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Purple Love goes back to Stone Love's roots
published: Friday | December 8, 2006

Krista Henry, Staff Reporter


Ladies in a happy mood at a recent 'Throwback Tuesdays' party held at 105 Red Hills Road, St. Andrew. Purple Love plays at the weekly session. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer

It is easy skanking with Purple Love sound system, the offshoot of Stone Love. Although some may mix it up with the more established sound, Purple Love specialises in vintage music.

A much smaller sound system, Purple Love was started three years ago by Stone Love's head, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell, catering to the oldies side of music.

According to Wee Pow, the sound system was started for some of Stone Love's original fans who said they had got too big and had forgotten their original supporters. He said that for most of them the cost of hiring Stone Love was too much, hence Purple Love was set up to be more affordable to the public.

"In the early days when Stone Love was building we used to play a lot of vintage music. To keep current we had to move on to newer music. A lot of people who cannot relate to this music, the 'jiggy thing', will enjoy this. Expect a party vibes, more music and less of mic chanting," Wee Pow said.

Purple Love has the same sound quality as Stone Love, but it plays a different format of music.

Since its inception the system has had a good reception, playing at many bar sessions and the oldies street dance Throwback Tuesdays outside the Wild Wild West Saloon on Red Hills Road, St. Andrew, with Wee Pow on the wheels of steel and other Stone Love selectors as guest DJs.

Vintage music is always a big seller, with retro parties having a strong fan base.

Stone Love is celebrating its 34th anniversary tomorrow at the Mas Camp Village, Oxford Road, New Kingston and while Purple Love will not be in action Wee Pow claims "We know how to please everyone. We plan to give them music from when we started up till now, from old to new."


Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell (right) speaks to model Nadine Willis at the Guinness Stone Love 33rd Anniversary Party, held at Mas Camp, Oxford Road, New Kingston, on December 10, 2005. - Winston Sil/Freelance Photographer

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