Music journalist and Wax Poetics contributor Seb Carayol has curated an exhibition in Los Angeles where visitors can see King Tubby’s original sound system – Hometown Hi-Fi. On display are unique items from the 60s along with photos by Pekka Vuorinen, Tero Kaski and Beth Lesser as well as several films about reggae – Babylon, Deep Roots Music and Musically Mad.
Together with the exhibition comes a short film telling the history of sound system culture with commentaries by Seb Carayol and cameos by Scientist and Mad Professor.
This exhibition and short film show an often overlooked and important part of music history. It’s an exploration of the dub and sound system movement dating back to the 50s and 60s. It’s also the story of how a small island in the Caribbean launched a new way of experiencing and listening to music.