Dub From A Higher Region: The Blunt Smoker’s Guide In Conversation with Rui Soeiro. The Brain, not the Pinky, behind the WEheartDUB brand.

Dub from a Higher region: The Blunt Smoker’s Guide in Conversation with Rui Soeiro, the Brain (not the Pinky) behind the WE ❤ DUB brand.

Written By The Blunt Smoker’s Guide ~ Leroy Brown

1st Birthday Party – Sat. 26 October, 2013. MiHouse, 36 Rogers Str. Selby, (011)

DubLuv

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Ola? Tudo bem?

WEheartDUB:

Tudo.

BSG:

Brigado amigo thanks for blessing us with your presence.

WE<3DUB:

Denada.

BSG:

Let’s give the people a l’il background about who you are, where you’re from. Yunno the legend behind the man, the brand?

WE<3DUB:

My name is Rui. Rui Soeiro a.k.a. DUB RUI, occasionally plays bass for 340ml and other bands, part-time DJ and music compiler (‘dub vaults’ CD series). I’m also a father, which over the years, I also acquired a ‘Kid Chauffeur’ status; online gamer and an Instagrammer, #WEheartDUB.

@dub_rui: Nucleo de Arte, Maputo, Moz.

@dub_rui: Nucleo de Arte, Maputo, Moz.

340ml with a dash of Napalma.

340ml with a dash of Napalma.

.dub vaults.

.dub vaults.

BSG:

 A lot of people are quite unfamiliar with dub as a genre and instead are more likely to have come to have their first experience of dub music through a variety of other genres for example dubstep and reggae. Can you give a personal breakdown of what dub is and what it means to you?

WE<3DUB:

 Dub is a genre of music, which grew out of reggae music in Jamaica in the 1960s, and is commonly considered a sub-genre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae.  Dub has continued to evolve, its popularity waxing and waning with changes in musical fashion. We can easily say that dub is the roots of hip-hop, house music and most recently the electronica movement, the EDM’s and dubstep’s.

BSG:

Dub Saved My Life, the brand that you created before this, is a brand that I can totally relate to. When I first heard dub music it completely blew my mind, changed all my perceptions and investigation into the music and its roots still keeps me curiously digging through the vaults to find some new badman dub vibrations. What can you tell us about DSML?

WE<3DUB:

DSML was a concept that me and Paulo Chibanga (340ml & TATV) ran from 2009 to 2012, it meant exactly that, dub saved my life, a concept, like WE<3DUB, to showcase dub music.

BSG:

And then when did you decide, and what influenced you, to start this “We Heart Dub” movement? What’s it about?

WE<3DUB:

The name says it all, the love for the dub made us create this new brand. After being brainwashed with the IheartNY logo last year on holiday in New York, the time was just right to start this new project, now it’s our time to brainwash you with the WEheartDUB brand. This movement was initiated by myself and my cousin Filipe Soeiro, a.k.a. Dub Nakave. WE<3DUB is about music, fashion and dub culture in general, we host events in different cities around Southern Africa, and depending on the budget, we bring live bands and/or DJ’s. Merchandise is always available at our events.

BSG:

So this is your first birthday party and how have you found the reception in your first year? What kind of crowd are you attracting?

WE<3DUB:

We’ve had our up’s and downs, ‘specially in the beginning, it’s hard to start a new brand or concept with no financial support, we do it for the love and we can see the brand growing and more people are starting to support the idea. We cater for open-minded people with good taste in music and that are willing to listen to new sounds as well as classics.

BSG:

What are you listening to now?

WE<3DUB:

 ‘Hey Floyd’ by Jamiroquai, since his concert a couple of weeks ago, I have this song looped on my iTunes, same applies to this new pop track called Royals by Lorde, Stimela (Coal Train) by Hugh Masekela, ‘Free The Universe’ by Major Lazer, the new ‘Blackbird’ by Fat Freddy’s Drop, and the list can go on and on. I’m always researching for good music.

BSG:

Who are you excited to listen to on Saturday?

The Brother Moves...On

The Brother Moves…On

WE<3DUB:

The line-up is massive, prepare yourselves for a musical ‘eargasm’. Naima Mclean and DJ Soul Sista are doing a collaboration, The Brother Moves On are doing a 340ml Tribute show with a couple of covers and their songs in a dub style. Catherine Grenfell is always a pleasure to listen to, Erica Elle has a nice following and it should be a nice set also. DJ InviZAble (from Gazelle) will be doing his 340ml remixed album launch entitled ‘No Apologies EP’.

Heard, yet unseen: DJ InviZAble.

Heard, yet unseen: DJ InviZAble.

BSG:

Alright, thanks for your presence and your time. Peace. See you on Saturday 26th of October for W ❤ DUB 1st birthday party at MiHouse in Selby, doors open at?

WE<3DUB:

It’s a 12-hour event with 2 stages and just over 20 acts (live bands and DJ’s), doors open at 2pm and tickets are R80 (online), R120 (door) and R60 (with presentation of a valid student card).

People can follow WEheartDUB on:

interwebs: http://weheartdub.com/

fb: https://www.facebook.com/WEheartDUB

event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/206208682875372/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

twitter: @WEheartDUB

instagram: #WEheartDUB.

Pictures:

WEheartDUB [Rui Soeiro]

The Brother Moves On [Raytheon Moorvan]

DJ InviZAble [DJ InviZAble]

Written By Leroy Brown ~ The Blunt Smoker’s Guide

email: youngblklight@gmail.com

twitter: @youngblklight

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The Blunt Smoker’s Guide to Full Moon Rituals. Lunar Eclipse. #blazemob

Anyone gotta light?

Spark!

PeacePeacePeace.

When the full moon comes out things seem to get slightly wonkish. Tripped out. Ethereal. What some Irene locals have come to know as the #mysticality. Last night was especially one of those mystical times. Irene is a place full of souls. The history coats the area like a shallow blanket of thick fog rolling between tombstones along the cemetery floor, pale light from who knows where giving the fog a freakish, almost living glow. I say ‘the cemetery’ instead of ‘a cemetery’ because Irene has, as one of its landmarks (there are many more, we’ll get to the time in time) a commemorative cemetery to all the people that died in the concentration camp here at the beginning of the last century. Here is brief description of what transpired:

“Irene Camp Cemetery

The battle of Pretoria in June 1900 started with a skirmish near Irene, upon which Lord Roberts decided to outmaneuver the defending Boers south of Pretoria by following the course of the Hennops River to approach Pretoria from the west. After this a fort was built on Irene’s highest koppie, now known as Cornwall Hill, by the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. The guerrilla tactics of the Boers frustrated the British to the extent that they decided to destroy the farms of the Boers in an effort to end the war. This left many families destitute and forced the British to take care of them. Concentration camps were established, one of which was a tent near Irene where the first refugees arrived during June 1901

Conditions in the camp deteriorated rapidly and by the end of 1901, 800 people had already died. The camp was later extended to the other side of the river – the second camp was known as Nylstroom. During 1902 the two camps housed and average of 4 500 men, women and children. Although peace was declared on 31 May 1902, the camps were only officially closed during 1903.

More than 2000 people were allegedly buried at the camp, although the cemetery’s name list only mentions 1 149 names. A name plate with a number of 2 156 was found later, but only 850 graves could be found. For this reason all 1 149 names have been inscribed on the 80 memorial tablets.”

According to the information above this year is the 113th Anniversary of the closing of the concentration camp.

It was like All Hallows Eve come early. There I was, standing with some ancestors, toking a blunt (which by the way was wrapped in some of those GLASS novelty blades, the ones made from plant fibre that make your toke look like its floating in mid air #mysticality).

ININI

In the middle of what has come to be known as a cricket oval, but looks and feels more like a large circle of grass encircled by a ring of trees and four roads leading to it at cardinal points along its circumference like some sort of clearing for pagan rituals.

Something like this. Except filled with grass in the middle and like trees around the circle, and some houses, and like, the four finger thingies are two way streets leading into and out of the pagan clearing, or something like that.

Something like this. Except filled with grass in the middle and like trees around the circle, and some houses, and like, the four finger thingies are two way streets leading into and out of the pagan clearing, or something like that.

Something like this is how the oval feels.

Something like this is how the oval feels.

Breathing. The night was brisk with a slight breeze on the ground and strong winds in the sky blowing clouds across the full face of the droopy eyed looking moon (thanks to the eclipse) like a backdrop for that Mortal Kombat I level where you fight on the bridge in some hell or other that one of the characters comes from.

The experience was fresh. The connection with the elements was fresh, was, and still is being felt.

So the first ever Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, #blazemob went down smoke screened in #mysticality. Jah Blessed. As is true for all of us, I may very well have been by myself, but I was hardly alone. #blazemob #sensimilliaseyonce

ancestors

PEACE.

ONE

Reference: the quote comes from: http://salbu.co.za/dkoa/DKOA_AreaDscpt_040621_Hist.html