Of all the acts who’ve injected flair into the art form, it was Clive Bright aka Tenor Saw who officially brought the concept of soundclash to the masses when he debuted the crucial anthem, Ring The Alarm, in 1985. The deejay was only 19 years old when he freestyled his way into the future – i.e. Dancehall – slinging rhymes while levelling the rival sounds.
The first time the late hitmaker performed the lethal classic is also hailed as another of Dancehall’s integral moments: the first soundclash. Held at Cinema II in New Kingston, the faceoff saw the island’s four biggest sound systems, Youth Promotion Soundstation (Tenor Saw’s stomping grounds owned by Sugar Minott), Black Scorpio, King Jammy’s Hi Fi, and Arrows International all vying for glory.
Side A: Ring The Alarm - Tenor Saw
Side B: Stalag Version