won thSelector Tony Matterhorn won Reggae Sumfest’s inaugural Heavyweight Sound Clash title at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday.
He secured the $500,000 prize purse using experience and a vast catalogue of music to defeat Soul Supreme, which had no response to his dub of Ooouuu by American rapper Young MA.
“I knew I had it won from the second or third round. I always hunt down the titles that are new, so once there is a new title up for grabs, I am going to go for it and now I am the first champion of Sumfest’s Heavyweight Clash! I focused on Soul Supreme mostly as I did not want to get caught up in the fascination with the other sounds. They were the best challenger, so I had to be careful to not make any loose mistakes. The competition was beautiful. At first, we were worried about the rules, but by the second round everything went smoothly,” said Matterhorn.
The first round saw 10 minutes of juggling by each sound, which served as an introduction to the audience. The second round had each sound playing their five best ’90s collaborations, on dub or 45. Yard Beat, originally eliminated, was reinstated in round three. Round three saw the sounds being grouped, with Warrior Sound and No Limit being tasked with playing their five best Buju Banton songs, plus three best singing vocals. Meanwhile, Soul Supreme, Matterhorn, and Yard Beat were asked to deliver their five best Vybz Kartel songs, along with three singing vocals. No Limit and Warrior Sound were eliminated due to weak crowd response.
The clash then moved into the dub segment, with Yard Beat, Matterhorn, and Soul Supreme exchanging five dubs each. Yard Beat was eliminated to set up the final between Soul Supreme and Matterhorn, which were the two most dynamic sounds of the evening.
Reggae Sumfest closes tonight with a live show at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.