Sounds to BOOM on March 1

Friday, February 23, 2018

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SOUND systems Silver Hawk and Sound Trooper will be the first to battle in round one of the fifth staging of the Boom All-Star Sound Clash Competition on March 1.

The announcement was made in a draw on Friday evening at Palace Cineplex in St Andrew, where BOOM Energy Drink sponsored the viewing of Marvel Studios fantasy film Black Panther.

The 11-week clash series consists of five rounds to be held at BOOM All-Star HQ on Olympic Way in Kingston. A total of eight sounds will vie for $1 million and the golden cup trophy.

The remaining sounds will clash as follows: Royalty Sound vs No Limit International on March 8; Black Bunt vs Hemp Zion on March 15; and King Addies vs Entourage Sound on March 22.

The occasion saw several guests wearing African-inspired garments while others donned all-black attire.

Black Panther tells the story of T'Challa and his fight to be the king of his technological by advanced African country, Wakanda, following the death of his father. His journey is threatened when an unexpected enemy emerges, putting Wakanda and the world at risk.

The movie earned US$75.8 million dollars from its global opening on Friday.

Event co-principal Anthony “New Kidz” Bennett explained the relation between the events.

“It's all BOOM; BOOM is the main sponsor and they are a part of the Black Panther premiere. Since BOOM is also the main sponsor for Sound Clash, we thought: 'Why not put the whole thing together and have one big fun?'” Bennett told the Jamaica Observer.

The competition welcomes entrants from all over the world, and this year is no different. Royalty Sound is based in Canada, King Addies and Silver Hawk are from the United States, Hemp Zion has roots in Japan, Team Entourage hails from St Martin, while Black Bunt and Sound Trooper are locally based.

Last year Japanese sound Yard Beat took the title. Bennett encouraged all teams to do their best.

“We have top sounds, but it's not gonna be a walkover. Normally somebody could say, 'Me see who ago win already', but this time you can't pick a winner from early — the dice have to roll,” he said.

The competition will be spearheaded by judges Nigel Staffe, DJ Esco and Patrick Campbell. The second-place winner will receive $200,000 and a silver cup trophy. Sectional prizes will also be issued for the Biggest Forward, the most Creative Dub Plate, and the Most Outstanding Selector/Sound.




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