Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Damian Marley

Afro-Caribbean: Marleys / Makossa / East Africa Famine Relief

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

We hold the iron-clad connections between Africa and the Caribbean to be more or less self-evident at LargeUp, but in the past week or two it seems like one thing after the other keeps popping up to remind us just how current the exchange of ideas back and forth are between the beautiful isles and the bright continent. For one thing, tomorrow is the birthday of Jamaica’s favorite son Marcus Garvey, founder of the Black Star Line and inventor of Pan-African  philosophy, making it a particularly auspicious moment to chronicle these other small moments of motherland-and-child reunion which have caught our eye lately.

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Video: SuperHeavy, “Miracle Worker”

Words by Jesse Serwer

We’ve been telling you for a minute about SuperHeavy, the reggae-playing, wearing-it-on-their-sleeves supergroup consisting of Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, A.R. Rahman and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. This past weekend, the fivesome released their first video, for “Miracle Worker,” the lead single from their self-titled album due Sept. 20 on A&M Records. Each member is in character, in some sort of retail capacity, in a gritty urban utopia that vaguely recalls Sesame Street: Jagger is a pink suit-wearing botánica operator, Stone is working at some sort of coffee-and-plants retailer, Marley’s got a record store, Stewart is in a tattoo shop and Rahman, well, he’s just riding around in the backseat of a car taking it all in. Watch below, and check the album’s track listing at Consequence of Sound.

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Double Selection: SuperHeavy “Miracle” & Miguel “Quickie”

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

It’s a double selection! And luckily we have two major examples of super-heavy mainstream pop-reggae that need to be addressed. In chronological order: SuperHeavy–the ol’ slumdog super-group we told you about comprising Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, AR Rahman, Joss Stone and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics–quietly leaked their first track “Miracle Worker.” And in spite of the dude from Esquire dismissing it as “tiki-bar bullshit,” it is actually pretty tough.

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Amy In The Sun: The Other (Caribbean) Side of Amy Winehouse

Words by Jesse Serwer

Amy Winehouse, who died Saturday at age 27, left as her musical legacy a distinctively modern take on the timeless sound of vintage soul music. Lesser known is that the troubled singer was as enamored with Caribbean music as she was with R&B. In fact, her desire to take her followup to Back to Black in a more reggae-leaning direction may have almost as much to do with said album’s failure to materialize as did her well documented drug addiction. Seemingly on the road to recovery, the singer (who had previously indicated plans to record with her friend, Damian Marley) is said to have emerged from several months in St. Lucia in 2009 with a set of dark, heavily reggae-flavored tunes. Ironically, Island Records, the label responsible for turning reggae into a global phenomenon in the 1970s, apparently rejected this material on the grounds that it departed too drastically from the successful Back to Black formula.

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Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger, “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back”

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford

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By now you may have heard that Mick Jagger and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley are getting ready to collaborate on a musical project called Super Heavy. While we have little idea what the project will sound like, we know that Jagger and the Stones are veteran reggae-philes. So it was a pleasure digging up this video for the sake of entertaining your imagination. Today’s backwards expedition through the sands of time reveals “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back,” a cover of one of the original “get that dirt off your shoulder” chunes (by the Temptations), from a mellowed yet ever-mighty Peter Tosh and a characteristically pepped-up Mick Jagger. And yeah, that’s a young Sly and Robbie you spotted rocking and rolling pon the drum and bass. The simplicity and rawness of the video, including the hand-painted posters hanging tight in the backdrop of what seems to be a “we’re jamming” type session, complements the sincerity of this rare performance. So, yeah, when the haters dem try to hold you down, it’s betta you just keep it moving–one foot forward. Enjoy your trip!

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Fashion Fridays: Deadly Dragon x Mighty Crown Reggae For Japan Tee

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Supporting Japan relief efforts is a no-brainer for so many different reasons. For one, it’s just the right thing to do. For another, Japan is one of the biggest markets for reggae and dancehall, and arguably the most loyal. So hell yeah we’re down with the Reggae For Japan event that Japan’s No. 1 sound Mighty Crown and promoters Irish and Chin are putting on June 5 at York College in Queens. The lineup is extra heavy: Damian Marley, Freddie, Chino and Stephen McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Etana, Tanya Stephens, Mr Vegas, among others. Even better, since we’re always scouring for styles that we can believe in, New York’s Deadly Dragon Sound System and Mighty Crown have produced this limited “Reggae For Japan” tee, with the Japanese flag’s red sun represented as a turntable. Cop it here, or better yet at the show.

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