Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: ToppaTop10

Toppa Top 10: Etana’s Female Icons

Words by Jonathan Cunningham


There’s no shortage of women in reggae and dancehall willing to market themselves with slackness but spend a second listening to Etana‘s music and it’s immediately evident that she refuses to be one of them. The 27-year-old songstress continuously inspires listeners to perform at their best and cast negativity by the wayside. Much like the music of some of her personal role models–Marcia Griffiths, even early Whitney Houston–an uplifting message runs through all her material and –perhaps even more remarkably–it arrives in a form that can be embraced by youths and big people alike.

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Toppa Top 10: Bobbito Garcia’s 10-Step Latin Jam Program

Words by Bobbito Garcia as told to Jessica Freites, photo by Joe Conzo.


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Toppa Top 10: Caribbean Artists Nicki Minaj Should Collaborate With

Words By Jesse Serwer

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Toppa Top 10: Diwali Rhythms!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Rishi Bonneville

Guyana Diwali

That’s right. We are hitting you with a one-two Indo-Caribbean combination of boomshots, in recognition of the fact that today millions (billions?) of people worldwide are commemorating the hindu festival of lights called Diwali or Deepavali, an officially recognized holiday in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia and Fiji. So get your house in order, raise a diya (or lighter) and run through the following selection of tunes that connect West Indians with their namesakes on the Indian subcontinent.

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Toppa Top 10: Spooky Reggae!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


This year Halloween fell on a weekend (sorry, it had to be said) and Subatomic Sound and J. Rockaz have inspired me to compile this top 10 list of spooky reggae jams to drop between “Thriller” and Fela’s “Zombie” at your haunted houseparty. Anything related to duppies, ghosts, vampires, zombies and other undead creatures is fair game and the truly scary thing is how many classic reggae tunes there are that fall into this ghoulish category once you start um, digging. Maybe there are heaps of spooky soca and merengue jams I just don’t know about but it certainly seems like the supernatural is a recurring theme in Kingston, a town that has produced crews called Monster Shack and Scare Dem–not to mention Ghost! Whatever the reason, there are way more than 10 so let’s get started. Grab that flashlight and follow me, kids!

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Toppa Top 10: Caribbean Footballers

Words by Jesse Serwer


Four years ago, the hype in this part of the world—Brooklyn—was all about Trinidad’s Soca Warriors, then making their first ever World Cup run. T&T didn’t qualify this year, nor did any other Caribbean nation, but that doesn’t mean the region isn’t represented in this year’s tournament. Antilleans make up a key cross section of the French team’s lineup—much as they did when France reached the 2006 finals—while England’s lineup features players with roots in Antigua, Barbados and Jamaica. Here’s a look at some of the top Caribbean and Caribbean-descended players in this year’s Cup, plus a few more who’ve proven themselves on the world stage recently.

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