Carrying The Legacy Forward: Addis Pablo


Addis Swaby aka Addis Pablo is a reggae instrumentalist, composer, and producer. Addis is a talented melodica and keyboard player. He is the son of the legendary Jamaican melodica King and dub vanguard, Augustus Pablo.

VP:  How did you get your start in the business?

AP:  Immediately from when life started I was immersed in the world of Augustus Pablo, who was one of the pillars of Rockers and Dub music, so before I was even conscious to recognize this I was being influenced and absorbing this greatness. Of course, my dad, unfortunately, passed at an early age however his influence crafted me into the person I am today, As far as actually getting directly involved I got started from my days at Meadowbrook High School, working with my school friends Leon Kabba brown and Ramone Derizzio. At the time I was practising keyboards and Melodica to a certain extent and building riddims.

VP:  What was your first notable project?

AP:  For the love of Jah was my debut Ep released in early 2011.

VP:  What was your first breakthrough?

AP:  My debut album ‘In My Father’s House’ was released in 2014 and led to me travelling around the world to perform. 

VP:  What are you working on now / next?

AP:  I just released my sophomore LP ‘Melodies From The House of Levi’ this year as well as the ‘Bright Star’ EP earlier this year more productions such as the newly released ‘Nyabinghi Mountains’ with Imeru Tafari and the Green Lion Crew. 

VP:  How does it feel to be continuing your late father’s legacy?

AP:  It’s a joyful experience each and every day, and my experiences have added immeasurable value to my musical journey.  

VP:  What songs are you listening to currently?

AP:  Mostly original music and classical tunes from the Rockers catalogue. 

Stream the Icons playlist on Spotify featuring Augustus Pablo