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Jah Observer


Fast Facts

Member Name : Austin Palmer
Job Title : Sound Leader
Sound System : Jah Observer
Music Type : Roots & Culture
Contact : Email Austin Palmer
Website : Visit jahobserver.com
Carnival Location : Not currently appearing




Sadly, Notting Hill Carnival (2011) was be the last for sound system legends Jah Observer. The founder-member/selector Austin, and his manager-wife Tracey, have decided to emigrate to Jamaica. For her long-standing & devoted role as the company secretary for BASS- Tracey in particular will be sadly missed (no disrespect Austin).

Jah Observer leaves behind a huge legacy, with their music having touched the hearts of so many people from so many different backgrounds and for so many years. But don't worry folks- "If it's roots music that di people want, then is roots music di people gwan get". Austin and Tracey have entrusted this much-beloved site to Solution Sound System (Bass’s newest member) who will carry on in the tradition of 'Roots & Culture music' at this location. This makes perfect sense as both Solution and Jah Observer have already shared many joint associations in the past. This new arrangement also gives Jah Observer the ability to return from Jamaica where possible, to showcase joint performances on the site in future years.

Click here for more info on the new sound system at this location


Jah Observer biography

Jah Observer Sound System started in 1973. The original name of the sound System was called Tippertone, taken off a Bob Marley Album. A year later, the name of the sound was changed to Mighty Observer Jah. The area that the Sound System started playing was in London’s Thornton Heath near Croydon, playing at school parties, for friends and also at a local youth club which was called Parchmore Youth and Community Centre. They played at Parchmore every Friday night, at a time when the entry fee was only 50 pence. Jah Observer have been played at the Notting Hill Carnival for over 25 years and was one of the first reggae Sound Systems to play at Punk music festivals. The Sound system originally started out playing a lot of lover’s rock (melodic reggae ballads) but as its members got older and adopted a more conscious awareness of life, this also became reflected in their music. Peace, love, harmony and ‘Roots and Culture’ is what their all about. Their popularity has led them to perform all over England and Scotland and they can also be found entertaining reggae fanatics in France, Italy and Holland.

For more information visit: http: www.jahobserver.com



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