Issue 9 may/june
England ranks closest to Jamaica as the most important reggae country and has a history of reggae and soundsystem culture every bit as old. While we think of the soundsystem as something that came out of reggae culture, the real story is the other way around. Soundsystem was with us long before reggae, but reggae took soundsystem to its natural heights, and England is a high point, where reggae is recognized as the forerunner of modern dance music and culture. It has been a long and rocky road.