Jul 24, 2014
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Rules of D Road: The Dos and Don’ts of Wining

Words by Tishanna Williams and Jam Central:::Photos by Colin Williams and Reid Van Renesse


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Kambule!: Preserving Carnival’s History in Trinidad

Words by Tishanna Williams—


Our preview of Trinidad Carnival continues with a look at the tradition of kambule.

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EVENT: Learn Dancehall Choreography with Blacka Di Danca + Mela Murder (Major Lazer)

Words by Blacka Di Blanca


If you’ve been following me through my column “Blacka’s World,” then you know that I recently choreographed Major Lazer’s latest music video (for “Lose Themselves” featuring RDX) with the help of Mela Murder—and that choreo came out fantastic! I’ll be teaming up yet again with Mela to teach my only dancehall class for the month of January in NYC, Friday, Jan. 10 at DANY Studios in Manhattan.

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Blacka’s World: Pon Di Rock with Major Lazer

Words by Blacka Di Danca—


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LargeUp TV: Bunji Garlin “Differentology” Live With The Roots

Words by Michellee Nelson~Bunji Garlin live with The Roots LargeUp

Brooklyn Bowl mash up! The Viking of Soca, Bunji Garlin, joined The Roots (!) and the LargeUp crew for a performance of his hit song “Differentology” at Monday night’s Okayplayer Holiday Jam. For many in the audience, it was their first taste of soca music, and we’re certain it won’t be their last, especially with “Differentology” blazing up the airwaves across the East Coast.

With help from his wife, Trini soca star Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez on backing vocals (and Mr. Vegas, handling MC duties after performing “Heads High,” plus dancer extraordinaire Miss Likklebit) Bunji turnt Brooklyn Bowl all the way up, freestyling over the Roots interpretation of the “Differentology” riddim, and showing us just why he has one of the most popular soca tunes of the year.

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Now Things: Samantha J’s Live Performance on BET’s 106 & Park

Words by Michellee Nelson ~


You saw her here first! Our girl, Jamaican singer Samantha J took the stage at BET’s 106 & Park to kick off the start of Young Star’s Week with a special, live performance of her popular single. With the entire audience reppin’ the black, green, and gold the multi-talented artist gave the fans something to scream about with a wicked performance of “Tight Skirt,” then took some time to chat up hosts Bow Wow and Keisha Chante (watch a clip from her appearance below) on a few familiar themes.

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