Sep 18, 2014
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Posts tagged: J.C. Lodge

LargeUp TV: Marcia Griffiths x Toppa Top 10 Reggae Love Duets

Words by Jesse Serwer, Video and Photo by Joel Ndunda—

Marcia Griffiths Valentines Day

No one has more classic reggae duets than Marcia Griffiths. The queen of reggae and former member of Bob Marley’s I-Threes has made hits with everyone from Beres Hammond to Buju Banton to Bob Andy, many of which are collected on her newly released Marcia Griffiths and Friends double CD. When we found out Marcia was planning something special of her own for Valentine’s Day this year, we connected with Marcia to select 10 of our favorite reggae love duets—meaning songs performed together by male and female vocalists, on the topic of love—for a special Valentine’s Day Toppa Top 10 countdown. Watch the video countdown below, and catch Marcia’s Valentine’s Day performance, at Gingerbay in Hollywood, Florida, live on her website tonight.

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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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Toppa Top 10: Ten Quintessential British Lovers Rock Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer, Eddie STATS and Martei Korley

With a documentary about the hidden history of lovers rock coming out this week (in U.K. theaters only, naturally), a primer on this somewhat misunderstood sub-genre seemed in order. At its heart, lovers rock is two things, a distinctly British musical movement which developed and evolved in London’s Caribbean communities in the 1970s, and the “Quiet Storm” to reggae’s R&B, a mellower version of the basic blueprint that developed expressly for intimate occasions, slow dancing or perhaps melancholic daydreaming about that one that got away. While the sound was re-transmitted back to the original source in Jamaica by artists who came to England to record or just fell in love with the sound—Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Al Campbell, to name a few—we’ve focused this list on those British artists who most embodied the style.

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Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Jamaican Country Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer

Today sees the release of Reggae Gone Country, VP Records’ compilation featuring Busy Signal, Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor and other Jamaican artists covering country and western classics from Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Roger Miller and more. To celebrate, the label is hosting a concert at Breezes Negril in Jamaica tonight, featuring many of the artists on the album. LargeUp will be there documenting it–so stay tuned for more on that later.

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