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US$7,000 to US$10,000 for 10 dubplates – Prices weighing heavily on sound system business

There is not a hard and fast price scale for an artiste to voice a dubplate for a sound system or selector. However, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Irish and Chin, which stages the annual World Clash sound system battle, last held in Canada last October, gave The Gleaner , an approximate range of going prices. He said that artistes charge between US$7,000 and US$10,000 to voice 10 dubplates. However, there have been instances when a selector approaches an artiste with money, but has to be satisfied with two dubplates, as the artiste says that is all they are going...

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