Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaicans

Big People Ting: Watch Konshens’ Latest Dutty Dancehall Excursion

Words by Jesse Serwer—


More than any other dancehall artist since Vybz Kartel, Konshens has the formula for making songs that work in the club down pat. The SubKonshuns Music boss has put out hit after hit in the last few years—and hits with staying power at that—and he’s now getting set to release a follow-up to his worldwide debut (we say that because apparently he dropped a Japan-only LP previously) Mental Maintenance.

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Visual Culture: Kehinde Wiley Takes On Jamaica

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Yuh Dun Kno!: Up Close and Personal with Tosh Alexander

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—


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Throwback Thursdays: Echo Slim on Bounty Killer’s “Down in the Ghetto”

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Wha Gwaan: Listen to Afropop Worldwide’s NYC Reggae History Lesson

Words by Emily Shapiro—


Afropop Worldwide, the long-running syndicated radio program and online magazine dedicated to highlighting the contributions of Africa and the African Diaspora to music and culture, yesterday ran an hour-long program about the history of Jamaican music in New York City.

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Check It Deeply: Did Kurtis Mantronik Pioneer The Trap Beat?

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Much has been made of the blurring of the lines between hip-hop and electronic dance music that’s occurred in recent years. What often gets missed is that the two worlds started out blurred together, only to be separated inorganically by record labels and other entities. Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” is just one example of a track that was as pivotal for hip-hop as it was for the dance music genres that took form in the early-to-mid ’80s, such as freestyle.

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