With the web-documentary 'À la Jamaïque' French musician, filmmaker, illustrator, director, producer and sound engineer Romain Chiffre, better known as Sherkhan, takes viewers through the ins and outs of the sound system lifestyle.
SHARE / May 16, 2013 10:38 am
Following the King Tafari sound system –
the official sound of Sizzla Kalonji – Sherkhan found out just how hectic and
challenging the sound system operations can be.
From packing the equipments and making
the necessary connections to the song selections throughout any given 'session' to the repacking of everything, the episode gave a fair representation of what the sound system lifestyle entails.
During our recent interview with legendary sound system operator and producer Winston 'Merritone' Blake of Merritone Music for our Behind the Music series, he explains that "First of all when we
started playing music, which was the later of the 1950's, there was no Jamaican
music." He continued by noting "It was strictly American Rhythm and Blues and
Mento and the music that we danced to a lot also was in the form of swing which
was like Jazz – Jazz in those days was swing music which was dance music,"
before giving an in-depth recollection of the very first sound system to play
on the island.