Lil Obeah from Transylvania LP – SoAC01 – November 2021
Produced by Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground, and Marius Costache
Featuring Horseman aka Winston Williams, Nick Page aka Count Dubulah, Hamid Mantu & Tim Whelan, Marian Șerban Fieraru, Adi Stoenescu, Laura Benedek, Leon Lotoțchi, and Cristiana Bucureci
Special guests: Octavian Soviany, Nicolae Ceaușescu
Mastered by Marius Costache at Studio148
Transylvania has a reputation. Not a musical one. Lil Obeah from Transylvania is fixing that with some duppy dub rooted in Jamaican songs inspired by horror films.
The Sound of Art to Come platform, which includes a Transylvanian-based record label, proudly presents the debut of Lil Obeah, where the artist meets producers Transglobal Underground, Dub Colossus, and Marius Costache.
Jamaican music, especially dub, reggae, and dancehall created innovative songs and albums inspired by Horror films, concepts, art, and a certain dark spooky haunting aesthetic. It may sound strange coming from Eastern Europe, but the Sound of Art to Come and Lil Obeah is focused on the special sound that bridges the gap between pop art culture, comic books, and Caribbean culture. Just like a pirate radio station from another dimension, sounds are broadcast-ed ranging from authentic local dub jazz experiments with santur to traditional reggae-dub riddims mixed with cumbia, orchestral, rock influences, and horror film samples. The music featured on the album is an echo from across the decades since the 1940’s to the present days Halloween feelings.
Grace Jones, Maria Tănase, Ion B, BaBa ZuLa, Bad Brains, Lee Scratch Perry, King Horror, Joes Gibbs, King Tubby, The Scientist, Wilfred Limonious, Tony McDermott, Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie, Niney The Observer, Early B, Lone Ranger, Yellowman, Dennis Bovell, Mad Professor, The Specials, Gorillaz, Roots Manuva, Wrongtom, Equiknoxx, Horseman, Prince Fatty, Sofa Surfers, Easy Star All-Stars, Kishi Yamamoto, Adrian Sherwood & On-U Sound, Mark Stewart & The Maffia, The Pop Group & Ghetto Priest, Rodion G.A., Valeriu Sterian are the long list of inspirations on the Lil Obeah from Transylvania LP.
„Carnage. The need for blood. To see it dripping. From ancient times populations in the Transylvanian region and in Romania have had a thirst for blood. It is no wonder that this region was the one where one of the most frightening supernatural creatures was placed. the vampire. The medicinal practices of ancient populations in the region were of cleansing through sanguine dripping. Things did not change in the Dark Ages and medieval period, law and order were being installed in the area through executions and severe punishment. Romantic era Transylvania was a place of corruption and deep superstition, just read it from Bram Stoker and Jules Verne. The bloodthirst transformed into censorship and abuse in the modern times of the communist period. Punishment was not only canceling individuals' freedom: people disappeared or were executed by the party hangmen and the Securitate handymen. Ceausescu's death and the treatment of his family are obvious echoes of the same Romanian bloody past.
What do future generations need? Maybe a document of their past so that they can foresee into the future? Lil Obeah from Transylvania tries to do just that with dub music, global sounds aka world music, and plunderphonic, all under one banner: duppy dub. It would not have been possible without the blueprint laid down by Dub master Dub Colossus aka Nick Page (Rest in Powa), Dub wizards Transglobal Underground aka Tim Whelan & Hamid Mantu, and local magician, Marius Costache.
Bela Lugosi is dead, undead, but his legacy, his Hollywood charm, and mystery live on in Transylvania, the place of his and my birth and resurrection.” Obeah
After ten years of making eclectic music, the dub ghost musician from Romania has tuned in to another frequency creating Lil Obeah from Transylvania. When it comes to his sound, he defines it as duppy dub from a parallel universe, The Shape of Dub to Come dimension.
He works with professionals in the music business, from Bucharest-based producer Marius Costache of Studio148 to international dub masters and wizards like Nick Dubulah of Dub Colossus, Tim Whelan, and Hamid Mantu of Transglobal Underground. His remix work includes local artists, international sound clashers like Dubmatix, Dub Pistols, Prince Fatty, Ghetto Priest, Denise Sherwood and Yann Tiersen, Oigăn & Ana Ularu, Soare staniol, Toulouse Lautrec & Victor Rebengiuc, but also fictional acts like Reefah Madniss from Berlin.
Lil Obeah’s roots are a very eclectic batch of bands and artists, including his own Crowd Control, The Shape of Moombhaton, and Tunesinnaourheads projects. He is inspired by the strangest Romanian sounds, ranging from weird experimental authentic local dub to traditional reggae-dub with ska and folk-rock influences, music, and records released near the Black Sea from the 1960s to the present.
Obeah considers Dub music sound art and aims to create a forever authentic Romanian horror film soundtrack with his songs and remixes.