Sound System Jah Works Wins Japan Rumble 2018
Sound System Jah Works Wins Japan Rumble 2018 - For over 30 years, Japan has been a strong market for reggae and dancehall music. The success of Japanese sound system Mighty Crown has inspired many home-grown 'sounds'.
Garfield “Chin” Bourne, of New York-based promoters Irish and Chin,
knew he had a winner on his hands with Japan Rumble last Saturday night.
Held at Bay Hall in Yokohama, it saw four sound systems competing for a
place in the World Clash final.
Jah Works, from Osaka, emerged winner.
“Japan plays an intricate role in modern day sound system culture.
They have been major supporters of Jamaica's dubplate industry for
decades. Japan has also been a strong market for reggae and dancehall
music overall for many, many years.
I wanted to keep a 'Rumble' in Japan
to continue the trend that Mighty Crown has set, keep Japan visible
under the World Clash umbrella and discover new champion sounds hailing
from that region,” said Bourne. “The objective of the Rumble series and
World Clash brands is to create a global movement of new champion sound
systems from vibrant markets throughout the world.”
Sota “Oga” Ogwa of the 18-year-old sound Jah Works, described competing in Japan Rumble as rewarding.
“The feeling of defeating some of Japan's brightest sound stars
is huge. Right now, it's all about Jah Works,” said Ogwa. “I entered
because I wanted my sound to be a representative of Japan's rich sound
system scene. I also want an opportunity to represent Japan on the World
Jah Works entered a clash in Jamaica four years ago. Ogwa credits
that experience with giving him and his colleagues an edge in Japan
The other competitors were Fujiyama (the defending champion), Independent, and King Jam.
Bourne declared Japan Rumble a success.
“It was phenomenal. One of the greatest things about Japan is,
the crowd gives the competitors so much energy — pure sound clash
entertainment. The sounds performed very well...some better than others.
The sounds have truly perfected speech, delivery, stage performance and
humour, especially Fujiyama and Jah Works.”
Next in the Rumble series is Euro Rumble on June 23 at U Club in Wuppertal, Germany.
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