Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Bob Marley

LargeUp TV: “Redemption Song” Aboard the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Martei Korley

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Last week, LargeUp set sail from Miami to Jamaica aboard the inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, alongside Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley and about 3,000 of our “closest friends.” Along the way we stopped in MoBay and Ochi, picking up Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Etana and Busy Signal, and witnessed performances from all of the above as well as epic dances spun by Stone Love, King Jammy’s, David Rodigan, Mighty Crown. And that’s just about half of it.

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LargeUp Interview: Marlon James on “A Brief History of Seven Killings”


Words by Sherman Escoffery/Photos by Martei Korley

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Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh on “Behind The Music”

Words by Jesse Serwer/Photo by Richard E. Aaron

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James Brown, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix… It seems like every iconic artist is getting a biopic these days. It’s only a matter of time before Bob Marley inevitably gets the Hollywood treatment, but we’ve always thought Peter Tosh’s story would make for a great movie. Much of Tosh’s story remains untold, and those re-tellings tend to center around “Legalize It”/weed, his relationship with Bob, and anecdotal stuff like the infamous bumbaclot interview. Somewhere in there the person himself seems to have gotten lost.

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Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings” Is The Most Anticipated Jamaican Novel Ever

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) won’t be released until tomorrow, but already it’s drawn more attention than almost any Jamaica-set novel since Ian Fleming was putting James Bond to paper. James’ third novel has been dubbed “The Great Jamaican Novel” by The Fader, and was recently the subject of one of the most glowing, enthusiastic New York Times reviews we’ve ever seen. (“It’s like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner,” wrote reviewer Michiko Kakutani. “It’s epic in every sense of that word.”) It seems everyone we know with an interest in recent Jamaican history is already reading it.

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Toppa Top 10: The Simpsons’ Best Caribbean References


Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden/Illustration by Knotti Chris

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Ground Provisions: Ben & Jerry’s Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

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Ben & Jerry’s is known for its Woodstock-inspired peace-and-love aesthetic, and ice cream flavors with goofy names occasionally inspired by peace-and-love minded musicians. (See the classic Cherry Garcia, and the more recent Phish Food). So it’s no surprise that the brand would introduce a flavor inspired by the music (or at least the concept) of Bob Marley.

After holding a contest to name the flavor, Ben & Jerry’s newest product (a tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Legend) has been dubbed Satisfy My Bowl, after “Satisfy My Soul,” the classic track from Marley’s 1978 album Kaya. Makes sense. What we’re a bit confused about is what the flavor—banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls and chocolate peace signs—has to do with Bob Marley or Jamaica. Sure, bananas grow in Jamaica, as they do across the Caribbean, but the fruit is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when anyone thinks Jamaica. (As far as we know, Marley’s ice cream preferences are undocumented, that is if he partook in the treat at all).

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