The Boom Sound Clash concluded yesterday morning, with Japanese sound system Yard Beat walking away with top honors ahead of Jamaica’s Bass Odyssey.
This victory comes while Japanese deejay Rankin Pumpkin is a fan favorite in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition.
Sound system manager Tall Boss of Di Unit believes the local music industry is getting a much-needed wake-up call.
Tall Man, who spoke to THE STAR at Boom Clash said the current situation is an embarrassment to the Jamaican music industry.
“I am embarrassed from a selector point of view. I cannot believe this was the best representation of our culture, however, Yard Beat must be commended because they did their research and took note of how to please a Jamaican crowd,” he said.
Controversial selector Boom Boom also chimed in to accuse the Japanese sound of ‘buying out’ patrons from the Tower Hill community.
However, Tall Man begged to differ and instead advised that Jamaican selectors study the music since foreigners are now dominating them on their own turf.
“These selectors are only playing songs that are current. You must learn to play music outside of your era, that is why I have my selectors study the music. We have to get familiar with music from the ’70s and ’80s and not just ‘top ten songs’,” he said.
The Boom clash final saw Bass Odyssey taking the first two rounds seamlessly.
However following their controversial loss of the ‘Super Cat Challenge’ round to Yard Beat, the veterans seemed to have been thrown off their game plan and ended up at the bottom of the point standing when the clash concluded.
The event, held at the Cling Cling Oval on Olympic Way, was also marred by a late start which caused the police to intervene at minutes after 3 a.m. to demand its conclusion.
Seasoned comedian Johnny Daley was forced to race the rounds as the police stood with arms folded.
The event was attended by several artists including Prime Minister Andrew Holiness, Member of Parliament for the area.