Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

LargeUp Premiere: Duane Stephenson’s “Cool Runnings” Video

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Roots reggae artist Duane Stephenson is exploring a different throwback sound in his newest video, “Cool Runnings”—vintage dancehall, by way of Bunny Wailer. The track, off Stephenson’s upcoming LP, Dangerously Roots, puts a classic yet fresh spin on Bunny Wailer’s rub-a-dub classic of the same name. “Dancehall nice again,” according to Stephenson’s opening lines—and the Ras Kassa-directed video showcases that, with shots of vinyl and cassettes, PG-13 dancing, and Red Stripe, instead of laptops, daggering, and apple vodka. This mellower take on dancehall culture fits Stephenson’s crooning to a T—and he even sports a mesh marina to complete the retro ambience.

Check out the video below, tell us what you think in the comments, and look out for Dangerously Roots via Greensleeves Records Sept. 23.

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AUDIO: Jah Vinci x Junior Reid, “Penitentiary”

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More than a half-decade after he came to the reggae world’s attention as a member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire/Gaza crew, Jah Vinci has just released his debut LP Ghetto Born.

The dancehall/reggae singer has been on the scene since 2008, with tracks like “In My Life,” “Kill Dem Fast,” and “Money” showcasing his versatile vocal stylings. Now, he’s collaborating with artists like Beenie Man and none other than Junior Reid, who is currently in New York getting ready to perform at the first ever LargeUp SummerStage concert in Central Park this Saturday. Jah Vinci is far from the only artist to have been blessed with a cameo from Reid, however. Mr. One Blood’s 30 year career has been punctuated by appearances on dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop tracks of all stripes—check out some of the best here. “Penitentiary,” Jah Vinci and Reid’s duet, is a conscious treatise on the problems with the prison system over an EDM-inflected reggae beat—listen below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

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Raggamuffin Reasonings: Inspiring Children of the Diaspora to Come Home

Words by Zebi Williams

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LargeUp is greatly inspired by the work Zebi Williams has done as the head of the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp. Launched eight years ago when she was just 19, the volunteer-run camp has become an exemplar for youth development, promoting arts and entrepreneurship within a small, coffee-farming community in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, and inspiring similar programs elsewhere. Having worked closely with Zebi the last few years, we wanted to give her a regular voice on LargeUp. Raggamuffin Reasonings will be her way to keep LargeUp readers updated on this unique program, and also to inspire similar ideas into action. 

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream Martei Korley’s “Kingston Konfidential” EP

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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If you’ve followed reggae music for the last 15 years, you’ve seen the work of Martei Korley. As a photographer, he has snapped cover images for albums by Beres Hammond, Busy Signal and I-Wayne, to name a few, as well as countless editorial features for magazines including As LargeUp’s co-founder, creative director and chief photographer, he’s also responsible for the look of this site, taking many of the memorable images that have distinguished us as the web’s top destination for Caribbean music and culture.

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LargeUp Premiere: Kalbata & Mixmonster’s “Congo Beat the Drum” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Kalbata and Mixmonster’s Congo Beat the Drum LP was created in the fashion of an original, Tubby’s-era Jamaican dub recording, using a 16-track tape machine and a vintage mixing desk. After conceiving the project in their native Israel, the producers, known for their work in electronic music, traveled to Jamaica where they recorded famed Jamaican deejays Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John and the late Prince Jazzbo.

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LargeUp Interview: Rolling with Martei Korley


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Jenny McLaughlin—

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