Originally from Saint-Etienne in France's industrial heartland, Dub Inc fuse classic roots reggae with dub, dancehall, ska, hip-hop and African influences. They create an intoxicating musical hybrid with highly charged and socially conscious songs which have earned them cult status in their native France and beyond.
Charismatic lead singers Hakim "Bouchkour" Meridja and Aurelien "Komlan" Zohou sing in English, French and Kabyle (a Berber language native to Algeria). Backed by deep rolling bass (Moritz Von Korff), keyboards (Frédéric Peyron and Idir Derdiche), guitar (Jérémie Grégeois) and drums (Grégory "Zigo" Mavridorakis), Bouchkour and Komlan convey strong positive messages through their striking vocals creating music with a truly universal appeal. Since forming in 1997, Dub Inc have produced six studio albums, two EP's and two live albums.
2013's Paradise, the group's fifth full-length effort, brilliantly alters between reggae, dancehall and world music and covers a diverse set of themes including politics ("Revolution"), everyday life ("Better Run"), introspection ("Paradise"), a changing world ("Partout dans ce monde") and a society that's stuck in a rut ("Enfants du ghetto"). Throw in a particularly judicious choice of guests (Skarra Mucci, Meta Dia, Alif Naaba and Jah Mason) and you have a superb reggae album and one of the finest of the band's career.