A short film I made about Count C, a founding father of the Jamaican sound system scene. For more information about Count C please see the article I wrote in Wax Poetics #48 or the blog post on Dutty Artz.

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By Joshua Chamberlain
Published on DuttyArtz.com March 16, 2011
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Published December 2010

[African Caribbean culture] exists not in a dictionary but in the tradition of the spoken word.”
– Kamau Braithwaite, in History of the Voice1

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By Joshua Chamberlain. Published Tuesday, Jul 28 2009

In 2001, longtime hardcore reggae fan Hidetsugo Haji faced a dilemma. He wanted to be a part of the “real thing,” but he lived in Japan, which lacked some basic pieces: a ghetto, for example, and the everyday struggles that come with such blatant economic disparity, not to mention the extraordinary opportunity to look such inequality in the face and overcome it. But thanks to dancehall reggae’s vibrant cassette-tape circuit, buoyed by live dancehall sessions and soundclashes between famous sound systems like Stone Love, Bass Odyssey, and Killamanjaro, he knew where to go. (read more)

Founded in 1969 by Noel Harper, Killamanjaro Sound System was a dominant sound system competitor in the Rub-A-Dub era. With Ricky Trooper at the controls Jaro is known for its legendary clashes as well as breaking artists such as Early B, Super Cat, Burro Banton, Ninjaman and Luciano.

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Organized by Herbie Miller, Josh Chamberlain and Catherine Amidon

This exhibition presents social history through Jamaican art and music as a way to engage intellectual and community discourse on cultural and social change. Using record album covers, supported by didactic panels, film and sound clips with voice and music samples, the exhibition documents how visual, instrumental and vocal artists from the Jamaican Diaspora ahve addressed social and political issues in America and internationally.

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