Speaker Movement
Digital Release
May 28, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Speaker Davis - Principle
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Berlin-based reggae dancehall artist Speaker Davis was born and grown in Solingen, Germany, though his roots remain on the Balkan region of Eastern Europe. That's also where he got to listen to reggae music for the very first time, as his first girlfriend had a "Best of UB40" tape that they listened to throughout the summer before he had to return to Germany. He did not have a clue about reggae or Jamaica, but it sounded good to him. Many years later he realized what they were listening to.

Speaker Davis got into music, originally playing guitar, way back in 1992 followed by playing in various bands and sessions. In 1997 he really got connected to reggae dancehall after attending his first dance that happened to feature David Rodigan. This same night Speaker also bought his first reggae vinyl followed by a lots more that was then used in 2000 when he and his good friend and Selector Don Raggamore started their own Soundsystem called Jaspora Sound. Speaker Davis used to MC for his Sound calling himself Junior Banton as he was inspired by Buju Banton. At that time he was never planning to become a singer. Through time and a lot of wonderful riddims that were on the B-Sides of the 45s, he felt the need to write and perform his own songs. His first song he wrote around 2003 after being inspired by a Dennis Brown song.

In 2006 Jaspora Sound split up and he moved over to Leipzig where he got into contact with Upliftment International and Pionear from Germaican Records, which was followed by several Dub sessions and shows.In 2008 he moved to Berlin and linked up with Ganjaman, who introduced him to everyone else in Berlin and elsewhere. At the end of 2010 he made the decision to rename himself. Kicking off officially in December 2010 with his new name and own label called Speaker Movement, he started to work independently with various friends, artists, musicians and producers. At the same time he focused on building his own riddims.

"Oh Yes" was his first self-produced song, which was followed by dancehall fueled tunes like the solid "Dem Never" and the big "Discipline Child" on SWS Sound's "Euro Swagga" riddim. His latest effort is called "Principle", coming across a fast-paced fresh riddim that has certain elements of the kinda music played in the so-called 'roaring twenties' in the music halls. Perhaps that's why a dance like the Charleston comes to mind. The song, in particular the deejay style and the lyrics of the chorus, is strongly inspired by Sister Carol's album "Jah Disciple" and also her song "Principle". However it's not a cover version (check the original), but a real nice piece that clearly pays tribute to Sister Carol. You're not instantly grabbed by this tune, but if you give it several spins it will surely grow on you.