Aug 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Trinidad

Miss Calypso: Maya Angelou’s Caribbean Roots

Words by Iscious—

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Maya Angelou, the world-renowned author, poet and activist, died today at the age of 86. She was best known for her landmark 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which described in brilliant lyrical fashion her upbringing in the Jim Crow South. Angelou would go on to write six more books about her life, along with dozens of poems and essays. Her vivid prose centered on themes of the African-American family, black women, poverty, and racial discrimination. A perhaps lesser-known chapter in Maya Angelou’s illustrious career is her musical endeavors, which included a brief but notable foray into calypso. Even lesser known are her own Caribbean roots.

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Large Up Interview: Jus Now Are Taking Soca Back to The Future

Words by Marcha M. Johnson, Photos by Arnaldo James— jus-now-sam-lazabeam-2

Amidst the surge of soca tunes released for this year’s Trinidad Carnival, you may have noticed, on tracks such as Bunji Garlin’s “Truck on D Road” and Machel Montano’s “Junction,” the emergence of a fresh yet nostalgic sound that immediately commands your attention with signature percussion and authoritative bass. If you were paying attention, you might have even sampled a bit of this phenomenon last year when Bunji Garlin released the song “Savage.” We decided it was time to unmask the masterminds behind this new evolution in soca: Trinidad’s Keshav Singh aka LAZABeam and the UK’s Sam “Interface” Chadburn, collectively known as Jus Now.

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Powder “Fresh”: New Jillionaire Video Brings The Heat To Freezing NYC

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Jillionaire, of Major Lazer fame and an esteemed member of the LargeUp family, has been putting in work on some of his side projects recently. After two years on the road with Major Lazer, he’s just launched his new label Feel Up Records, which just dropped its first release (the new Grand Analog LP) yesterday.

Jillionaire’s first single for the new label “Fresh,” which Major Lazer started playing live late last year, is officially dropping today on BBC Radio 1Xtra, accompanied by a predictably fly video filmed entirely in NYC. Co-produced by Salvatore Ganacci and featuring the Mr. Lexx-esque vocal stylings of Sanjin (both of Sweden via the Balkans), the track features the irresistible blend of dancehall and EDM that’s made Major Lazer a club staple. I mean, it’s already got girls twerking in the snow…

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Tuesday in Tobago: Goat and Crab Racing in Buccoo

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Greetings from Tobago!

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Wild Caribbean: The Caribbean’s Most Unusual Animals


Words by and Marcha M. Johnson, Jesse Serwer and Natalie Weiner—

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Big People Ting: Farmer Nappy on Soca + Big People Parties

Words by Saxon Baird, Photos by Kordel Fermin

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