dub Addis was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1994 from two Ethiopians, Dereje Tesfaye andFresew Taye, under the mentorship of Bassie Kangudi from Kinshasa, Congo. In 1995 dub Addis expanded adding Vernon “Aessay” Perry Jr. and Bashier Shakur, African diasporees living in NC. This group became African Children. After performing as African Children around the east coast of U.S., in June 1999, dub Addis departed to Austin TX. They continued their musical journey with Chris Toms on drum, Aessay and Ras Jorje from Cuba on bass, Asa Savage from Corpus Cristy, TX on lead guitar, Ann Savage from the Philippines on flute, Kuchingo from Brazil on percussion, IdowuAdwale from Nigeria on rhythm guitar, and Johan Dentant from Belgium on alto sax. They've touched Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, TX with their international sound.
In June 2001, dub Addis returned to their home base in Durham, NC and were joined by North Carolinia reggae-phile Tre "Sost" Tomson on bass. After performing as a trio for few year, dub Addis added horn section and rhythm guitar.
Currently dub Addis features Dereje Tesfaye -lead vocal and keys, Jae Fields on trumpet, vocals and keys, Serena Wilie on saxophone and vocals, Ricardo James on trumpet and vocals Dean Irwin on bass ans Kenneth Joseph on drums.
"We are dedicated to writing our own material and determined to bring a positive sound to the masses..Our songs vary from traditional Ethiopian rhythms to Roots Reggae." dereje
dub Addis would like to thank musicians who helped/helping us on our musical journey.
Drummers Fresew, Ken, B-way, Melvin, Naphtali & Chris Toms
Bassists Dean,Tre"Sost",Aessay & Ras Jorje
Guitarists Asa, Justin, Wylie, Smithy & JC
Percussionists Suppa, N’jae & Ras Nade
Saxophonists Serena, Bohdi & Johan.
Trumpeters Jae and Ricky