Helsinki Dub Club puts a solid focus on the culture that we love. Bringing some of the most prominent artists and heavyweight sound systems from Finland and all around the world. Providing the dance with some of Finland's finest custom build sound systems worthy of any true sound system culture lover!
After a break we are back with yet another line of great events. We are starting out by inviting KIBIR LA AMLAK from the UK taking listeners on an improvised journey into the realms of dub, with KLA as the master of ceremonies, live dub’n the music. And ZEMA from Sweden with her roots in Eritrea and Africa as a whole you can expect a diverse range of roots rock reggae, from revival to present day.
The session will be powered by the mighty IVAH SOUND SYSTEM all night long. Ivah Sound is also providing early warm up vibrations as well as late night earthquake steppas vibrations. Come and experience the thundering sounds and dance together in unity!
Kibir La Amlak is a live dub show, record label, studio and sound system based in London, UK,
founded by Jamie "JT" Thomas in 2009. After a decade of worldwide festival performances, club
events, numerous tours and an ever expanding list of titles in the discography Kibir La Amlak has
become a household name in the world of roots reggae and dub.
The ‘live dub show’ showcases the KLA discography with JT remixing, dubbing and reinterpreting
tracks spontaneously. The show takes listeners on an improvised journey into the realms of dub,
with JT as the master of ceremonies, highlighting each track with word, sound and power. Its a
diverse, dynamic, musical experience with a myriad of; tape delays, spring reverb, sirens, echoes,
soulful vocals, militant chants, hypnotic bass-lines, steppers drum beats, nyahbingi percussion,
hammond organs, triumphant horn lines, ethereal flutes all mixed and blended into one dubwise
experience, un-rehearsed, live and direct.
Kibir La Amlak pays homage to the traditional sound system style whilst offering a respectful and
unique flavour of it's own. As dub music journeys and grows into increasingly electronic and
dance influenced forms Kibir La Amlak steadfastly holds onto the roots and culture that the scene
was built upon.
The productions feature some of the cream of the crop reggae artists and musicians and call
upon an eclectic range of influences and inputs from musicians across the globe that JT has
worked with whilst touring. Whether its a fully blown live band production or a minimalist
electronic production, the Kibir La Amlak 'sound' is stamped upon all of the labels outputs.
The sound system has been a regular feature in top sound system arenas such as University of
Dub, Teachings in Dub, United Nations of Dub, Dub Camp etc. JT constructed all of the various
manifestations of the sound system by hand, keeping true to the 'home-grown' sound system
style that originally inspired him as a child.
2019 marks 10 years of Kibir La Amlak and is set to be a year which celebrates this with many top
quality projects and tours to lay a further foundation for many more years to come.
Zema is an African producer, collector, selector and lover of roots reggae music. A relative new
comer to performing on the international roots reggae circuit but no stranger to the music. At an
early age, as an African living in Europe, she found cultural and spiritual sanctuary inside the
music and as a teenager began collecting the music on vinyl. The love of the music and culture
solidified as a life passion when she first heard it delivered on a sound system and after years of
collecting and listening to the music she turned her passions towards production and
2019 will be the debut of her record label ‘Zema Music’ and she has been busy recording with
some of the top musicians and artists on the circuit.
The word Zema is derived from the name given to the spiritual chants and music composed by
St. Yared in Ge’ez language in the 6th Century. The Zema chants express both joys and
sorrows in musical poetic form. The Zema also contains passages relating to theology,
philosophy, history and ethics.
These devotional chants and cultural traditions were a foundation of Zema’s childhood and
family life. Assuming the name Zema to represent herself musically pays homage to both her
own upbringing and the cultural values integral to roots reggae music. Just as the traditional
chants represent both joys and sorrows, so her selection and production style will reflect all the
victories and challenges of the African liberation struggle and spiritual upliftment. Those in
attendance of a Zema session can expect a diverse range of roots rock reggae, from revival to
present day, all tempos and all moods.
Ivah Sound is one of Finland’s most forward thinking sound systems playing the best of roots, dub and bass music on their own custom built sound. The Ivah Sound System is specially designed for the music they love, bass heavy with a punchy kick, crisp mids & highs. This crew of seven always gives their utmost to give the massive an enlightened experience, with microphone chanting, effects and skilled mixing. Ivah Sound is always all about upliftment, bringing cultures together under their mighty stack of speakers.