By Marianna Nash
Sound system culture built modern music… literally. So what is it?
Brought to the UK by Caribbean immigrants in the 1940s, sound systems were monolithic, custom-built speaker systems capable of producing ground-shaking bass. By the 1980s, British reggae artists had created their own unique sound using the systems. Jamaican artists would even travel to the UK to hear it for themselves.
"It's the equivalent of if you invented a country-and-western scene in Yorkshire, and Willie Nelson thought you were doing OK,” music historian John Masouri told the BBC last month.
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