This is a full sound system event!!!
Channel One (DJ Set)Coxsone OuternationalAba ShantiBrother Culture
Global Beats Presents Culture Clash
Culture Clash is a series of shows celebrating sound system culture to be held throughout the UK starting in Decemeber. Each show will feature an impressive line-up of UK sound-systems led by the legendary Sir Coxsone, who recently marked his 50th anniversary as one of the world's leading reggae soundmen.
Interest in reggae sound systems is currently at an all-time high, and there's a younger generation of reggae lovers from across the world building their own amps and speakers, cutting dub plates and starting record labels in greater numbers than ever before. The MCs and "live" mixes that were synonymous with reggae sound-systems of the past have returned, and there's now a wealth of festivals, films, exhibitions, books, online communities and academic studies representing all aspects of sound system culture.
It's had a massive influence on genres such as hip-hop, drum & bass, UK dub and grime, and also left an indelible stamp on fashion, language and a range of other lifestyle choices.
The sound of young Jamaica first came to the UK after WW2. Early sound systems helped provide a sense of belonging and purpose, as well as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, technicians, carpenters and performers. "We had the best set of sound-systems here and the most reggae music, even more than in Jamaica," says Lloyd Coxsone. "We are the ones who establish it and then expose it worldwide. And we bring a spirit to other people because sound-system is a joyful thing really. We want to see people smiling and looking happy, y 'know?"
He and other well-established sounds like Channel One are keepers of the flame. There's history and cultural resonance in every note they play, and years of unwritten tradition in their approach. They've learnt their craft the hard way, and bring all of that knowledge to bear when stood behind the decks entertaining a crowd.
These Culture Clash events are intended to convey the thrills and experience of witnessing authentic UK reggae sound-system culture first-hand, in venues across the UK both small and large and to unite all the soundmen on one tour which will spread their message of unity and belonging.
Owning and maintaining a sound system is a major commitment in terms of money, time and effort. Sir Coxsone's sound-system is custom-built throughout, and uses state-of-the-art components. It's capable of 32,000 kilowatts and can be used in venues of all sizes.
"Sound system require amplifier, bass box scoop and the great speaker, tops them come out of the tweeter. Mind how yuh a treat them and it'll sound sweeter. We have we selector and we operator. We have we MCs and a dozen singers. Fi line up the show you need a good promoter. Me load up the sound and travel north with it. A big sound system up in a we place, bubbling in the place..."
CHANNEL 1 SOUND SYSTEM
In 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They chose the name Channel One in homage to the legendary Jamaican record label of the same name whose tunes featured heavily in those early selections. Inspired by Bob Marley's belief in uniting people through reggae music, Mikey was keen to introduce new people to dub reggae music and started touring around universities, where he secured a solid fan base.
Aba Shanti-I is a sound system operator and dub producer from the UK. Aba and his sound system have been playing through UK and Europe for over 30 years. He has been a resident sound system at Notting Hill Carnival since 1993 and was voted the No. 1 DJ in the World by DJ Magazine in the same year. While deejaying for the Jah Tubby's sound system, Aba Shanti-I was known as Jasmine Joe. In 1990, Aba took over the running of the Jah Tubby's sound system debuting at the Leicester carnival. Since then, Aba Shanti-I and his sound system play regularly in the UK, with residencies at the Notting Hill Carnivalsince 1993, Leicester Carnival and the University of Dub.
SIR COXSONE OUTERNATIONAL SOUND SYSTEM
The legendary UK soundman / record producer began his career in the sixties, soon after arriving from Jamaica. He was one of the first soundmen to play at West End clubs like Tiles and the Roaring Twenties, where a generation of British pop stars like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elton John first heard the music of Jamaica. Coxsone then dominated the seventies, when Bob Marley and Dennis Brown were among his closest allies, as heard on unforgettable dub-plates from that era. Lloyd is an elder statesman with more than fifty years' history behind him, but he knows there's still a place in the music for those who are young at heart and willing to embrace change.
Brother Culture is an MC based in Brixton, London. He started his career around 1982 for Jah Revelation Muzik sound system. As part of the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rasta brotherhood, Brother Culture toured in the USA, Jamaica, Caribbean and Canada throughout the 80’s. In 1991, he started to MC at London's now legendary Dub Club, where he forged a reputation for being a powerful and diverse MC and singer. In the subsequent years, Brother Culture, has become one of the busiest Reggae artists in the world.