King Shiloh Sound System, based in Amsterdam, Holland, is an international, independently operating, roots reggae sound system, founded and inspired through the inspiration of Jah Rastafari. In addition and complimentary to the sound system, other activities include a recording studio & record label; King Shiloh Records, a weekly radio programme; Roots&Culture on Radio 100, an informative website; www.kingshiloh.com and the promotion of regular dance events in Amsterdam's prestigious Paradiso club under the banner DubClubY2K.
The sound system phenomon began in Jamaica in the 'fifties' as a new style of entertainment, sound systems were then, and still are today, quite literally mobile discotheques. As the competition among systems in the early days increased, so the popularity grew, meaning systems endeavoured to become bigger and technically better to stay ahead of their rivals. This lead in its turn led to a rapid development of home-grown ska and rock steady which eventually manifested in full-blown reggae. Throughout reggae history sound systems have served to establish important producers, sound engineers and many vocal artists alike.