Nov 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Cosby Reggae: Bill Cosby Dances to Black Uhuru on Fallon

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Cosby Show devotees will recall the “Full House” episode from the series’ first season, when Cliff Huxtable walked in on Denise and her new beau “Eddie Lakehart” grooving to Black Uhuru’s “Sponji Reggae.” The scene—specifically Denise and Eddie’s adlibbed lyrics—was memorable enough it earned Lisa Bonet and actor Clayton Prince an honorable mention on our Hollywood’s Top 10 Worst Jamaican Accents countdown from 2011.

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LargeUp TV: Beres Hammond + the Roots at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Words by Jesse Serwer, Video by Jason Zucker—

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Yesterday, LargeUp got the unique opportunity to roll with Beres Hammond to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, for his first-ever U.S. talk show appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. After watching Beres sit in with the Roots for a version of “One Love, One Life,” the title track off of his superb new LP, we went backstage for a rare conversation with the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock. We also caught up with the Roots Crew’s Jamaican members—”Captain” Kirk Douglas, keyboardist James Poyser and percussionist Frank Knuckles—yep, there’s three yardies in the Roots—to get their take on playing with the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock, and what his music means to them. A rare peek at the roots of the Roots, if you will.

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It Wasn’t Them: Jimmy Fallon’s Barbershop Quartet Covers Shaggy

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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Jimmy Fallon’s reggae-minded barbershop quartet, the Ragtime Gals, made their return last night (watch their original appearance, a cover of Inner Circle’s “Sweat” here), with a version of Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me.” Naturally, they wore their red, gold and green suits. Take a look:

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Toppa Top 10: Ten More Fake Reggae Tunes + Faux-hall Parodies

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Fly Away: Lenny Kravitz x Bob Marley on Jimmy Fallon

Words by Jesse Serwer


Late Night with Jimmy Fallon called upon Lenny Kravitz to close out its week’s worth of tributes to Bob Marley on Friday night. He took things out on a high note, performing a top-notch version of “Roots Rock Reggae” with backing from the Roots and a scarf wrapped around his head. We can’t claim to be any kind of big and knowledgeable Kravitz fans over here but we’re glad to see the half-Bahamian rock star (his mother, the late actress Roxie Roker of Jeffersons fame, hailed from the Bahamas) embrace his West Indian-ness, as his rare journeys into the Caribbean have been successful ones to our ears.

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Video: Ziggy Marley on Fallon’s Bob Marley Week

Words by Jesse Serwer

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As we informed you yesterday, it’s Bob Marley Week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In acknowledgment of the 30th anniversary of Bob’s passing on May 11, 1981, every night this week the show’s musical guests—which also include Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Lauryn Hill, Jakob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz and maybe Keith Richards—will pay their respects to the man by covering his classic tunes. Ziggy Marley, fresh off the release of his comic book Marijuanaman, kicked things off Monday night with—what else—”Get Up, Stand Up.” View the clip below, and stay tuned to LargeUp for more Bob Marley Week.

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