Christopher Bodden, Gleaner Writer
For the past three years, the King Kong Sound from Johnson Town in Lucea, Hanover, has been entertaining Hanoverians as well as patrons from across the island.
The sound is owned and operated by Omar 'Ninja' Jackson along with Michael 'Big Mike' Kerr and Gary Jackson. According to the trio, King Kong has international credentials, having toured sections of Switzerland as part of the Black Spyder Sound System, to which they are also affiliated.
"Playing music started out as a hobby for us, but now we are trying to push it more like a business, now with our own King Kong sound system. King Kong Sound is a clean music sound - a cultural type of sound," Ninja told Western Focus.
The 34-year-old, who is also a mechanic, said the sound system currently operates under the auspices of Lucea-based entertainment promotion company Makalon Family. He said at present, the music sound system makes appearances at local parties and concerts, the most recent being the Makalon Family Anniversary Show in August, which was headlined by reggae superstar Sizzla Kalonji.
Visit to Switzerland
Ninja told Western Focus of one of the most striking incidents that occurred while in Switzerland when going through an airport in that country.
"We were going through the airport when we were stopped by the police and questioned," he said. "As it turned out, they thought we were Africans, but when they realised we were Jamaicans, they waived us on and said 'You Jamaicans love your country. You will always go back home'."
Having honed their skills and received international exposure, the trio is looking forward to becoming a household name in Jamaica similar to Stone Love and other top sound systems.