Oct 24, 2014
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Jesse Serwer

Chatting with The Chinaman: 2 Live Crew’s Fresh Kid Ice On Being Trini + Miami Bass


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher Mitchell

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Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings” Is The Most Anticipated Jamaican Novel Ever

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) won’t be released until tomorrow, but already it’s drawn more attention than almost any Jamaica-set novel since Ian Fleming was putting James Bond to paper. James’ third novel has been dubbed “The Great Jamaican Novel” by The Fader, and was recently the subject of one of the most glowing, enthusiastic New York Times reviews we’ve ever seen. (“It’s like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner,” wrote reviewer Michiko Kakutani. “It’s epic in every sense of that word.”) It seems everyone we know with an interest in recent Jamaican history is already reading it.

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Ground Provisions: Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

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Ben & Jerry’s is known for its Woodstock-inspired peace-and-love aesthetic, and ice cream flavors with goofy names occasionally inspired by peace-and-love minded musicians. (See the classic Cherry Garcia, and the more recent Phish Food). So it’s no surprise that the brand would introduce a flavor inspired by the music (or at least the concept) of Bob Marley.

After holding a contest to name the flavor, Ben & Jerry’s newest product (a tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Legend) has been dubbed Satisfy My Bowl, after “Satisfy My Soul,” the classic track from Marley’s 1978 album Kaya. Makes sense. What we’re a bit confused about is what the flavor—banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls and chocolate peace signs—has to do with Bob Marley or Jamaica. Sure, bananas grow in Jamaica, as they do across the Caribbean, but the fruit is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when anyone thinks Jamaica. (As far as we know, Marley’s ice cream preferences are undocumented, that is if he partook in the treat at all).

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Now Things: Behind the Mask with Noise Cans


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Nicole Sweet

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Media Watch: Appleton Estate’s “From Jamaica With Love” Commercial

Words by Jesse Serwer

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We’ve been saying this for years: rum is in need of a makeover. Vodka, tequila, Scotch, Bourbon and even gin have all become fashionable among young people in recent years, thanks in large part to good, or at least savvy, marketing. Rum has stubbornly refused to follow along, with brands content to either die out with their aging customers, or to rely on the same old parrots and pirates.

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Pree-View: Twin of Twins’ “Ching Pow: Far East Yardies” Movie

Words by Jesse Serwer
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Patrick “Curly Lox” and Paul “Tu-Lox” Gaynor aka Twin of Twins have been stirring things up in Jamaica with their comedy and social commentary for a decade now. A few years ago we caught wind of a feature-length film starring the brothers, or at least their voices transposed over old kung-fu footage. Now, that film is finally ready to be seen. Ching Pow: Far East Yardies will screen every night for the next month, from today through September 7th, at The Theatre Place, 8 Haining Road in Kingston.

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