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1st Wave of Artists The Sounds: Aba Shanti // Sir Coxsone Outernational // Mad Professor // Luv Injection (Birmingham) // King Tubbys // Inca Dubs // Mafia & Fluxy Sound // Lion Pulse (Bristol) // Jah Youth // Vinyl Star //
Live PAs: Little Roy // Levi Roots // Winston Francis // Brother Culture // Chosen Few // Barry Isaacs
More to be announced...
Sir Coxsone Presents "Uniting The Tribes Tour" is a series of shows celebrating sound system culture to be held throughout the UK during February 2020. Each show will feature an impressive line-up of UK sound-systems led by the legendary Sir Coxsone, who recently marked his 55th anniversary as one of the world’s leading reggae soundmen. Other well-known names already confirmed include Mad
Professor, Aba Shanti, King Tubby's in addition to a growing line-up of singers and deejays.
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 dubplates and starting record labels in greater numbers than ever before. The MCs and “live” mixes that were synonymous with reggae soundsystems 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 hiphop, 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 the 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 learned their craft the hard way, and bring all of that knowledge to bear when stood behind the decks entertaining a crowd. These Uniting The Tribes 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.
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