norman jay

featuring: jah shaka sound system, honest jon's

notting-hill-raised norman jay is one of the most popular dj’s of the anglo-carribean sound systems which play each august at the notting hill carnival. at the beginning of the eighties norman’s good times system was the first to integrate american soul & jazz into the reggae-dominated carnival. norman, who buys eighty percent of his music in soho’s house record stores, still loves to pop into honest jon’s in notting hill, because at heart he will always be a soul boy. film maker terry walshe followed norman around for two years.

the resulting documentary tracks the history of the good times sound system. norman jay’s contributions to the influential london pirate radio station kiss fm made american rare groove sound popular in england. not only acid jazz but also the first acid house generation was directly inspired by norman’s illegal sound system parties. norman jay still appears frequently with his good times sound system at notting hill carnival.

honest jon’s
278 portobello road
London w10
tube station ladbroke grove


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