Quiz: How Much Do You Know About The Jamaican Sound System Business?


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Many of us have been attending sound clashes for years but  don’t know much about the system in which this part of the Reggae Industry thrives.  

  1. 1 What year did the first sound clash was recorded?

    1. 1962
    2. 1952
    3. 1978
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  2. 2 What was the name of the two sound systems that kicked start the sound clash business?

    1. King Jammys & Metro Media
    2. Stone Love & Bass Oddessey
    3. Tom the Great Sebastian and Duke Reid's the Trojan
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  3. 3 Where did the first sound clash took place?

    1. Trenchtown
    2. Tivoli Gardens
    3. Brickston
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  4. 4 What is the overall objective of a sound clash?

    1. To "kill" their competitors
    2. To win the competition
    3. To end up last sound standing
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  5. 5 What was something negative that often happen at a sound clash when a sound system loses?

    1. Selecta's would praise each other to throw each other off their game.
    2. Fans would instigate a violence between each sound
    3. One sound system would destroy the other system's equipment
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  6. 6 What is considered a special in the sound business?

    1. A sample of an already popular song
    2. A song recorded exclusively with the sound name in it
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  7. 7 Sounds can be eliminated in the first round of a sound clash?

    1. True
    2. False
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  8. 8 A sound gets a forward when a dub gets boos from fans at the clash.

    1. True
    2. False
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  9. 9 What is the right way to say song for song in a sound clash?

    1. Riddim fi Riddim
    2. Tune fi Tune
    3. Beat fi Beat
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  10. 10 A selecta who play a dubplate based on a "riddim" already played during the clash he/she would face disqualification.

    1. True
    2. False
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  11. 11 Where did the first World Clash took place?

    1. Kingston, Jamaica
    2. Brooklyn, New York
    3. London, England
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  12. 12 In what year did the first World Clash competition took place?

    1. 1952
    2. 1996
    3. 1993
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  13. 13 Which sound system won the first World Clash competition?

    1. Metromedia
    2. Bodyguard
    3. Stone Love
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  14. 14 Which popular Dancehall star hosted the World Clash competition two times?

    1. Shabba Ranks
    2. Elephant Man
    3. Bounty Killer
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  15. 15 What is the name of the winner of the 2000 World Clash competition?

    1. Tony Matterhorn
    2. Killamanjaro
    3. Mighty Crown
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  16. 16 Which sound system holds the most wins in World Clash history?

    1. Bass Oddessey
    2. Mighty Crown
    3. Killamanjaro
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  17. 17 What is the name of the only German sound system to compete in the Word Clash Competition?

    1. Poison Dart
    2. Sentinel
    3. Black Kat
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  18. 18 What is the name of the selecta who started out under Killamanjaro?

    1. Tony Matterhorn
    2. Ricky Trooper
    3. Sammy T
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  19. 19 What sound system was founded in the summer of 1969?

    1. Killamanjaro
    2. Bass Odyssey
    3. Stone Love
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  20. 20 Which sound selecta started his career on the radio in the UK?

    1. King Jammys
    2. David Rodigan
    3. Barry G
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  21. 21 What movie offers a unique look into London's sound system and sound clash culture?

    1. Rockers
    2. Babylon
    3. The Harder They Come
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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About The Jamaican Sound System Business?

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    The history of Jamaican Sound Clashes

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    A sound clash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sound systems pit their skills against each other. Sound clashes take place in a variety of venues, both indoors and outdoors, and primarily feature reggae, dancehall music. The object is to beat or "kill" their competitors.

    In Jamaica, sound clashes, with their "violently martial ethos", date back at least to the 1950s, when systems like Tom the Great Sebastian and Duke Reid's the Trojan clashed in the old Back-O-Wall (now Tivoli Gardens) neighborhood of Kingston. Sometimes these clashes turned violent, with one system destroying the other system's equipment.  The first reported clash was between Tom the Great Sebastian and Count Nick in 1952.

    Although sound clashes are perhaps most commonly associated with Jamaica, they also form an integral part of Black British culture in London, with early proponents such as Jah Shaka running sound systems and engaging in sound clashes as early as the 1970s.  Franco Rosso's 1980 cult movie Babylon offered a look into London's sound system and sound clash culture, focusing on the Deptford and Brixton areas in particular.

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