Since their inception in Jamaica during the 1940s, soundsystems have become an integral part of music culture and instrumental in the birth of reggae, bringing music to the masses in a way dancehalls couldn't. These large mobile discotheques placed high currency on low-end bass and overall volume. Once on the lawn, these often homemade systems would clash with rivals' systems for prizes and ultimately (and more importantly) the audience's respect. That tradition continues to thrive today in England, where UK soundsystems still burn on.
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