For those who might be unfamiliar with the concept of a sound clash, allow us to explain: A sound system is a syndicate of DJs who have banded together to create a sonic force greater than themselves. Sound systems build reputations by wrecking the dancehall with deep crates and hard riddims. Those reputations can grow as they win musical battles between opposing sound systems. A sound clash can’t be explained; it has to be experienced. It’s a riotous affair, complete with special sound effects and dub plates – personalized tracks made for the DJs by renowned reggae artists – employed as weapons to “murder” the rival system. The winner is judged by audience response. Sound systems and clashes are a traditionally Jamaican affair, but the phenomenon has spread throughout the Caribbean. And right here in... More >>>