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Reggae legend King Tubby calendar raises money for Red Cross

Wednesday 15 December 2010
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In memory of the late reggae dub music pioneer King Tubby, regularly credited as the originator of remix and dub, his nephew has designed and produced a 2011 calendar to raise money for the British Red Cross.

“Every year, King Tubby would send a calendar from Jamaica to his family in the UK. Were he alive today, King Tubby would be celebrating his 70th birthday in January and so I thought a calendar to raise money for charity would be a very fitting way to acknowledge him and his accomplishments”, says Paul Hernandez, King Tubby’s nephew.

King Tubby, born Osbourne Ruddock in 1941 in Jamaica, started his career in music as an electronics engineer and sound system operator. By the late 1960s King Tubby had moved into new territory and taken a job as a disc cutter, where he deconstructed and reconstructed music, creating early remixes. His next step involved stripping out vocals from existing recordings, cutting up instrumental parts, and adding new audio effects to emphasise bass and drum rhythms to create music that became known as dub.

By the 1970s King Tubby had opened his own studio and his involvement started to be credited on records, with hits such as ‘King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown’. By the end of the 1970s King Tubby turned his attention to teaching and training a new generation of engineers and producers, while launching his own record labels. In February 1989, his career came to a sudden end when he was shot and killed outside his home.

Nine Red Cross shops are now selling the special commemorative King Tubby 2011 calendars, for a recommended donation amount of £5.25. All the money raised will be used by the British Red Cross to help vulnerable people in crisis, both in the UK and overseas.


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Notes to editors
The nine Red Cross shops selling the King Tubby calendar are:

  • 23 Court Yard, Eltham
  • 46 Vanbrugh Park, Blackheath, Greenwich
  • 6 London Road, Forest Hill
  •  152 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith
  • 69-71 Old Church Street, Kensington
  • 11-12 Bramlands Close, Wandsworth
  •  85 Ebury Street, Westminster
  • 11 High Street, Wimbledon
  •  44-45 High Street, Oxford

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.