Aug 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

EVENT: A History of Reggae and The Music of Jamaica at the Blue Note

Words by LargeUp Crew—


Jamaica may be more rich in music makers than any other place in the world but there are few Jamaican musicians more accomplished than Ernest Ranglin and Monty Alexander. JA’s greatest guitarist and its most acclaimed jazzman, Ranglin and Alexander have collaborated for years, straddling the worlds of reggae and jazz in a way that only they can. For their latest stroke of genius, the two legends are partnering with the hottest artist in Jamaican reggae right now—Chronixx to present the History of Reggae and the Music of Jamaica.

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LargeUp Premiere: La Mecanica Popular’s “Arbol” (Free Download)

Words by Jesse Serwer—


La Mecánica Popular first caught our attention earlier this fall with their smart “La Paz Del Freak” video, a playful snapshot of Latin NYC life, past and present. The band, which hails from NYC by way of various Latin American ports of call, is on a mission to reinvigorate salsa with a sound experimental enough to deserve its own name, but traditional enough to pass purists’ test.

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Blacka’s World: Bringing Dancehall to the Theater in NYC

Words by Blacka Di Danca, Photos by Ukay


New York City-based dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Blacka di Danca has been traveling the world spreading the gospel of dancehall through classes and appearances at top dance studios and clubs from Mexico to Siberia. For his latest adventure, he’s tackled a project much closer to home: bringing the first full dancehall theater production of its kind to the stage, right in his backyard in Brooklyn, NYC.

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LargeUp Premiere: DJ Prince feat. Vaughn Garcia, “Dangerous”


Our guest on tomorrow’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions, DJ Pr!nce, is a new name to most, but he won’t be for much longer. The DJ/producer/rapper is preparing a new, reggae/dancehall-inspired hip-hop project called Test My Sound, which he’ll be releasing through LargeUp later this month. While the sound of the project is certainly hip-hop at its core, Pr!nce explores his West Indian roots in various ways, sprinkling in bits of reggae and dancehall sounds throughout, and taking production cues from ’80′s digital dancehall and hip-hop x dancehall projects like Mad Lion’s Da Real Ting.

“Dangerous” is a perfect example—a dark, straight-up hip-hop beat is punctuated with snippets of soundclash tapes and other Jamaican ephemera, while guest MC Vaughn Garcia borrows some classic soundbwoy-killing chat from Ninjaman, after introducing himself with some more traditional lyricism. Stream “Test My Sound” below, and tune into the LargeUp Sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. ET tomorrow night on

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets To See Kobo Town at SOBs in NYC (7/10)

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Kobo Town’s Jumbie in the Jukebox is easily one of our favorite albums of the year so far. With its mixture of vintage calypso and indie rock sensibilities, it’s Diaspora music at its finest, presenting a classic Caribbean style in a new light—not unlike Harry Belafonte 50 years ago. The group (vocalist Drew Gonsalves and assorted crew) are currently on tour in support of the album (which was recorded between Montreal, Trinidad, Belize and Toronto) and, this Wednesday night, they’ll make their New York City debut at SOBs. (In DC or Philly? They’re at the Kennedy Center and World Cafe Live, respectively, tonight and tomorrow. See the full tour dates here.)

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PHOTOS: Reggae Sunday Sunset Session with Sister Nancy

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Mark Dixon


This past Sunday, LargeUp celebrated the rising of the “Supermoon” with a special Reggae Sunday Sunset Session at an NYC location so top secret, we can’t even disclose the name of it. (Our New York massive can probably make the ID from the pics, though). Guests at the event, which featured a live performance from dancehall legend Sister Nancy sounds from DJ Gravy, Micro Don, DJ Select and Ras Tayo of Twin Sounds, included Ricky Blaze, Sahr Ngaujah (from the casts of Fela and Last Resort), Bajah from the Dry Eye Crew, dancers Blacka di Danca, Lindsay HallKorie GeniusSaRiri, Soroya Lundy, Ai Wakabayashi and Shernita So Fly. Of course, Emily, Mikaila, Kieran, Winifred, Dre and Spliffington and the LargeUp crew was there in full effect—and so were Japanese media.

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