Nov 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dawn Penn

Toppa Top 8: Beyonce’s Most Dancehall Moments

Words by Emily Shapiro—


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EVENT + Interview: Etienne Charles’ Creole Soul

Interview by Eric Sandler, Photos by Jati Lindsay —


The title of trumpeter Etienne Charles’ new album Creole Soul refers to the mixture of influences on the project  and his own ethnically diverse background as a Trinidadian. Though the base of his sound is in jazz, Charles’ music includes influences from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean as well as North America, from Haitian Creole chants and blues to rocksteady, reggae and calypso.

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VIDEO: The BET Awards Spotlights Classic Dancehall

Words by Jesse Serwer—


If you caught tonight’s BET Awards, or have checked in with Twitter or social media in the last few hours, you probably heard about the dancehall tribute featuring Dawn Penn, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Beenie Man and Elephant Man. (Also Bobby Konders and Jabba!)

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Throwback Thursdays: Skratch Bastid on Beenie Man’s “Memories”

Words by DJ Skratch Bastid
Beenie Man Memories (Stop Live in the Past)

Something slightly different this week on Throwback Thursdays. Toronto turntablist DJ Skratch Bastid traces the roots of Beenie Man’s “Memories” back to soul man Jerry Butler and shows how the Chicago R&B scene of the ’60s and ’70s has had a profound influence on music in Jamaica, and how that same Chicago-inspired reggae has made its way back to the U.S. through some classic samples. 

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Jackie Me Too: Japanese Organist Mi3 Hypes Up a Studio One Classic

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Best known today as the riddim on Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me (No No No),” Jackie Mittoo’s Studio One classic “Ghetto Organ” is one of reggae’s all-time great instrumentals. We’ve heard covers of “Ghetto Organ” before but none as exuberant or energetic as this one our Japanese connects at Extra Classic Mag just put us on to from Japanese keyboardist Mi3. Whether rocking a keytar in his bedroom or taking his Hammond Xb-1 to the streets, Mi attacks the keys in his “Ghetto Organ” video with an energy that oddly reminds us of Mad Lion. Studio One gone crunk! Watch the video below, and check out some behind-the-scenes footage of mostly indifferent (and occasionally perplexed) Japanese subway commuters taking in the shoot here.

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae/Dancehall’s Greatest One-Hit Wonders

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer

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