Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Beth Lesser

LargeUp Interview: Cocoa Tea on ‘In A Di Red,’ Payola + Being a ‘Slow Leak’ Artist


Words by Sherman Escoffery, Photos by Niketa Thomas—

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Toppa Top 10: Beth Lesser’s Most Essential Foundation Dancehall Tunes


Words and Photo by Beth Lesser

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Sound Read: “Rub A Dub Style” Recounts Dancehall’s First Decade

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Beth Lesser


Tiger and Earl Wire Lindo

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Good Thing Going: Reggae Historian Beth Lesser’s New Sugar Minott Book

Words by Jesse Serwer, via The Hype Life and Shimmy Shimmy

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Last summer reggae lost one of its great, and most unsung, icons in sweet-voiced Sugar Minott. Here’s how we remembered the dancehall pioneer’s life at the time. Beth Lesser, the author of books including 1989’s King Jammys and 2008’s Dancehall: The Story of Dancehall Culture, has sprung into action to correct any historical oversights with The Legend of Sugar Minott & Youth Promotion, a 212-page tome on “Sugar Booga” and his Youth Promotion soundsystem. Lesser is a longtime friend of Minott’s–she even married fellow reggae documentarian David Kingston (with whom she founded the ’80s-era reggae fanzine Live Good Today) at a Youth Promotion dance at Sugar’s house in 1986–so we can say with absolute certainty that no one was better equipped to tell this crucial story.

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