Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: aruba

Raggamuffin Reasonings: Inspiring Children of the Diaspora to Come Home

Words by Zebi Williams


LargeUp is greatly inspired by the work Zebi Williams has done as the head of the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp. Launched eight years ago when she was just 19, the volunteer-run camp has become an exemplar for youth development, promoting arts and entrepreneurship within a small, coffee-farming community in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, and inspiring similar programs elsewhere. Having worked closely with Zebi the last few years, we wanted to give her a regular voice on LargeUp. Raggamuffin Reasonings will be her way to keep LargeUp readers updated on this unique program, and also to inspire similar ideas into action. 

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Audio: Punky Donch “Balang Beng” (Fellow remix)

Words by Deejay Theory —

Fellow-Press3Some badd Arubian bass right here to help welcome the warmer climates on deck. Roots/rock reggae group Punky Donch get the trap and bass treatment from a silent killer in the global bass domain, the one they call Fellow. I’ve been a fan of Fellow’s tunes for a minute — originally hipped by that dude Jillionaire — for always flipping tropical sounds in new ways armed and ready for the club or festival. Cutting no shorts on this official remix he takes the original laid back island vibe of “Balang Beng” and transforms it into this 808 stomper flown in on a PJ straight from Aruba. Highly recommend copping that download below while it’s still hot.

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Carnival, 101: Arubian Carnival

Words by Lil Tiger

childrens paradePhoto: kees_bimbam/Flickr

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Grind Time: Watch K i T’s “Jackhammer” Video + Download Bert on Beats’ Remix

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Kit Jackhammer

Repping Curacao by way of the Netherlands, Dutch Antillean crew K i T call their sound—a mixture of tropical bass/EDM, Caribbean riddims and a little touch of Brazilian baile funk—”Tambutronic.” Their name, K i T, meanwhile, is short for Kuenta i Tambu, which translates to “stories and drums” in Papiamentu.

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Throwback Thursdays: Boney M’s “Rivers of Babylon”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Boney M Rivers of Babylon

In the late 1970s, few musical acts in Europe were bigger than Boney M. While the brains behind the outfit was German producer Frank Farian, the group itself was 100% Caribbean, consisting of vocalists Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett from Jamaica, Bobby Farrell from Aruba and Maizie Williams from Montserrat.

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Aruba-ton: Fellow vs. Basic One “Walky Walky”

Words by DJ Theory —

Aruban producer Fellow just unleashed this soca – meets moombahton bomb, with Aruban MC Basic One riding the riddim.  The lyrics are in their native papiamento language, but the vibe cuts through regardless of the translation.  As with many beats in this fashion, melody takes a backseat to percussion and bass, with a driving kick, chopped up vocals and marching band snare patterns all clocking in around 115bpm.  Definitely something to heat up the soca set or throw a curveball into your moombahton rotation.  Stream and download below, pree the video as well to check the Walky Walky sway in action

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