Words by Edward Seaga, Daddy Lion Chandell, Donald Clive Davidson and Roy Black—
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Words by Sherman Escoffery–
Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga finally arrived in New York City last week, after being delayed by Hurricane Sandy—that had shut down the entire Island of Jamaica. Vivien Goldman, writer and broadcaster, sat with him at the Tisch-School of the Arts, NYU, for a very informative and educational discussion about his latest project–that we had mentioned last month on LargeUp, The Reggae Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary; a commemorative, one hundred tracks, four CD box set, that showcases the origin and evolution of Jamaican music in its 50th year of independence, 2012. Mr. Seaga, an early pioneer in Jamaican music, conceptualized and selected every song on this album. He started working on this project three years ago with VP records, and the late Joel Chin—who was killed in 2011. Now finished and slated for release on November 6, 2012, this collection of one hundred songs, highlights significant milestones in Jamaican musical history; such as, the beginning and highlights of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and eventually Dancehall. There is also a 64 page booklet in this package, with liner notes by Chris Chin, Reggae historians John Masouri, Dermot Hussey, and Mr. Edward Seaga himself; making this box set a must have, or an excellent gift, for anyone who listens to Jamaican music.
Words by Jesse Serwer, Video and Photos by Martei Korley—
Even if you don’t know their name, you may already be familiar with No-Maddz from their role as “the World’s Fastest Band” in Usain Bolt’s Puma commercials, or recognize group members Sheldon Shepard and Everaldo “Evie” Creary from their starring roles in Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come, the most talked about new Jamaican film in a generation. Originally formed for the purpose of competing in dub poetry competitions (which they invariably won), the quartet, which also includes Oneil Peart and Christopher “Birdheye” Gordon, are hardly limited by the constrictions of that discipline. A comedy troupe meets bohemian improv band, their vibe is more Monkees than Mutabaruka. Whatever you call them, they’re the most unique band on the island of Jamaica right now.
Words by LargeUp Crew—
LargeUp has collaborated with one of our favorite apparel brands, the highly respected and influential Rockers NYC, for our first ever T-shirt design. Designed by Jamerican style don/Rockers founder/LargeUp family Marcus Burrowes (the guy who’s been quietly responsible for many of the major urban style trends of the last decade, and the general punk-ification of streetwear), the tees celebrate the land of the black, gold and green—Jamaica—on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, with a bold design in the island’s vibrant national colors.
Words and Photos by Martei Korley—
Originally Capleton’s annual A St. Mary Mi Come From concert was scheduled for August 5, the eve before Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day. But that was before Hurricane Allen decided to pass by, and drop wind and water en masse (not to mention rolling power outages) on the entire island. Rumors of an October rain date circulated for a while, but fortunately the 18 of August was chosen instead. Where the original date was a wash-out, this date was definitely tun-up! LargeUp made the journey again and arrived just in time to see Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was in the country in celebration of the 125th Birthday of his father. Standing on stage with the Fireman himself, he said: “Big Up to all Rastaman, dem keep the memory of Marcus Garvey alive — Nuff Respect!”
Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—
We first got put on to Tifa as one third of TNT (aka the “Badda Badda Gals”) with Natalie Storm and Timberlee a few years back but she’s really come in to her own as a solo artist in the last year or two. After catching her show twice last week in Kingston, we’re feeling like she’s pretty much the new queen of dancehall, or at least the people’s champion—she’s got that real, loyal grassroots following that few female deejays short of Lady Saw have ever built up in JA.