In February 2015, Italian reggae producer Paolo Baldini packed his mobile studio in a red suitcase and flew over to Kingston, Jamaica. Together with a handful of Italian artists (reggae acts Mellow Mood and Forelock, graphic novelist Davide Toffolo) and anthropologist Icir Mimina Di Muro as videomaker, he set his recording equipment at Song Embassy Yard, located in Papine, Kingston 6, and during a one-week-long audio/video recording session he was joined by more than thirty singers who would deliver their vocals on Baldini’s riddims.
The technique of these recordings features one-take-only performances of the singers, while Baldini is simultaneously dubbing the riddims on an 8 track ADAT digital tape recorder. Baldini’s project DubFiles already features dozens of videos on YouTube based on the same formula and scoring hundreds of thousands of views.
The whole session at Song Embassy was recorded and, together with interviews to the singers, will form a documentary bearing witness to Jamaica’s impressive amount of singing/deejaying talents, many of whom are unknown to the public but deliver incredibly beautiful music.