From its Kingston, Jamaica origins, dub spread around the world, and found a home in Portland with the formation of BSI Records. BSI signed many of the most celebrated dub acts of the 1990s, including Alpha & Omega, Henry & Louis, and Muslimgauze.
BSI didn’t survive the decline of the music industry during the last decade, but its owners have returned with ZamZam Sounds. The new label is much smaller, more of an art project than a business venture. But many of the biggest acts have returned. We’ll hear about Portland’s role in the global dub scene, and how this underground, but influential, genre has changed over the decades.
Here’s a sample of what ZamZam’s been working on:
- Charles Mudede: Writer at The Stranger in Seattle
Are you a dub fan? What is your experience with Portland’s dub scene? What should people know about dub?