The DISCO REGGAE LOVERS series reaches a zenith with the first ever reissue of Dambala and their beautiful reggae roots song Lorraine. Long a diggers secret, it seemed only apt to ask the DJ who brought it to the attention of many, with a wonderful dub by label stalwart, Lexx.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria but growing up in the Harrow Road area of West London, Augustus “Gus” Anyia immersed himself in the music of area during the vibrant 60s awakening of African and Caribbean cultures. Learning drums as a boy, he quickly progressed to classical guitar and would perform at school and beyond.
Jamming with guitarist Alvin Christie led to them forming Dambala in 1975. Their first releases set them on their way, produced by Jimmy Lindsey, mixed by Dennis Bovell and cut by Porky. From there more singles followed, repeatedly touring Europe and recording for a TV documentary, before pressures took hold and following a change in line up, the band recorded their sole album, Azania.
Lorraine was the stand out, a wonderful love song of youth’s forlorn love, it’s warm drum and bass encompassing the yearning lyric. A small masterpiece of UK roots in it’s own right, this special 7” comes with a simple, but perfect dub mix from Lexx and will be followed by a comprehensive reissue of Dambala by the label.