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Watch a mini-concert with Creation Rebel

In Britain in 1978, when punk and new wave were gaining in popularity, dub music was also taking hold. At the forefront of the U.K. dub movement was Adrian Sherwood, a DJ, producer and mixer.

Sherwood started a label, On-U Sound, that was dedicated to dub, and he put together a house band called Creation Rebel, who recorded six albums between 1978 and 2023.

The music that Sherwood and Creation Rebel created was a unique style of dub. Instead of using existing tracks, Creation Rebel would have live jam sessions and Sherwood would later mix them. The albums Creation Rebel recorded have recently been reissued as one box set, called High Above Harlesden 1978-2023.

In this mini-concert, you'll hear Creation Rebel play live in a performance recorded in 2017 at The Jazz Cafe in London as part of an Adrian Sherwood show. Enjoy!

This episode of World Cafe was produced by Will Loftus. The web build was created by Miguel Perez. Our senior producer is Kimberly Junod and our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson.

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Raina Douris
Raina Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, is the host and writer of NPR's daily nationally-syndicated music interview and discovery program World Cafe. She has interviewed artists like Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Questlove and Brandi Carlile, and was a 2022 keynote lecturer on the topic of Folk Music and music discovery at the Chautauqua Institution.