It took them a year to raise funds and get the components together to build this handmade reggae sound system, in a frequency that could even vibrate the human body. And now, Bass Foundation Root Sound System is all set to perform for Delhiites at Champa Gali, in Saket, this evening.
The crew of this sound system comprises Begum X (Samara Chopra) and Delhi Sultanate (Taru Dalmia) — who sing and play music as DJ. “It’s always been my dream to have my own sound system. It gives us the freedom to organise our own events outside of commercial club music nights.
Reggae music has to be heard and felt over a good sound system,” says Dalmia. He adds, “The speaker design of the system is developed in Jamaica and is one of only three Jamaican- style hand built reggae sound systems in the subcontinent.”
The group wants to promote reggae among people here, and have kept the entry free. They say that response for this music genre has been overwhelming so far. Dalmia says, “I think reggae music is very accessible. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, you will still understand the vibe and message of the songs.”
Many of the AR Rahman songs also have reggae- inspired rhythm and music. On being asked how Dalmia developed interest in reggae, he explains, “I spent part of my childhood as an immigrant in Germany at a time when hip-hop and reggae music were very popular. I have a deep love and passion for it. Raggae talks about history, politics and colonialism, and musically felt warm an empowering.”
CATCH IT LIVE
WHAT: BFR Sound System at Champa Gali
WHERE: Champa Gali, Lane 3, Westend Marg, Saket
WHEN: October 22
TIMINGS: 5pm to 10pm
NEAREST METRO STATION: Saket on Yellow Line