Jul 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Etana

Album Stream: Freddie McGregor’s “Di Captain”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Freddie McGregor

This year marks Freddie McGregor’s 50th in the music business, but don’t jump to any conclusions: he got his start at age seven, singing with vocal group The Clarendonians, back when he was known as “Little Freddie.”

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Impressions: Images From Rebel Salute


Photos by Martei Korley—

Marcia Griffiths at Rebel Salute

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Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics


Words by Edward Seaga, Daddy Lion Chandell, Donald Clive Davidson and Roy Black—

Edward Seaga Golden Jubilee

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LargeUp TV: Reggae Goes Country in JA

Words, Photos and Video by Martei Korley

Country star Larry Gatlin with Romain Virgo

On a hot, sticky day at the end of August, we traveled to Jamaica’s Breezes Negril resort to witness a unique intermingling of the country and reggae music worlds. If such an exchange strikes you as unusual, well then you’ve got a lot to learn about Jamaica, where country music has been a part of the nation’s cultural fabric since it made its way there through the radio back in 1950. (For more on the extent of its influence, see this primer). As reggae artists Freddie McGregor, Busy Signal, Duane Stephenson and L.U.S.T. (the quartet of veteran singers Lukie D, Thrilla U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis) tell us in our latest LargeUp TV exclusive, country enjoys a place among their earliest musical memories.

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Fashion Fridays: Deadly Dragon x Mighty Crown Reggae For Japan Tee

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Supporting Japan relief efforts is a no-brainer for so many different reasons. For one, it’s just the right thing to do. For another, Japan is one of the biggest markets for reggae and dancehall, and arguably the most loyal. So hell yeah we’re down with the Reggae For Japan event that Japan’s No. 1 sound Mighty Crown and promoters Irish and Chin are putting on June 5 at York College in Queens. The lineup is extra heavy: Damian Marley, Freddie, Chino and Stephen McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Etana, Tanya Stephens, Mr Vegas, among others. Even better, since we’re always scouring for styles that we can believe in, New York’s Deadly Dragon Sound System and Mighty Crown have produced this limited “Reggae For Japan” tee, with the Japanese flag’s red sun represented as a turntable. Cop it here, or better yet at the show.

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Toppa Top 10: Top Reggae Singles of 2010

Words by Jonathan Cunningham

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