Aug 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Europe

Frass in France: Blacka Di Danca at Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference

Words By LargeUp Crew—

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It’s been a busy year for our dance ambassador and columnist Blacka Di Danca. His fourth European tour has brought him to workshops and events in 32 cities and 18 countries. For the final stop on this particular journey, he returns to France this Saturday, April 12, to teach a class at the first annual Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference at Equinoxe in Paris.

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Tundra Tun Up: Blacka Di Danca Brings Dancehall to Siberia

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos by Dmitriy Shtifonov and Denis Rossiev—

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If you’re a regular Large Up reader, you already know all about our friend Blacka di Danca. We’ve been following this super-talented dancer and choreographer as he travels the world spreading his infectious love of dancehall and good vibes. A frequent visitor to Europe, where he just spent the summer teaching dancehall steps to students from England to Italy, he’s currently in the midst of his fourth trip to Russia.

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Pon Tour: Blacka Di Danca Makes A Splash in Europe


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Enrico Miglietta—
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Happy Days: South Rakkas Crew Return with the Chachi Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Mad Decent

With Major Lazer’s sophomore LP on the horizon, the Mad Decent collective seems to be getting back into island mode. The label just dropped the reggae-influenced Badman Rave EP from “Original Don” producers Party Squad last week, and now they’ve put us on to this brand-new release from a resurgent South Rakkas Crew (a/k/a D Rakkas), of Chinkuzi riddim fame.

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Interview: Diplo On The Politics of Outsider Dancehall

Words by Jesse Serwer, Interview by Eddie STATS Houghton—

Okayplayer head honcho Eddie STATS Houghton recently sat down with Diplo and Chief Boima of Dutty Artz and Ghetto Bassquake fame for a wide-ranging conversation themed around the politics of the emerging music phenomenon known as tropical bass. The concept was inspired in part by a long-running, Twitter-fueled debate between Boima and Diplo regarding the current globalization of underground music, and set out as its aim bringing that conversation to some sort of resolution. Among too many other topics to name, the conversation touched on the politics behind Major Lazer and Diplo’s interaction with the dancehall. Read below to see how that particular segment of the conversation played out. And if you never have, catch our LargeUp TV episode with Diplo in Jamaica for more on his interaction and background with dancehall culture.

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