Aug 31, 2014
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Mixtape Mondays: Jam Central, Chi Ching Ching x Silent Addy, Ape Drums, Coji from Mighty Crown

Words by Deejay Theory

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Soca-meets-dancehall-meets-bass-meets-dub this week at Mixtape Mondays with an assortment of vibes from the roots to the rave. Blaze up below

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Blacka’s World: Get Your Dance on with Yaminah Legohn

Words by Blacka Di Danca

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to write a “Blacka’s World” column here on LargeUp but I promise I will be updating you on my work more often. Recently I’ve been teaching weekly online dancehall courses for free on my YouTube channel, planning my upcoming fall tour, opening up stage shows like LargeUp’s Chronixx SummerStage event in Central Park, choreographing music videos and creating new dance moves! I may have been quiet, but I’ve definitely been busy! Today I have an opportunity for all dancers in or around NYC! And what’s the point of an opportunity, if you don’t share it?

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LargeUp Presents Jam Central – It’s A Carnival (2014 Summer Soca Mix)

Words by LargeUp Crew

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Soca music tends to fan out into the world through two different waves over the course of the year. First, around the start of the year (and increasingly during the holiday season the year before), you have the tunes for Trinidad Carnival. And then, as spring turns into summer, things start getting hot again as the carnival calendar moves through the Eastern Caribbean from St. Vincent to Grenada.

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Mixtape Mondays: Private Ryan, DJ Mess, DJ Bimshire

Words by Deejay Theory

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Running the soca at Mixtape Mondays in recovery from Caribana and preparation for the massive Barbados Cropover and Foreday Morning fetes coming up this week. Grab D music below, cash in some miles, and who knows maybe you’ll even end up whining with Rihanna this year… And look out for a premiere of Jam Central’s summer soca mix coming up shortly.

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LargeUp Interview: Dr. Jay De Soca Prince is Toronto’s Carnival King


Words and Photos by Ola Mazzuca

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You Rate It: Jus Now Remix Blaxx’s “Leh Go”

Words by Marcha M. Johnson

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With the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season getting off to a start, British-Trini production duo (and regularly featured LargeUp staples) Jus Now have dug into the 2013 Soca archives to put their own twist on Blaxx’s bacchanal instigator ‘Leh Go.’ For their version of his hit, they’ve coupled the artist’s commanding vocals with a raw rhythm section instrumental, managing to preserve the lightheartedness of the original tune while masterfully interpolating the sounds of a steel pan orchestra.

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