SSO#6: São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil

SSO#6 is the next event in the Sound System Outernational conference series. It is being held in São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil.

Sound system outernational 6: vibrations united: music, technology and diaspora a virtual conference on sound system culture taking place on zoom, 9-12 June 2020

Sound System Outernational is an ongoing initiative of practitioners and researchers, dedicated to recognizing, stimulating and supporting sound system culture worldwide. Due to Covid-19, our Sixth Edition will be a bi-lingual virtual conference on Zoom, 9-12 June 2020, followed by affiliated live sound system performances, streamed on Facebook Live.

To access the events, you must register by sending your email address to

You will not be able to attend the virtual conference unless we receive your email address by 8 June.


Tuesday 9 June 2020

(10am Rio time, 2pm UK time, 3pm EU time, 1am New Zealand time [10 June]):

Chair: Julian Henriques (Goldsmiths, UK); Interpreter: Claudio Rocha Opening Plenary: Wayne Marshall (Berklee College of Music, USA)

Sounds Of Affiliation: Records From Foreign and Diasporic Belonging


Performance A (11am Rio time, 3pm UK time, 4pm EU time, 2am NZ time): Thali Lotus (CAYA Sound System, Bedford, UK)

Wednesday 10 June 2020

(10am Rio time, 2pm UK time, 3pm EU time, 1am NZ time [11 June]):
Chair: Leo Vidigal (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil) Interpreter: Claudio Rocha

Panel 1 — Radiolas, Aparelhagens and Favela Hi-Fi’s: Sound System Culture in the Brazilian Context

1A: Luiza Ribeiro da Silva (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil):
Sound System Culture and São Paulo Youth Peripheries: Resisting Invisibility and Enlarging Circuits

1B: Michel Antônio Brasil Teixeira (Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais, Brazil): Uai Sound System: Connections Between Hip Hop and Sound System

1C: Karla Cristina Ferro Freire (Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Brazil): São Luís, the Brazilian Jamaica? Diaspora, Reggae and Maranhão Identity

1D: Kauã Vasconcelos (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil):
Rhythmic Variations In Encantaria, or, Is There a Caboclo Spirit Dancing in Aparelhagem?


Performance B: (12 noon Rio time, 4pm UK time, 5pm EU time, 3am NZ time):

U-Dub 420! Sound System (São Paulo, Brazil)

Thursday 11 June

(10am Rio time, 2pm UK time, 3pm EU time, 1am NZ time [12 June]): Chair: Brian D’Aquino (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Italy)Interpreter: Claudio Rocha

Panel 2 — Continental Drift: Global Sound System Environments

2A: Laura Marsh (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand): Ninth Wavesound: A Feminist Sound System

2B: Jean-Christophe Sevin (Avignon Université, France): Ballistic Affair: The Trajectory Of A French Reggae Pioneer

2C: Nadine Dogliani (Independent Researcher/Muxima Sound System, Italy): Ain’t Nobody’s Ocean: No Man Is An Island, No Woman Stand Alone

2D: William Anthony ‘Lez’ Henry (University of West London, UK): Drama Pon Plastic: Mek We Hear Di Two Side Nuh!

2E: Zachary Torp (University of Southern California, USA): Sidestick Reverb: The One Drop’s Global Impact


Performance C (12 noon Rio time, 4pm UK time, 5pm EU time, 3am NZ time): Conscious Way Outernational Sound System (Guadeloupe)

Friday 12 June 2020

(10am Rio time, 2pm UK time, 3pm EU time, 1am NZ time [13 June]):
Chair: Marcus Ramusyo (Instituto Federal do Maranhão, Brazil) Interpreter: Claudio Rocha

Panel 3: — Politics, Language and the Law: Outernational Specifics and Local Realities

3A: Prof. Dr. Stéfanis Silveira Caiaffo (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil): Picotera Culture: Sound Systems of the Colombian Caribbean

3B: Osmundo Santos de Araújo Pinho (Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Brazil): Black Music and Politics in Brazil: From Samba to Funk

3C: Bruno Muniz (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal):
Space, Anti-Blackness and the Criminalization of Baile Funk in Rio de Janeiro: Articulating the Juridical and Cultural Fields

3D: Felipe Neis Araujo (University of Liberia, Liberia): Linguistic Ideologies in Jamaican Reggae since the 1970s


Performance D (12 noon Rio time, 4pm UK time, 5pm EU time, 3am NZ time):

Hylu (Unit 137 Sound System, London, UK)

Please note that there will be live translation between Portuguese and English; when entering the webinar, choose the appropriate language channel. There will also be question and answer sessions at the end of each panel; use the chat function to send your questions immediately after each presentation.

About the Performers

Thali Lotus (CAYA Sound System, Bedford, UK)
Established by Thali Lotus in 2016, CAYA Sound System is the music hub of the Come As You Are enterprise, which focuses on educating, entertaining and energising through high- vibrating reggae and dub music.

Conscious Way Outernational Sound System (Guadeloupe, FWI)
Based in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, CWO is a collective effort by people from different paths of life to promote education through reggae and dub sound system culture. Unity in Diversity.

Hylu (Unit 137 Sound System, London, UK)
Hylu is a DJ, producer, engineer and the founder of Unit 137 sound system. Unit 137 is based in Lewisham (SE London), and has operated successfully as a sound, artist collective, record label and event production crew since 2012. Hylu creates music with a wide range of influences; reggae, dub, jungle, hip-hop, dubstep and jazz can be heard in his sound. Hylu places importance on a conscious message in his work and collaboration is an essential part of his practice.

About Sound System Outernational

Established in 2016 by Professor Julian Henriques of Goldsmiths, University of London, with Leo Vidigal of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil/DeSka Reggae Sound System; Brian D’Aquino of Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Naples, Italy/Baba Boom Hi-Fi and other colleagues, including the London-based author and DJ, David Katz, the collective has staged five symposiums on sound system culture in London, Naples and Kingston, Jamaica, each with a range of academics and practitioners participating. You can find more information about previous events here:

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