Musically Mad

"On the soundsystems is where it all began and some say that it is still the defender of roots reggae music, without it, roots reggae and dub would slowly fade away. If thats true or not I dont know or even want to find out. This is a soundman story about the people on the frontline, pushing roots music to the masses for very small wages or sometimes no wages at all only for the love of the music. You could say that they are mad....yeah...musically mad. "

Karl Folke og Andreas Weslien er to svensker som lager denne dokumentaren om soundsystems i UK. Filmen har fått fastsatt dato for sin første screening 23.april i Bristol og den skal etter planene være ute på dvd ikke lenge etterpå, selv om den har blitt pushet tilbake flere ganger. Sjekk ut siden for filmen for å bestille dvdn eller få mer info om prosjektet.


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We are very happy to announce that Musically Mad is being pressed at the moment and will be available from www.musicallymad.com from the 1st of July. It will go out to the distributors the same day so for those who want to buy it from the local store wait a week or two.


Musically Mad DVD includes:
- 1h documentary
- 1h Extra Material
- Steel Horns and bass bins in blighty, a 16 page booklet about sound system culture in the UK, written by David Katz
- Subtitles (English, German, French)
- Heavy Bass


Musically Mad started 2004, as a project dedicated to shine some light on the sound system culture. It has taken us four long years to complete it, working on evenings, weekends and spare time. We have brought our equipment to the UK several times and captured the people we met and the dances we attended.

Musically Mad takes you into the heads and hearts of the singers and the soundmen, the backbone of the UK roots reggae sound systems. With them they bring the deepest bass and highest chants, delivered by massive stacks of speakers and custom-built sound equipment.
For some, attending a sound system dance is a religious experience channelled through the music and the message. For others it´s the natural way to truly connect with the music they love.

From their humble beginnings in the backyards of Kingston, Jamaica, sound systems were brought along by Caribbean immigrants, and gradually gained a strong following in the UK. As David Katz´included extensive essay "Steel Horns And Bass Bins In Blighty" concludes, the dances were crucial in lifting the spirits of the Caribbean exiles, helping them to forget their hardships. Something that reggae and sound system culture now does worldwide, regardless of colour or nationality.

Musically Mad is the story of the people pushing roots reggae to the masses.



Iration Steppas
I Natural
Dougie Conscious Sounds
Murray Man
Ironworks Dread
Ras Wazier
Terry Gad
Ras Muffet
Dj Stryda
King Shiloh
Russ Disciples
Reuben Addis
Afrikan Simba
Channel One
Fatman Sound
Young Warrior
Joe Ariwa
Mad Professor
Levi Roots
Mark Mostec

Live sounds:

Aba Shanti I
Iration Steppas
Mighty Tabot
Channel One
King Earthquake
Entebbe Sound
Fairshare Unity


For more info go to www.musicallymad.com or e-mail folkefilm@gmail.com.

/ Karl & Andreas - Musically Mad