Apr 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Riddims of 2013


Words by DJ Shirkhan and DJ Autograph

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Beyond The Voice: 5 Tunes From Tessanne Chin


Words by Michellee Nelson~

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LargeUp x Okayplayer TV: Christopher Ellis x Mr. Vegas x The Roots

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We’re back with another memorable performance from the OkayPlayer Holiday Jam with The Roots. This time, Christopher Ellis, son of reggae crooner Alton Ellis (and an established singer in his own right), took the stage with Mr. Vegas and The Roots to perform the rocksteady favorite, “I’m Still in Love with You.” Depending on your age, you might be more familiar with the version that Sean Paul and Sasha re-popularized back in ’04 on SP’s album Dutty Rock, but the senior Ellis penned the original track back in 1967.

Watch Christopher Ellis and the West Indian massive of the The Roots groove to “I’m Still in Love with You” as Mr. Vegas joins in to mash it up with “Hot Gyal Today.” While your at it, check out the rest of the bashment segment of the Holiday Jam with Bunji Garlin, Addis Pablo of “Suns of Dub, and more from Mr. Vegas below.

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Pop Style: Steven Jackson

Interview by Tami Tsansai, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Welcome to LargeUp’s new street style feature, Pop Style. Every other Friday, we’ll be talking sartorial shop with the most impeccably dressed men and women of the Caribbean and the diaspora, from familiar faces to everyday people pon di corner. Along the way we intend to show the world what we’ve long held true—no one’s got style and swagger quite like the islands.

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LargeUp Premiere: Ding Dong’s “Syvah” Video Feat. Ricky Blaze

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong and producer/artist Ricky Blaze have been joined since the beginning of the careers. For both, their music debut came with “Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up,” the 2006 single Blaze produced for Ding Dong to showcase the latter’s dance of the same name.

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Meditations, Part 3: Suns of Dub Hold a Vibes with Ras Michael + Friends

Words by Tony Lowe, Video by Tony Lowe and Taliesin Gilkes-Bower—

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The third and final video in our “Meditations”series — a trilogy of mini-docs (Catch Part 1 with Jesse Royal and Ras Jammy, and Part 2 with Jesse and Addis Pablo) revolving around the everyday spiritual life of Jamaica’s young musicians— depicts moments over the course of a day at the Kingston home of the Hendrix of roots reggae, guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. His home, better known locally as Inna Di Yard, is a studio, rehearsal space, meeting ground and all-around musical oasis, world renowned for the relaxed jam sessions.

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