Tonight at Medusa’s the legendary Silverhawk Sound makes a return to the musical landscape.
For the uninitiated, Silverhawk was the original mouthpiece for the creative powerhouse team of Steely and Clevie, and one of the first Jamaican sounds to voice and play dubplates as a clash tactic when most sound systems were still using live deejays in the dance.
According to Hawks’ Road Manager Palmer, this grew from Steely’s ritual of taking pre-released records to August Town to play on a little system in the community for the residences to hear it first.
With such a creative musical force behind Silverhawk, it wasn’t long before the sound became renowned for its incredible collection of specials from anyone who was anyone in reggae and dancehall.
Then, in 2000, Silverhawk suddenly locked up the crates as Steely and Clevie returned their full attention to their production work at Studio 2000. That is, until 2009 when Steely expressed a real interest in relaunching Silverhawk; a concept that was sadly never realised by the producer before his untimely death in September 2009.
Tonight in Kingston, however, the no-iPod purists will have something to celebrate as Clevie’s beloved Silverhawk powers up again thanks to his former business partner Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne who made sure Steely’s got his wish.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at Medusa’s bar at 96 Hope Road. In the meantime, check out this 80 minute dubplate mix of Silverhawk juggling strictly Shabba & Ninjaman: