Tassilli Players worked on an open-house philosophy, with a floating pool of musicians centred around Dave Hake (ex-Cosmics; Harare Dread). Hake came from Coventry, England, where his contemporaries included the 2-Tone ska bands the Specials and Selecter. He later relocated to Manchester where he discovered Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label, which became a major influence on the performer’s aspirations. He embarked on a period of self-discovery, including a spell in a Kibbutz, a sojourn with a Bedouin in the Sinai Desert, a hasty retreat from war-torn Israel and a tranquil period of rejuvenation in Ireland. It was the latter visit that inspired the concept of the Tassilli Players. In London he became involved with Zion Train, who produced his series of experimental dub albums. The players also featured on a series of dub compilations, including Dubhead and Lead With The Bass. In addition to his own Tassilli Players projects, Hake forged a strong relationship with Zion Train and joined Chris ‘Forkebeard’ Hetter as part of the band’s distinctive brass section. The duo were recognized for their contribution to the archetypal Homegrown Fantasy, which demonstrated their talents on ‘Dance Of Life’ and a version of the Gladiators’ ‘Get Ready’. By 1996 the duo continued to pursue Tassilli projects alongside a continuous touring schedule. The Players were also recruited to provide the captivating horn riff on Morcheeba’s reggae-styled ‘Friction’, featured on the acclaimed Big Calm.