Sound System explores the little known subculture of the British reggae sound system scene. The program follows veteran Birmingham dancehall crew Quaker City as they play out in Handsworth and features interviews with some of the major players in the British dancehall scene.
Featuring Lynval Golding of the Specials, King Tubby, Sir Coxsone and Carl from Quaker City who played his first dance in 1963, Sound System traces the origins of sound system culture from its roots in Jamaica to its beginnings in England in the 60’s and its role in uniting disaffected black British youth in the 70’s. The program touches on the positive social impact of sound system culture on black society in Britain and its influence on the development of a definitive Black British identity. Finally the program looks at how sound systems contributed to the birth of rave culture in the 80’s.
The Sound System soundtrack was re-mixed by Graeme Hamilton of Fine Young Cannibals fame.
Directed by Enda Murray
DOP: Jordi Ripolles