Marchena City Dub is an obscure Dutch reggae release from vocalist Myrtha Salesia aka Sister Spliff and Ludwig Wisch aka Demon Dread. Not much information is available about Spliff & Dread, but there is one video online of the singer performing live in 1987 on a program called NOS TV. Reading the comments, there seems to have been a small reggae scene in the Netherlands during the ’80s comprised of Jamaican expats and Dutch musicians. On her lone album Marchena City Dub, Spliff’s vocals have a wonderfully haunting quality with generously applied spring reverb and echo from Demon Dread. The album title is likely a reference to Marchena, a town in Andalusia, Spain. Spliff sings a few lines in Spanish on the title track, making for a very interesting fusion of Caribbean sounds, Spanish lyrics, and Dutch dub production.
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Tags: Dub / Private Press / Roots Reggae