Apr 18, 2014
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Posts tagged: Miami

EVENT: LargeUp Presents Federation Sound 15th Anniversary (5/22)

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Federation Sound has been at the forefront of pushing dancehall forward since 1999, when Max Glazer and Kenny Meez started the DJ crew with their good friend Cipha Sounds. Cipha eventually moved on, but Kenny and Max grew Federation into one of the most creative sounds in the business, bringing Fame FM’s Alric & Boyd and the late Disco D into a network simultaneously representing New York, Philadelphia and Jamaica. Max and Kenny have made plenty of moves in their own right over the years, but Federation has always been at the core of what they do as reggae/dancehall DJs, with projects like their reliable mixtape series (including official/commissioned titles for the likes of Vybz Kartel, Aidonia, Wayne Marshall and TOK), the weekly Brand New Machine party in NYC, and events across the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.

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Yo, Rvssian! An Interview with Vybz Kartel’s Favorite Producer


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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LargeUp Premiere: Jasmine Solano x Melo-X, Electric Punanny Vol. 4

Words by LargeUp Crew—
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Just in time for South by Southwest, Winter Music Conference and, most importantly, springtime, Electric Punanny‘s Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X are back with their annual mixtape. Combining the best dancehall, soca and other gems from 2013 with some fresh new 2014 heat, Electric Punanny Vol. 4 drops right before Jasmine and Melo head out on their Spring North American Tour. Check the dates below to see when they’re coming to a city near you.

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LargeUp Presents: Chi Ching Ching X Eccentrix Sound in Europe

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Chi Ching Ching, one of our 21 artists to watch for 2014, and the Eccentrix Sound crew are about to take Europe by storm this month. Thanks to Team No Sleep, Four Star Foundation, and oh yeah, LargeUp, the Jamaica and Miami-based artists are set to bring the bashment with stops in Sweden, Austria, Germany, and Italy.

To follow up on the tour preview video we dropped a few weeks back, Eccentrix and Ching have dropped a video for their remix of Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” (endorsed by Jon himself!) just in time to get y’all hyped for their first visit to the Continent.

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Visual Culture: Finding the Caribbean at Art Basel

Words by Natalie Weiner—legagneur 2 Art Basel, though legendary in the art world (and for the crazy parties that inevitably go along with it), is not necessarily known for its commitment to diversity. Miami is just one of the festival’s three locations, and especially given the extraordinary variety of cultures found there, the main exhibition is often surprisingly unrepresentative. Luckily, local Miami arts organizations that work to advocate for diasporic artists time some of their most exciting exhibitions to coincide with the festival.

legagneur The “Caribbean Fantastic” exhibit, for example, is taking place at the Multitudes Gallery whose curator Babacar Mbow specifically focuses on presenting art from around the African diaspora. This exhibit, which runs from December 3rd to January 2nd, is centered on Haiti and features Haitian artist Jean Claude Legagneur. Legagneur’s work uses bright colors and strong textures to show the many different faces of Caribbean and American culture, generally through intimate portraits. The show opens tonight, and naturally the gallery is throwing a party to celebrate – specifically, a “Night of Haitian Diplomacy” for Haitian, American, and Haitian-American art fans to eat, drink, and enjoy the paintings. It starts at 7:30 – check out all the details here.

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A piece by Trinidad’s Miles Regis, at Art of Fusion MIA.

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Toppa Top 10: Miami’s Best West Indian Eats


Words by Jesse Serwer and EchoSlim/Photos by Kevin Ornelas, Daison Osbourne, Martei Korley, Kolya Barnes and Erik Ebright—

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