Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Trinidad & Tobago

Trini Christmas, 101: Parang Season, When Trinidad “Goes Spanish”

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Trini culture expert Tishanna Williams brings us the second in our series spotlighting unique cultural traditions surrounding the Christmas season in Trinidad & Tobago. Read the first installment, “How to Make Punch De Creme,” here.

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LargeUp TV: Bunji Garlin “Differentology” Live With The Roots

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Brooklyn Bowl mash up! The Viking of Soca, Bunji Garlin, joined The Roots (!) and the LargeUp crew for a performance of his hit song “Differentology” at Monday night’s Okayplayer Holiday Jam. For many in the audience, it was their first taste of soca music, and we’re certain it won’t be their last, especially with “Differentology” blazing up the airwaves across the East Coast.

With help from his wife, Trini soca star Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez on backing vocals (and Mr. Vegas, handling MC duties after performing “Heads High,” plus dancer extraordinaire Miss Likklebit) Bunji turnt Brooklyn Bowl all the way up, freestyling over the Roots interpretation of the “Differentology” riddim, and showing us just why he has one of the most popular soca tunes of the year.

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LargeUp Premiere: Major Lazer & Walshy Fire Present Suns of Dub

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A group, record label and sound system based between Jamaica, Trinidad and New Jersey, Suns of Dub is led by Addis Pablo, son of the late great Augustus Pablo, and producer/label co-CEO, Ras Jammy. Over the last few years the unit, which also consists of artists Masia One (Canada), Jah Bami (Trinidad) and Zebulun (Trinidad) and drummer Tesfa Zion, has released a steady stream of innovative tracks blending and bridging the gap between traditional dub featuring—Addis has taken up the mantle for the melodica, the instrument his father legitimized on his landmark projects with King Tubby and his own Rockers International—and modern EDM.

As he did with Chronixx last year, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer has stepped up to put things in perspective, gathering Suns of Dub’s key tracks, along with original remixes and unreleased tunes, for global consumption. Showcasing the crew’s diversity, the mix runs through Reggae, dub, dubstep, dancehall, trap, hip-hop, drum and bass and even some steelpan made in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with pannist Derron Ellies. Things start out with “Vybz Wa Yuh Feel,” a track featured in Part 2 of our Meditations video series featuring Addis Pablo and Jesse Royal (Watch Part One starring Ras Jammy and Jesse Royal here), which you can watch below (or get the full experience here).

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Toppa Top 10: The Ten Best Caribbean Beaches


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Caribbean Cookbook: Divali in Trinidad


Words by Tishanna Williams—
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Trini Dip: Watch Q-Major + Freetown Collective’s “Good Swimma” Video

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Director Damian Marcano captures a slice of life on the shores of Trinidad in his new video for Q-Major and the Freetown Collective’s “Good Swimma.” The uplifting message of the song—a fresh hybrid of reggae and trap with a bassline pulled from dancehall’s Answer riddim— is conveyed by two local boys named Cleveland and Kervin, who spend the video playing soccer, doing pushups, and (of course) swimming, in the north coast fishing village of Maracas.

“Good Swimma” is the first track to be released off of the soundtrack for Marcano’s upcoming feature God Loves The Fighter, to be released in 2014. The film will be among the first international releases by any Trinidadian director, and if the music videos and trailer Marcano has released to promote it are any indication, it will be a fascinating look at a country that hasn’t yet been depicted much on film. It’s already been a huge hit in Trinidad, where it debuted to rare reviews and massive crowds at last month’s Trinidad Film Festival. The ten-song soundtrack, entitled Laventille, will be released November 27.

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