Nov 23, 2014
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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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Wine Class: Blacka Di Danca + Friends’ Triple Threat Dancehall Workshop

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Blacka Di Danca has been all over the world in the last few months, most recently on a tour through Europe which included a spell on the road with Major Lazer. Now, LargeUp’s global dancehall ambassador is back home in NYC, where he’s reconvening with Jessica Phoenix and Yaminah Legohn—the trio of dancers recently came together to choreograph Fiyah! Dancehall Theater — for a dance workshop at Brooklyn’s Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance.

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Now Things: Get to Know the Dominican Republic’s Amara La Negra

Words by Michellee Nelson—

My knowledge of the latest in merengue, bachata, and other forms of popular Dominican music and dance is directly linked to the influence of my Dominican best friend. As a result, any other Jamaican that says they put in more work than I do when a Prince Royce song comes on at a party is a boldfaced liar. When I got put on to my latest obsession in the form of Amara La Negra, it was only right that I return the favor and put y’all on too.

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Toppa Top 10: LargeUp’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Visual Culture: Latonya Style + Robin Clare’s “Stylish Moves” Dance Zine

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If you’ve never lived in the Caribbean, it can be difficult to fully grasp certain parts of the culture. There’s a lot of potential for embarrassment when your favorite dancehall song comes on and you want to be out there on the floor with the best of them… but your moves are not quite Kingston-ready. Or even outside-your-living-room-ready.

That’s where dancer Latonya Style and Australia-based Jamaican artist (and LargeUp favorite) Robin Clare come in. They’ve created a zine entitled Stylish Moves that includes step-by-step illustrations for 13 popular dancehall steps (in the style of Clare’s Dancing Words prints), as well as dictionaries of Jamaican slang, photos, and advice for aspiring dancers. Just as useful for experienced dancers as the choreographically challenged, it also includes some advanced techniques, too (like the Flash It & Dash It).

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