Jul 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Bobby Digital

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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Mixtape Mondays: Kalibandulu, Straight Sound, Blessed Coast, DJ Stephen

Words by DJ Theory

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Monday’s starting to look a whole lot better from our desk, so we decided to go ahead and share with you. Shake off that weekend lag with another interstellar edition of Mixtape Mondays loaded with new dancehall, crucial roots productions, throwbacks, and soca vibes. This week we’re jetting back to Italy with Kalibandulu, then bouncing over to Geneva with Straight Sound and visiting the Blessed Coast and breezy Trinidad with DJ Stephen.

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Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Garnet Silk Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer

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This past Saturday, April 2, would have been the 45th birthday of one of reggae/dancehall’s golden voices: Garnet Silk. A supremely righteous, one-man antidote to the slackful ’90s, Garnet Damion Smith (“Silk” was a reference to his supernaturally smooth vocal tones) helped bring cultural consciousness and spiritual themes back into fashion in Jamaican music in the early 1990s. He was, many say, on his way to becoming his generation’s Bob Marley when he was killed in a house fire while attempting to rescue his mother in December, 1994, less than three years after the release of his breakthrough recordings. Today, Silk is regarded with reverence by the over-30 dancehall crowd but is little known outside of the Caribbean music world. Here’s a look at some of his quintessential recordings, all from his brief heyday between 1992 and 1994.

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