Nov 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: Tivoli Gardens

Video: Protoje “Kingston Be Wise”

Words by DJ Theory—

A very large and undeniably inspired roots and culture tune from JA singer Protoje surfaced in inboxes recently, with a quick and solid response from some of the industy’s elite. The song—produced by frequent Protoje collaborator and big boss Don Corleone— rides impeccable 80’s digital roots style production, with Protoje delivering the message in fine style and giving a taste of what to look forward to in his upcoming sophomore EP, The 8 Year Affair. The video—running through and high above the streets and garrisons of Kingston—embodies this short story he wrote two years ago, based on the events of May 23rd, 2010 when the Jamaican government deployed its military into Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston.

If you’re feeling the song and video, be wise and let the world and the team know by tweeting @Protoje @doncorleonie with hashtag #KBW. Download the lyrics, wallpaper, artwork and short story here, and look out for the record when it drops in early 2013.

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Video: Watch Snoop Lion’s “La La La”

Words by DJ Gravy—

As you’ve probably heard, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg recently took his career in a radical new direction, inspired by reggae, Bob Marley and the message of Rastafari. Snoop spent some time in Jamaica last winter to work on his debut reggae album, holding a press conference at Manhattan’s Miss Lily’s (where the pics in this post were shot) to announce his transformation from rapper to reggae artist and trading his canine status in for his new feline moniker,  Snoop Lion.

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Clash in Overtime: Stream Cham’s “Lawless” + “Portmore Anthem”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Cham Lawless Artwork

Last month, Cham voiced JA Productions’ (very Dave Kelly-esque) Overtime riddim and pretty much knocked it out of the park, shouting out Jamaica’s most lawless quarters, from Tivoli to Standpipe to Gully to Flankers. The song was so hot, apparently, that Cham has revisited the riddim again for “Portmore Anthem.” This time he takes a more focused approach, voicing lyrics that at times recall his last truly great tune, “Ghetto Story.” Stream both tracks below, and tell us in the comments which version wins.

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Visual Culture: A Q+A with Cartoonist Clovis Brown

Words by Sherman Escoffery, Illustrations by Clovis Brown originally published by the Jamaica Observer—

Politicians And Their Retirement Packages

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Fashion Forwards: The Style of Passa Passa

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via Kingston Style


It must be true that you never miss the water until your well runs dry because now that the legendary Wednesday night (Thursday morning, really) street dance called Passa Passa has been discontinued–due to the state of emergency that was recently declared in Kingston’s Tivoli Gardens community–it seems like it’s finally being recognized as the cultural phenomenon it is (was?). Making something out of nothing, crossing political lines, defying both the biological laws of sleep and any reasonable life-expectancy for a weekly party, Passa Passa not only changed the way Jamaicans thought about themselves but attracted pleasure-seekers and film crews from Toronto to Tokyo. Kingston Style just posted these pics documenting the hallucinatory fashion the event became famous for, and FADER recently posted a thought-provoking interview with Swatch International’s Dylan Powe. Next thing you know it will be getting it’s own book. It is, actually…but more on that soon! More pics after the jump:

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