Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Burning Spear

Throwback Thursdays: Faybiene Miranda’s “Prophecy”

Words by Martei Korley—


About two weeks ago the weeks ago, the reggae community lost a very significant contributor in Sister Faybiene Miranda. Renowned in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn as one of the pillars of the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, she had been an active performer of roots reggae since the early ’70s.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Burning Spear at BRIC House, Brooklyn, 10/3

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Ethan Sigman—


BRIC House, Brooklyn’s newest performance and cultural space, officially opens its doors this Thursday night (10/3), and, for their very first show, they’ve tapped none other than Jamaica native and NYC resident Burning Spear. If you’ve never caught Spear live before—or even if you have —consider this your opportunity, as the voice of “Marcus Garvey,” “Slavery Days” and other reggae classics will perform before an intimate crowd of just 400. And, we can tell you from first-hand experience, Spear is as vital as ever—trust us, we’ve worked out with him. (More on that later…)

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Visual Culture: The Photographs of Pogus Caesar

Words and Interview by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Pogus Caesar—

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R.I.P: Cedric Im Brooks, Jamaican Saxophone Great

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Over the weekend we received the news about the passing of Jamaican sax great Cedric Im Brooks. Brooks, who was 70, had been in a coma-like state for more than three years, before succumbing to cardiac arrest in New York City Thursday.

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Visual Culture: Selections From The ‘World-A-Reggae’ Poster Art Show

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Roots of Dub: King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo. Poster by Alon Braier

In January, we told you about the so-called First International Reggae Poster Contest organized by US-based, Jamaica-born poster artist Michael Thompson and Greece’s Maria Papaefstathiou The contest, celebrating Jamaica and reggae music’s rich tradition of poster art, received 1142 entries by 678 designers from 80 countries, the best of which are set to appear in World-A-Reggae: The 100 Best Entries from the First International Reggae Poster Contest, opening Sunday, Sept. 30 at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Have an undying passion for reggae-inspired posters but can’t make it to Kingston before the show wraps Nov. 20? See all 100 selected posters here.

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Do the Reggae: Brooklyn Film Series Celebrates Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary

Words by Emily Shapiro—

As you all know, Jamaica celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Indepdendence in a few weeks and the country has planned some massive celebrations. If you can’t swing a trip over for the festivities—and you happen to be in New York—don’t stress because Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek is bringing a little bit of yard to us with their “Do the Reggae” film series. Named for the 1968 Toots and the Maytals song that was the first known track to use the term “reggae,”  14-film series runs from Thursday August 2 through Monday August 6 and will focus on music-centric films created between 1971 to 1983.

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