to oversee production. As always, the lyrics written by Pablo Moses reveal the singer's state of mind at the time of their creation. The world is seen through the filter of our singer is pretty scary: he describes the disturbing vision of a totalitarian Orwellian society where deviant thoughts are carefully monitored. Fortunately, our singer counteracts this darkness with a healthy irony also advocating a return to the simple, spiritual and mythical of Rastafari. If the big radio tube Ready Aim Fire describes the best way to handle a weapon, I and I naw bow is a hymn to the rasta autonomy, The Slayer talks about violence that can endure daily in modern society, so who that is a plea for poor people around the world who work to survive (to do justice to the people / free the workers from their weight / And give them the money they deserve). The end result is so amazing for the time that the musical journalist specializing journalist Carol Cooper describes "In the Future" as "the acid reggae music that eats away the dross of modern life and burns all illusions."
In 2016, the French label Grounded Music had the excellent idea to bring out this album completed three splendid dub versions mixed by Geoffrey Chung. Best of all, fans of roots reggae may also obtain its first four original albums ( "Revolutionary Dream," A Song "," Pave The Way "and" In the Future ") reissued on vinyl, remastered and embellished versions unreleased dub. Last important information, a new album of Pablo Moses, produced by Harrison 'Professor' Stafford is announced for the beginning of 2017.
2016 Biography by Mr. Gilbert Pytel
One of the best albums ever made in the Music !
01 - In The Future
02 - What Is It ?
03 - The Slayer
04 - Sillie Willie
05 - Subway Rider
06 - Ready, Aim, Fire
07 - Who ?
08 - Reggae Warrior
09 - I & I Naw Bow
10 - Rhythm Track
11. Ready, Aim, Dub
12. Rhythm Dub
13. What Is Dub
14. Dub Future