Jul 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Kingston

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

Words by Jesse Serwer—


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—


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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Video: Watch Jesse Royal’s “Modern Day Judas”

Words by Chenee Daley, Photos by El Puru/Himages—


Enjoying success following his recently released mixtape In Comes the Small Axe, burgeoning reggae voice Jesse Royal (who we interviewed on LU in August and recently featured in part one of our Meditations video series) has just premiered a video for his popular and anthemic single “Modern Day Judas.”

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Meditations, Part One: Jesse Royal + Ras Jammy (Suns of Dub)

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


For the first time in years, dancehall has some competition in Jamaica. Touching down in Kingston over the last year, the energy of the “new roots” movement was impossible to miss. Chronixx’s smash-hit “Odd Ras,” an anthemic manifesto for the young and righteous, rang seemingly on repeat from every sound, and increasingly common live performances by Jah 9 and Protoje blazed with mythic power. Armed with Rasta philosophy and criss Rockers style, this tight-knit but massive crew of young musicians—which also includes Jesse Royal, Addis Pablo and the Suns of Dub, Kabaka Pyramid, the No-Maddz, Raging Fyah, Kelissa, and more—are bringing roots and culture back into focus.

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Pop Style: Natalie Barnes

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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Seaside Sound: Watch Raging Fyah’s “Running Away” Video

Words by Natalie Weiner—

Raging Fyah is among the bands helping to bring roots reggae back into the Jamaican mainstream, spreading “the message and sound of love” through traditional riddims that still connect to today’s issues. They’ve just put out a video for their song “Running Away,” first released in 2011 on their debut album, Judgement Day. The video tells the story of a young girl who just wants her father to come to her birthday party (and not “run away” from his responsibilities… you get the idea). And we see a few familiar names in the credits, too—including contributing editor Tami Tsansai, a makeup artist when she’s not putting us up on style, fashion and dub poetry musicals.

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