Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Rastafarian

Video: Watch Protoje’s “Who Dem A Program”

Words by Nico Simino—

Jamaican singjay Protoje is back with a new video for his Don Corleon-produced single, “Who Dem a Program.” Corleon’s soundbed harkens back to the digital riddims of the ’90’s while still managing to sound super fresh, and Protoje brings an equally strong perspective, flexing his increasingly nimble lyrical muscles, while shouting out No-Maddz and ’90s dancehall icon Papa San. The video takes a more straightforward route: You’ve got your standard-issue shots of Kingston, some Rasta imagery, a few quick shots of beautiful women… cue the slow walk down the Ave while singing. Protoje, who is set to release his sophomore LP, The Eight Year Affair, shortly, is definitely an artist to watch, and “Who Dem A Program” is among the most obvious reasons why.

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H.I.M. Story: New ‘Holding Onto Jah’ Rastamentary

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford

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A little more than a month ago, I caught a stageshow in my home town of East Flatbush, Brooklyn held at Nazareth High School (Go Kingsmen!) and organized by CPR (The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music)–a nonprofit that works to preserve the artform and its traditional message of healing and unity. The star of the night was the Legendary Jamaican Deejay Big Youth a.k.a. Jah Youth. I shook hands with the veteran artist and met his son, who is gearing up for his own musical career. In the 1978/79 cult classic film Rockers, which prophetically showcased Rastafarian culture and its musical ambassadors–including the late Gregory Isaacs–Youth has a cameo where, smiling with his golden grill and slapping a soulful five, he delivers these words of encouragement to the protagonist, (Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, another legendary talent), “Blow the Big Guy’s mind!” A brief moment, the shot nevertheless conveys the spirit of upliftment–familiarly known as a big up or a bless up–that is at the heart of the film and the movement. (Read more and watch the trailer after the jump).

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