Aug 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: Alton Ellis

LargeUp x Okayplayer TV: Christopher Ellis x Mr. Vegas x The Roots

Words by Michellee Nelson~OkayPlayer Holiday-Christopher-Ellis

We’re back with another memorable performance from the OkayPlayer Holiday Jam with The Roots. This time, Christopher Ellis, son of reggae crooner Alton Ellis (and an established singer in his own right), took the stage with Mr. Vegas and The Roots to perform the rocksteady favorite, “I’m Still in Love with You.” Depending on your age, you might be more familiar with the version that Sean Paul and Sasha re-popularized back in ’04 on SP’s album Dutty Rock, but the senior Ellis penned the original track back in 1967.

Watch Christopher Ellis and the West Indian massive of the The Roots groove to “I’m Still in Love with You” as Mr. Vegas joins in to mash it up with “Hot Gyal Today.” While your at it, check out the rest of the bashment segment of the Holiday Jam with Bunji Garlin, Addis Pablo of “Suns of Dub, and more from Mr. Vegas below.

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Impressions: Okayplayer x LargeUp Holiday Jam with the Roots

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Justin Pallack


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Free Reggae: Marley’s Mellow Mood’s “Tune In Tuesdays” Series Presents Christopher Ellis

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Tune in Tuesdays Christopher Ellis

Marley’s Mellow Mood has come up with a new way to “free the people with music,” launching a weekly free music download series, co-curated by LargeUp, dubbed Tune in Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, this link features a download of a new single from a different artist.

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Vintage Jamericana: Watch Christopher Ellis’ “Don’t Change Your Number” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer–

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I don’t know about you but when I think of vintage, way-back-in-the-day Jamaica, an Alton Ellis tune is always what’s playing in the vision. Alton just had that voice that takes you back, even if you were never there. It’s only fitting that Ellis’ singer son, Christopher Ellis (though he doesn’t particularly sound like his old man) would take a page from his pops, bringing a classic feel to his music when the riddim calls for it.

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LargeUp TV: Marcia Griffiths x Toppa Top 10 Reggae Love Duets

Words by Jesse Serwer, Video and Photo by Joel Ndunda—

Marcia Griffiths Valentines Day

No one has more classic reggae duets than Marcia Griffiths. The queen of reggae and former member of Bob Marley’s I-Threes has made hits with everyone from Beres Hammond to Buju Banton to Bob Andy, many of which are collected on her newly released Marcia Griffiths and Friends double CD. When we found out Marcia was planning something special of her own for Valentine’s Day this year, we connected with Marcia to select 10 of our favorite reggae love duets—meaning songs performed together by male and female vocalists, on the topic of love—for a special Valentine’s Day Toppa Top 10 countdown. Watch the video countdown below, and catch Marcia’s Valentine’s Day performance, at Gingerbay in Hollywood, Florida, live on her website tonight.

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Heds and Dreds: Slick Rick The Yardie

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Janette Beckman—

Slick Rick Bally Shoes and Kangol

Slick Rick is easily one of the greatest rappers of Jamaican or Caribbean extraction. Unlike some of his yardie bredren, though, Rick didn’t make many overtures towards reggae or dancehall during his career: the style icon’s chief contribution to the Jamericanization of hip-hop was introducing yardman fashion to hip-hop in the form of Kangols, Clarks and Bally shoes. (Yep, young Ricky D. was rocking Wallabees years before Wu-Tang lionized the comfy British kicks). That and the “Children’s Story” beat, later used in one of the greatest dancehall remixes ever, Capleton’s “Tour.”

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