We are Channel One

By Channel One

We are Channel One

Channel One Sound System is one of the UK’s best known and most loved
reggae sound systems. Having taken over the running of their father’s sound
in 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T took the sound to local blues
parties and dances. Mikey took the name Channel One as homage to the
legendary Channel One studio in Jamaica. In 1983, Channel One started
playing at Notting Hill Carnival, they have played at Carnival every year since.
Channel One is made up of selector Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb.

Channel One play a unique selection of conscious reggae, exclusive
dubplates and uplifting steppas. Channel One’s hand built sound system
provides a rich heavyweight bass sound, which compliments their tight
selection of old and new roots music.

Channel One’s mission is “to break down barriers via reggae music”, they
have achieved this by travelling and playing to new audiences and venues all
over the world. Highlights from the last decade have included winning the
Redbull Culture Clash in 2010, (beating Metalheadz and Skream and Benga),
playing in the next round of the Culture Clash at Wembley Arena against
Major Lazer, Annie Mac and Boy Better Know in 2012 and embarking on 5
national tours with backing from the Arts Council, curating line ups including
the Twinkle Brothers, Congo Natty, Mad Professor.

For the last 3 years Channel One have held a residency at one of London’s
coolest warehouse venues – Village Underground. Youtube videos of
Channel One’s sessions there have gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of
views. Channel One has also gained online viewers via it’s monthly residency
at Giles Peterson’s award winning online station – Worldwide FM.
Channel One never fail to provide upliftment with their positive music and
message.


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