A Brief History Of Sound Clash Culture

With Culture Clash coming up next week in Atlanta, Genius decided to look back at the origins and legacy of sound clash events in collaboration with Red Bull. A sound clash is a musical competition that first originated in the streets of Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1950s. Evolving from rag-tag sound system assemblies blasting out of cars into the organized and marketed events of today, sound clash has a rich musical legacy. Jamaicans brought the culture with them around the globe, influencing music in the U.S., U.K., Japan, and Europe. Even hip-hop founding father DJ Kool Herc cited sound clash as a major influence on the development of rap music.

Deb McKoy