Toppa Top 10: South x Southwest Edition

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2. Collie Buddz

If you follow these pages, you’re already aware of Collie Buddz’s rep as one of reggae/dancehall’s most reliably consistent studio voices but Bermuda’s “top export since tales of disappearing planes” is known to put on top-quality live shows, too. On Friday, Mr. Buddz plays Venue 222, where he and Los Rakas (See below for more on them) will add some Caribbean flavor to an otherwise all-hiphop bill that includes EPMD, DJ Quik, Chino XL(!) and the Kid Daytona (More on him, too). Collie’s also at Flamingo Cantina on Saturday, with Lynval Golding (of The Specials and Fun Boy Three)’s new band Contra Coup and St. Lucia’s Taj Weeks & Adowa. Check his video for the lead single off his upcoming album Playback, which we premiered in this space last week: