Thursday 12 December, 2019

Germany's Warrior Sound wins Sumfest Global Sound Clash

Dancehall selector Mattia of Warrior Sound hoists the winner's trophy after emerging victorious in the Reggae Sumfest Global Sound Clash at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James on Friday morning.

Dancehall selector Mattia of Warrior Sound hoists the winner's trophy after emerging victorious in the Reggae Sumfest Global Sound Clash at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James on Friday morning.

Warrior Sound, commandeered by German dancehall selector Mattia, emerged victorious in the Reggae Sumfest Global Sound Clash at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James early Friday morning.

Mattia dug deep into his treasure chest of dub plates - including 'Settle Down' by Marcia Griffiths; 'We Gonna Rock It Tonight' by Johnny Osbourne and the Jamaicans' 'Ba Ba Boom' - to decisively defeat his arch rival Pink Panther in the final round of spinoffs to walk away as the crowd favourite on the night.

It was expected to be a keen contest, but Warrior Sound used superior selections and better interaction with the audience to easily take the lion's share in the tune for tune final by 6 to 1.

At first there were five but, after the first elimination round, Jamaican sound system veteran Ricky Trooper was told in no uncertain terms by the sea of judges that he should pack his bags and go.

The Canadian-based King Turbo followed in Trooper's footsteps.

Then it was the turn of Yard Beat of Japan to exit the stage, leaving the two finalists to compete in the head to head battle.

Warrior Sound was gracious in victory and credited Pink Panther for inspiring the sound system's ascent in the industry.

"Pink Panther a di first selector who make me play in Jamaica. Give thanks, me respect you,"  Mattia said.

The night proved to be quite enjoyable as the patrons were very much involved right throughout the contest. All five sounds gave a good account of themselves despite some barbs being thrown at each other in jest.

The stage is now set for Friday's Festival Night One which will see a mostly dancehall-filled roster, complemented by Chronixx and Koffee, performing live at Catherine Hall in the second city. See more photos from the sound clash in the slider below.

Sumfest Sound Clash 2019

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