Rebel T for Florida Labour Day gig

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL
Oberver senior writer

Friday, August 18, 2017

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The Rebel T sound system returns to the United States next month for a Labour Day gig (September 3) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Robert Williams, who started the 'soun' in 1995, told Splash that Rebel T has maintained a presence in major US cities this year, playing Atlanta, New York and Miami.

“We play all kinda music — reggae, dancehall an' hip hop. Everybody come to the dance dem…Jamaicans, Americans,” he said.

Since its first overseas trip in 1997, Rebel T has played several continents and countries including Africa, The Bahamas, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.

One of their most popular spots is South Florida, home to a massive West Indian community. That demographic has resulted in a clamour for dancehall/reggae gigs featuring artistes and sound systems from Jamaica.

Williams started Rebel T in 1995. It was among a flood of sound systems that emerged during that era, when dancehall was catching on with mainstream America.

Rebel T came out of Portmore, which had a vibrant dance scene with hot spots like the Cactus nightclub, and home-grown acts like deejay Frisco Kid.

In 2009 Rebel T made a big breakthrough by winning the Guinness Sounds of Greatness series, beating more established rivals like Bodyguard, Fire Links and Bass Odyssey.

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