Distant Drums is a digital art installation 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 8 flat screen LCD TV’s 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.
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 Our Future plans: It has always been our intention to transform the digital art installation into an outdoor performance with a strong community participation strand, if you’re a festival and would be interested in booking Distant Drums for 2021 do get in touch.
... and we also managed to take a few photos in Derby & Leicester