Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Aidonia

Fashion, Forward: Aidonia’s “80s Dancehall Style”

Words by Saxon Baird—

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We don’t want to call it a full-on revival, but dancehall has definitely been leaning towards a return to the vintage style and sound of Jamaica in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Mr. Vegas (and Joe Lickshot!) just dropped “Real Don,” channeling the simple sound of dancehall’s early digital era. Konshens and Romain Virgo meanwhile gave us one of 2013′s most memorable dancehall videos, donning old-school Jamaican fashions—mesh marinas, backward Kangol caps— for their excellent throwback tune, “We Nuh Worry Bout Dem.”

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Dancehall Nuh Dead: Ten Dancehall Acts That Matter Right Now

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Check It Deeply: Reggae Goes Soca

Words by Michellee Nelson—Mr-Vegas-Shock-Dem

There was a time not that long ago where reggae and soca artists were at odds with one another, instead of in harmony. Check out this video from Reggae Sunsplash ’91, where foundation deejay Charlie Chaplin goes in on calypso.

But in recent years, Jamaican artists known for making reggae and dancehall have put out soca records in growing numbers. Though Jamaicans like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires have made calypso for decades, you could say Beenie Man led the current wave with 1998′s “Jump and Whine”, among the first tunes from a reggae act to appear on a Soca Gold compilation. As Carnival has grown in popularity in Jamaica, soca’s influence on the island’s music has grown, with songs like “Jump” and “Daggerin” from RDX, Aidonia’s “Bruki,” and “Wet Fete” off Gyptian’s latest album, SLR, fusing dancehall with soca rhythms to produce some of the biggest Caribbean tunes of the past couple years.

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Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Riddims of 2013


Words by DJ Shirkhan and DJ Autograph

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Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Singles of 2013

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Damien “LoOkYah” Baddy

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Mixtape Mondays: Mixtape Yardy x Konshens & Aidonia, Sensi Movement, DJ Beset

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Monday is here, time for some new mixes. Hopefully you’re having a solid summer so far, let’s keep it going with some dancehall and tropical vibes this week from Jamaica, Germany and Cali.

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