by Howard Campbell
[SOUTH FLORIDA] – For most of the past 30 years, Pablo Brown has worked in New York City’s public transportation system and focused on caring for his family. But after retiring six years ago and moving to Florida, he decided to give the music career he gave up in the 1980s another shot.
He started recording music three years ago, releasing the song “tuff that stone“. Last November, Brown posted “Soft reggae music“.
On “Soft reggae music »he is accompanied by The Firehouse Crew, a band whose career began in the Waterhouse community when Brown was about to migrate to the United States.
“We had songs, so just get the musicians together and do our thing. It was a great vibe in the studio and I think you can hear that on the songs,” Brown said.
Based in Claremont, Brown traveled to Jamaica for recording sessions with The Firehouse Crew, best known for their work with Luciano and Sizzla. He hails from Waterhouse, a tough Kingston community that has produced famous artists like Black Uhuru, The Wailing Souls and Junior Reid.
In the early 1970s, Brown was linked with budding artists at Waterhouse, including singers Don Carlos and Gold. As a trio, they recorded the song Prophecy for the legendary engineer Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock.
After that group disbanded, he became a member of a duo called Rockstone who wrote a series of songs for a British producer named Michael Palmer. When the master tapes for these songs were stolen from his singing partner’s home in Waterhouse, Brown was disillusioned, left the music business and emigrated to the United States.
“I couldn’t take it anymore,” he said.
Busy Body and Hall of Fame (with PsychNaut) are other songs that Pablo Brown has released since his comeback.