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Selector ‘Pink Panther’ crowned in NY

Selector Edward “Pink Panther” Johnson (left) and World Bash co-conceptualiser Garfield “Chin” Bourne .

Legendary selector Pink Panther was crowned at Irish and Chin’s ‘World Bash’ in New York through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for the legacy he has curated over the past several a long time.

Billed as a victory for sound system culture by hundreds of fans, emotions ran high on the musically charged event.

Pink Panther — who’s known as the nine-time World Clash General — was celebrated for his infinite contributions to sound system, sound clash, reggae and dancehall music and culture over his storied profession.

There wasn’t a dry eye in Amazura, because the influential Pink Panther was praised by fellow members of the sound system fraternity and legions of fans.

An emotional Pink Panther expressed gratitude while reflecting on dedicating 38 wonderful years of his life to sound business. The famed selector, who has been facing health challenges, declared boldly, “I’m not going to die,” before ‘bussing the gang’ in true Pink Panther style.

He charged right into a bevy of hard-hitting anthems, which had the gang bursting on the seams in excitement.

“My intent is to honour all who’ve given their lives to sound system culture,” Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin said.

He added: “Because the premier promoter on this space, I hold a singular and powerful position, which allows me to properly have fun artists, selectors, [and] sounds. Sound systems are the least celebrated, despite their enormous impact. Sounds are the backbone of reggae and dancehall music and culture.”

The historic World Bash was a sensational musical climax to Mighty Crown’s sound journey. The road-up also featured a who’s who of sounds, including Soul Supreme, Bass Odyssey, Killamanjaro, David Rodigan, Dynamq, Tony Matterhorn, Pink Panther, LP International, Bodyguard, Metromedia, and Mighty Crown.

Pink Panther’s work with Irish and Chin began greater than 25 years ago, including a performance at their very first sound clash. The favored selector ultimately adapted the moniker nine-time World Clash General from his countless victories within the landmark clashes.

Born Edward Johnson, the General Pink Panther grew up within the Seaview Gardens and Grant’s Pen communities within the Corporate Area, with a powerful sound system upbringing.

He rose to fame on Black Kat from Christiana, Manchester.

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