Nov 28, 2014
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Sherman Escoffery

LargeUp Interview: Marlon James on “A Brief History of Seven Killings”

Words by Sherman Escoffery/Photos by Martei Korley


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LargeUp Interview: A Last Chat with Wayne Smith

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Bomb A Drop: Watch Busy Signal’s “Everybody Turn Artiste” Video

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Maybe it was the five months that Busy Signal spent incarcerated outside of Jamaica which made him reflect on how many waste individuals he had to coexist with in the music fraternity. After dropping the throwback style “Come Shock Out,” Busy appears to be on a personal mission, with his new single “Everybody Turn Artiste,” to leave an indelible impression on Jamaican music, and also to clean out and displace these individuals masquerading as artists and clogging up the music pipeline with irrelevant noise they think is music. The line, “What a disgrace in the music fraternity, right now the music needs a surgery” is a harsh truth many are afraid to say in public about the current state of dancehall music. In this uptempo criticism that is also potential dance anthem, Busy does not spare the payola-demanding radio jocks, or the producers of the noise, either.

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Pull Up, Selector!: Stream Busy Signal’s New Single “Come Shock Out”

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Busy Signal

Less than ten days after being released from prison in the US, dancehall star Busy Signal has returned to Jamaica and asserted his presence with “Come Shock Out,” a real uptempo feelgood song that pays tribute to 80’s sound system deejays, and a time when it was just one turntable playing in the dance. Shouting out his peers and his elders alike, Busy channels the sound of some of dancehall’s greatest rhythm riders from the 80’s, including the late Early B, Lord Sassafrass, Burru Banton, General Trees and even Sancho, as producer Shane Brown plays bits and pieces of Dennis Brown’s “Revolution” bass line—and which Busy Signal rides like a professional disc jockey in the Jamaican sense of the word.

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Broader Than Broadway: Jamaican Play ‘Not About Eve’ Comes To NYC

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Some of you may remember Karl Williams as the guy who played the unnamed, right-wing, anti-communist politician in the highly-regarded Jamaican film Better Mus’ Come, which LargeUp sponsored when it premiered in New York earlier this year.

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Not a Dubclaat: Edward Seaga Praises “The Origins Of Jamaican Music,” Except Dub

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Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga finally arrived in New York City last week, after being delayed by Hurricane Sandy—that had shut down the entire Island of Jamaica. Vivien Goldman, writer and broadcaster, sat with him at the Tisch-School of the Arts, NYU, for a very informative and educational discussion about his latest project–that we had mentioned last month on LargeUp, The Reggae Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary; a commemorative, one hundred tracks, four CD box set, that showcases the origin and evolution of Jamaican music in its 50th year of independence, 2012. Mr. Seaga, an early pioneer in Jamaican music, conceptualized and selected every song on this album. He started working on this project three years ago with VP records, and the late Joel Chin—who was killed in 2011. Now finished and slated for release on November 6, 2012, this collection of one hundred songs, highlights significant milestones in Jamaican musical history; such as, the beginning and highlights of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and eventually Dancehall. There is also a 64 page booklet in this package, with liner notes by Chris Chin, Reggae historians John Masouri, Dermot Hussey, and Mr. Edward Seaga himself; making this box set a must have, or an excellent gift, for anyone who listens to Jamaican music.

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