CHAMPIONZ LEAGUE SELECTORS AND ACTIVISTS
Today reggae and sound system culture has a highly visible profile, thanks to Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti, Channel One and, of course, Bob Marley. But much of the groundwork for reggae music in the United Kingdom was laid by members of the CHAMPIONZ LEAGUE SELECTORS AND ACTIVISTS
The Championz League selectors, are FESTUS, [COSXONE SOUND SYSTEM], RIBS UNITY [FATMAN, UNITY SOUND SYSTEM], NATTY FRONTLINE [JAH SUFFERER/COSXONE/FRONTLINE SOUND] and DENNIS BOVELL [JAH SUFFERER]. They are joined by THE ACTIVISTS: ORIGINAL DUBMAN, HB NAPTALI, RAS DIGBY, UNCLE AL, PRINCE SHERMAN and special guests.
In the musical hotbed of the 1970s and 1980s sound system scene, these were the champion selectors to beat. They were the ones tasked by Jamaican producers to break their biggest tunes in the UK. They were also responsible for bringing new artists to the public. An example is the number one single IRIE FEELINGS by RUPIE EDWARDS launched by DENNIS BOVELL in a clash with FATMAN. Likewise NATTY, who alongside JAH PEBBLES road-tested Bob Marley’s EXODUS on a special dubplate months before its ISLAND Records release. As the selector for Coxsone Sound, with an encyclopaedic archive of vinyl knowledge, FESTUS spent many years fending off all challenges. RIBS was also untouchable, especially when he introduced the unique CHANNEL ONE mixing style – radically altering roots and dub reggae in ways that can still be heard today.Completing this lineup of champion selectors are the ACTIVISTS. These include toasters or emcees such as HB NAPTALI, RAS DIGBY and ORIGINAL DUBMAN as well as other selectors who earned respect in clashes with the group.
The Champions League are quite simply the toughest squad of sound system legends ever assembled under one banner. Drawing on decades of musical and cultural experience they bring a depth and excitement to any reggae event – from the liveliest clash to the most uplifting spiritual cleansing roots rock reggae session.
ONE HEART & ONE LOVE FROM THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO THE WORLD
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE SOUND SYSTEM
‘THE INSTITUTE OF DUB THEOLOGY’
To celebrate their forthcoming On-U Sound releases via Warp, the African Head Charge collective is taking to the road as a Sound System. African Head Charge Sound System features Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah and The Dokter [ON-U sound archivist]
Initiated by legendary underground producer Adrian Sherwood, African Head Charge is a globally-acclaimed dub-reggae ensemble led by original co-founder, master percussionist and royal Rastaman, Bonjo Iyabhinghi Noah. African Head Charge are true pioneers who have pushed the boundaries of sound since 1981. Originally devised as a studio project, the London-based collective has achieved legendary cult status. They’ve created over 13 albums and graced stages across the world: from Australia and New Zealand to Glastonbury. Their revolutionary combination of primal rhythms, tribal chants, heavy psychedelic dub, punk, roots reggae and 21st century electronica, generates an intoxicating soundscape of reggae-inflected drumming, visceral vocals and throbbing, bottomless bass-lines that touch the very heart of your being.
On.U Sound Massive in the area