Objectif Sound – From Jamaica To The UK
In a time that events such as Reggae Buss Festival in Brussels, Belgium; the Amsterdam Dub Weekender in the Netherlands; the 18″ Corner at the Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium, plus various so-called ‘Dub Club’ parties are extremely popular in Europe, we are treated to a great book titled “Objectif Sound ~ From Jamaica To The UK”. Written by French photographer Perrine Goyau, who has scoured European dance halls since 2005, and published by Afromundi, this heavyweight coffee table book – printed in black & white, format 23cm x 32cm – is a real treat for the eye as the design and layout done by Grégory Hautbois is truly exceptional. The way it has been done gives the reader the feeling that he’s holding a dubplate special in book form. To achieve this is worth a huge compliment! And there’s something else that deserves kudos. It’s a bilingual book with the text written in French and English, which makes that it can reach a wide public.
“Objectif Sound ~ From Jamaica To The UK” is a fascinating book that gives a good insight in the culture of Reggae Sound Systems. Besides the more than 100 beautiful photos, this book also offers 22 interviews, a portfolio with stunning photos and feature articles as well as 8 tracks on an exclusive bonus cd! The latter features tracks from the likes of Dubkasm, Zion Train, Vibronics and Conscious Sounds, to name four.
The writings start with Ray Hurford’s ‘Preface’, followed by the ‘Introduction’ which actually is a brief history lesson. And then it’s time for the most interesting part: the 22 interviews with producers, singers, operators, deejays, musicians, studios and sound systems! Included are interviews with Aba-Shant-I, Bush Chemist, Channel One, Chazbo, Dubkasm, Gussie P, Idren Natural, Jah Voice, Jah Youth, Kibir La Amlak, King Earthquake, Mad Professor, Nick Manasseh, Noel Zebulon, Ras Terry Gad, Roots Hitek, Russ Disciples, Tena Stelin, Twinkle Brothers, Vibronics, Young Warrior and Zion Train. These interviews are a great read as they all talk about their beginnings and their influences.
It’s obvious, “OBJECTIF SOUND – FROM JAMAICA TO THE UK” gets our strongest recommendation, definitely a must-have for every fan of the (UK) Sound System culture.