Montego Bay, Jamaica: Following a best of ten round which had them winning at 6-1, Warrior Sound out of Germany was named the Magnum Tonic Wine powered Reggae Sumfest’s Global Soundclash champion for 2019 on July 18, at Pier 1 in Montego Bay.




The sound system, which was championed by the “one man army” Mattia Ruebenstrunk, best out Jamaican favourite and legend in the sound system business Pink Panther; as well as Japan based Yard Beat, Jamaica’s Ricky Trooperand Canada’s King Turbo.



 

 

 

Ricky Trooper, while undoubtedly an icon, was the first to go as eliminations began, following an underwhelming performance in the first two rounds  which failed to energise the crowd, who in turn failed to cheer, when voting began.



 

Canadian based, King Turbo was eliminated shortly after, as its dubs made a futile effort to connect with the audience and left many unimpressed.

 

The top three: Warrior, Yard Beat and Pink Panther Sounds then energised the seemingly slow night, by releasing impressive dub after dub, from known Dancehall game changers including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Chronixx and Super Cat; as well as young rising stars such as Jahvillani, Koffee, Squash and Shane-E. 

 

The decision to eliminate the third Sound System was difficult, but Japan’s Yard Beat was sent packing by the night’s host MC Nuffy, leaving Panther of Pink Panther and Mattia of Warrior, to go dub-for-dub in the final round.

 

Pink Panther won the first set, but it was clear who the winner was after the second dub, as Warrior provided hit after hit, winning the next 6 consecutive sets; and named victor.

 

Mattia Ruebenstrunk while basking in his victory sought to pay homage to his opponent and thank the audience for accepting his craft.

 

“I appreciate the love I get from the people in Gyaltego-bay, even if i did not win the trophy I would’ve been very proud of myself as I was up against legends. I felt from the first round that the crowd liked my music, so I tried to not let them down in the clash ” the Warrior Sound selector shared.



 

The competition, which was sponsored by Magnum Tonic Wine, was the fifth event in the week of energy filled events leading up to Reggae Sumfest festival night one and two, which will be held at the Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego-Bay on July 19-20, 2019