Apr 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Kingston

Fashion Fridays: Alpha Boys School, the Birthplace of Ska, Gets Its Own T-Shirts

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

Alpha Boys School Ska

The Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of ska music. The four original members of the Skatalites—Tommy McCook, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond—got their start in the Alpha Boys band, as did other figures in the music’s development, including Rico Rodriguez. Other notable alumni who have passed through Alpha’s doors include Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Yellowman and Leroy Smart. Today, the school, run by Sister Susan Frazer, continues to be an oasis for troubled boys in Jamaica, and an incubator for musicians. Its famed music program was even featured in a key scene in the recent Snoop Lion documentary Reincarnated.

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Bumaye!: Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This Video” + Behind The Scenes Pics

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Damien “LoOkYah” Baddy

Watch Out For This video

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Touch Di Road with Mamachel: Bacchanal Jamaica

Words by Mamachel

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Pure Vibes: Watch Tarrus Riley’s Video for “Gimme Likkle One Drop”

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photo: DSE Media—

Tarrus Riley Gimme Likkle One Drop

We’ve got the cure for any mid-week blues you might be feeling today. Tarrus Riley has released a new video for his Chimey Records chune “Gimme Likkle One Drop” and it is pure vibes. The video features Riley setting up and performing at a chill outdoor party up in the hills above Kingston, where young children and elders alike are singing along. Among those making cameos are Large Up friend and lead actor of Better Mus’ Come, Sheldon Shepherd, among other members of his group, No-Maddz. Watching this will definitely transport you to a happy place—if you’re not already there. Check it out:

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Forward March: Watch Protoje’s Video for “I&I”

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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Protoje has released a new video for his latest 8 Year Affair single “I&I” and we have to commend him for this unique project. The video follows a group of Jamaican youth and musicians including some familiar faces like Kabaka Pyramid, No-Maddz, Jesse Royal, Hempress Sativa, Jah9 and Chronixx, marching through Kingston traffic towards the Prime Minister’s residence at Jamaica House.

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Pic of the Week: King of the Dancehall



Beenie Man shows how it’s done on the video set of “Rock the World”, his new track on Brukkout Production’s “Sewage Breath” riddim. Among the cameos in the video: One of his sons and a bottle of the Doctor’s own medicine – Yaad Swag rum…

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