The reggae dub movement grows in Brazil

Reggae Dub FEstival in Sao PauloThe second edition of the Reunion of Dub Festival happened on October, 2014 at the Valley of Anhangabaú, and was undoubtedly the most soundsystem culture-related event carried out in Brazil. There were three arenas, 35 national and international attractions and about 20 thousand people a day in Sao Paulo.

Revista Sexy in Brazil talked with Raoni, the event founder and head of the High Public Soundsystem, that for some years has been moving the São Paulo reggae dub scene.

How did the idea of ​​making a fully event aimed to soundsystem culture? As is this culture and drive?

Man, I’m a lover of the subculture, and sound system is subculture, no status, no mainstream media, it has no superstar, who thinks otherwise is wrong! The idea of ​​making a 100% soundsystem event comes primarily from the fact that this culture is seriously undervalued by the public that consumes itself, and second that after a decade of soundsystem culture here in southeastern Brazil, there is still much to do. I often feel that we are stagnant and we need new, and for this to happen, nothing better than bringing people who are moving this culture to chat live, eye to eye and maybe there arise more ideas.

The soundsystem culture is a great school reggae, where we learn to listen to reggae with its proper sound fidelity, severe beating high and medium and well equalized acute, is where we hear the selectors and mc’s telling the story of the songs or singing on top the bases, is a “raw” show, without many lights without many flashes, something that gave rise to rap, but that has kept its roots over the decades.

The soundsystem was born in Jamaica and streets today for various reasons is rare to see large public dances in his native land, or even in countries where this culture is very strong.

But here in Brazil, specifically in São Paulo, we can in one way or another make our dances, are also in clubs or on the streets, for the entire population.

Reggae Dub Festival in Sao Paulo

List the major differences present between the 2013 event and 2014. What was the learning acquired after the first edition?

In 2013 everything was very young, the very term “festival” does not make much sense, since people generally think that festivals should last many days without breaks. Anyway, that was the way we could do, we did not want it to be a common event like the others, wanted that moment to do something really innovative.
We set up a line-up very different, to tell the story of this music that was born in the 60s in Jamaica and today continues evolving around the world.

In the first edition there was only one arena, everything was focused on her, because we would not know for sure how it would be, the two days were historical and a line selector Mikey Dread (Channel One Sound System) in the marked, he said, “You are very important for the solidification of reggae culture / sound system in South America “and this marked us much, making it one of our missions that day forward. In 2014 the mission was to increase, not only in size and quality and the line-up surprised everyone because it was well diversified, high-level divided into three thematic arenas.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.