Sep 01, 2014
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Blacka’s World: We Chief “Gyals From Brooklyn” Video Premiere

Words by Blacka Di Danca—

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A few months ago, I made a step out of the standard dancehall scene (clubs, workshops, dance videos) and made my debut in the mainstream entertainment industry as a music video choreographer. I had the opportunity to choreograph Major Lazer’s “Lose Yourself” music video with Mela Murder, which already has over 2 million hits on YouTube. Now, I’m at it again! I’m proud to share with you that I choreographed my second music video, this time all by myself. “Gyals From Brooklyn” is my first solo project as a choreographer and little by little I’m working hard to bring authentic dancehall dancing into mainstream entertainment!

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Well Seasoned: Watch Skinny Banton’s “Soak It Good” Video

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It’s J’ouvert morning in Grenada right now and if, you’re like us and couldn’t make it down for Spicemas this year, you’re probably scrambling for some means of being there in spirit. Fortunately, there’s Skinny Banton’s “Soak It Good” video.

This one’s been out for a minute, predating the summertime rush of Spicemas tunes, but if you’re looking to transport yourself to Grenada’s carnival with any means short of coating yourself in black oil, you can’t do much better. “Soak It Good” employs a favorite Caribbean double entendre that goes back to The Mighty Sparrow—that of the saltfish, and a woman’s private parts—to highly entertaining effect, complete with a detailed description of the saltfish seasoning process. The theme continues into the video, which is filled with Jab Jab dancers preparing saltfish (literal saltfish, not the figurative kind) in the streets.

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Mixtape Mondays: Jam Central, Chi Ching Ching x Silent Addy, Ape Drums, Coji from Mighty Crown

Words by Deejay Theory

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Soca-meets-dancehall-meets-bass-meets-dub this week at Mixtape Mondays with an assortment of vibes from the roots to the rave. Blaze up below

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Run The Track! Download a Massive Sound EFX Folder From Screechy Dan

Words by DJ Autograph

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As mentioned last week, the recording sessions for Screechy Dan‘s My Story mixtape produced by myself, Kenny Meez (Federation Sound) and DJ Shirkhan (Safari Sound) also yielded a bunch of sound effects all done by the man himself. The sum of them all is quite astounding, as Screechy offers interpretations of dogs, birds, horses, monkeys, ambulances, “elders” and even air, as well as 10 different variations on the airhorn! (Also, six different laser sounds).  There’s even a mini dubplate from “Jimmy Mountain” (Jimmy Cliff‘s”cousin”)  plus Screechy spins on staple phrases like “In come a ting called” and “Run the track,” and catchphrases from Kool DJ Red Alert (“Yeahhhhhhhhh”), Popcaan (“Yaoooowwww”), “Macho Man” Randy Savage (“Ooohhhh yeahhhh”) and the AFLAC duck (“AFLAC!”)

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AUDIO: Pressure + Chronixx Link Up for “Africa Redemption”

Words by Kieran Meadows

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Pressure Busspipe gives us the first taste of his upcoming album with producer (and King Jammy scion) Baby G. The LP, which also features guest appearances from Damian Marley and Tarrus Riley, is due out later this year on Baby G’s Yard Vybz label.

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LargeUp Presents Jam Central – It’s A Carnival (2014 Summer Soca Mix)

Words by LargeUp Crew

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Soca music tends to fan out into the world through two different waves over the course of the year. First, around the start of the year (and increasingly during the holiday season the year before), you have the tunes for Trinidad Carnival. And then, as spring turns into summer, things start getting hot again as the carnival calendar moves through the Eastern Caribbean from St. Vincent to Grenada.

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