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17th of July 2018


Mour Dan, Empire Sound share UK Rumble honours

Mour Dan, Empire Sound share UK Rumble honours

By Kevin JacksonObserver writer

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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Mour Dan and Empire Sound were joint winners at UK Rumble, which took place last Saturday at Ice Lounge in Telford, England. Promoted by Irish and Chin, the event saw six sound systems competing for a spot in the World Clash grand finals.

The other competitors were Music Master, Foundation, Will Powa and Jahman Nuclear.

According to Empire Sound's Marvin Empire, the decision to enter UK Rumble was to earn respect from other sound systems.

“We wanted to represent the UK on a big stage and to prove that there needs to be some respect to the sound systems in the UK. The experience was good, and we have proven to the world that they can't fight talent,” he said.

He added that, “Our team morale gave us the edge over the other sounds. We brought the entertainment factor, and our tune selections were right.”

Empire Sound is based in Birmingham and has been in existence for 10 years. Its other members are Doctor C, Bando Unruly and Bredda Screw.

Mour Dan's Jermaine “Hurricane Jermaine” Broughton said they entered to showcase their talent.

“Because of our dominance in the dancehall scene, and with our experience and great fan base we thought that this was an excellent platform to highlight our talent to the rest of the world. We are really honoured that we were selected to represent our city Birmingham, and our fans came out. We delivered and that was a good feeling,” he explained.

The four-year-old Mour Dan's members are based in Jamaica and the UK. They include owner Phil Trooper, DJ Katarack, DJ Fresh, DJ Rice, DJ Adam and DJ Squit.

Promoter of the Rumble series, Garfield “Chin” Bourne spoke about the event and rare occurrence of a tie.

“Hands down, this was the most challenging Rumble competition to judge this year! Most of the sounds were able to deliver and thrill the audience at times, but it was not until the Rapid Fire, aka Tune fi Tune round that the event reached its climax,” he said. “The last two sounds, Mour Dan and Empire faced off in a 20-minute, one-for-one shoot-out. The problem was both sounds were very consistent all night and shared a similar fan base, being that they hail from Birmingham. They also brought huge crowds of supporters with them.”

Bourne said a winner was not selected after the Rapid Fire round which “caused constant re-voting”. He concluded that, “Since the votes were so close and [made it] impossible to pick a clear winner, I declared it a draw and awarded both sounds.”

With five Rumble events completed (US, UK, Canada, Europe, Japan) it is now on to the World Clash which takes place in Toronto, Canada in October.

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