AUTO sound clash rivalries will renew come Sunday at Skateland in Half-Way-Tree at the first-ever Guinness Kings of Car Sound Clash.
Set to start at noon, over 20 competitors from across the island will vie for cash prizes and trophies in a series of 'tune-for-tune' clashes.
Three rounds — a Clarity round, a 45 round and a Dubplate round — will test their skills and determine who will walk away with the glory.
Event organiser and formidable clash contender Dean 'Bad Influence' Harriott anticipates a showdown with Yumiko Gabe of the sound Yumi Hi-Power who have been battling each other for years.
"I'm all about entertainment and I'll be going hard on Sunday, this one will be a clash to remember. Yumi may have an advantage I think, because it's easier to get crowd support as a female from Japan competing in a sound clash in Jamaica. And at the end of the day, even though there will be judges, it all comes down to crowd response," Harriott told the Jamaica Observer.
Gabe, who has been competing in mobile sound clashes since 2005, thinks the competition could go either way.
"I have won many clashes but I play strictly old school reggae music like John Holt, Ken Boothe, the legends. I know a country crowd will like that kind of music but the Kingston crowd is a little more tricky, they prefer a Vybz Kartel or a Mavado. We just have to see how the crowd responds," Yumiko told Splash.
Other auto sounds set to compete include Kingston-based War Tanker and Kriss Kross, Clarendon-based Sniper and Love People and St Catherine-based Lippo International. According to Harriott, aspiring auto sounds will also have the chance to make their mark in an Amateur round for a cash prize of $5,000 and a trophy. Patrons can also look forward to a special appearance by the popular VW Bug Dr Luscious, a St Catherine-based sound who will be keeping the crowd moving in-between breaks in the competition.