Sound System Outernational

Sound System Outernational is an ongoing initiative of practitioners and researchers, in association with Goldsmiths, University of London, dedicated to recognizing, stimulating and supporting sound system culture worldwide. There are more sound systems in operation round the world then ever before, more women’s sound systems, more aficionados, more practitioners and more interest across different countries round the globe. Goldsmiths is located in SE London, a historic center of the capital’s sound system culture.

Sound System Outernational creates spaces for dance and discussion. We organize events to bring together:


  • Practitioners and researchers: we believe the ways of knowing of a popular culture and the knowledge systems of the academy have a lot to learn from each other


  • Past, present and future sound system culture: intergenerational conversations strengthen our culture and ensure its future


  • Technologies, aesthetics and politics: to understand the culture’s numerous forms, styles and media of creative expression

Our partners include

Sound System Culture,

One Love books

Echoes magazine


Our academic institution associates include:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Universita D’Orientale, Naples, Italy

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil


Our founder members are: Brian D’Aquino (Bababoom HiFi, Universita D’Orientale, Italy), Leo Vidigal (Deskareggae, UFMG, Brazil), Eliete Mejorado (Slum Dunk, Tetine, Brazil), Bruno Verner (Goldsmiths, Tetine, Brazil) Vincent Moystad (Goldsmiths) Julian Henriques (Goldsmiths)


SSO1 was inaugurated with our first Sound System Outernational symposium at Goldsmiths on 16th January 2016,


SSO2 took place at Goldsmiths on 2nd July 2016 2016,


Highlights included:


  • Sir Lloyd Coxsone giving his blessings and encouragement to the new generation of sound women – Legs Eleven in the Soundwomen plenary
  • Leo and Delmar’s Weapon is My Mouth film screening with Roots Injection sound system at he Amersham Arms
  • Jim’s 12 volt sound system playing on the lawn over lunch and breaks
  • Anti Bypass’ demonstration of King Tubby signature squawk box in dub circuit bending session


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