Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Martei Korley
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Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley
Hollie Cook’s inaugural US tour kicks off today, and she’s celebrating in a big way. In addition to her first-ever New York City show tonight at Glasslands in Brooklyn, she’s dropped a brand-new video, for “Postman” (from her brilliant sophomore LP, Twice, which you can hear here) off via Vogue magazine, no less.
LargeUp is pleased to bring you a premiere not only of a song, but of an artist. Sevana is a vocalist who’s got people in Jamaica talking thanks to her appearances on Kingston’s live music circuit, but up until now she hasn’t released any original music. (You may, however, have caught a glimpse of her natural beauty in our own Martei Korley’s “Couldn’t Be Wrong” video—she played his love interest).
Produced by Winta James and Protoje, “Bit Too Shy” offers a strong introduction to Sevana’s soulful reggae style, complete with an intro from Diggy himself. Of course, one song isn’t much to go on, but we’re hearing “Jamaican Jazmine Sullivan.” In any case, fans of Philly soul, neo-soul or just soulful music in general should find plenty to enjoy in “Bit Too Shy.” We just hope Sevana isn’t too shy to keep more dropping gems like this.
Words by LargeUp Crew—
If you’ve followed reggae music for the last 15 years, you’ve seen the work of Martei Korley. As a photographer, he has snapped cover images for albums by Beres Hammond, Busy Signal and I-Wayne, to name a few, as well as countless editorial features for magazines including As LargeUp’s co-founder, creative director and chief photographer, he’s also responsible for the look of this site, taking many of the memorable images that have distinguished us as the web’s top destination for Caribbean music and culture.