Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: New Kingston

Toppa Top 10: Ten Ways To Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday

Words by LargeUp Crew— Bob-Marley-football-soccer Today would be the 69th Earthstrong of the Caribbean’s greatest musical ambassador, Bob Marley. As usual, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the occasion. Here’s a few top choices.

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We Dance Reggae: Get To Know Blacka Di Danca

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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If you don’t know Blacka di Danca, it’s about time you did. Not only is he a touring dancer with New Kingston and Collie Buddz, but a young, talented and incredibly positive dude who brings fiyah to any dance floor he touches.

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TONIGHT: Los Rakas, New Kingston + The Encyclopedia of Reggae on The LargeUp Sessions

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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We’ve got a whole heap of guests stopping by the LargeUp Sessions on RadioLily.com tonight: Los Rakas, New Kingston and author Mike Alleyne. Though they come from very different places— New Kingston are a three-piece band from NYC via Jamaica, and Los Rakas are a hip-hop duo from California’s Bay Area, by way of Panama—both groups come to the LargeUp Sessions fresh off the Dark ‘N Stormy Tour with Collie Buddz, which crisscrossed the Western US this fall. Meanwhile, Alleyne, a professor at Middle Tennessee University, will discuss his newly published Encyclopedia of Reggae book with us.

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LargeUp Premiere: New Kingston’s “Life” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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New Kingston drop their Kingston University LP today: the NYC-based trio’s sophomore album is a diverse effort that draws on pop, hip-hop, dancehall and R&B influences while remaining a distinctly reggae affair.

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Back to “Life”: Stream the New Single From New Kingston

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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New Kingston—brother trio Courtney, Tahir (also known as “Slim”) and Stephen (aka “Suki”)—have been staples at live reggae events in New York since their early teens, while recent years have seen them trod the world on tour with Collie Buddz. Along the way, and with the help of their veteran session player father (and bassist), Courtney Sr., they’ve honed their own pop-reggae sound, a style they’re set to showcase on the upcoming album, Kingston University. “Life” is the first single from the LP, out Feb. 5 and, if you enjoy the melodica, this one is definitely for you. Sure, the foundation-style riddim and Uhuru-esque vocals start off the thing with a nice vibes. But it’s the appearance of an Augustus Pablo-like melodica that elevates “Life” to the next level, and has us playing this one on repeat.

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Impressions: Live From the Dark ‘N Stormy Tour With Collie Buddz


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Collie Buddz by Bousa Tatpaporn

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