Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Trinidad

Audio: A$AP Ferg Heads to Trinidad On “Petit Valley”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo via @ASAPFerg/Instagram—
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We already knew A$AP Ferg liked dancehall—now, Harlem’s Trap Lord, who happens be of Trini heritage, is getting into soca as well. Ferg has taken inspiration from the Soca Viking himself, Bunji Garlin, with “Petit Valley,” a freestyle on Garlin’s single “Carnival Tabanca.” He seems to have been inspired to create his own ode to Trinidad after visiting the island last month for Carnival, apparently rediscovering the beauty of both the music, and (naturally) the women.

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LargeUp Investigates: Bake and Shark

Words by Tishanna Williams—
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You don’t mess with a Trinibagonian’s belly. Food is all important here and we take it very seriously. But with the recent news headlines about diminishing shark populations and subsequent conservation efforts, could Trinis soon be forced to give up one of their favorite dishes? In order to get the real bake and shark story for you, LargeUp had to do some heavy research so we packed our sunblock, beach mats and a few Stags for the road and made our way to Maracas Beach to talk to some of the vendors behind this dish personally.

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Trini Cinema: Janine Fung’s “Paramin: The Odyssey of Hope”

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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As with other Caribbean islands, Trinidad’s history is a rich with diversity in population and traditions. Whatever the occasion, chances are there is a community in Trinidad that recognizes it and makes a spectacle of its observation. Nonetheless, to the disdain of many village elders, there has been rampant cultural erasure as communities struggle to preserve the history and heritage that has given birth to Trinidad’s international reputation and identity as a tourist destination.

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Watch Jus Now, Bunji Garlin + Stylo G’s “Tun Up” Video

Words by Marcha M. Johnson

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British-Trini production duo Jus Now released the original version of their tune “Tun Up” during last year’s Trinidad Carnival season, as part of their debut EP, One Time. And now, amidst all the buzz surrounding their collaborations with Bunji for Carnival 2014, the “Truck on D Road” producers have gone and re-made “Tun Up” with the help of UK-based dancehall artist and notorious lyrical badman, Stylo G.

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LargeUp Exclusive: Stream Bunji Garlin’s “Carnival Tabanca” EP

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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While the rest of Trinidad was celebrating Carnival on Tuesday, Bunji Garlin was handling his business. Well, he was celebrating on d road, too, but the Viking of Soca (who had a huge Carnival season despite no official accolades, as he abstained from this year’s Soca Monarch competition) also quietly dropped his new EP, Carnival Tabanca, through VP Records.

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Throwback Thursdays: Machel Montano’s “Too Young To Soca”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Another year, another set of crowns for Machel Montano. “Mr. Fete” won the Power category again at the International Soca Monarch competiton on Friday with “Ministry of Road (M.O.R.),” narrowly missing a sweep as Kerwin DuBois took Groovy Soca Monarch. “M.O.R.” meanwhile was inescapable at Mas in Port of Spain, taking the Road March title with a whopping 374 plays, more than six times the nearest competitor. In light of his continued success, it’s only appropriate on this Throwback Thursday back to where it all started for Machel.

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