Blak Mexxiah recounts how he introduced sound system culture in Ghana

Blak Mexxiah
Blak Mexxiah

Ghanaian veteran reggae artist, Blak Mexxiah, a former member of Ghanaian Afro-rock band, Osibisa Kete Warriors, recounts his role in introducing sound system culture in Ghana.

In a recent Facebook post, he discussed how he was initially met with mockery from other artists and selectors, who suggested he should leave the dubplate scene and focus solely on music, etc.


“When I started introducing sound system culture with dubplate making from the year 2000 as it was new to the many selectors likewise artists in Ghana. I knew it was imperative to be introduced not disrespecting the elder selectors like the great Black Santino, Daddy Bosco, Culture B, and many others who were not much into clashes and dubplate cutting but the regular juggling keeps on always, sometimes alongside with artist passing through to perform.”

“But from 2006 there few sounds began to come up but not interested in cutting dubplates so for not having no many big hits in Ghana introducing it got mocked by many artists and Selectors that I should focus on my music to make hits and leave this dubplate thing alone because that won’t put food on my table. So before I met with king lagaze me as selector garlic jahta man who was my engineer and dj the same time in jahta yard studios in Madina, we planned for doing some dubplates for sounds in Ghana so started with Xman who was by then the Radio icon when it comes to Dancehall in ghana on XFm I made the dubplate titled show them for xman and Xman fm which was played for over a year on the radio so When King Lagazee Met me with jahta man aka selector Garlic we were doing so much with sound system culture also the key person who witnessed this was Nana Kwasi whom also had so much interest in the culture from Kumasi playing on radio till he came to Accra to play on the air with happy Fm.”

My reason for writing this is I want all artists and lovers of Reggae dancehall to support sound system culture in Africa Ghana and beyond because it’s one of the major ways both artists and selectors get gigs and make extra money very lucrative when done properly. I have supported the building of three major big bad sounds in Ghana such as , Lagazee Sound International Fyah Krew Soundz NatureWon Sounds Intl all these sounds are great and can stand the test anywhere in world clashes, King lagaze had been a great advocate of the culture, Fyah krew sounds done a lot because they always had to travel from aflao to Accra at the jahta Yard with us doing this sound system thing, also Nature won made all the ghettos knew about sound system culture with the regular playing of dubplates anywhere he fiund himself on the streets and even won a clash against fyah krew , not forgetting Kojo Kombolo who have also done tremendously well in supporting with putting up clashes in many cases after we had the clash between lagaze sounds int and fyah Krew Soundz sponsored by Sumoni one lovely good brother who also tried hard to see this culture grow in Ghana.

We need public support for all the sounds in Ghana and also artist should find a way can help Ghana sounds to grow so that they can keep frequent clashes and jugglings. Long live Reggae Dancehall In Ghana and Long live Sound system culture.

Read his post below:

Listen to his recently released song ‘Sunshine’ featuring CY Klone here:

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