American station NPR came to talk to us at the Reggae Movement Exhibition.
“Berlin is a city known for its electronic music and club scene. But not everyone knows that many of the tricks used in today’s club mixes, such as bass cut switches, echo and delay effects, and frequency filters can be traced back to sound system from Jamaica.” Read or listen to full story on NPR website
In the last two weeks of September, we installed the Reggae Movement Exhibition in the dancehall at Yaam, a wonderful location to launch the exhibition.
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The soundsystem is at the heart of the reggae movement.
In word, music and pictures, the exhibition follows the story of the soundsystem from Jamaica in the 1950s to the UK in the 60s and 70s, and then to Europe. The soundsystems gave birth to ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, dancehall, hip-hop, jungle and drum and
bass – and taught nations and generations how to dance!
Jamaican artist Freestylee illustrates the story with additional artwork by Mau Mau. more in issue 11
The first showing of the Reggae Movement exhibition is in Berlin, Germany at the Yaam Club from 21 to 30 September. The show is open from 11:00 to 19:00 daily, and admission is free. We will present a DJ lounge every evening, and evening shows in the second week, featuring Gaggeldub and Irieland Soundsystem and the German premiere of the documentary Holding On To Jah. Michael Thompson joins us for the first week.
Full details about this show and the exhibition – titled Soundsystem: From Europe to Jamaica 1950 – 1955 – are on the website www.thereggaemovement.com.