Apr 16, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

Check It Deeply: Reggae Goes Soca

Words by Michellee Nelson—Mr-Vegas-Shock-Dem

There was a time not that long ago where reggae and soca artists were at odds with one another, instead of in harmony. Check out this video from Reggae Sunsplash ’91, where foundation deejay Charlie Chaplin goes in on calypso.

But in recent years, Jamaican artists known for making reggae and dancehall have put out soca records in growing numbers. Though Jamaicans like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires have made calypso for decades, you could say Beenie Man led the current wave with 1998′s “Jump and Whine”, among the first tunes from a reggae act to appear on a Soca Gold compilation. As Carnival has grown in popularity in Jamaica, soca’s influence on the island’s music has grown, with songs like “Jump” and “Daggerin” from RDX, Aidonia’s “Bruki,” and “Wet Fete” off Gyptian’s latest album, SLR, fusing dancehall with soca rhythms to produce some of the biggest Caribbean tunes of the past couple years.

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Impressions: Onstage At Sting’s 30th Anniversary


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker

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Fashion Fridays: Get to Know Designer Ayana Rivière


Words by Tami Tsansai::Photos by Storm Saulter::Model: Ayana Rivière—

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Blacka’s World: Pon Di Rock with Major Lazer


Words by Blacka Di Danca—

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LargeUp TV: Wyclef Talks Sting, Dancehall + Dubplates

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video Shot by Allison Swank:::Edited by Kieran Meadows

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If you’ve followed Wyclef since his start with the Fugees, you know ‘Clef isn’t just a fan of dancehall, he’s a proper student of the culture. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Refugee Camp Sound president for a wide-ranging conversation on all things dancehall and Jamaica, ahead of his upcoming appearance at the 30th anniversary edition of the world’s greatest dancehall show, Sting.

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Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Riddims of 2013


Words by DJ Shirkhan and DJ Autograph

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