A household name in
Jamaica, Stone Love represents the popular street culture of dancehall.
When Winston Powell
("Wee-Pow") began spinning in the early '70s, the hot Kingston
nights would boom
with open-air dances, animated by popular sound systems. Stone
Love soon became a
must-hear, drawing long lines and jamming every venue.
teamed up with selectors Rory and Cancer, and began to build up an
exceptional archive of
original dub plates. With a strong reputation for only the
and a turntable style all their own, Stone Love remained one of the
top sound systems.
Stone Love took their radical riddims
overseas in the '80s, acquainting audiences in the
USA, England, Canada, Europe and Japan
with the hardest Jamaican sounds. They established a permanent presence in New York, from
which to attack strategic points worldwide.
Bootleg tapes of Stone Love's sessions
have always been hot commodities, and finally
Wee-Pow, Rory and Cancer pulled it all
together in a studio album "Stone Love Live"
released in 1995. With coordination
from Rob Holt, Mike Cacia and Jamie Stewart, the
inimitable live vibe was captured, with
one-of-a-kind mixes and selections from top
dancehall artists from the past three decades.
-- Mara Weiss
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