Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 1998

Dub Nation

Blasting forth from San Jose, CA, Dub Nation is on a mission--to unify and break down barriers between all people, and make sure that no one's standing still on the dance floor. This mission has been an evolutionary process accomplished through solid, self-produced releases, dynamic live performances, and as the backing band for prominent Jamaican artists Judy Mowatt, Yami Bolo, Sister Carol, Justin Hinds, The Congos and J.C. Lodge. The common thread among the youthful members of Dub Nation is a positive and enthusiastic commitment to Reggae music.

Dub Nation began in 1989 from the popular Bay Area reggae band Inka Inka. Producer/engineer Frank "Fantom" Caruso, drummer Scott Maddern, and vocalist/saxophonist D. Mungaray split off from Inka Inka in 1994, teaming up with vocalist/percussionist Fish Dawson, keyboardist Peter Nuessmann and vocalist/trombonist Popa B to embark on a new journey--The Dub Nation experience. Crucial additions Ken Schick on saxophone and J.J. on trumpet, and guitarists Mike Finerman and Donny B complete the ensemble.

After Dub Nation's inception, Caruso guided the group through production of their debut CD, One Great World, which gained critical acclaim in the U.S. By the end of 1996, Dub Nation had performed at every major West Coast reggae festival: Reggae on the River, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae in the Park (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco), Bob Marley Days and The Oregon Country Fair. Dub Nation also performed at premier California nightclubs:

1997 was an action packed year for Dub Nation: multiple live performances sharing the stage with major reggae artists Burning Spear, Steel Pulse and Israel Vibration coupled with the start of production on their latest CD Let the Truth Be Known--production that would take a year and a half of diligent studio work. Featuring English reggae artist Pato Banton and California native Quino of Big Mountain as well as renown musicians Tony Chin, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Amlak Tafari, David Ramply and the female vocal team Expressions of Unity (Tami Haynes and Karen Smith), Let the Truth Be Known takes Dub Nation to an international level.

Let the Truth Be Known is a concept album, lyrically enforcing Dub Nation's commitment to equality and justice for all, backed by the most authentic rhythms America has displayed to date. And as for Dub Nation today, four years of extensive touring, two quality CDs, and an abundance of positive energy and work ethic translates into a high energy performance mixed with choreography, a sizzling horn section and danceable rhythms that will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your head.

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