It’s not often that we feature or turn the spotlight onto a sound, but we thought our readers might be interested to learn more about one of the female sound systems that appeared at the last AV Promotion at the end of September. It also feels appropriate being Black History Month.
Sophia aka Selector Lady Juicy of Sagittarius Vibes provided a little insight into the origins of the sound and its family connection in her own words.
“The sound was originally called Sir Montague and was started by my father (Sir Que) Raphael Simpson in 1967. The sound was started in Peckham SE15.
My father was 23 years old when he started playing music 1968. The name changed to Expo when my uncle Lascelle Williams joined my dad, building the set and the speaker boxes. In 1976 they got their first valve amplifier made by a man who lived in Forest Hill.
Unfortunately the sound system was stolen, along with equipment and some records, but they still bought records and managed to play music to a smaller crowd. My dad’s cousin was Dennis Harris owner of D.I.P record label. My family was involved with the import and export of records and foods. Dennis Harris had a distribution factory in Old Kent Road and a record shop on upper Brockley Road in 19??.
Sagittarius Vibes Crew
I had a love for music from a young age and used to watch my dad build speaker boxes and listen to him play at parties. I (Lady juicy) came aboard the sound in 1991 as the new selector for the sound, and my dad wanted to revamp the sound and changed the name, so we renamed the sound Sagittarius Vibes. We wanted the sound name to reflect something we shared and we chose Sagittarius because both our birthdays are in December and share the same horoscope. The last member to join was Ron ( Supa Ron) in August 2004, from a sound called Studio 54. He is a selector and the sound engineer, who happens to be a Sagittarius born in November. “
A big thank you to Lady Juicy for this short history on Sagittarius Vibes Sound.
DJ Lady Juicy
(edited for publication)