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KING TURBO SOUND F ounded in October 1989 in Malvern, a suburb in east Toronto; what was once a high school party Sound has now emerged to become one of the most influential Reggae DJ units to come out of Canada. Andrew “Slingshot” Dillon and Ricky “Ricky Turbo” Brown never imagined that what started in a Malvern basement party would create such a legacy with many milestones and achievements. To say King Turbo has been making moves is putting it mildly. They were the first reggae DJ group to break down the barriers of the then unattainable downtown club venues. King Turbo was the Sound that also created the Mega Mixes, which we call today remixes and mashups. “We started remixing from 1991 with the first Mega Mix”, said Ricky Turbo. “It was so popular that we did a second Mega Mix on the Taxi Gangs Santa Barbara and that’s when we took off”, said Slingshot. King Turbo has also pioneered their own shows on radio starting with The Side 3 Show and The Monday Morning Ride both on The University of Toronto Radio C.I.U.T. 89.5FM. They also had an online radio program called Snakey’s Corner back in 1999 when using the internet as a form of social medium was still in its infancy. Spex and Shooks who both came from the King Turbo Camp established themselves on Canada’s first Commercial Urban Radio Station “FLOW” 93.5FM creating Canada’s first commercial TRIBUTE TO THE Radio Show “Riddim Track”. King Turbo has expanded beyond radio LEGENDS as Ricky Turbo is currently hosting his popular show on Irish & Chin n Canada, the month of February Sound Chat Radio while Slingshot is designated as Black History recently came onboard as part of Month and whether you subscribe The Tanya Mullings Show on to this or not it has opened FlavaRadio.com. opportunities to showcase Black culture at an elevated level. As To date King Turbo has amassed circumstance would have it, many victories since 1989, most February is also International recently competing and winning Reggae Month therefore, each “Canada Rumble” Road to World year Canadians are given an Clash 2016 and the 2016 and 2017 opportunity to pay Tribute to the World Clash Championship titles. Legends of Reggae music for In 2016 and 2017 the sound was being a vital part of Black culture. also invited to take part in Damion Dubbed, Black History Month ‘Jr Gong’ Marley’s Jamrock Cruise Reggae Jam and produced by Clash. King Turbo is a current Jambana, an annual Reggae nominee for the world renowned showcase is held in Ontario. This IRAWMA for most popular year events were held in three international DJ. King Turbo’s different locations; Guelph, current members are Sling Shot, Toronto, and Brampton. Ricky Turbo, Dyce, Spex, Shooks and Jahmin. Black History Month Reggae Jam’s I Toronto stop we got the opportunity to see the Son of the legendary Peter Tosh, Andrew Tosh in action. Held at the famous Lee’s Palace, a venue which has been a supportive environment for hosting Reggae music presentations in the city, the line-up featured Alexi Couto, Fujahtive (who are legends within their own right), Nana Mclean, who gave a moving and rousing performance backed by the Hardcore Band; five time Juno winner Exco Levi and the High Priest Band who provided the audience with covers of some of the legendary tunes from the genre. The night’s performance was dubbed Tribute to the Legends which set the stage for Andrew Tosh whose performance did not disappoint, as the entire audience was singing and dancing to the beat of the music. His set included his own tunes as well as some of the legendary tunes. We overheard one patron state that if he didn’t know any better he would think it was 1979, when Peter Tosh visited the city. For those who attended, it was a memorable night as well-known Radio and TV personality Master T did exceptional as always in his hosting duties. Spinning the music between sets and representing the next generation carrying the torch to ensure that music from then until now will always reverberate in the city and country. Joshua Lucas was in full form. reggaeXclusive -- Web Site: www.reggaexclusive.com --- Phone: 416-519-0831 -- Email: reggaexclusive@rogers.com Pg - 18