Just 3 days to go until this years Riddim Clash at Palladium in Cologne, Germany!
For the real Die-Hard-Soundfans amongst you guys, Guns-E-Num and the Cologne Hecklerz have a nice little Preclash Dance coming up on Saturday.
6p.m. till 11p.m.
Welcome back again to our Young, gifted and baaad Column, for the first time with a sound from the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain.
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Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers?
Nyahbingi Sound is one of the firsts sound systems created in Spain. We havee played all over Spain and also in countries like Scotland, France, Italy, Chile or Colombia and played alongside sound systems like Stone Love, David Rodigan, Saxon Sound or Mighty Crown.
Always linked to the jamaican music actuality, members of Nyahbingi Sound run also NBC Producciones, one of the most active black music agencies from Spain. They manage artists like The Pepper Pots, Hermano L or Soweto, do the spanish booking for Dr.Ring Ding, Bitty McLean, Derrick Morgan or Ken Boothe, and also organize festivals or tours during all year.
Nyahbingi Sound also plays alongside artists like General Levy, Bitty McLean, Chukki Starr, Chuck Fender, Earl 16 Derrick Morgan or Dr Ring Ding.
Nyahbingi Sound members are Leggo (mc), Rochi (selektah) and Mr.Pep (selektah).
When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?
The Sound System was created in 1999, our first show was in May that year and also it was our first djing experience.
Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?
Our style is a mixture of new and classic.
Actually all members of the sound started listening Ska, Rocksteady and Roots so these styles are always very present in our sessions and old tunes of Early Rub a Dub and Dancehall. We like Jammy’s productions, Volcano or Techniques. They always have an important role in our sessions.
Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.
During these 10 years we have participated in some Clashes (Spanish Clash 2002, Bilbao Sound Clash 2008, …) and been lucky to get shows at big festivals (Rototom Sunsplash, Downtown,…) but I think in the end what makes a special show are the vibes and the feelings with the people.
So It was our first show outside of Spain, with Mungo´s Hi Fi in Glasgow, shows performed with artists like Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, Chukki Starr or Bitty Mclean, our anniversary party we held in a ship in the port of Barcelona and the last show in the city with Mighty Crown.
Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?
This year we have regular dates in two little clubs in Barcelona.
We will continue organizing events in other clubs like the Bcn Reggae Soundclash, or our annual anniversary party.
We also have organize a European and Southamerican tour with some singers, but is still too early to say anything concrete.
Finally, coinciding with our 10th anniversary, will be the second part of our mixtape “200% Pure Dubplates” after the previous edition surpassed the 30,000 downloads.
Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?
Each Sound System that has influenced us has done for very different reasons.
I like the energy of Rodigan, the force of Poison Dart, the attitude of Pow Pow, the imagination of Mighty Crown, the wisdom of Down Beat and Stone Love´s style.
If I had to choose two artists, a classical and other current, I will choose Alton Ellis and Bitty Mclean.
What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?
Our first 3 dubplates was recordedby U-Brown after he performed alongside the sound system in Barcelona and Madrid and we still play it. I think it was in 2000.
Any last words?
Thanks for contacting us
If you want to know more about us please visit the website of Sound:
Like the web of NBC (Nyahbingi Crew):
Jordi “Leggo” Gramunt
You can check the first edition of their 100% Dubplate Mix CD by clicking the covers:
Finally the Interview-Stream is available for you to hear via Way above the Level.
Make sure to hear this piece of history, in which Trevor Sax talks for over a hour bout everything you ever wanted to know bout the great Saxon Sound.
Alright, it’s interview time again!
This time we feature a young sound from the southwest of germany, that want to promote the real way of playing a sound to the audience. Talking bout big soundsystems, racks full up with effect-units, live chanting inna rasta way and so on.
As you already read a while ago, this sound was the initial inspiration for Sting like a Bee to start play Dances, so Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for the mighty Ganja Riddim Sound from Pforzheim, Germany
# Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.
Greetings & Love! This is Ganja Riddim Sound, founded in Pforzheim and now based in Karlsruhe, Southwest Germany. We see ourselves as a humble but heavy Roots & Dub Sound and try to help establishing the Roots & Dub culture here in (southwest) Germany. Although we wouldn’t describe ourselves as 100% Rastas we are inspired by the idea and livity of Rastafari. Spreading Jah love & message and positive & upfull vibes to the audience is our aim.
Right now we are 2 active members: Jan & Alex. But we get support by different other people, especially Sebastian (Roots Ark Soundsystem) and Benny (Dub down Babylon / Youthstone Hi-Fi) in the last years and Sebi & Nic who help us to organize Sessions in our new hometown Karlsruhe.
# When was the founding of your Sound and since when do all of you djing?
Well we were a crew of about 8 friends who have been interested in all kind of “underground” music styles: hiphop, jungle and reggae. We started playing records and doing freestyles at private partys and organizing sessions at about 1997. It was not our plan to become a “Sound” (also our name was just a spontaneous thing – in these days we were only interested in 2 things, you know…), all happened through a natural progression cause there was a big demand for sessions like ours and everything got bigger and bigger.
# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?
We concentrate on deep & heavy Roots Reggae and Dub music, especially UK Dub. For us it is important to play music with a positive message, music we can “feel”. A lot of people in Germany associate boring and slow music with “Dub” – something we want to change! Heavy basslines and stepper riddims, powerful lyrics & chantings, crucial Dub-versions and top-notch productions – this is what we are dealing with! We don’t want to kill Sounds, we come to uplift Sounds & people!
# Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.
Well the most important Session for us was the first Roots & Dub Dance with King Shiloh Soundsystem (Amsterdam) and The Disciples (London) in 2002. The year before we somehow lost the vibe and interest in Jamaican Dancehall music. We got bored of the lyrics, the productions and vibes but did not really know where to go musically. And this Session really opened our eyes and ears. From that night on we knew which road we have to take sound-wise. After that we did 5 more Session with King Shiloh and last summer we had the honor to play in Amsterdam on their set as the first German Sound.
Other inspiring Session were trips to foreign countries like our link up with Moa Anbessa in Venice and playing in Vienna or on festivals like Irie Vibes (Belgium) and the Fusion and many other nights we won’t forget.
Another big influence on our Sound-mentality had several trips to England to catch the original Soundsystem vibes and to learn what it means to play Roots & Culture music in a Rastaman tradition.
# Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?
For us it is important to keep on promoting Roots & Dub Soundsystem sessions. Therefore we concentrate on pushing crews which have their own boxes and equipment. Cause after all these heavy Soundsystem Sessions InI cannot do without heavy basslines and the special Soundsystem feeling – who feels it knows it.
You know, it’s not all good what comes from The UK and what these Soundsystems do. The loudness for example is a serious point. We do not want to harm people with the music and it makes no sense to need earplugs when listening to music. But for us no Sound, no matter how many dubplates he got in his box, on a laptop or burned on CDs, can match up with the vibes of a crew with self build boxes, customized pre-amps, own chanters and special effects. Of course we also love to hear exclusive music, but for us it makes no sense to pay a huge amount of money to hear artists singing our name (which they do for countless other sounds in almost the same way). You also get exclusive music in Roots & Dub dances – in most cases this means unreleased tunes or one-away mixes you only get through a personal contact with the producers. This gives dubplates a deeper or more serious meaning in our opinion.
So as we did not have the time and possibility to run our own Soundsystem in the last years our big plan for the future is easy to guess: to build our own boxes & equipment and play the music we love in our own way.
# Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?
As I said, King Shiloh Soundsystem was and is our big inspiration. They taught us a lot of the Soundsystem culture and the approach as a rootical & conscious Sound.
For the UK Soundsystem scene Aba Shanti I is InI favourite Soundsystem heard live, but a lot of inspirational Sound come from over there… Can’t miss out old Jah Shaka tapes and sessions/ recordings of The Disciples, Iration Steppas, Channel One, Jah Tubby’s, King Earthquake, Bush Chemists, Alpha & Omega and many many more.
In Germany we have a strong link to Dandelion Soundsystem with which we did our first “german” Soundsystem Session. They put a lot of energy and love in the music & Soundsystem and Ical Ises (Selecta, Operater & Chanter) is spreading upfull vibes everytime – as one of the first also in german language, which is an important development from our point of view. In general it is good to see how the Roots & Dub culture is getting bigger in Germany over the last years. A lot of crews are coming up with their own Sounds, Labels get started, and the cooperation between the crews is very good – also through the help of the website www.rootssound.net. I am sure that there will be a lot of positive development in the next years! If you look to France you can see what is possible for Roots & Dub Soundsystems in Europe outside of the UK.
# What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?
Our first dubplate was from a Studio Sessison with Ras Abraham and Jah Sesco from times where you could not order Dubplates online! We did not play it for a long time, but maybe it gets a dub steppers remix some day.
Our first “Anthems” were Flowin Immo’s “Jaman” and General Levy’s “Wicked”, which mashed up many dances in Pforzheim and around.
OK, thank you for the Interview Jan and do you have any last Words for the Readers?
Well, love & respect to everybody who helps to spread positive Reggae vibes, it’s not easy to do it on a proper level and takes a lot of energy and love for the music – still it’s well worthy! Of course special thanks to Way above the Level for linking up and the good works.
If you want to contact Ganja Riddim feel free to send an email to jan.hecht [at] web.de or send a message via myspace.
Also, you can download our brand new Mix-CD called “Bass Culture Mix” here:
Links to our older “Upliftment Mix” and “Roots & Culture Dubliftment” can be found on our Myspace-Blog.
Check out the coming generation of Roots & Dub Sounds in Germany… nuff tings a gwaan! JAH love and guidance & protection from Ganja Riddim!
Finally Demarco put out a video for one of my favorite Bashment Tunes in a while.
But, all of a sudden, a just the love a come down….:-)
Dedicated to his son Carlton Grant Jr., who got shot and killed by jamaican police last year.
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