Dancehall – Equiknoxx and Shanique Marie Lecture – RBMA

Over the past decade Equiknoxx has become one of the most reliable and innovative production crews in Kingston, Jamaica. Centered around the producers Gavin Blair, AKA Gavsborg, and Jordan Chung, AKA Time Cow, alongside vocalists Shanique Marie, Kemikal and Bobby Blackbird, Equiknoxx draw from the same innovative flair as their illustrious predecessors to make riddims for the 21st century. After years of local work with some of the biggest names in dancehall – Aidonia, Beenie Man, T.O.K – Equiknoxx crash landed the global dance and electronic scenes with their 2016 album Bird Sound Power, a collection of unreleased riddims that drew a line between Kingston, America and Africa. Released by Manchester’s DDS label, the album was praised by both industry and fans and was soon followed by a proper, yet still fully instrumental, album, Colón Man.

In this public talk as part of the 2018 CTM Festival in Berlin, and held at the Red Bull Music Studio, Gavsborg, Time Cow and Shanique Marie spoke with refreshing honesty about their career to date, the power of originality, the politics of dancehall and how Jamaica seems to always twist things in unexpected ways.

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