Oct 31, 2014
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Comedy

Video: Jimmy Fallon’s Barbershop Quartet Covers Inner Circle’s “Sweat”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Last night, Jimmy Fallon decided to make good on a request from an audience member wondering why they’d never heard a hybrid of reggae music and barbershop quartets. Claiming to be a member of a reggae-loving quartet called the Ragtime Gals, Fallon produced a trio of Vaudevillians in red, gold and green blazers, donned one himself, and joined the group in a rendition of “Sweat (A La La La Long)” from our friends Inner Circle. The results were positively hilarious. Watch the clip here:

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LA’s Story: LA Lewis + Sani Showbizz Conquer the Conceptual Art World

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Jamaican deejay enigma LA Lewis recently re-emerged with a new website, a new sidekick manager in Prince Zimboo alter ego ’80s-style skat chatter/former Rolling Stones tourmate Sani Showbizz, and a new focus. He’s embracing the role of conceptual artist, becoming “Jamaica’s Damien Hirst,” we learn over a new video series documenting his evolution. “I been doing some research over the past few couple months,” he tells us while chiseling a sink fixture in one such clip, “and everything that LA Lewis have done, or touched, or have been said…is art!”

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Puppet Mas: Q+A with “Santana” Creator Roger Alexis

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Probably the biggest viral video sensation to come out of the Caribbean to date, Roger Alexis’ “Santana” shorts are bawdy, mini-stage plays brought to life by Trini-accented Crank Yankers. Puppets having sex can be funny enough but it’s the soap opera-like melodrama and character development, and the distinctly Trini accents and situations, that has audiences across the Caribbean and the diaspora hooked into the adventures of the womanizing Santana, his girlfriend Janice and his impotent neighbor Narine. Less than two years after Santana’s first shorts went viral, the dreadlocked, Michael Jackson jacket-sporting puppet is now the star of his own movie, I’m Santana!, out in Trinidad theaters today. On the eve of the movie’s release, we called up Roger for a chat about the movie, the series’ habit of tackling taboo topics, and the real inspiration for Santana. Read on, and catch up on all of the Santana shorts at Roger’s YouTube page or the Lexo TV site.

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Give Thanks: Toppa Top 10 Reggae Thanksgiving Songs

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, Martei Korley, Sherman Escoffery and Jesse Serwer.

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Toppa Top 10: The Best Fake Reggae Songs


Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer

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Cross De Stage: Cliff-Twang Live at Reggae Sumfest

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via Seen

A few of our colleagues have been posting on the runnings at Reggae Sumfest. Briefly: Future Fambo killed it, Nicki Minaj got fined for using cuss words, Konshens wore a Free Buju tee and Mavado threw his shirt into the crowd, then Vybz Kartel shut the dancehall night down. But the only clip you really need to see is this one, of once and future dancehall king Beenie Man bringing out the dude who may just command the biggest forward in Jamaica right now: Clifton “Cliff-Twang” Brown (and in case you don’t know what everybody’s going crazy about watch here and here.) You will dead up.

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