Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jimmy Riley

RIP: Lloyd Charmers, 1938-2012

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Lloyd Charmers

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Impressions: Sizzla “Unplugged and Acoustics” in Kingston, JA

Words and Photos by Martei Korley—

LargeUp doesn’t ordinarily report on stage shows but the event billed as “Sizzla Unplugged and Acoustics” was the artist’s first show in Jamaica since his much publicized bike accident last year. The fact that he would be supported by the original Firehouse Crew and Sly and Robbie made it apparent—we had to be there. The event also served as a launch of the Sizzla Youth Foundation, an ambitious charitable undertaking by the man himself seeking to uplift youth worldwide. It may surprise you to know that the first donation for same came from no other than Popcaan to the tune of $50,000 Jamaican dollars. Kudos for that!

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Special Techniques: Winston Riley’s Ten Most Essential Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by David Corio—

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Give Thanks: Toppa Top 10 Reggae Thanksgiving Songs

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, Martei Korley, Sherman Escoffery and Jesse Serwer.

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Bless Up, Mi Dads: Ten Current Caribbean Artists and Their Musical Fathers

Words by Jesse Serwer


When you think of kids carrying on their father’s musical legacy, the Marley family is, rightfully, probably the first to come to mind. And if you’re talking about current reggae/dancehall music, you have to acknowledge the McGregor clan, with siblings Stephen, Chino and Shema all carrying on the Big Ship banner begun by their still-active father, Freddie McGregor. With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it got us wondering: who are some of the other current Caribbean artists and producers with influential musical fathers behind them? As many “mama” tunes as there are in reggae, dancehall and other genres, tributes to fathers are rare. Here’s 10 names we’re guessing you may know, and 10 reasons why you should also know their fathers–if you’re not up on the connections already.

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