[ Jamaica Observer ] After a tense contest, Dynamq, representing Kansas City, won from a field of seven competitors.
“I’ve always wanted to represent Africa and the Midwest, and I saw US Rumble as the platform to get on the stage. It was an outlet to show what we from Africa can contribute to the sound system culture,” Lorya told the Jamaica Observer on Sunday.
The other competitors were Revolution from Washington DC, Jah Mikey One from California, Banky Hype from New Jersey, Black Magic out of Atlanta, Webbzite from Rochester, New York, and hometown boys Platinum Kids.
Lorya attributes his success to experience in sound clashes.
“My laptop wasn’t working in the first round and I used someone else’s. I was basically free-styling and I guess the presentation was perfect,” he said.
Originally from South Sudan, he moved to the United States 20 years ago.
“I was introduced to reggae music by listening to David Rodigan on a small radio while living in a refugee camp in Kenya, having left my childhood home in what is today known as South Sudan. Desmond Dekker’s Israelites was the song that spurred my determination to rise and overcome all my challenges,” he recalled.
His affiliation with sound systems began with the Shashamame ‘set’. After relocating to Kansas City, Missouri he formed Dynamq 10 years ago and has competed in several sound clashes.
Lorya spoke about the sound system culture in the United States Midwest.
“It’s a small scene but it’s building up. We have sounds like Stingray from Jamaica and Black Symbol who are doing big things here. We also have a lot of dancehall events almost every weekend. Most of the time we have artistes passing through the area who just want to relax and enjoy themselves,” he said.
US Rumble promoter Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne commented on Saturday’s event.
“The staging of US Rumble was a perfect example of sound clash! I especially liked that it showcased the excitement and entertainment that many of the country’s rising sounds have to offer. The goal is to bring new sound stars to the clash arena. Without question, this was done as Dynamq won the heated clash. After his tip-top performance, whoever didn’t know his name, will know now.”
Next in the series are Japan Rumble (June 9), Euro Rumble (June 23) and UK Rumble (June 30).