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Brash, raucous, computer-driven reggae that came to                prominence in the 1980s and refuses to go away. Seen by many as a return to straight forward fun after a decade of                    roots‘n’culture’s piety. The dancehall anthem “Under Mi Sleng Teng” […]

Sound systems are the heartbeat at the centre of all meaningful Jamaican music. During the  last forty years, sound system culture has spread all over the world essentially unchanged.   They appear in a pure Jamaican form for the Notting Hill Carnival with systems such as       Aba Shanti-I and Good Times being huge crowd […]

Imagine Jamaica at the end of the 1950s, already gripped by Independence fever as the new nation prepares for the lowering of the flag in 1962. In downtown Kingston the sound systems are booming and competition for the freshest tunes is ferocious. Of course the imported sounds of American rhythm & blues won’t satisfy these […]