Aug 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jouvert

Short Folio: Colin Williams x Trinidad Carnival


Photos by Colin Williams—

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Mixtape Mondays: Rampage Sound Global, Necessary Mayhem x Mr. Williamz, PGM x Zion High, Close Connections

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Another volume of stacked vibes here at Mixtape Mondays with dancehall, dubplates, new roots and soca on deck from NYC, The UK, Cali and beyond. Grab these mixes and nice up your week.

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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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Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Carnivals

Words by Steve Bennett, Erin MacLeod, Jesse Serwer and Jillioniare—

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Cocktail Cinema: Crown Heights, Nutcracker + J’Ouvert Star in Fat Tony’s “BKNY”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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There’s nothing like the energy in Central Brooklyn (a/k/a “Real Brooklyn”) at the end of the summer, in the days leading up to Labor Day and the West Indian Day Parade. That’s the backdrop for “BKNY,” the latest video from NY underground rapper Fat Tony. Though the song features Jamaican-Guyanese BK rap duo Old Money, the pair are absent from the video, which instead features cameos from Mr. MFN eXquire, Kool AD of Das Racist, Nick Catchdubs, and Tenille, and landmarks like Ali’s Roti Shop and the Eastern Parkway road divider.

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Mixtape Mondays: Safar-I Sound, Jah-T, Pretty Rick, Bacchanal Radio

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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Its that time again. Yawn. Brrr! If you don’t have to drag your ass to work in the freakish cold because you have a holiday, then God bless you and MLK. If you do…you’re going to need some tropical anaesthetic:

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