Remember this? The 1978 hit Uptown Top Ranking by one-hit wonder Jamaican duo Althea & Donna. This video is of their Top of the Pops performance from back then.
Fast forward to 2011 and all the signs say it has aged just the way a good classic should, and, though covered a few times since its first appearance, is ready for a new interpretation of and for a new generation.
Dub Colossus is the brainchild of British producer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Page aka Dubulah. He went to Addis Ababa in 2006 to collaborate with musicians and explore traditional Azmari styles, 60s Ethiopian pop, Ethio-jazz and 70s Jamaican Dub Reggae. His explorations led him to various talented musicians, so he decided to put together a band.
Watch lead singers Sintayehu 'Mimi' Zenebe and Tsedenia Gebremarkos give the tune a Habashe twist at their live performance in North London’s Dingwalls.
If you want to embed the track you can grab it from SoundCloud
Uptown Top Ranking (Radio Edit) by RealWorldRecords
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Written by Phiona Okumu