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Studio One DJ's


"Soul Jazz Records are releasing the fourth journey into the vaults of Studio One Records, the legendary foundation label of Reggae, owned and founded by Sir Coxsone Dodd. For this release we return to the roots of Reggae music -- The Soundsystem. Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s Soundsystems such as Sir Coxsone's Downbeat and Duke Reid (the Trojan), Prince Buster, Tom the Great and King Edwards played throughout the city of Kingston, Jamaica. These Soundystems were the birthplace of much of Jamaica's musical culture -- Soundclashes, Dancehall and the idea of the Toaster who sang over records -- the DJ. As ever Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd led the field, so for this release the focus is on DJ's at Studio One and features legendary toasters such as Denis Alcapone, Dillinger and Prince Far I as well as a host of rare material by lesser known artists. Also included is Count Machuki -- the original DJ -- the first man ever to speak over the mic at Sir Coxsone's Downbeat Sound System -- from where it all began. As Steve Barrow (author of The Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) writes in the sleeve notes, Jamaican deejay music is the source for all Rap music: From Count Machuki talking over records on Sir Coxsone's legendary Downbeat Sound System the idea of recreating tried and tested rhythms with the DJ toasting over the top was taken into the studio to create a new style. This style would eventually travel to America when the Jamaican-born Kool Herc began playing at Block parties (a version of the Kingston Soundsystem parties) in the Bronx. Cutting up rare-groove classics for the first B-Boys to rap over, Hip-Hop was born and the DJ music that had started on the early Soundsystems of Kingston would go on to conquer the world! Studio One DJs (compiled by Mark Ainley) is the next in the series of releases where Soul Jazz Records are showcasing the music of Studio One, the label that literally defines Reggae."