Aug 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: kompa

Toppa Top 10: Poirier + Erin MacLeod’s Francophone Top Ten of 2012


Words by Erin MacLeod, as determined by Ghislain Poirier and Erin MacLeod—

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Mixtape Mondays: Tribe Of Kings, DJ Stakz Hi-Profyle, Zulu

Words by DJ Theory

Alright, I’m back on land and back to work here, ready to drop on you another breezy chapter of Mixtape Mondays. This week we have some big mixes and global heat from San Diego, London and back to NYC. Gear up.

Tribe Of Kings x Delly Ranx, Toppa Top:  San Diego’s undisputed champion sound Tribe Of Kings (Dash Eye, Peril, Jester, Unite & Rashi) are back with another big win, this time in combo with SD medical marijuana dispensary the Firehouse Collective and one of the fiercest artists in reggae and dancehall today, Mr. Delly Ranx.  Responsible for a slew of heavyweight mixes over the years including 2010′s Got To Be Strong with J Boog, Tribe Of Kings are always lookin’ out for the people, and are back to share this new mix showcasing some of singer/producer Ranx’s diverse catalog. Mixed in fine style by selecta Dash Eye, Toppa Top features a cool 50 tracks from Delly and a handful of his JA compadres like Chino, Buju, Sizzla, Wayne Marshall, his new tune ‘longside Collie Buddz, Gappy Ranks and Russian and a bag of other big tunes and riddims.  Download here, more info here.

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Under The Rubble: Haitian Music in 2010

Words by Erin MacLeod and Etienne Côté-Paluck, photo by Jeff Antebi.

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Without a doubt, the event that drew the world’s attention to the Caribbean in 2010 was not anything that happened in the world of music but the overwhelmingly destructive earthquake in Haiti. The quake forever altered the landscape of Haiti, and the music scene was no exception. Jeremy Robins–producer alongside Magali Damas of The Other Side of the Water, a documentary about Haitian rara music and the band Djarara, described the impact of the disaster this way:

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