Aug 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Lady Saw

Toppa Top 10: Reggae/Dancehall’s Greatest Lady Deejays

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The role of women in dancehall is extensive and varied. Most famously, there are the dancehall queens who have turned the seductive movements inspired by the music into a distinctive and worldwide artform of its own. Deejaying has always been a male-dominated sport but that’s not to say there haven’t been many worthy ladies in the ranks, too. We decided it was about time to spotlight women’s contributions to dancehall by highlighting all of the genre’s most crucial female voices, from relative newcomer Tifa to pioneers like Sister Nancy. Turns out we aren’t the only ones thinking this: this Saturday, May 24, Club Amazura in Queens, NYC is hosting a concert dubbed the Invasion of the Queens, featuring an all-female cast of dancehall greats, including a number of the lady deejays on this list.

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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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Impressions: Style and Fashion at Sting


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker

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Impressions: Onstage At Sting’s 30th Anniversary


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Classic Clashes at Sting


Words by Jesse Serwer and DJ Gravy—

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Pree This: Eve’s Jamaican “Getaway”

Words by Michellee Nelson—

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Like many entertainers before her, the rapper and actress Eve has found a second home in Kingston. Esquire TV’s new travel series The Getaway follows celebs as they experience the best of what their favorite cities have to offer, so it was only a matter of time before their cameras found themselves on the shores of Jamdown. Their latest episode features Eve as she makes her way through Kingston like a true yardie, including a stop at Screechie’s in Hellshire Beach for some of the finest fish the Caribbean has to offer.

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