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“Sound System Culture”


Beginning in the 1950’s in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, sound systems have been a part of reggae and dub music for over 50 years. With time passing, sound systems became more and more popular when the greats got involved including Headley Smith (late 1950’s)
Clement Dodd- creator of Studio One (1954) and Duke Reid creator of Treasure Isle (1960’s).

By the late 1970’s sound systems had spread to Britain with many outstanding sound systems including Aba Shanti-I, Iration Steppas, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Saxon Studio International. Together with many others, old and new they have been releasing and playing mega tunes for the past 40 years and continue to do so on a daily basis.

Many current sound systems take on the the values and traditions set out at the conception of the sound system culture. Keeping the sound analogue, playing stickily vinyl and the use of such tools as a pre-amp and siren boxes. A regular accompaniment to any sound system is a deejay or MC often an accomplished recording artists.

However, a new wave of “sound system culture” is upon us! 2014 is set to be a massive year for many of the newer sound systems including Unit 137 set to release massive tunes, Channel One Sound System set to play at KOKO in March as well as Young Warrior Sound System and Roots Guidance Sound System headlining at the United Nations of Dub Weekender London.

Real roots are also getting ready to make their mark on the “sound system culture”. By summer, Real Roots are set to have a high quality, hand built sound system of their own to take the festival and club scene by storm. Look forward to massive tunes and good vibes and performances ensuring that Real Roots will be well known within the “sound system culture” circuit.

K. Wilcox

Dub-Stuy Records // Sound System Culture in Brooklyn from Dub-Stuy Records on Vimeo.



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