A new documentary shedding light on Sound System Culture in New York in the midst of the pandemic.
For years, a legendary dubplate, simply known as “Shaka a Serious Warrior” drove Jah Shaka sound system’s aficionados crazy – who could be behind such a one-away tune? Time did tell: it was one Alan Kingpin, co-frontman and singer of the band Reggae Regular. A Muslim man in a Rasta environment, Alan King based the dub off his “Little Jimmy” release. Like the song, the man is as different as he is elusive. In 2006, Seb Carayol finally got the chance to cross his path.
A rarity amongst the most versioned riddims, the Abyssians’ “Satta Massagana” (plus a myriad of similar spellings) has also been regularly covered by other artists. Driven by powerful horns that give way to entrancing vocals, the original song is instantly recognizable.
With over 30 vinyl releases from a diverse roster of globally-known musicians and local NYC talent, the affiliated record label has grown into an internationally recognized home for sound system music.
Our second installment is a short interview with Doug Paine of Scotch Bonnet Records, of Mungo’s Hi-Fi. Founded in 2000 out of Glasgow, Scotland, the sound system and label have achieved international success and acclaim, working with a multitude of legendary Jamaican artists.
Behind The Label explores the many record labels in the global sound system community and the stories behind them. Big and small, everyone has a story about the music they love; Our first installment is an interview with Lo Gautier of Bent Backs Records, the label behind Jonny Go Figure’s 2019 smash hit “Vinyl Lover.” Starting in 2009 as a sound system crew in the city of Rennes, France, Bent Backs since relocated to New York, turning into a fully fledged record label championing the 80s digital reggae revival sound.
Text by Anderson Muth Artwork by Irie Design This is a riddim of many names, though “He Prayed” truly seems to give respect to where it’s due, as that’s one of the two early titles (along with “Joe Frazier”) used by Burning Spear before “Dub Organizer” arrived later via Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. In a 2011 […]
Tracing the history and relationship between sound system culture and protest movements.