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It was in the mid Eighties when Ingo & Backra first got in touch
with dancehallmusic through a friend who brought some soundsystem
cassettes with him from Jamaica, after they had already been listening
to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and others. They were both fascinated by this
raw style of music coming from this small island far away in the
caribbean Sea, and became very interested in Jamaican
culture. In 1992 Reggaemusic was hard to find in Germany, so they
decided to promote Dancehallmusic in their hometown Cologne. 

They first
started to build up their own system and named it “Pow Pow” (after two
gunshots, wich marked a salute in dancehalls in Jamaica). In the same
year they travelled to Jamaica (together with crewmember and artist
Gentleman) to find out more about the music they adore so much. 

Staying
in Mobay first, they got introduced to a veteran sound named
“King-a-tone”, wich was a popular set in the early days in Jamaica. One
day, the veterans decided to show the “whities” how dancehall used to be
and how it started. The veterans got their old set out, and played very
rare foundation stuff. It was a unforgetable night for the Germans. On
the same trip Gentleman had his first appearance on stage, entering a
talentshow in Mobay (Glen Devon), and he mashed the place together with
German singer Chicken George. Before they got back to Germany the first
dubplate specials were voiced, and the enthusiasm was big and the roots
were set to become a soundsystem of bigger size, and take the music
further in their own country.

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Another big influence was
Englands very own “David Rodigan” who was soon invited by thy now called
“Pow Pow Movement” including another selector Mr. Brown. People started
to follow Pow Pow Movement, and numerous parties made them well known
in the country. After playing their sound illegally on some festivals,
the promoters figured the soundsystem culture was getting popular, and
soon Pow Pow was invited to several festivals and concerts. As a result
of some fines they had to pay for holding illegal dances, Pow Pow
Movement looked for a club to play which was unusual back then. In 1995
Pow Pow started playing every Friday very successfully in their homebase
Petit Prince club, which is still “the” dancehallclub on Friday nights.
You will find first class dancehall events there, with guestsounds like
Stone Love, Bodyguard, David Rodigan, Saxon, Tony Matterhorn etc.
playing alongside Germany`s finest throughout the year, aswell as people
from different cultures and nationalities jamming together.

In 1995 “Devon” joined the crew as MC. Devon is a Jamaican who has been
living in Cologne for ten years now. In 1996 Pow Pow got on the radio
with their own show “Pow Pow Reggae Radio”. The rest is history, Pow Pow
played their sound on every spot and festival throughout Europe, in
places like Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, England etc. as
well as international places like Jamaica, U.S.A. , Africa or Canada.
Numerous dubplates specials got voiced whenever there was a possibility
on their trips to Jamaica, the U.S. or England. Pow Pow Movement truly
set a foundation in Dancehall in Germany (Europe) along with some
others, playing their own, very unique style. Many young sounds still
follow the movement into the next millenium, and make Dancehall music in
Europe what it is today. It`s the love for this wonderful music from
Jamaica which has brought Pow Pow where they are today.

As a
result of being one of Europe`s top class soundsystems Pow Pow Movement
entered worldclash 2000 in New York, as Europe`s first intercontinental
sound ever for such an event. Although they failed to win, Pow Pow
Movement gained worldwide recognition, and is still a sound to watch out
for in the future.

In 2001 Pow Pow Movement started
producing their own tunes on their own Pow Pow Productions record label.
Their first bombastic riddim came out 2002 was called Celebrate which
features artists like Beenieman, Turbulence, General Degree and
Gentleman and many more. After they won the euroclash in 2002, the label
released another riddim in 2003. The legendary shanty town riddim with
artists like Sizzla, Luciano or Tanya Stephens was a worldwide success
in the dancehalls and is still a riddim you can hear nowadays.

Jamaica 2004, the biggest Reggae radio station IRIE FM plays the new
Pow Pow Riddim “Blaze” on heavy rotation. The riddim is taking jamaica
by storm, and the big tune from the “artist of the year” Richie Spice
“blood again” is on the No. 1 position for weeks on the reggae charts in
Jamaica, New York, Europe and Japan. Also Chuck Fender`s “cry for my
people” and Junior Kelly`s “blaze” are mashing up the dancehalls all
over the globe.
The next production “superior” is another sureshot.
Gentleman`s first single of the platinum selling album “confidence”
goes straight on the No. 1 position of the german popcharts. The song
“superior” becomes one of the most played songs on radio. Produced by
Ingo Rheinbay (producer of the year 2004/2005 riddim magazine) the
selcection gets high international ratings again with songs from Morgan
Heritage
, Anthony B or Sizzla, just to mention a few.

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Pow Pow
Movement, now joined by another dynamic MC “Jr. Carl” gets rated as
germany`s best soundsystem of the year in 2003/2004 and 2005 at riddim
magazin. More songs got released in 2k5 on the “gladiator” riddim with
jamaica`s top notch artist Bounty Killer (gehtto gladiator), T.O.K.,
Daville or germany`s band “seeed”, who also featured the song on their
platinum selling album “Next”. One year later it was time for roots
music again with the first sight riddim. Big tunes by Turbulence,
Chezidek
or Fantan Mojah, who already start work with Pow Pow in 2002
before he got well known in the reggae business.   

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