Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker—
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Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video Shot by Allison Swank:::Edited by Kieran Meadows
If you’ve followed Wyclef since his start with the Fugees, you know ‘Clef isn’t just a fan of dancehall, he’s a proper student of the culture. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Refugee Camp Sound president for a wide-ranging conversation on all things dancehall and Jamaica, ahead of his upcoming appearance at the 30th anniversary edition of the world’s greatest dancehall show, Sting.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Alpha Blondy, the veteran reggae artist from the Ivory Coast, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his debut release Jah Glory! this year, and recently released the album Mystic Power album earlier this year. The rock-infused single “My American Dream” is one of several English-language tunes on the LP (another being “Hope,” a collaboration with Beenie Man), with other tracks sung in French and Alpha’s native language, Dioula.
Words by DJ Gravy—
The title “King of the Dancehall” is a pretty serious claim—while many dream of it, ultimately only one can truly own it. From the early 90’s til now, there’s been one artist who’s kept coming back with hit after hit and pushing the boundaries of dancehall, reggae and soca music, touching every genre from hip hop and pop to jazz, country and beyond. Grammy-winning artist Beenie Man is paralleled by none when it comes to making nonstop hits over the last 20 years, and turning 40 just the other day isn’t slowing him down in the slightest.