Sep 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: SOBs

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

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Kobo-Town

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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Boom Shack-A-Back: Apache Indian In NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Apache Indian Nuff Vibes

Remember Apache Indian? No? The British-born East Indian deejay rose from obscurity in 1993 with the international crossover hit “Boom-Shack-A-Lack,” an over-the-top spin on the bombastic dancehall style of Shaggy and SuperCat. (You may recall it as the title music from Jim Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber).

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GIVEAWAY: Win NYC Tickets + Swag From Sean Paul

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Fresh from playing massive stages around the world—and our LargeUp Interview hot seat— Sean Paul returns to NYC Tuesday night, Oct.2,  for an intimate show at S.O.B’s. You can go and buy your own tickets here, but we’ve got a pair (2 tickets) to give away, along with a prize pack of Sean Paul swag, including:

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Throwback Thursdays: Skadanks, “Everybody African”

Words by DJ Gravy—

Back when New York was a dangerous and cutting edge city, before the homogenization, and when reggae and its byproduct, hip hop, were still getting aquainted, a group of bright kids who went to the esteemed Stuyvesant High School together put a group together called the Skadanks.

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Sak Posse: Cormega + Kreyol Hip-Hop Come Together For Haiti

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Back in May, after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake had faded from most people’s minds (and before its plight became a cause célèbre again), Queens rapper Cormega corralled a crew of New York rappers (Redman, General Steele from Cocoa Brovaz, Stic Man from Dead Prez, MOP’s Lil Fame) for the Haiti-themed track, “I Made A Difference,” with 100 percent of sales going to benefit Sean Penn’s J/P Haiti Relief Organization. Tomorrow night, on the eve of the earthquake’s second anniversary, ‘Mega continues his charitable efforts for Haiti as the host of Kreyol Hip Hop 4 Haiti benefit concert at New York’s SOBs tonight. The event, presented by Wyclef’s Sak Pase label, features a roster of Haitian rap acts (both Kreyol-speaking and otherwise), most notably Mystik 703, who are fresh off of a tour of Japan. See the flyer below.

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Folkclor Progresivo: Humberto Pernett Brings Baranquilla to NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Dutty Artz

On Sunday, Humberto Pernett makes his NYC debut, as part of the new “Future Roots” series being thrown by our friend Natalia Linares and Que Bajo?!. Although not widely known in the States, Pernett, known for his “folkclor progresivo” sound (a psychedelic hybrid of traditional Colombian music and experimental electronic dance music) has a pretty fascinating history. A native of Baranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, his family were responsible for founding that city’s celebrated carnival, considered one of Colombia’s most important folk events. Head over to Dutty Artz for a full breakdown of Pernett’s story by Geko Jones, but before you do check this clip of Pernett and his group, the Caribbean Ravers performing “Positivo”:

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