Sep 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

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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Run The Track! Download a Massive Sound EFX Folder From Screechy Dan

Words by DJ Autograph

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As mentioned last week, the recording sessions for Screechy Dan‘s My Story mixtape produced by myself, Kenny Meez (Federation Sound) and DJ Shirkhan (Safari Sound) also yielded a bunch of sound effects all done by the man himself. The sum of them all is quite astounding, as Screechy offers interpretations of dogs, birds, horses, monkeys, ambulances, “elders” and even air, as well as 10 different variations on the airhorn! (Also, six different laser sounds).  There’s even a mini dubplate from “Jimmy Mountain” (Jimmy Cliff‘s”cousin”)  plus Screechy spins on staple phrases like “In come a ting called” and “Run the track,” and catchphrases from Kool DJ Red Alert (“Yeahhhhhhhhh”), Popcaan (“Yaoooowwww”), “Macho Man” Randy Savage (“Ooohhhh yeahhhh”) and the AFLAC duck (“AFLAC!”)

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Tr888 From Tokyo: Bose Spotlights Japan’s Dancehall Scene In New Film

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Japan has had a unique connection to dancehall culture for a while now that goes beyond mere consumption. Between legendary soundsystem Mighty Crown (winners of the 2004 World Clash, and now 23 years in the business) and Junko Kudo (the first non-Jamaican to win a Dancehall Queen competition in JA), it’sproduced some dynamic figures who’ve added to the culture. Perhaps, as our own Eddie Stats once wrote, this is because Japan and Jamaica “are always put next to each other in the J-A row of the “Island Nations” section in the United Nations’ seating chart.”

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My Story, Pt. 1: Download New Remixes From Screechy Dan

Words by DJ Autograph

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In August of last year Large Up ran a feature on iconic Brooklyn dancehall don Screechy Dan.  The piece detailed Screechy’s story from his arrival in the U.S. until the present day. Reading this story and witnessing Screechy perform on many occasions had me thinking to myself that Screechy is such an insanely talented artist, and that wasn’t really fully conveyed though his records.

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LargeUp Premiere: Duane Stephenson’s “Cool Runnings” Video

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Roots reggae artist Duane Stephenson is exploring a different throwback sound in his newest video, “Cool Runnings”—vintage dancehall, by way of Bunny Wailer. The track, off Stephenson’s upcoming LP, Dangerously Roots, puts a classic yet fresh spin on Bunny Wailer’s rub-a-dub classic of the same name. “Dancehall nice again,” according to Stephenson’s opening lines—and the Ras Kassa-directed video showcases that, with shots of vinyl and cassettes, PG-13 dancing, and Red Stripe, instead of laptops, daggering, and apple vodka. This mellower take on dancehall culture fits Stephenson’s crooning to a T—and he even sports a mesh marina to complete the retro ambience.

Check out the video below, tell us what you think in the comments, and look out for Dangerously Roots via Greensleeves Records Sept. 23.

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


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Sherwin Dyer

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