This time, something quite different, a guest: Heartikal Mike from Heartikal Rockers sound system, based inna Lede. I have known Mike since we were kids, playing video games and hanging out in elementary school. Perhaps like myself: enjoying solitary activities. Our paths have strayed quite differently. For the last 10 years he is occupying himself with Reggae music and sound system culture in general. Orginally created in Jamaica and then it flew over to England. Reggae music is religiously inspired: frequently the chanter shouts “Jah!” (Yahweh) at reggae/dub parties. Dub is offspring of reggae music: mostly the instrumental “B-side” of a Reggae vinyl record. I must say it is quite enchanting: loud, but clear bass which vibrate through your body with a thin melody on top. From time to time the selector (DJ) puts on a siren and some echo effects. Myself, I enjoy watching the crowd at a dub party: the way they dance, the clouds of smoke arising above their heads and the chanter praising HIM (His Emperial Majesty). Perhaps a movie which introduces you to sound system is Babylon (1980), starring Jah Shaka. Some big sound systems: King Shiloh (NL), Black Board Jungle (FR) and Channel One soundsystem (UK).
Be sure to look out for Mike’s sound system which is growing strongly! It is a talented do-it-yourself venture, with aid of some local professionals.
A message from « Heartikal Mike »
« My box of reggae and roots classics has always been very relevant and is even more relevant today and it is shouting to be heard… I have my reasons why I walk and talk with a heavy heart and at the age of 15 I hail up the most high god his imperial majesty emperor Haile Selassie the first continually without any apology for I know his royal bloodline comes forth out of ancient of days and He is the perfect example of true leadership … I stand up for equal rights, peace and justice for all of mankind, the human race and all other inhabitants of this world. I want to give a special thanks to my mother and my father for bringing me on this earth and given me the opportunities that others would only dream of or leave their family friends and country for. Many parts of the western world are enriched and built upon shatter slavery across the globe and it cannot be reversed and we are all a part of it. Therefore it is important to know your roots & culture and as of right now I see it as an endurance for everyone and I am only seeking a way that we all can agree on different subjects so that we all can endure living together so that everyone can pick the fruits of life for I know there is plenty for everyone. »