Culture Clash Pt. 3 - Trojan Sound System & Sir Coxsone




Global Beats Presents Culture Clash Pt. 3

Celebrating 50yrs of Trojan records:
Trojan Sound System & Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound System


Culture Clash is a series of shows celebrating sound system culture to be held throughout the UK starting in December.Each show will feature an impressive line-up of UK sound-systems led by the legendary Sir Coxsone, who recently marked his 50th anniversary as one of the world's leading reggae soundmen.

Interest in reggae sound systems is currently at an all-time high, and there's a younger generation of reggae lovers from across the world building their own amps and speakers, cutting dubplates and starting record labels in greater numbers than ever before. The MCs and "live" mixes that were synonymous with reggae sound-systems of the past have returned, and there's now a wealth of festivals, films, exhibitions, books, online communities and academic studies representing all aspects of sound system culture.

It's had a massive influence on genres such as hip-hop, drum & bass, UK dub and grime, and also left an indelible stamp on fashion, language and a range of other lifestyle choices.

The sound of young Jamaica first came to the UK after WW2. Early sound systems helped provide a sense of belonging and purpose, as well as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, technicians, carpenters and performers.

"We had the best set of sound-systems here and the most reggae music, even more than in Jamaica," says Lloyd Coxsone. "We are the ones who establish it and then expose it worldwide. And we bring a spirit to other people because sound-system is a joyful thing really. We want to see people smiling and looking happy, y 'know?"

He and other well-established sounds like Channel One are keepers of the flame. There's history and cultural resonance in every note they play, and years of unwritten tradition in their approach. They've learnt their craft the hard way, and bring all of that knowledge to bear when stood behind the decks entertaining a crowd.

These Culture Clash events are intended to convey the thrills and experience of witnessing authentic UK reggae sound-system culture first-hand, in venues across the UK both small and large and to unite all the soundmen on one tour which will spread their message of unity and belonging.

Owning and maintaining a sound system is a major commitment in terms of money, time and effort. Sir Coxsone's sound-system is custom-built throughout and uses state-of-the-art components. It's capable of 32,000 kilowatts and can be used in venues of all sizes.

"Sound system require amplifier, bass box scoop and the great speaker, tops them come out of the tweeter. Mind how yuh a treat them and it'll sound sweeter. We have we selector and we operator. We have we MCs and a dozen singers. Fi line up the show you need a good promoter. Me load up the sound and travel north with it. A big sound system up in a we place, bubbling in the place..."

In the main room:


Formed in 2004, London based Trojan Sound System are an institution in British Sound System culture.
A talented team of selectors and vocalists, they relentlessly tour the globe, representing the most seminal reggae and ska record label in history.
For the past decade, Trojan Sound System have spread their message of love and unity through the power of ska, roots, dub, dancehall and UK bass music, headlining club shows, captivating festival crowds and supporting legendary Jamaican acts such as the Wailers, Luciano, Sly and Robby and the late great Gregory Isaacs to name but a few.
Trojan Sound System are the original crew that broke reggae music and culture back into contemporary clubs and festivals.
Transcending age, race and political barriers, Trojan Sound System play music that satisfies the purest of vinyl collectors, while at the same time, introducing a new generation to the roots of Jamaican music and Bass Culture.
Mixing styles and flavours from the past 40 years, the Trojan crew are legendary party starters, ignited by uplifting vocals from MC trio; Superfour, Chucky Bantan & Jah Buck


The legendary UK soundman/record producer began his career in the sixties, soon after arriving from Jamaica. He was one of the first soundmen to play at West End clubs like Tiles and the Roaring Twenties, where a generation of British pop stars like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elton John first heard the music of Jamaica. Coxsone then dominated the seventies, when Bob Marley and Dennis Brown were among his closest allies, as heard on unforgettable dub-plates from that era. Lloyd is an elder statesman with more than fifty years' history behind him, but he knows there's still a place in the music for those who are young at heart and willing to embrace change.


In the bar:

Unity HiFi
Ted @ The Controls
General Legsta

Concorde 2
Madeira Shelter Hall
Madeira Drive
East Sussex

+ Accessibility Information
Accessible Seating:Please contact the venue for more information - 01273 673311

+ Age Restrictions:
This event is Over 18s only (I.D Required)

The venue is on the seafront.

+ From London/North of Brighton.

Follow signs to the seafront & town centre from A23. Drive until you see Brighton Pier infront of you. Go straight on at the roundabout, along the seafront. We're 2 minutes drive down here (Madeira Drive) on the left hand side.

+ From The East. Once you've driven past the Marina, look out for Dukes Mound as a left hand turning. Take this turning down to the sea & we're on the right hand side.

+ From The West. Drive along Brighton seafront (Kings Road) to Brighton Pier. Turn right along Madeira Drive - Concorde 2 is 2 mins drive on the left hand side.

+ Parking:
Free Parking available outside the venue after 6pm

+ Public Transport:

+ Nearest rail: Brighton.

(You can catch no7 bus from outside station to Madeira Drive, jump out near the brighton hospital).

From the station either take a cab, or walk (15-20mins walk) .... walk straight out of the station towards the sea, along Queens Road. Turn left along the seafront & follow the promenade until you reach Concorde 2. You'll pass Brighton Pier & will need to walk another 5 minutes or so along Madeira Drive.

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