Sound Systems: Pioneers of Jamaican Music

  by Deika Morrison Sound systems first became popular in the 1950s/60s in downtown Kingston. DJs would import foreign records to play on turntables with augmented sound through amplifiers and huge speaker boxes. Sound systems were big and profitable businesses employing, on average, fifteen people – music selectors, truck driver, engineers, men to lift speaker boxes[…]

Famous Films

This gritty, ground-breaking film, The Harder They Come, brought reggae music to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star worldwide, and demonstrated that music and art can change the world.       In a timely and provocative production, Better Mus’ Come traces the origins of the use of street gangs by political parties in their violent struggle[…]