Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Christmas

Haitian Christmas, 101: Drinking Cremas with Wyclef

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video shot by Allison Swank:::Edited by Kieran K. Meadows— haitian-christmas-wyclef-cremas-2

A few nights back the LargeUp + Okayplayer crew were invited to meet with Wyclef in NYC to talk ‘Clef’s just announced appearance at next week’s Sting festival in Jamaica, among other things ranging from classic dancehall clashes to Dave Chappelle.

As we stepped in the room, we couldn’t help but notice a homemade bottle of cremas which, it turned out, had been lovingly crafted by ‘Clef own aunt. For those that don’t know, cremas (or kremas, as it’s sometimes spelled) is Haiti’s extra potent answer to egg nog.

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Boogie Down The Chimney: KRS-One, Mad Lion + Shinehead Inna “Holiday Gift Style”

Words by Jesse Serwer

You might have heard that KRS-One is about to drop a new album, Just Like That, produced entirely by a resurgent Mad Lion at the top of next year. Knowing that doesn’t make their new “Holiday Gift Style” Christmas video, in which they and ’80s dancehall crossover legend Shinehead battle against a swagged out industry Grinch over some “Strawberry Letter #23,” any less unexpected, though.

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Boricua Christmas, 101: How To Make Coquito

Words by Jessica Freites


The LargeUp Miami office had a little holiday get-together the other night, centered around the creation and consumption of coquito. After we drank it all, we had our Boricua correspondent and the night’s chief coquito mixologist, Jessica Freites, break down the science behind Puerto Rico’s favorite winter drink.

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Throwback Thursdays: Safari Sound on Cham and Wayne Wonder’s “Warm Jamaican Christmas”

Words by DJ Shirkhan and Sammy K

No video this week, just a special Christmas treat. The other day we brought you A Reggae Christmas, a brilliant mixtape roundup with—almost—every great, holiday-themed reggae classic there is, from Sweden’s Safari Sound. Except one tune, that they told us they wished had made the mix. So we asked them to say a little something about it.

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Stocking Stuffers: Dennis Brown & La Lupe

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


We got to figure that if you’re even reading this on Christmas Eve, you are most likely in a mad search for last minute gift ideas. If chocolate is not enough, may we suggest two of the other kind of goodies (CDs! Remember those?) that will make ideal stocking stuffers for the Caribbean music lover in your life.

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