Oct 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

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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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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