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Stanley-Niaah, Sonjah N.; Niaah, Jalani A.
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Institute of Caribbean Studies
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Ace of the Dancehall Sound Space: U-Roy's Version, Subversion and Extraversion
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Caribbean Soundscapes: A conference on Caribbean Music and Culture
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March 12-13, 2004
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Tulane University. Homewood Suites by Hilton. New Orleans, Louisiana
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Abstract
No history of the development of the sound system, of DJs or indigenous Jamaican popular music can be told without reference to stalwart DJs such as Count Matchukie, King Stit and U Roy. Using select verses of DJ U Roy as tropes, this paper seeks to define the DJ’s ‘sound space’ as an autonomous entity that “ruled the nation” without knowing how it happened. The method by which this was achieved was the subversive versioning that the DJ added to the musical arena that undermined the influence of, and won appeal from polite society. The musical laboratory or sound space gave credence to the artistry and culture of those persons considered as the under class. It is this laboratory or multi-layered sound space that is ultimately demarcated based on data collection from interviews, secondary sources and participant observation.....
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