The Reggae Sound System tradition originated in the yards of Jamaica and has spread abroad to the UK, continental Europe, and well beyond over the course of the last 50 years. The pages of this blog are dedicated to highlighting the birth and growth of this movement in the USA. The mission of our growing and diverse collective of roots reggae dub activists, music lovers, and followers of Rasta livity aims to showcase this musical dispensation in all its rich cultural significance, historical lineage, and spiritual power. Word Sound have Power.Rastafari Roots and Dub Sound System culture thrives in the UK with heartical and heavy sounds such as the mighty Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti I, Channel One, King Earthquake, and Jah Tubbys. These UK sounds serve as an inspiration with their uncompromising militancy and livication to the spiritual path of Rastafari. Similarly over the last decade a small and inspired sound system community has been bubbling up in the USA. Each year the USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo holds a series of dances on the East and West Coasts of the United States in an effort to forward this movement across North America. The first annual Expo took place in 2010 with sessions held in Baltimore, Maryland and San Diego, California. In 2011 we intend to build on the strength of these events with another brace of bi-coastal dances.
The sound systems participating in the Expo hold firm to the traditions set forth by the sounds mentioned above while also stridently contributing to the growth of this vibrant culture in the USA. We build our own sound systems and we livicate our energies to airing roots music – both old and new. These events are open to all, and showcase Rastafari word, sound and power. The mission is to spread Sound System culture to the USA and further strengthen the roots reggae dub community outernationally. Check these pages in the coming days, weeks, and months for sound system stories, interviews, reviews, and reasonings with members of this vital movement as well as updates on the cities and venues that will host the 2011 USA Roots Reggae Dub Expo.