Apr 24, 2014
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Throwback Thursdays: Bankie Banx – “Down on the Corner”

Words by Ravi Lloyd


Up-and-coming film director Ravi Lloyd is our man in Anguilla, consistently keeping us up with the runnings on his home island. For Ravi’s latest work, check Anguillan reggae singer Omari Banks’ “Jehovah Message” video, shot in locations all around AXA. With that clip having just seen release, and Moonsplash—the annual Anguilla music festival founded and run by Omari’s father, Bankie Banx—set to kick off, Ravi revisits Bankie’s “Down On The Corner” video, shot on Anguilla in 1984.

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Toppa Top 14: LargeUp’s Guide to South by Southwest 2014

Words by Kieran Meadows, Natalie Weiner and Jesse Serwer—


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Mixtape Mondays: Kalibandulu, DJ Craze, Captain Planet

Words by Deejay Theory —

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With last week’s Carnival madness officially wrapped up, it’s time to get right back to work this Monday. It’s almost time for our first SXSW Showcase this Wednesday in Austin, and of course we’re keeping the music and energy flowing  at Mixtape Mondays with some dancehall, tropical and bass directions on deck via Italy, Miami and Los Angeles. Run chune:

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Throwback Thursdays: Machel Montano’s “Too Young To Soca”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Another year, another set of crowns for Machel Montano. “Mr. Fete” won the Power category again at the International Soca Monarch competiton on Friday with “Ministry of Road (M.O.R.),” narrowly missing a sweep as Kerwin DuBois took Groovy Soca Monarch. “M.O.R.” meanwhile was inescapable at Mas in Port of Spain, taking the Road March title with a whopping 374 plays, more than six times the nearest competitor. In light of his continued success, it’s only appropriate on this Throwback Thursday back to where it all started for Machel.

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Heds & Dreds: Six Rap Tracks Featuring Sizzla

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Mavado’s appearance on Rick Ross’ latest, Mastermind, is hardly surprising. Now based primarily in Florida, the Gully Gad is signed to Ross affiliate DJ Khaled’s We The Best stable, a partnership that has already led to ‘Vado’s appearances on tracks by French Montana and Ace Hood. Sizzla’s appearance on the same tune, “Mafia Music III,” on the other hand, is a little more noteworthy. Kalonji, who’s been sampled on numerous rap tracks over the years, including “Crown” from Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, has collaborated with a small handful of rappers during his 20-year career, but it’s been a few years since we’ve heard this side of the firebrand singjay. Scroll through for a full list of his notable rap link-ups.

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Blacka’s World: Blacka Loses Himself + Teaches The World

Words by LargeUp Crew—


The Winter Olympics weren’t the only international culture clash happening in Russia last month. While the world’s greatest cold-weather athletes were proving themselves in Sochi, our Blacka Di Danca was in Moscow getting an army of Russian dancers in sync with dancehall during his latest instructional tour. If this video (an Instagram-sized preview of a more extensive clip to come) doesn’t speak volumes about dancehall’s global appeal, we don’t know what does.

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