Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Martei Korley
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Words by Erin MacLeod
While the rest of the world fixates on ebola, the most popular topic of discussion in Jamaica’s route taxis and buses is chikv, or chikungunya, a mosquito-borne sickness that strikes down even the healthiest folks, causing high fever and severe joint pain. Though the government insisted until very recently that it wasn’t an epidemic, it would seem that amongst Jamaica’s population, you’ve either already been shot by the chicken gunman or you’re just waiting for the inevitable. The virus is a massive productivity suck for the country, as offices struggle to soldier on with so many people ill for days, and sometimes, weeks. But, being Jamaica—a place where even hurricanes have inspired hits—it’s been a boon for artists who have been quick to provide some musical relief… if the recommended Panadol, pawpaw leaf juice, bissy tea and plenty of water aren’t working.
Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley
Hollie Cook’s inaugural US tour kicks off today, and she’s celebrating in a big way. In addition to her first-ever New York City show tonight at Glasslands in Brooklyn, she’s dropped a brand-new video, for “Postman” (from her brilliant sophomore LP, Twice, which you can hear here) off via Vogue magazine, no less.
Words by Deejay Theory
Welcome back to another installment of #MixtapeMondays, your weekly source for Caribbean music from all corners. Dancehall and reggae lead the pack this week with mixes from Jamaica, Italy and Seattle. Rinse out below