Sep 16, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

EVENT: QQ + Hempress Sativa on the LargeUp Sessions (8/14)

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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QQ burst on the reggae scene as a likkle youth back in 2005 with the Nyabinghi-flavored “Poverty”; nearly a decade later he reclaimed his place in Jamaican music with a different sort of “One Drop”; his dutty dance tune by that name was one of 2013′s biggest dancehall hits. Things have only kept rolling since then. With his latest track “Tweety Bird (Turn Me On),” the title track from RVSSIAN’s Tweety Bird riddim (which we’ll be premiering here in full soon), climbing dancehall charts ,and a brand-new tune called “Find It” just released on JA Production’s High Life riddim, QQ stops by tomorrow night’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions along with Hempress Sativa. an artist fully rooted on the cultural side of Jamaican music. Her “OohLaLaLa The Weed Thing” is to ganja what Trey Songz’s similarly “Na Na” is to sex; a flip of The Fugees’ classic “Fu-Gee-La.”

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LargeUp TV: Chronixx, Junior Reid + Rice and Peas at Central Park SummerStage

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video Shot by Birhan Tonge:::Still Images by Birhan Tonge and Tono

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LargeUp’s inaugural SummerStage concert presented with Okayplayer and Federation Sound July 26th was a massive success.

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Wheel + Come Again: Watch Assassin’s 90s Bashment-Inspired “Sekkle an Cease” Video

Words by Saxon Baird

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Directed by Scorpio 21 of Kao Arts (whose work also includes the colorful “Tight Skirt” video from Samantha J), Assassin’s “Sekkle an Cease” is the latest in a wave of 2014 dancehall videos inspired by the look and feel of ’90s dancehall sound system party, and it might just be the most on-point one yet. There’s jerk chicken in the back, nuff Guinness, mesh marinas, high-top fades, backwards Kangols and whining gyals in pum-pum shorts (including one in a gold-lamé outfit styled after Dancehall Queen Carlene). Perhaps the most authentic touch of all is a scratchy video quality meant to simulate the experience of watching on a worn, dub-of-a-dub VHS tape—in other words, the way you would have seen a video like this back in the era it’s meant to resemble.

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Blacka’s World: We Chief “Gyals From Brooklyn” Video Premiere

Words by Blacka Di Danca—

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A few months ago, I made a step out of the standard dancehall scene (clubs, workshops, dance videos) and made my debut in the mainstream entertainment industry as a music video choreographer. I had the opportunity to choreograph Major Lazer’s “Lose Yourself” music video with Mela Murder, which already has over 2 million hits on YouTube. Now, I’m at it again! I’m proud to share with you that I choreographed my second music video, this time all by myself. “Gyals From Brooklyn” is my first solo project as a choreographer and little by little I’m working hard to bring authentic dancehall dancing into mainstream entertainment!

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Mixtape Mondays: Jam Central, Chi Ching Ching x Silent Addy, Ape Drums, Coji from Mighty Crown

Words by Deejay Theory

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Soca-meets-dancehall-meets-bass-meets-dub this week at Mixtape Mondays with an assortment of vibes from the roots to the rave. Blaze up below

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Blacka’s World: Get Your Dance on with Yaminah Legohn

Words by Blacka Di Danca

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to write a “Blacka’s World” column here on LargeUp but I promise I will be updating you on my work more often. Recently I’ve been teaching weekly online dancehall courses for free on my YouTube channel, planning my upcoming fall tour, opening up stage shows like LargeUp’s Chronixx SummerStage event in Central Park, choreographing music videos and creating new dance moves! I may have been quiet, but I’ve definitely been busy! Today I have an opportunity for all dancers in or around NYC! And what’s the point of an opportunity, if you don’t share it?

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