Sound System Outernational # 6 São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil
With the theme Vibrations United: Music, Technology & Diaspora the main subject of the event is the alternative culture of sound systems that offers us new possibilities for coexistence and occupation of public spaces in large cities and in the countryside. Reggae sound system vibrations are shaking objects, people, and concepts, currently establishing sonic connections between practitioners, scholars and admirers in public spaces on five continents.
SSO # 6 is being held in São Luís do Maranhão largely because the state of Maranhão is the Jamaica of Brazil. Since the 1970s São Luís is the place in the world – besides where Jamaica itself and the United Kingdom – where reggae music has being living and growing as the popular culture of the people. Reggae is now rooted in this exuberant state of northeastern Brazil, marked by the resistance of the quilombolas (maroons) and the indigenous people to the European invasion and its consequences, building a society of great vitality and traditional expression, but where was allowed itself to reverberate intensely by reggae music, in a celebration of the black diaspora. This process vibrated from the beginning through radiolas, no less than local versions of Jamaican sound systems. Adopted primarily among the less favored social strata, this culture is today an unavoidable reference in the region for all classes and ages.
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