Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Martei Korley
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Words by Erin MacLeod
While the rest of the world fixates on ebola, the most popular topic of discussion in Jamaica’s route taxis and buses is chikv, or chikungunya, a mosquito-borne sickness that strikes down even the healthiest folks, causing high fever and severe joint pain. Though the government insisted until very recently that it wasn’t an epidemic, it would seem that amongst Jamaica’s population, you’ve either already been shot by the chicken gunman or you’re just waiting for the inevitable. The virus is a massive productivity suck for the country, as offices struggle to soldier on with so many people ill for days, and sometimes, weeks. But, being Jamaica—a place where even hurricanes have inspired hits—it’s been a boon for artists who have been quick to provide some musical relief… if the recommended Panadol, pawpaw leaf juice, bissy tea and plenty of water aren’t working.
Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley
Hollie Cook’s inaugural US tour kicks off today, and she’s celebrating in a big way. In addition to her first-ever New York City show tonight at Glasslands in Brooklyn, she’s dropped a brand-new video, for “Postman” (from her brilliant sophomore LP, Twice, which you can hear here) off via Vogue magazine, no less.
Blacka Di Danca has touched the road again, and this time he’s in Europe for his longest tour yet. If you’ve followed Blacka’s adventures in his Blacka’s World column, you know the drill by now: When Blacka comes to your town, it’s your opportunity to learn how fi dance dancehall from a true bashment maestro. Blacka’s classes aren’t just about showing you how to do the latest steps: they’re a full tutorial highlighting dancehall movements from the ’90s through today. In other words, you don’t just come out of his classes with a few new dancehall steps in your repertoire, but also knowledge of the culture.
After starting things off with his first date in Portugal, Blacka’s back in France, with dates to follow in Belgium, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, plus a side trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the second week in November. Follow Blacka on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for exact times and locations and contact dextyledance@gmail. com if you’re interested in bringing Blacka to your town.
Words by LargeUp Crew
We’ve been preaching the gospel of Hollie Cook for a few years now. This endearing songstress’ classic and nostalgic Lovers Rock sound caught our attention in 2011, a year in which we named her our “Top Artist to Watch”, and we’ve followed her growth ever since, and have even had the privilege of premiering some great music from her, including her latest LP, Twice, back in June. Needless to say we were beyond pleased to hear that the London native would be coming over to America for her first US tour this fall, and signed on as the media sponsor for her first US tour, which kicks off this Monday at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NYC.