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Icon_video  About Me — May 26, 2009  

Founded in New York City in 1990 by popular selector Dwayne “Steelie Bashment” McKay, Steelie Bashment Sound System set out on a mission to not only play music, but to be a leading force in Reggae and Caribbean music entertainment worldwide. With an arsenal of the best contemporary and vintage tunes spanning the Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso, Soca, Hip Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and pop music genres, Steelie Bashment Sound System has worn New York’s “Sound of the Year” crown for the past 7 years and counting, playing in just about every Caribbean music market around the globe from North and South America, to Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia .

Capitalizing on their extensive following, Steelie Bashment ventured from sound system to promoter/event producer with two of New York’s signature events: Steelie’s annual birthday celebration and the annual Steelie Bashment Sound Anniversary. Both events feature the ‘toppa top’ local and international sound systems and entertainers and attract no less than 15,000 patrons.

In 2003 Steelie Bashment launched Waah Gwan Radio, an Internet station that quickly rose to be a leader in Caribbean media, with DJs and personalities from Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana covering the gamut of Island music and entertainment. Known as far away as England, Waah Gwan Radio streams live from 6pm to 2am on Weekdays and 24 hours on weekends at

Dwayne McKay was born and raised in Brooklyn of Trinidadian and Jamaican parentage, where he grew up on the sounds of Reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Issacs, and Dennis Brown. Before branching out with his own sound system, he was a selector for a number of local sounds systems including Spectrum, Stereosonic, Thunderbolt, Super Strong, Afrique, and Addies. Nicknamed ‘Steelie’ for his childhood idol Steely of Silver Hawk Sound and the production duo Steely & Clevie, he picked up the name ‘Bashment’ from his days as part of the selector dream team the ‘Bashment Squad’ with fellow A-List selectors Tony Matterhorn, Super Twitch, and Super Claude. Inspired to branch out on his own by Matterhorn’s post-Addies success, Steelie maintains that it was his own drive and hunger for success that kept him at the top for 17 years, and still climbing.

“Steelie is hungry—I want it all,” he states matter-of-factly. “If I have $100, I want $150; if I have $500, I want $1,000.”

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