Quite the honour, the “Far East Rulaz” were hand-picked by Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, to attend and perform at an exclusive, invite-only dinner welcoming Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Japan. Introduced to the visiting Holness as “The 1999 World Clash Champions” by Prime Minister Abe, the political leaders took time to chat with Mighty Crown about their legacy and how much Jamaican music and culture had had an impact on their personal and professional lives. The popular sound system emphasised that Jamaica’s beloved reggae and dancehall have left an indelible mark on Japan.
As the first sound-system DJs to perform at Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s home, Mighty Crown had a lot to say about the opportunity.
“It’s such a big deal to be in the company of Japan and Jamaica’s top political leaders. Our hard work really shines and comes full circle with this honour.”
“To have the prime ministers call the name Mighty Crown from their mouths and salute us was just crazy,” Sami T adds.
Much to their credit, Mighty Crown has made it their mission to unify Japan and Jamaica through music over the course of their long-running career. Building a reputable sound system, business, and brand on their love of reggae and dancehall music, Mighty Crown has continually promoted Jamaica’s indigenous culture in Japan and throughout the world. Their annual stadium show, themed concerts, sound clashes in conjunction with Irish and Chin, and events feature the best of the best of Jamaican artistes and sounds.
Mighty Crown culminated their attendance with an explosive set of reggae and dancehall music, playing selections from Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, and Richie Stephens. And they musically introduced Prime Minister Abe to the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’, Dennis Brown. But it was when the Far East Rulaz dropped Koffee’s anthem, Toast, that both prime ministers began dancing and proceeded to the DJ booth, which is how the photos came about. The night’s climactic moment genuinely demonstrated how music can transcend cultural boundaries.
Prime Minister Holness’ visit to Japan commemorates a vibrant cultural exchange and the mutual respect the two countries have for each other. Japan is set for a massive international presence as they will host the 2020 Summer Olympics.