Distant Drums is a digital art installation and live show that tells the story of Reggae Sound System culture and the importance of music in the fight for racial equality. Inside the sound system are hi-brightness outdoor screens which show a series of animations. The sound system plays a 16 minute looped soundtrack written by Madu Messenger, narrated by the reggae legend Macka B with a distinctively Dub soundtrack created by Vibronics. Two amazingly choreographed performers take centre-stage for the live show.
Sound System was born in the ghettos of Jamaica, shipped to the UK aboard the Windrush and now transmitted across the globe. It is the beating heart of DIY bass-heavy Caribbean- rooted music. It is Ska and it is Reggae for sure, but it is also Grime, Rave, Jungle, Dubstep, Hip Hop and more. It is about throwing your own party your own way with a wall of hand- broadcasting the kind of news that the mainstream media shy away from, and it is something so many paid the ultimate price for, as the enslaved black population of the West Indies sought to band together in the toughest of times.
2021 We are on the road !! Here are some photos of Distant Drums in action.
... and we also managed to take a few photos in Derby & Leicester