BROTHERHOOD SOUND SYSTEM, specializing in the various styles of reggae music, was established by two German brothers in 1992.
Inspired by numerous trips to the Caribbean, in the 1980's, Don Martin and 'Jah' Robbi Hanelt started creating and voicing numerous original reggae riddims (musical backing tracks). BROTHERHOOD SOUND SYSTEM was set up right here in Santa Fe as an outlet for this music as well as for local singers and dj's (rappers) . Besides playing shows in New Mexicos' cities, BROTHER-HOOD was the first reggae sound to touch down on the Zuni Indian Reservation.
In 1995 BROTHERHOOD relocated back to Germany, where Don Martin was resident selector (dj) at the Lokomotive for several years and also appeared as guest vocalist with Germany's massive Top Frankin Sound. As dancehall reggae had gained increasing popularity in Europe in the 1990's, BROTHERHOOD played numerous shows in Germany and Holland. In 1999 BROTHERHOOD broke some more new ground by being the first New Mexican as well as German reggae sound system to play in the Gambia in West Africa, where the response was tremendous. Fueled by this boost of confidence, BROTHERHOOD relocated back to New Mexico for the new millennium
releasing several cassettes on California's Ruff Chicken label in 1992,1993
and 1994, BROTHER-HOOD is establishing its own label this year. The
first release by Don Martin will be entitled UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD,
which was recorded, mixed and engineered by Natty U, one of Europe's
hottest reggae producers, in Germany
being one of the few sound systems world-wide to create its own music, BROTHERHOOD
is the only reggae sound in the American Southwest to continually play material
out of the most current Jamaican reggae dancehall charts. BROTHERHOOD receives
new music to share with its audiences every week, including the newest releases,
as well as plenty of re-issued reggae oldies.
After being back for two years in New Mexico, the local dancehall massive has recognized BROTHERHOOD SOUND SYSTEM as its undisputed leader, featuring New Mexico based artists as King Shark,Abo, Sandacon,Dabba,Cosmic, and C-Minor. Don Martin was asked to co-host the local REGGAE RUNNINS radio program alongside Sylko Dorsett, on KSFR 90.7 fm in Santa Fe (Saturday nights from 7 to 10 pm), as well as the IYAH MUSIC SHOW alongside Kelvin Rodrigues, on KUNM 89.9.fm in Albuquerque (Thursday nights from 7-10 pm).
Kelvin-Iyah Music, Don-Brotherhood, Frank-Top Frankin' at KUNM studios
If you are curious about our original riddims, our exclusive remixes, or about the wickedest reggae selection in the entire American southwest, feel free to contact us.