Nov 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: Roseau

Throwback Thursdays: Marky Mark + Prince Ital Joe Chant Down “Babylon”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Credibility in hip-hop didn’t always come as easy as it does now. Just ask Vanilla Ice. A pre-Hollywood Mark Wahlberg, then known as Marky Mark, was no exception—even though the native of Boston’s hard-knock Dorchester neighborhood entered the business with a rap sheet (which included attempted murder) as extensive and horrible as any of his day’s gulliest gangster rappers.

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Ground Provisions: Dominica’s Cater Truck Mobile Restaurant

Words and Photos by Martei Korley—

Thank you is what comes to mind when thinking of the way Levia and Aldon of Cater Truck Mobile Restaurant literally took care of yours truly during my stay in Dominica. As LargeUp undertook the task of covering the entire island of Dominica AND the festivals happening on the island in just one week last October, serious nourishment was required. And the steamfish from this food truck was just what the doctor ordered: Fresher than fresh and drizzled with mouthwatering creole sauce.

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Impressions: Images From Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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LargeUp TV: Mas Band Jump Up at Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival

Words and Photo by Jesse Serwer, Video by Martei Korley—

Carnival Jump Up

The World Creole Music Festival is one of the major annual events on Dominica’s cultural calendar, bringing acts from across the Caribbean (and sometimes Africa, Latin America and even Louisiana) to the island of 75,000 for three nights of live performances. The 16th edition of the festival, held at the Windsor Park cricket stadium in Roseau on Oct. 26-28, featured Haiti’s T-Vice, Kreyola and Disip Gazzman and Jamaica’s Tarrus Riley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, among other international acts. Dominican mainstays Midnight Groovers, Ophelia Marie, Grammacks and upstarts Asa Banton, Michele Henderson and Triple K also performed. LargeUp was there for all three nights: see our dynamic photo essays from the festival here and here.

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Nature Sounds: Seen and Heard at Dominica Calypso Monarch

Words and Photos by Erin MacLeod—

Watching the Calypso Monarch competition in Roseau, Dominica, I couldn’t help but think that the antics of a Skerrit Bwoy–what with the role-playing and the dramatics, the costumes and the lewdness–have more to do with carnival and calypso than soundsystems and dancehall. If you don’t believe me, check his Twitter–the man otherwise known as Major Lazer’s hype man may be “saved via Christ,” but he was “born to Calypso.”

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