Aug 22, 2014
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Two Ships at Sea: Watch Midnite’s “Same Boat We” Video

Words by Kaya.Lah—

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The reggae monolith Midnite don’t often make music videos, but when they do, they have been memorable. (In fact, it was right here in 2011 that Midnite pemiered their very first video, for “Mongst I & I”).  Such is the case with the group’s first visuals from their recent Zion I Kings produced album Beauty for Ashes, for the single “Same Boat We,” with the Ancient Child seen on Midnite’s album covers brought to life by Midnite frontman Vaughn Benjamin’s eldest son, Senuah Benjamin.

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LargeUp Premiere: King Mas’ “Reflection” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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King I-Vier and Jah Yzer’s California-based label Royal Order Music produced some of our favorite reggae tunes in 2013, specifically Gappy Ranks’ “Carpenter” and the reggae revival posse cut “Selassie Souljahz,” and they’ve continued the vibes this year with “Reflection,” the recent single from culture crooner King Mas. Boston-based Mas (also known as MasSicker) debuted his Rasta Road mixtape with Green Lion Crew here in March (and also hosted Tribe of Kings’ Next Generation Liberation, another LargeUp premiere), and now he’s back with a video for “Reflectionn.”

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LargeUp Premiere: Kalbata & Mixmonster’s “Congo Beat the Drum” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Kalbata and Mixmonster’s Congo Beat the Drum LP was created in the fashion of an original, Tubby’s-era Jamaican dub recording, using a 16-track tape machine and a vintage mixing desk. After conceiving the project in their native Israel, the producers, known for their work in electronic music, traveled to Jamaica where they recorded famed Jamaican deejays Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John and the late Prince Jazzbo.

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VIDEO: Burna Boy is Nigeria’s “Don Gorgon”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Nigeria’s Burna Boy never skimps on the visuals, and the brand new video for his tune “Don Gorgon” (yes, like that Don Gorgon) is no exception. The Naija deejay has showed off his love for dancehall on tunes like “Yawa Dey” and “Wombolombo and, on “Don Gorgon” he quotes from Shabba’s “Ting-a-Ling,” Johnny Osbourne’s “Budy Bye” and Super Cat and Heavy D’s “Dem No Worry We,”  paying homage to the genre’s greats throughout the single. Interestingly, the video follow a recent interview in which he professes that he’s “never had a liking for Shabba…people have told me of my similarities to him but personally, I don’t feel him,” stating his preference for Super Cat among ’80s/’90s dancehall greats (No word on his opinion of the Original Don Gorgon Ninjaman, though). 

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LargeUp Interview: Rolling with Martei Korley


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Jenny McLaughlin—

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LargeUp Premiere: Martei Korley’s “Couldn’t Be Wrong” Video

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LargeUp co-founder and creative director Martei Korley is the photographer behind countless classic reggae images, but he’s also a reggae artist himself. Today being International Reggae Day, he’s decided to share this other side of his creativity with the world in the form of his video for “Couldn’t Be Wrong,” shot between his two homes of Kingston, Jamaica and New York City.

“Couldn’t Be Wrong,” off Martei’s Kingston Konfidential EP (out July 22 and available for pre-order today) is “about a long-distance relationship, and, in some ways, also about my relationship with Jamaica,” Martei tells us. The clip, directed by Johnny Dollar and co-starring up and coming singer Sevana, illustrates this theme with travel footage taken at JFK Airport in NY and Norman Manley in Kingston, and high up in the sky above both cities on a 747. The result is a visually stimulating clip that will feel familiar to anyone who’s ever had miles between them and what they love. For more on Martei’s journey, read our interview with him here.

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