Photograph by: Rita Verde

After hitting Bristol and Birmingham, the Sound System Culture tour arrives in the capital next January.

The exhibition charts the development of London’s reggae sound systems, looking at how music from Jamaica found a second home in the UK as far back as the 1950s. As well as tons of photographs and archive footage, the exhibition will be home to an interactive vintage-style sound system custom-built for the project.

The final instalment in a three-city nationwide tour, which was developed by historian Mandeep Samra from a project documenting reggae sound systems in Huddersfield, the exhibition will be at The Tabernacle in London, W11 2AY, from January 5-17. Admission is free from Monday to Sunday, 9am-6pm, and the sound installation runs from 2-4pm.

The tour ends with a live event, ska2ROOTS, on January 30, featuring Sir Coxsone Outernational, South London sound system I Spy and a guest appearance by legendary dub and reggae musician and producer Dennis Bovell.

Want more reggae? Check out David Katz’s invaluable guides to Bob Marley and the Wailers and Augustus Pablo.

6. Heritage HiFi, built for Sound System Culture project. Photo ® Elliot Baxter



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