Tokyo Tangents with Masaaki Hara

Japanese Dub Sounds

121 minsFirst aired 24 Oct 2018Read this in Japanese
Artwork by Henrik Büren

We explore the emergence of dub music in Japan, and the styles its helped shape, from jazzy experiments to tropical steppers.

Towards the end of the 1970s, roots reggae and dub music made their way into Japan, and, as was the case in Europe, dub music had a particular way of spreading itself out into a wide range of genres. Bands started to reflect dub music in their style, and dub also made its mark on jazz musicians, as well as electronic music producers. In this episode Masaaki Hara digs into the dub music that inspired and invigorated everybody from hip hop artists to rock bands like Fishmans, and it’s fair to say that dub music has been a key element in the development of Japanese music as a whole.


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