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World Clash Reggae Sumfest 2018 Review

World Clash Reggae Sumfest 2018 Review - World Clash Reggae Sumfest 2018 was held at the world famous Pier One Complex in the Resort City of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Irish and Chin who is known worldwide for the promoting of Sound System clashing team up with the promoters of Reggae Sumfest for this year staging. This year 2018, Irish and Chin are celebrating 20 years in the sound clash business.

The contenders for this year trophy were Tony Matterhorn, Rickey Trooper, Pink Panther and Mighty Crown.

Before the main event, there was early juggling by Crazy Chris and C-Note Sound Systems.

The war started minutes after 12 am Friday morning,  to a pack Pier One venue, the rules for the competition were:

  • NO EXPLICITIVES (aka bad words)
  • NO 45 SINGLE (only dubplates)
  • NO Splice Tunes (only original dubplates)

The format for World Clash 2018 was:

  • First Round - all four sound played 10minutes - No elimination
  • Second Round - 10 Minutes - One Sound System Get eliminated
  • Third Round - 10 Minutes - One Sound System get eliminated
  • Fourth Round  - Dub for Dub.

The sounds had to pick a number to determine the playing order. The playing order was:

Round one which was called the warm-up round saw Matterhorn and Mighty Crown came out firing from the get-go, playing numbers of custom dubplates. While Trooper and Pather were more on the cautious side playing mostly regular foundation dubs.

Round Two first elimination round was easily won by Mighty Crown with Matterhorn next in line. The crowd who was the grudge had a hard time deciding who was to be sent home. But they finally decided that Panther had to go.

Round Three was the most exciting round as Mighty Crown and Matterhorn fired shots at each other playing mostly custom dubs directed at each other. Trooper seems to have given up, as he was not getting any positive response from the audience, even although he was playing some really hardcore dubplate, It was not his night, as it seems that the patrons came to see Mighty Crown versus Tony Matterhorn.  At the end of the round, Trooper was eliminated.

Had to mention that Trooper made it clear that he was not happy about the rules of the competition as he thinks the sponsors are watering down the Sound Clash business.

The final round tune for tune (dub for dub) was blazing as Matterhorn who played first, had Mighty Crown rocking as he delivered some very powerful blows with his first two songs. But the Far East Mighty Crown ruler roared back with vengeance beating Matterhorn 6-2.

Promoters Irish and Chin was very thankful to the patrons who had been supporting the World Clash movement since 1998.

Congratulation to Mighty Crown System.

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