Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: Damian Marley

Afro-Caribbean: Distant Relatives + Marleys in the Kalahari?

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

This week the Discovery Channel unveiled Marley Africa Road Trip, a new six-part travelogue following Marley brothers Ziggy, Rohan and Robbie (you haven’t heard of him but he may be the best part of the show. He’s a ninja.) as they tooled around the bright continent–specifically South Africa–on motorcycles last summer. Though we don’t know how it ends (the first installment aired this Wednesday, Nov. 2nd) the epic road trip appears to culminate in a free concert in the black township of Soweto, the birthplace in many ways of South Africa’s anti-Apartheid struggle, which finds elder brother Ziggy collaborating with local township musicians and reflecting on the formative experience of attending the infamous Zimbabwe Independence concert his father Bob played in 1980. The pics and trailer (below) which depict the brothers cruising across the grasslands behind free-roaming giraffes recall the lyric Lauryn Hill–the mother of Rohan’s children–rapped on “Fugee-La”: “Eatin calamari in the Kalahari / with a band of Rastafari.” Or as it’s known in the Marley household: Sunday brunch.

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Revelation 20:10: Raheem DeVaughn x Damian Marley

Words By Nico Simino

Singer extraordinaire Raheem DeVaughn has just dropped a new Mixtape titled Freedom Fighter, which takes on the #OccupyWallStreet movement/moment (hear it in it’s entirety over at Okayplayer). The tape features guest appearances from all sorts of artists like:  Bun B, Jill Scott, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Algebra, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Citizen Cope, Dwele, Chico DeBarge and Rudy Currence. But the feature that we keep talking about about is the Damian Marley feature titled “Revelation 20:10″. This track was featured on DeVaughn’s 2010 album The Love & War Masterpeace, but judging from what has been happening across the world with the current #OccupyWallStreet movements, it sounds like it was made for 2011. The track features the much used “Look of Love” sample by Issac Hayes and the heavy patois-laden background vocals the younger Marley has become known for on guest spots. Even with a rehashed mixtape beat this is a must listen for Marley and DeVaughn fans alike.

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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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