Oct 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

MontserrART: Jason “Gazoo” Allen’s Black Sand Art

Words by Jesse Serwer—

It’s not often that we get to celebrate sparsely populated Montserrat on LargeUp, nor is it frequent that someone we know as a party-rocking MC turns out to be a talented visual artist. Well, Montserrat-born Jason “Gazoo” Allen, who can be found livening up NYC nightspots like Greenhouse as a house-music MC, specializes in art made from the black sand and soil abundant on his home island since the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano (a 1995 catastrophe which has since cut the country’s population in half). And damn, if he isn’t doing some pretty cool things.

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Visual Culture: Caribbean Art Takes Over NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer—

New York City is the biggest melting pot for Caribbean culture there is, so it’s affirming to see the city’s cultural institutions finally put together an event that’s reflective of this. Spread out between three venues—El Museo del Barrio (through Jan. 6); Queens Museum of Art (through Jan. 6); and the Studio Museum in Harlem (through Oct. 21)— “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” is “the big art event of the summer season in New York,” The New York Times wrote, and “likely the most expansive art event of the summer,” according to ArtInfo.

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Throwback Thursdays: Walshy Fire on Shinehead’s “Jamaican In New York”

Words by Walshy Fire—

Black Chiney Sound MC/DJ and LargeUp contributor Walshy Fire has been holding down Miami since forever but the Kingston, Jamaica native knows his way around New York, too. Here, Walshy (who you can also find all over the world these days, as the stage-diving, hype-building MC for Major Lazer) tells us how Shinehead’s colorful 1993 video for “Jamaican In New York” inspired him to investigate NYC for the first time.

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Modern Dance…Hall Queen: Tobago’s Lindsay Hall Wines Di Best

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos and Video by Terence Thomas—

While we’ve found lots of reasons to explore Trinidad, we haven’t had as many opportunities to spotlight it’s smaller sister island, Tobago. So when we met our super talented Tobagonian friend and Large Up supporter, dancer Lindsay Hall, we jumped at the chance to learn more about her and the culture on the island in which she was raised.

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LargeUp TV: Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica Unplugged— “Things Ruff”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo and Video by Kevin Ornelas—

Amidst the covers and originals on Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica, out today after a several-months delay, are a handful of songs that see the dancehall great reinterpret reggae standards into new songs that match the feel and vibe of the original with more up-to-the-moment lyrical styles. One such tune is “Things Ruff,” an update of Jimmy Cliff’s “You Can Get It If You Really Want.” In the above clip, filmed during Vegas’ intimate performance at Miss Lily’s Variety in New York this past January, Vegas and his backup singers offer up an unplugged version of “Things Ruff.” As the tune progresses, it gradually becomes “You Can Make It,” offering an inside-out view of how one song can birth one another. Watch the video below, and check out some more of Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica unplugged performance here, here and here.

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Ticket Giveaway: Lee “Scratch” Perry in NYC, Thurs. May 17

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Even during his Beastie Boys-assisted revival in the mid ’90s, who would have imagined that in 2012, at age 76, Lee “Scratch” Perry would still be regularly touring the world? Scratch, who performed in NYC as recently as last September, returns to New York for a show at the Gramercy Theatre this Thursday, May 17, with support from our own DJ Gravy and Subatomic Sound System. He can’t do this forever, so if you’re a fan and can make it out, we suggest you do. You can buy your tickets here, but we’ve got two (2) pairs give away, though. To win, follow Largeupdotcom on Twitter and RT our tweet with this post and the correct answer to this question: What Lee Perry tune was used in a commercial for Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut chocolate bar? We’ll see the first two of you to hit us with that answer on Thursday night.

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