Musically Mad takes you into the hearts and heads of the singers and soundmen, the backbone of the UK roots reggae sound systems. With them they bring the deepest bass and the highest chants, delivered by massive stacks of speakers and custom-built sound equipment. For some, attending a sound system dance is a religious experience, channelled through the music and the message. For others, it’s the natural way to connect with the music they love. Either way, sound system culture is growing and changing.
From their humble beginnings in the backyards of Kingston, Jamaica, sound systems were brought along by Caribbean immigrants, gradually gaining a strong following in the UK. The dances were crucial in lifting the spirits of the Caribbean exiles, helping them to forget their hardships; something that reggae and sound system culture now does worldwide, regardless of colour or nationality.
Musically Mad is the story of the people pushing reggae to the masses, featuring interviews with Iration Steppas, Dougie Conscious Sounds, Ironworks Dread, Terry Gad, Ras Muffett, DJ Stryda, Murray Man, Mikey Dread from Channel One sound, Mad Professor, his son Joe Ariwa, Jah Shaka’s son Young Warrior and many more.
Q&A With Kevin Sipp, Mayor's Office Of Cultural Affairs, and Abba Shaka Imhotep