Oct 23, 2014
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Ticket Giveaway: The Get Together Miami Featuring Protoje (Oct. 26)

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It’s been a big year for Protoje, and he’s only put out one tune. That track, “Who Knows,” a collaboration with reggae revival colleague Chronixx, has proven to be massive, building up great levels of anticipation for his upcoming third album, due out next year.

As a special treat for his US fans, Protoje returns to the States on Sunday, Oct. 26th, for his first Miami show with the Indiggnation band. LargeUp has two pairs of tickets to give away for the show, happening at The Stage, with support from Mixed Culture, Selecta Addy of Eccentrix Sound and DJ Corey Chase. But that’s not all: one “grand prize” winner will also win a Get Together portable audio system from House of Marley.

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LargeUp Premiere: Yaga Sounds Featuring Sizzla – “DBM”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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LargeUp contributor and producer/DJ Echo Slim gave us a preview of his “unorthodox sound crew” Yaga Sounds on Mixtape Mondays a few weeks back. Now the Miami-based squad—part sound system and part live band, it also includes Joshua “Gappo” Manning (keyboardist for Beres Hammond, and son of The Abyssinians’ Donald Manning) and engineer Flexx—have dropped off their debut single “D.B.M.,” featuring none other than Sizzla, over a driving, uptempo dancehall riddim.

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LargeUp Premiere: Rebel Layonn’s “Lanmou Djaye” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher L. Mitchell

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Reggae’s popularity in Haiti is growing, and one of the most visible and popular figures pushing the genre forward there is Rebel Layonn.

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Soca Hideaway: Black Chiney’s Willy Chin Blends Keisza + Kerwin DuBois

Words by Maj Johnson
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We’ve been hearing soca and pop music blending in all sorts of ways recently, and the occurrences are growing more frequent. In the latest example of soca meeting the mainstream, Willy Chin of Black Chiney has blended Kerwin Dubois’s Carnival 2014 contribution “Spoil Mehself” with Canadian singer Kiesza’s smash summer hit “Hideaway.” The mashup first appeared on the ridiculously good Black Chiney Soca/Carnival mixtape Uh Gosh! and, having turned a few ears, it’s now been upped to the Internet in its entirety.

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AUDIO + VIDEO: USVI Songstress Kenya Eugene’s St. Croix Soul

Words by Kaya.lah

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Amongst the crisp hip-hop, driving calypso, and irie roots reggae, there’s an interesting sense of class finely woven into the Virgin Islands’ musical tapestry. Ms. Kenya Eugene is a prime example: an effortless songstress and seasoned fashion model, she is now getting her art out en masse, giving us a great opportunity to showcase how diverse the Caribbean really is.

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LargeUp Premiere: Promise No Promises’ “Draw We Out” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Our good friend, long-time LargeUp contributor and Major Lazer frontman Walshy Fire just inboxed us with the video for “Draw We Out” from Antigua’s Promise No Promises, along with this note: “I think I am doing well with discovering dope shit out of the Caribbean.” Walshy being the dude that first put us on to Chronixx--and helped bring Jesse Royal and Suns of Dub to global attention–and just that dude in general, we just had to stop what we were doing, and take a look.

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