Jul 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Kingston

Pop Style: Sheldon Shepherd

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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Pree This: “Better Mus Come” Now Available On Netflix

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Jamaican film Better Mus’ Come has garnered international attention for its unflinching portrayal of politically-driven gang violence in 1970s-era Kingston. Directed by Storm Saulter, it has won a number of different awards, including Best Feature at the Trinidad & Tobago and Bahamas International film festivals; Best Director at the Pan-African Film Festival; and Best Actor at the American Black Film Festival. Other Caribbean filmmakers, like Trinidad’s Damian Marcano, have followed in Saulter’s footsteps, using contemporary film to shed light on more little known (at least to international audiences) aspects of local Caribbean culture.

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Dancehall Rediscovery: Whatever happened to… Predator?

Words by —Tami Tsansai

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We’ve all had moments where a random tune pops into our heads, or we turn the radio on just in time to hear a high school favourite coming at us through the speakers, instantly making the day. That’s the energy whenever I hear a track from one of these deejays… Hawkeye, Predator, Warrior King… where are all those wicked Jamaican dancehall artistes who used to ‘run de place’ now? I for one certainly miss their flava, so I thought it fitting to pay homage to a few of them with a series this week. Check out the first one after the jump.

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Space Bwoy: Watch The Courtney John Project’s “Rain Like Gold” Video

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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The video for “Rain Like Gold” by the Courtney John Project may have been shot in Jamaica but it’ll definitely leave you feeling otherworldly. The super spacey video, featuring singer Courtney John dressed as an astronaut as he roams through a deserted area of Kingston, perfectly matches the song’s tone.

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Call it a Comeback: Watch Ninjaman’s “Ninja Mi Ninja” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—

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If you haven’t been following Ninjaman’s epic return from a three-pronged precipice of crack addiction, irrelevance and a possible life sentence, well, you’re missing out on one of the best plotlines in dancehall. Since being freed from jail on murder charges last year, Ninja has once again become ubiquitous in JA, stealing the show at festivals like St. Mary A Mi Come From, playing uptown spots like Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, hatching a plan to revive dancehall and even walking the runway (in some seriously long braids) at this month’s Caribbean Fashion Week.

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Fashion Fridays: Kingston Style at Caribbean Fashion Week 2013


Words by Erin Hansen, Photos by Biggy Bigz—

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