Sound System International – Schedule


Schedule Summary

Goldsmiths, Media Research Building (MRB), University of London, SE14 6NW, building 4 on

12.00 – 13.30 Session 1 (MRB Screen 1)

Plenary: Sound System Outernational – risks and opportunities – chair Brian D’Aquino

 13.30 14.30 Lunch

 14.30 – 16.00: Session 2 Workshops (to run in parallel):

 break 16.00 – 16.30

 16.30 – 18.00 Session 3 – Plenary: Soundwomen in the 21st Century (Screen 1) chair Leo Vidigal

18.00 – 19.30 Session 4 Workshops (to run in parallel)

Amersham Arms 338 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY

19.45 – 21.15 Film showing with sound system sound

 21.30 – 03.00 Sound System Session


*** Exhibition & Installations: open all day in MRB Seminar Room 12, see end of schedule ****


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Weapon is my mouth


At Amersham Arms, 7.30PM

Sound System Outernational – July 2nd

“Weapon Is My Mouth” is conceived and made specifically a “danceable film.” It has to be experienced, appreciated and danced to within the environment of a sound-system session.

Projected between the speaker stacks it is a fusion of Expanded Cinema and dancehall experience – making the space one for the moment of thought as well as bodies.

The 52 min film is the product of an one-year research programme made at Goldsmiths by Brazilian scholar and soundman Leo Vidigal, in collaboration with filmmaker Delmar Mavignier.

Sound System Outernational 2



Sound System Outernational 2 is kicking off on Saturday the 2nd of July, 2016.

Sound System Outernational 2 is a special event with workshops, films, speakers and sound system sessions on Saturday 2nd July, 12 noon to 2am at Goldsmiths, University of London and the Amersham Arms. Located in SE London, a historic centre of the capital’s sound system culture, Outernational 2 brings together sound system men and women, younger and older, researchers and engineers, performers and industry professionals from across the UK and Brazil, Italy and Jamaica. This event follows the success of Outernational 1 in January this year, and


The unprecedented growth of sound system culture globally calls for debate and reflection if we are to make the most of its subversive and artistic potential. Sound System Outernational is a project committed to generating spaces where these discussions can take place, and with the amazing contributions we’ve received from a tremendous range of people, we’re set to do exactly that.

The mighty line-up of sound systems for the dance is now confirmed, with a couple of extra performances being added soon. We’re going to be announcing the symposium participants over the next few days, so stay tuned. Wake the town and tell the people!

Rastafari in Motion Exhibition


The Black Cultural Archives and Rastafari Regal Livity are co-presenting an exhibition on the Rastafari movement and Haile Selassie’s stay in Britain, from the 14th of June until the 10th of September at the BCA in Windrush Square, Brixton.

Co-curated in partnership with the Rastafari  Regal Livity (RRL)Rastafari in Motion tells the rarely told story of the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the emergence of the Rastafari movement in Britain. This exhibition introduces the mystic world of Rastafari and the guiding principles of this holistic way of life and takes a closer look at the contributions made to British society.  Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie I’s appearance before the League of Nations, His four-year residency in Bath and His influence on the rising consciousness of Black youth from the 1960s onwards.

Find out about the exploits of Ras Seymour Maclean ‘The Book Liberator’, and explore the movement’s expression through music, art, spirituality, education, and the rise of political agency; and their lasting legacy here in Britain.

Black Cultural Archives will be the first to present Rastafari in Motion to UK audiences. First exhibited at the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in 2014, as part of an international collection (Rastafari: The Majesty and the Movement), this celebrated exhibition has travelled to Jamaica in April 2016, and will arrive at Black Cultural Archives this summer.




Shoulder Move! The Art of Wilfred Limonious


Sound System Outernational is proud to invite you to an event celebrating the life and work of Jamaican graphic artist Wilfred Limonious (1949–99), with Christopher Bateman and Al ‘Fingers’ Newman presenting their new book, In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, and words from guest speakers Paul Gilroy (Kings College) and William ‘Lez’ Henry (What the Deejay Said, A Critique From the Street).

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From Blues Parties to Soundsystem Dances

Soft Wax

Steve ‘Soft Wax’ McCarthy has been a Zelig-like figure in the sphere of roots rock rebel music for several decades. As the fulcrum of the Soft Wax project, he has been at the helm of London’s best Dub and Reggae nightclubs and live music nights, as well as performance art and installation events. Much of the diverse output of Soft Wax is music orientated and concerned with cultures of resistance (David Katz).
Deptford Dub Club is the name of the monthly fix of Reggae, Ska & Rocksteady, featuring a mixture of performance styles, that Soft Wax is running at The Duke. 

This is a summary of his presentation at the first Sound System Outernational Symposium, that took place at Goldsmiths, University of London, on January 16th.

Soft Wax

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