Irish and Chin celebrates 20th anniversary in fine art style: South Florida Caribbean News


Sound culture and art converge during the famous Art Basel in Miami

MIAMI – Caribbean entertainment visionaries Irish and Chin culminated their 20th anniversary in an ‘artistic’ style. During an impressive weekend at Art Basel in Miami, Garfield “Chin” Bourne left an indelible mark of sound system culture on viewers around the world through his inaugural display of dub plates at the “Let There Be Reggae “, curated by Alain Jean, and subsequent interview on Pitchfork Radio during the art exhibition” Bacardi No Commission – The Dean Collection “by Swizz Beatz.

As forerunners in the promotion of sound clash and sound system culture, the year of Irish and Chin’s 20th anniversary was rich in high profile events, including World Clash, The Rumble Series (UK, Japan, United States, Canada and Germany) and Sound Fest Vibez at the park to name a few. But when the call came to be a part of “Let There Be Reggae”, there couldn’t have been a more rewarding feeling to overcome Garfield “Chin” Bourne, co-founder of Irish and Chin. At that precise moment, he felt that his vision in 1997 of reviving one of Jamaica’s most treasured art forms – sound shock – reached a new level.

“Let There Be Reggae” offered Art Basel aficionados a taste of Reggae and Dancehall music from renowned artists and purveyors of culture, including Maxine Walters, Roy Sweetland, Robin Clare, David Muir and Bourne at La Manna Gallery during 3 days during the famous Miami Art Basel exhibition.

Bourne, who has featured dub plates from some of the culture’s legendary sound systems like Killamanjaro, Body Guard, King Addies, Black Scorpio, V-Rocket, Down Beat, Renaissance, Sound Trooper, Silver Hawk, Firgo Digital, LP International , Africa, Mighty Crown and more wanted to highlight the quintessential role of the dub plate in Reggae and Dancehall music.

Garfield “Chin” Bourne stands in front of his vinyl dubplate display, part of the “Let There Be Reggae” exhibit during Art Basel.

During the opening reception, Bourne pointed out that via the dub plate and sound systems, some of Dancehall’s greatest artists have been popularized and presented to the world. Additionally, he concluded that many classic reggae and dancehall hits were born out of dub plates which wreaked havoc in sound clashes and dancing.

“Being a part of ‘Let There Be Reggae’ and seeing overwhelming international public support for the exhibit indicates that our culture is worthy of praise,” Bourne says enthusiastically.

Bourne’s interview on Pitchfork Radio at Swizz Beatz’s “Bacardi No Commission – The Dean Collection” art show added to an already impressive weekend.

As crowds gathered around the live broadcast area – right on the exhibition floor, the ever so passionate Bourne gifted station host Elia Sound system and Sound Clash 101. Triggering a lot of discussion and interest, the topic was rather apt, given the 2017 theme of “No Commission” “Island Might” – a tribute to Caribbean Bacardi culture.

Bourne’s enlightening interview peaked when hip-hop mogul Swizz Beatz joined the show.

Although impromptu, Swizz Beats responded enthusiastically, focusing on how his upbringing in the Bronx in predominantly Jamaican areas sparked his penchant for dancehall. Bourne and Swizz embarked on a fascinating discussion about the profound influence of the Sound System on Hip Hop.

In fact, Bourne pointed out that Hip Hop grew out of Sound System culture, detailing all of its fundamentals.

“This interview was one of my highlights of the weekend, not least because the audience and the spectators of ‘No Commission’ were able to discover the direct connection and the impact of sound system culture and Dancehall on the Hip Hop, ”Bourne says. “Swizz, Elia and I discussed the overwhelming similarities of the 2 genres in understandable and understandable ways.”

Irish and Chin’s dream of exposing sound system culture to the world received a respected boost during Art Basel. Additionally, attending Art Basel further strengthened Irish and Chin’s mission to preserve culture and present it to a wider audience at the same time! Efforts in Miami have reconfirmed that Irish and Chin’s 20 years of experience in the business are not in vain. Here are 20 more! In fact, Let There Be Reggae ‘forever!

Click on the image below to see a preview of Let there be reggae

Art Basel 2017 Miami Sound System exhibition


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