Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Cocoa Tea

Living HeART: 25 Years of Xterminator Records

Intro by Jesse Serwer, Words by Kareem Burrell—

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Live + Direct: Watch Shaggy + Beres Hammond “Fight This Feeling” Video

Words by Tami Tsansai—

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There’s no better time than summer to welcome feelgood tracks and eye-popping music videos complete with scantily-clad dancing girls, beach scenes and popping champagne corks. Enter dancehall darling Shaggy’s collab with lovers’ rock crooner Beres Hammond to turn this concept on its head… in a good way. We featured the monster track “Fight This Feeling” – the first single from Shaggy’s new album, Out of Many, One Music produced by ‘riddim’ genii Sly and Robbie – a few months ago, and are now happy to present its accompanying Joel Burke-directed video. And what a video it is!

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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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Impressions: A St. Mary Mi Come From, Capleton’s Gift to Jamaica

Words and Photos by Martei Korley—

Originally Capleton’s annual A St. Mary Mi Come From concert was scheduled for August 5, the eve before Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day. But that was before Hurricane Allen decided to pass by, and drop wind and water en masse (not to mention rolling power outages) on the entire island. Rumors of an October rain date circulated for a while, but fortunately the 18 of August was chosen instead. Where the original date was a wash-out, this date was definitely tun-up! LargeUp made the journey again and arrived just in time to see Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was in the country in celebration of the 125th Birthday of his father. Standing on stage with the Fireman himself, he said: “Big Up to all Rastaman, dem keep the memory of Marcus Garvey alive — Nuff Respect!”

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!, Pt. II: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by DJ Gravy—

Last week, we brought you a taste of our recent reasoning session with dancehall legend Nardo Ranks. In round two of our interview, Na-na-na-na-na-Nardo reflects on his apprenticeship on Jamaica’s Caveman Hi Power sound, his early sparring sessions with Wayne Wonder, and why New York City embraced his music before Jamaicans did. And we had to ask him for the stories behind the favorites for which he is best known: “Rikers Island” (with Cocoa Tea), “Burrup” and “Them a Bleach.” True to form, the self-described “different kind of actor, natural kind of character and human factor” delivers each tale in colorful fashion.

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Toppa Top 10: Top Reggae/Dancehall Songs About New York

Words by Jesse Serwer, Selections by Jesse Serwer and Martei Korley

COCOA TEA Rikers Island (Original press)

It’s “Caribbean Week” in New York City right now and, with the weather hotting up, the days growing longer, and the clothes on women growing smaller, we’re feeling deep levels of appreciation for our hometown. With summer making its presence felt in NYC in all sorts of ways, including some high-powered Caribbean music events, we figured what better time to take stock of the best reggae/dancehall songs about the greatest city on earth?

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