Oct 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Toppa Top 10

Toppa Top 10: Addis Pablo Selects 10 Classic Rockers


Words by Addis Pablo—

augustus pabloAugustus Pablo, who would have turned 70 this Saturday, was a pivotal figure for reggae, both as a producer known for his distinctive and often minor-key-dominated sounds, and as music’s first true melodica specialist. The late Pablo’s distinctive sound also carried over to his record label, Rockers International, which released numerous recordings from the ’70s through the ’90s. (Classic reissues from the label, back in press after years out of print, are available in the LargeUp store). Here, his son Addis Pablo, who is taking his father’s instrument of choise into the 21st century with his collective Suns of Dub, has collected some of his favorite tunes from the Rockers catalog, most featuring his father’s inimitable melodica playing.

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae/Dancehall’s Greatest Lady Deejays

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The role of women in dancehall is extensive and varied. Most famously, there are the dancehall queens who have turned the seductive movements inspired by the music into a distinctive and worldwide artform of its own. Deejaying has always been a male-dominated sport but that’s not to say there haven’t been many worthy ladies in the ranks, too. We decided it was about time to spotlight women’s contributions to dancehall by highlighting all of the genre’s most crucial female voices, from relative newcomer Tifa to pioneers like Sister Nancy. Turns out we aren’t the only ones thinking this: this Saturday, May 24, Club Amazura in Queens, NYC is hosting a concert dubbed the Invasion of the Queens, featuring an all-female cast of dancehall greats, including a number of the lady deejays on this list.

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Toppa Top 10: Ragga Garage

Words by Suze Webb—

Ewen Spencer

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Toppa Top 10: Rasta Claus’ Favorite Reggae Christmas Tunes


Words by Rasta Claus—

Rasta Claus' Top 10 Reggae Christmas Tunes

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