Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: London

Independent Film: Jamaica Doc “One People” Premieres in Kingston, NYC + London

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Today marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, a milestone being celebrated in various ways not just across Jamaica, but across all of the diaspora capitals, and around the world. One of the many events celebrating the milestone is the world premiere of One People, a public-sourced documentary (meaning regular people, as well as some professionals, were asked to film and submit their own footage in the spirit of inclusiveness) premised around the simple question (as asked to Jamaicans and “friends of Jamaica locally and oversea), “What does Jamaica mean to you?”

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Olympic Sound: London 2012 Meets Vintage Trini Calypso In Who Jax’s “London Town”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

With all due respect to Mitt Romney’s foot and mouth, the Caribbean, in the form of the Jamaican track team, is the central storyline at the London Olympics kicking off tonight.  So it’s only right that London 2012 have a summer anthem with some Caribbean flavor. The funky house of “London Town” by Who Jax, a side project of the diverse crew behind Orange Hill Productions, isn’t the sort of thing we usually run over here but listen closely, and you’ll hear samples from Trini calypsonian Lord Kitchener’s “London Is The Place For Me.”  Watch the video for “London Town” below, and get up to date on the Orange Hill camp in this interview with OHP’s Ras Kwame and Jnr. Tubby.

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Visual Culture: Art in the Dancehall

Words by Emily Shapiro—

When dancehall music bust in the 1980′s, with it came a new style of art and design. Album covers reflected the music’s raw sensibilities with over-the-top cartoons and imagery, while sound systems spread the word about their parties with bright, unique posters. These works, which were often hand-painted and generally one of a kind, continue to be peppered all around Jamaica. The intimate relationship between dancehall music and art has rarely been highlighted (though we do our part to give it its due) but our homies Shimmy Shimmy and Al Fingers have taken care of that with their exhibit, “Art in the Dancehall,” which opens today, June 27, at the BASS Festival in Birmingham, England.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Reggae Tunes That Influenced Punk Rock (Selected by Earl Gateshead)

Words by Earl Gateshead—

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News Flash: NBC Visits Track Star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Jamaica

Words by Jesse Serwer—

NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams recently traveled to Jamaica for a segment on Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, the Jamaican sprinter looking to reclaim her title as “the world’s fastest woman” at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. Fraser-Pryce, then known as Shelly-Ann Fraser (she’s since married), emerged from anonymity at 2008′s Summer Olympics in Beijing to win Gold in the women’s 100-meter dash, placing the fastest run time in that event 20 years. All that, while still rocking braces.

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Audio: Becoming Real feat. Lady Chann, “Work Me”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via the Fader

One net result of Major Lazer’s rise is that producers from other genres with little or no connection to dancehall seem to be a lot more comfortable experimenting with it. According to the Fader, the beatmaker known as Becoming Real normally makes “murky electronic music.” We’ll have to take their word for it, as we’d never even heard of Mr. Real before, but his “Work Me,” featuring London deejay Lady Chann, is summer-y and bashment-ready, at least if your idea of bashment is a genre-hopping London rave. In any case, we can imagine that there are some remixers ready to take it all the way to yard.

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