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MAD PROFESSOR - HIJACKED TO JAMAICA (DUB ME CRAZY PART 11)
According to many people: Who says Reggae, says Jamaica. And it's true: Reggae originated and has been developed on Jamaica. The first outernational Reggae Acts were predominantly run by Jamaicans who migrated elsewhere.

After Jamaica, the UK is a good second. For who says Reggae, says UK too. UK Roots and DUB to be precize. And the Mad Professor is a leading force in the Movement of UK DUB and Roots.

Ever since the 1980's, Mad Professor's Ariwa Studio had been leading the way. Many, many Jamaican vocalists came to Ariwa to voice over some of the fattest riddims ever made.

In the meantime, Mad Professor paved the way for the acceptance of DUB to a world wide audience. his "Dub Me Crazy" and "Black Liberation Dub" series are respected and accepted by an audience that goes way beyond the avarage Reggae audience.

Hijacked to Jamaica forms an interesting combination of all of the above, and more. First, the music is definitely different then most of the other Mad Professor albums. To experience the difference between UK and Jamaica based Reggae Music, try this one along with any other Mad Professor material. Unlike most other Mad Professor material, the music for this one is actually produced on Jamaica!

Most of the music is kind of dancehall-ish, so  it's very interesting to hear what a true DUB Master like Mad Professor makes from this rather minimalistic form of Reggae. And indeed, there are albums in which Neil Fraser goes much further. In most tracks, there could have been a lot more going on. And whether this is because of the music, or because -as some say- the "Dub Me Crazy" series began to show "forms of burn-out" (SOURCE), or because of a combination of these factors, who shall say?

There are definitely some true gems on the album as well. "Jungle Fresh DUB", for example. Heavyweight Steppers DUB, worthy of a Mad Professor mark. Minimalistic too, but definitely appealing to the fan of some hardcore UK Steppers.

For collectors of Mad Professor material, this one should of course be present in your collection. For those who wish to introduce themselves to the works of the man behind Ariwa Sound, there are other albums which could be considered.

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