Whas good Clubaholic heads? This week I talk directly to the Reggae heads far and wide, but specifically to the UK Reggae heads and sound system connoisseurs. I must admit for myself, being a transplant from the States, I’d not realized the vast history this culture had played into the over all landscape of shaping what we listen to today.
So when a request was made to us to feature what’s going on with telling the history of the UK Sound System out there? There was no question in our minds, that this would have to be the next weekly slice.
Lets get into it.
The UK’s first homegrown Sound System was brought over by Duke Vin in 1955, and it’s from this pivotal point that a culture was born.
2015 marks the Diamond Jubilee of the UK Sound System phenomenon. This October, Punch Records will present a celebratory tour to mark this momentous milestone featuring two of the greatest roots, reggae and dub acts of all time. This five date UK-wide event pairs one of the UK’s best known foundational reggae Sound Systems, Channel One, with legendary producer and artist Mad Professor, whose music was created specifically to be played through Sound Systems.
Channel One, comprising prime selector Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb, is one of the world’s foremost roots and dub Sound Systems. Established in 1979, they first played Notting Hill Carnival in 1982, and have been a regular fixture there ever since. Mad Professor is the esteemed dub music producer and engineer, known for transitioning dub into the digital age, collaborating with Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sly and Robbie, Johnny Clarke, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka, Horace Andy, Massive Attack and The Orb.
This tour offers a great opportunity for people to immerse themselves in a music and culture rich in history and vibe, as well as a rare chance to see both Channel One and Mad Professor together, truly doing what they do best.
Full Tour Schedule
31 October – WEST INDIAN CENTRE, LEEDS (w/ SubDub)
And that my friends is your Weekly Slice.
Mr DJ ChEeSe – Creative Producer for Clubaholic.tv