Jah Wobble ft GZ TIAN- Dim Sum

This mixes English with Mandarin, 你好 (Meaning hello) is how we are greeted at the beginning of this song, mixing traditional Chinese instruments with hip hop beats. I love the percussion on this especially, congas marrying up the east and west – this is covering a lot of ground geographically, culturally and audibly.

There are references to WhatsApp and the bell from a message received tone didn’t go unnoticed! 

The short instrumental break at 2:16 is pretty sweet. 

I love the fact that this brings mandarin rap together with English it’s a great mix!

Dim Sum’ is the debut single from Jah Wobble and Family. Recorded by the legendary bass player with members of his family and featuring his son GZ Tian (aka Charlie Wardle) on Chinese violin and vocals.

Jah Wobble describes the track as “The new track has got the feel of an old ska classic, but it’s as contemporary as it gets. Chinatown on a warm sultry summer evening”. 

The track was recorded recently with members of the legendary bass players family. In addition to John Tienchi on drums and Chinese zither, the track features Zi-Lan Liao on Guzheng (Chinese Harp) and Anglo-Chinese rapper GZ Tian (aka Charlie Wardle, Jah Wobble’s son) on Er-Hu (Chinese Violin) and vocals.

Listen to the track here now

Review by Del Osei-Owusu