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Jah Wobble

120 minsFirst aired 26 Oct 2018
John Hollingsworth

The composer, singer and original bassist for Public Image Ltd on his forthcoming album, The Butterfly Effect.

English bassist, singer, poet and composer John Joseph Wardle, AKA Jah Wobble, first introduced the world to his dub-heavy basslines with Public Image Ltd in the late ’70s. After two albums — Public Image: First and Metal Box — creative differences forced Wobble to split from PiL and embark on a solo career, releasing his poignantly titled debut Betrayal in 1981. In the years following, as a solo musician and bandleader, Wobble has collaborated with CAN, the Edge and Brian Eno, and formed numerous collectives, most notably the Invaders of the Heart. The prolific musician has shown no sign of slowing, clocking in with over 60 albums which all straddle the lines between jazz, funk, reggae and even EDM, incorporating instrumentations from across the globe. Already this year he’s released two albums: Dream World is an ode to filmmaker Francois Truffaut and Wobble’s memories of London, Brighton and Manchester; Maghrebi Jazz was recorded in collaboration with the Moroccan-born, London-based trio Momo (Music of Moroccan Origin). This December he’ll release a third album, The Butterfly Effect. Recorded in Inner Space Studios in London, the album’s tracks all originated from poems Wobble wrote during the global financial crash a decade ago that tackle the issues we continue to face. Today he’ll join Vivian in the studio to discuss this latest release, how he keeps up the pace and what he’s already got on the books for 2019.


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