In 2000, the majority of Jamaicans (in Jamaica) were still not online but that was the year that record executive Josef Bogdanovich and photographer Peter Dean Rickards connected the island’s vibrant music scene to Internet audiences via ‘Kingston Signals’ - the first Jamaica-based web program to broadcast live (and uncensored) from the turntables of hardcore soundsystems to broadband from the island - 3 hours per day, 3 times a week, for 2 years.
It was during the days of Kingston Signals that Rickards first picked up a digital camera, primarily as a means of providing a rapidly growing online audience with up-to-the-minute visuals to go with the incredibly raw sounds that were emanating from the turntables in Kingston.
In this collection of clips filmed in 2001, former Killamanjaro frontman Ricky Trooper is seen performing as all the sounds did - in a small studio space in the basement of Globe Furniture on Constant Spring road...the first home of Downsound Records in Kingston.
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