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Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954 – May 18, 1999), known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards.

He popularized the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used in Jamaica to teach music to schoolchildren) in reggae music. His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub.

Selected discography

Albums
  • This Is...Augustus Pablo (1974)
  • Ital Dub (1974)
  • Thriller (1975)
  • King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976)
  • East of the River Nile (1977)
  • Original Rockers (1979)
  • Africa Must Be Free by... 1983 Dub (1979)
  • Rockers Meets King Tubbys in a Firehouse (1980)
  • Authentic Golden Melodies (1980)
  • Earth's Rightful Ruler (1982)
  • King David's Melody (1983)
  • Rising Sun (1986)
  • Rebel Rock Reggae (1986)
  • Rockers Come East (1987)
  • Eastman Dub (1988)
  • Presents Rockers Story (1989)
  • Blowing with the Wind (1990)
  • Presents Rockers International Showcase (1991)
  • Heartical Chart (1993)
  • Meets King Tubby at the Control in Roots Vibes (1996)
  • Red Sea (1998)
  • Valley of Jehosaphat (1999)
  • El Rocker's (2000)
  • The Great Pablo (2000)
  • Dubbing with the Don (2001)
  • Jah Inspiration (2001)
  • Skanking with Pablo: Melodica for Hire 1971–77 (2002)
  • In Fine Style: 7" & 12" Selection 1973–79 (2003)
  • The Essential Augustus Pablo (2005)
  • Augustus Pablo Meets Lee Perry & the Wailers Band (Rare Dubs 1970–1971) (2006)
  • The Mystic World of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story (2008)
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