Early 80’s Sound Systems

Great piece on sound systems in and around S E London:

For many young black Britons living in London today, the reggae played by soundsystems in dance-halls is inextricably related to coping with life in a white society. These soundsystems are massive hi-fi’s which make it possible to combine the performance of recorded music with live vocals: the MC or DJ sings or ‘toasts’ lyrics over recorded rhythm tracks. This style of performance, with its roots in Jamaican music and culture, has been critically transformed by the first generation of black Britons. Over the past ten years or so, they have adapted its technology to create a crucible in which new versions of their history and experience can be voiced……

Read the rest of the piece here


Thanks to Kevin at Your Heart Out for the heads up on this

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