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Raoul, former german soundman, just came back from a 3 month internship at HelpJamaica! e.V.s Trenchtown Reading Centre and wrote a nice little report along with some nice pictures about it. Check it out at Field Reports.

Just found this really good interview with incredible talented swedish artist Joey Fever on Youtube and want to share with you, even if it’s a couple of month old.

It’s in swedish, but with english subtitles. The two Videos also have some nice Live-Footage of one of Joeys Live Gigs inside.

via TheMunchieTV

You definitly asking yourself how come he told us about the death of this column and now he’s like doing a Jay-Z Move short afterwards. Okay, lemme try to explain it. I did this Interview with the following sound a long while ago, and it happend that the answers end up in my spam folder and i totally forgot about it, so it would be unfair to the soundguys not to publish the interview. But this gonna be the last one for real. I think.

So enough with the long words, here comes the interview with one of romes top-sounds and successful soundkillers, who gonna clash ‚gainst reigning Riddimclash Champs City Lock in two weeks,


#Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

We’re Dancehall Soldiers straight from Rome, Italy. We’re just 2 members: Rosco is the Selecta and Peppe is the Mc. That’s all!

#When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

Across 2000 Rosco and another boy called Pisolo, used to play reggae and hip hop in a little club in their hometown on Rome’s seaside. By the way, the passion for the reggae music grew up until the necessity to found a real sound system. So in November 2003 they started this project called “Dancehall Soldiers” with Rosco as a selecta and Pisolo on the mic. In January 2004 Peppe joined the crew as an mc, so they started to do dancehall in many Rome’s clubs. After few months Pisolo left the sound, and ‘till now, we’re spreading reggae vibes anywhere!

#Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We play all kinds of reggae music, from foundation to the latest Jamaican releases inna original juggling style. Dubplates and specials are fundamentals in our selections.

#Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

In our hearts there are a lot of big nights: first of all our first B’Bash with the Mighty Pow Pow Movement with 1200 people blowing candles with us!! J Then our performance before Capleton live show in Rome. A real mad night with over 5000 people blazing fire and feeling the vibes!!! Amazing were also our 2 won soundclashes: one against Bashfire from Italy hosted by One Love Hi Pawa, and the latest one against Kalibandulu. A project that we carried on for 3 years with Gramigna sound, was the “Riddim Night”, an exclusive weekly party. After that, starting from 2009, we,Gramigna and another 3 romans sound (Big Bamboo, Yaga Yaga & Frisco) built up the “Bash Fever” crew. Every Saturday in the same club here in Rome, there’s a great dancehall hosted by one of these crew, where you can find wicked guests from all over the world. We also publish a free press called “Bash Fever Magazine” summing up all the latest news ‘bout local dancehall and Jamaican vibes. Last but not least, our radio experience. Since 2005 our reggae radio show called “Roots, Reality & Culture” goes on air every Tuesday from 11 pm to 1 am on Radio Città Aperta.

#Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?

In our near future, we want to win our first international clash on February 2010 against the Riddim Clash’s winner aka City Lock. We would like to continue spreading vibes all over Europe and then only time will tell!

#Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

It’s too long to name all of them, but for sure some clash addicted sound system like: Bass Odissey, King Addis, Jaro etc. etc. For our Juggling attitude, we’ve to say thanks to Black Chiney and Pow Pow. Moreover we can’t forget One Love Hi Pawa: we grew up in their yard.

#What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Our first dub was Warrior King on the Queen Majesty riddim. It was recorded during Warrior King’s first Italian tour, now we’ve remix it on the Bobby Babylon riddim and sometimes we play it.

Thank you Dancehall Soldiers, and sorry about the delay. Good luck for the upcoming clash, may the best sound win.

Please check the latest Mix CD of Dancehall Soldiers by clicking the image.

Today, I’m proud to announce a special anniversary! This issue of my Young, gifted and baaad column is the 20th i’m about to post.

It’s not even a year ago since i’ve started to interview some sounds that got my attention, wether trough hearing them play a dance i witness personally, releasing a mix cd, killing a next sound or just being present on the internet.

Butsometimes in life, you get a little bit tired of doing a thing after a while. So I’ve decided, with this 20th issue, I’m gonna put this column to rest. Of course there are way more interessting sounds out there who may fit in this blog, but I need to move ahead.

To find a praiseworthy end for this column i’ve focused my mind on the continent of South America and interviewed a Sound which is doing its thang with an undeniable love for the whole culture and really keeping it real. They’ve won the first brazilian Soundclash and promote their incredibly successful dances on a regular basis. Also, they are responsible for the You and Me on a Jamboree Blog, which became popular all over the globe.

Ladies and Gents, may I have your attention for Sao Paulos own

Jurassic Sound System

#Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

Jurassic Sound System / You&Me Crew
In the beginning I’ve always seen the other guys at Reggaeparties , but did not know who each one was. So it was the jamaican music that made us know each other and Jamaican music made us become friends. Then we had the idea of creating a blog to promote the beginning of Jamaican music. Until then, here in Brazil Reggae was mostly unknown and to our surprise, the blog became famous worldwide, and is considered the largest archive of early Jamaican music from the Internet.

People around the world come talk to us, we  extent the concept of researching old Jamaican music without knowing it, we do it for love of this culture.

Today our sound have four members (Greg, Jurassico, Luís and Sono) who select and operate the soundsystem. Our sound system has more than 7000 watts rms, and we like to keep the style as it was the beginning of sound system scene with Scoopers Box, Garrard 4HF, Synare 3, and playing only 45 original press.

#When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?


#Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We only play Ska, Rocksteady and Skinhead Reggae, we want to spread the true Jamaican music cause this is what we love. The 60’s.

#Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like
clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

I think the best party that we’ve promote was in downtown Sao Paulo, when there was an event hall and we did [the party] the same time, but did not have Permissions. There were more than five thousand people dancing all night! Amazing night! And we’ve won the first soundclash in Sao Paulo, one night that was totally different than anything that had occurred here, the audience went crazy with the dubplates from old school artists.

#Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real
longtime plans for it?

In 2010 we want to build more speakers and continue to do parties, because we love jamaican music and playing it for the people.

#Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

What really influenced us was the real sound system (of jamaica in the 50’s & 60’s). Count Machuki and great sound systems like „Tom The Great Sebastian“, King Edwards, Mr. Clement Coxsone Dodd and all their productions, Duke Reid, Bunny Lee, Leslie Kong, Rupie Edwards, Lee“ King „Perry, Harry Johnson, Clancy Eccles, Laurel Aitken, Andy Capp, Derrick Harriott, Byron Lee, Joe Gibbs, Junior Lincoln, Palmer Brothers, Sonia Pottinger, Prince Buster, Derrick Morgan, Phil Pratt, Lloyd Daley, Lascelles Perkins, Eddy Grant, Joe Mansano, Sidney Crooks, Lloyd Charmers and many many many more.

#What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

One of the first dubplates we record with a big artist was King Stitt, pioneer dj! Foundation! We still play it of course! „No matter what the people say JURASSIC SOUND leads the way“. We even had the honor of recording artists such as Derrick Morgan, Toots ‚the real King‘ Hibbert, John Holt, Junior Murvin, Larry Marshall, Slickers, etc..

#Any last words?
more infos on

Just found some more of my beloved retro flyers that I want to share with you.


If you have some wicked flyers on your harddrive, please don’t hesitate to link me!

Well, it been a while since I post the last Young, gifted and baaad Interview, but guess I’ve been catched in the Holiday Season routine a little bit. Anyway, here’s the brandnew interview with a very successful soundsystem (and even more successful reggae, funk, cumbia, worldmusic, whatever-band) from the beautiful capital of Hungary.

Dr. Dermont of the mighty

Irie Maffia

from Budapest answerd my questions.

#Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.

My sound is Irie Maffia, which is not a classic soundsystem, this one is more a musical production crew with a soundsystem profile as well. Irie Maffia main thing is live music, we have a 11 member live band and we play around Hungary and Europe a lot. We work as a soundsystem as well, because originaly we start the whole music bussiness as djs/producers and mcs.

There are two selectors in the sound, Gáspár Horvath aka Jumo Daddy and me.

We founded the sound and the band. We compose the original productions, Gaspár also plays the keyboards in the band and I play the trombone in the live sessions.

We work with 4 vocalists. Columbo, Sena, Busa and Kemon.

When we play live, all of them are on stage, in  sound performances Columbo and Kemon are the deejays. Sena is a half Ghanian half Hungarian singer. She is the soul of our own productions, she also work with international productions like
hiphop producer DJ Vadim or the French sound Irie Ites. You can find
her tunes on the latest Irie Ites 7″ series.

Columbo is a hungarian deejay who use patois, Kemon is from the Caribbean island Grenada, so they are the voices of sound. Busa is the only one who is toastin in hungarian, he also performs on the live gigs.

#When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

Irie Maffia was founded in 2004 as my own project. Before Irie Maffia, we (Kemon, Jumo Daddy and me Dermot) worked in the Love Alliance Sound, which was the very first soundsystem in Hungary. We played in this sound since 2002.

The Love alliance was founded by Bosi in 2001, he was the first selector who played dancehall in Hungary. Befor that, there were just a few djs who played reggae tunes but not in a soundsystem style. I start djing in 2000 and soon realized I want to
play dancehall, so in 2001 I met Bosi and soon join his sound.

# Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

Our own production is mixed. Not just reggae but hiphop, funk, cumbia ect.

The sound two main profile is rubadub/oldschool dancehall, and in the last year we hooked up on the new tune thing. So if someone come to our regular dance (we play every thuesday in Budapest in a club called Corvintető) he will hear 80’s dancehall, and rubadub in the begining and the freshest tunes after midnight.

#Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history,
like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.

We don’t clash (yet). In Hungary there is no soundsystem culture, so no one,
execept really a few people, know what is a clash or a juggling. Most of the people come to the dance or just to hear reggae hits. Since today, there was no clash in hungary yet.

Irie Maffia has important cornermarks like our singers featured on Germaica’s Rodeo Riddim in 2005.

We played hundreds of shows both live as a band or soundsystem, sometimes for 5000-10000 people, we sold our first album also in Japan. Now in 2010 Irie Maffia is one of the most popular Hungarian music group.

#Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the
real longtime plans for it?

We will release our second album worldwide in spring 2010 with a German distribution. Also we will come out with our first riddim series this spring. We already voiced 3 versions pon the riddim with jamaican/canadian singers like Perfect and Blessed, and we are planing to voice two more.  I’m planing to keep this riddim production next to our own stuff, so I’ll go to JA to built more connections.

#Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?

Lots of dem, producers like Lee Perry, Coxone Dodd, Henry Junjo Lawes, King Jammy, Donovan Germain, Bobby Digital, Bobby Konders, and sounds like Jaro, Mighty Crown, Rodigan. Artists like Burro Banton, King Yellowman, Buju, Busy Signal, Konshens and many more

#What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?

Our first dub was a Dr Ring Ding special on the Ali Baba Riddim . And no, I don’t play it no more, because it was a Love Alliance dub.

The dubplate bussiness in Hungary is the same as the clash, nobody cares, so we don’t really collect dubs. We focus on productions and voice original tracks with artists.

#Any last words?

If anyone who reads this come to Hungary, you  should check one of our shows, because you won’t regret it.

Thanks Dermont for the answerd and good luck with your sound and the release of your album in spring. Blessed.

And you people can download the latest Irie Maffia Mix CD by clicking the banner:

Today, I’m about to feature a next sound from the beautiful adriatic coast of Italy. For me, it really seems like the italian dancehall scene gonna be the next big thing in europe. A whole heap of nice sounds are really active down there and keep their thing rolling.

So, ins come the Sound yah name Balooba, all the way from Pescara, Italy.

#Please introduce your Sound and all the members to the readers.
Greetings to everybody,
it’s Aman, representing a sound named Balooba. Our crew is actually formed by two dj/selectors (Moko -27- and Filippo -26-) and two Mc (me, Aman -26- and Mr. Toxx -26-). We come from Italy, born and grown ina small city called Pescara, it’s just on the sea with a beautiful beach in the perfect middle of Italian East Coast.

#When was the founding of your Sound and since when do you djing?

We officially start to play in public in Summer 2002. We use to organize some big illegal parties on the beach with big audience and then in Autumn/Winter season we’ve started to search clubs or any kind of location to play for the people in our city..these were our firsts experiences. Before we get to know the reggae dancehall world, we were B-Boys and skaters. We used to love the Hip Hop Culture and to dance, but the feeling with Reggae and dancehall music have had more impact in our hearts. It aas something incredible..after 4 months, around 2001/2002, we’ve quit the breakdancing, start to smoke and begin to buy and push Reggae music..we’ve always played and recorded our mixtapes with only 7 inches (45 rpm) till 5 month Moko switched to Serato with Timecode Vinyls, but Filippo still plays strictly 7 inches.

#Can you describe which style your sound plays mostly?

We always try to adapt our style to the yard or the people we meet.
Generally Balooba Sound’s selections, played inna real juggling style, are characterized by a special attention to the brand-new Jamaican releases, both new roots and dancehall. Our sound is enriched by the Reggae Music evergreen’s and by an original dubplates collection that is growing with us. Moreover since 2004 we broadcast ‘Massive’, a reggae radio show alongside our good friends ‘Pure Love Sound’, on air live an‘ direct every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM on Radio Città Pescara.

#Please tell me about the most important cornermarks in the sounds history, like clashes, the baddest dances, etc.
Surely the most important experiences for us were those „out of Italy“ Dances. We have had the chance to play in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Holland. The best parties are still in our memories: Master Blaster in Frankfurt with Soundbwoys Destiny, Calabash in Berlin with City Lock, Cube Club in Chemnitz with Phlatline..also in Biel (Switzerland) was a wicked party..more than 800 persons in a beautiful location, even in Barcelona it was cool, we remember with pleasure the hype of Catalunian people. We remember the dance in Leiden (Holland) alongside Herb a lize It and Keytown. In Italy we have played several times in Milan, Rome, big cities like this, it’s always amazing to play, trust me! Italy’s massive is the hottest we ever met! We used to take part in two soundclashs in Italy in the past years, but unluckely we’ve lost the trophy in both situations (but we’re always made it to the DFD). Next one have to be a real big thing! We can boast important collaborations with big artists like Reggie Stepper and Konshens (JAM) and big sounds as Shashamane Intl (KN), Soul Stereo (FRA), Killa Face (USA), Kill Dem Crew (FRA), Phlatline Sound (DE), G- Force Sound (DE), Citylock (DE), Soundbwoys Destiny (DE), Herb-a-lize it (NL), Jamrock Sound (NL), Keytown (NL), The Rootsman (UK) and many others.

#Which plans do you have for your sound in the near future and what are the real longtime plans for it?
In the near future we have a lot of things to do. We play every Saturday night (since 3 years) in a club called Wake Up, set in Pescara, so we have to set the calendar and organize all the stuffs for the good outcome of our weekly parties. Next week we will be in Milan promoting the Italian tour of Killaface Sound (first time in Europe from Chicago, Illinois). We have also some dates all around Italy. Till Christmas we will be very busy! The longtime plans for now are not so defined. Surely we want to continue to grow up this way step by step, day by day. We have a clothing sponsor right now and we would like to close big deals with them in the future. We will see!

Furthermore we’re waiting for some good booking ina international Soundclash and obviously try to gain enough money so as to be able to live on music all life long.

#Which persons, sounds, artists have influenced you musicallywise?
In the late 90’s we were inspired by Roots Inna Mix, a sound from Taranto, Italy, that use to promote the original dancehall style in Pescara area. They were the first persons that use to show us what it really means to play Reggae Music ina dancehall for the people, so we have to give thanks to dem. If i have to name, as example, soundsystems that we really appreciate and from wich we try to take inspiration i have to mention crews like Stone Love, Bass Odyssey, Fire Links, Metro Media, Swatch Intl…in our opinion they still set the trend all over the world.

#What was the first dubplate you ever voiced, and do you still play it?
We’ve cutted the first dubplate in Summer 2003 in Perugia with I-Shence. Buju Banton was there for a live concert and we’ve met him to voice „Hills and Valleys“ on Bob Marley’s „So much trouble“ riddim. It’s a wicked, wicked tune and we still play it with passion!

Allright, thank you for the nice interview Aman, and all the best for the future.

These are the 2 newest Mix CDs by Balooba Sound for you to download: