‘Be Free (Manilla) (Dub Ft Addis Pablo)’ is the first track on the Manilla Dub EP from Danzky. Featuring Jamaican reggae musician Addis Pablo, son of Augustus Pablo, it takes the reggae track and gives it a whole new Dub twist.
‘Be Free (Manilla) (Dub Ft Addis Pablo)’ starts out sounding like old skool reggae, but quickly launches into the inimitable Dub style which has become Danzky’s forté. It doesn’t detract from the message, but instead adds to the impact of it by emphasising that freedom to be who we want and to do what we want to do also includes playing music in whatever style we wish as well.
The EP also features arrangements including other artists such as Linval Thompson, Adam Prescott, and Tenor Youthman, and is available to stream and download through all major distributors.
Swiss DJ and producer Danzky, real name Rafael Schneider, has been working since the late 1980s, and has performed on the same stage as the legendary reggae group Aswad, among others.
Starting out at the age of 17 back in the 80s, Danzky amazed his audience with his performances in which he demonstrated his technical and musical prowess as a reggae selector. He moved from the stage to behind the scenes, where he focused on working in the studio as a sound engineer. He has put his production stamp on work by legendary Jamiacan artists such as Cornel Campbell, Half Pint, Frankie Paul, and Tristan Palma. It was clearly a direction Danzky knew he should pursue from an early age, as he had always been fascinated by the sounds that could be made using digital and analogue processes. Even now his DJ set puts him apart from the rest; his Live Dub, remixes, or dubplate specials of his music all have that special something which can’t be replicated by anyone else.
‘Manilla’, has also been remixed as a vocal track, and as a ‘Riddim’ track. You can find out more about Danzky online on his official website, Facebook, and YouTube. You can stream and download ‘Manilla’ here.