Noel Davey, the Casio MT-40 and the Sleng Teng

posted on November 17th, 2010 by in Jamaican Music, Video


Peter keeps digging deep in the Kingston Signals archives and – after publishing footage of Ricky Trooper selecting in the basement of Globe Furniture on Constant Spring road a couple of days ago – pulls out a piece of true dancehall history:

A video of Noel Davey – the guy who switched up a pattern on the Casio MT-40 keyboard to create the the first fully computerised riddim in Jamaican music: the »Sleng Teng«.

The clip was filmed at Noel Davey’s home in Waterhouse, Jamaica in 2001 for the pioneering web program »Kingston Signals«.

Shortly after the clip was filmed, Davey appeared live on the program with the original MT-40 machine. He plugged it into the board and played it to surprised audiences worldwide.