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10 things from FIRST you missed but shouldn't…

That was really the whole point of FIRST, a chance to show what we in Jamaica should already know, that apart from picking coconuts and murdering each other there remains some other stuff worth talking about and some pretty weird stuff.

Once in print and in-between online there’s a few things you may have missed that we think you ought to check out:

Fit birds. We’re superficial and so are you dear readers. Easily the most popular thing to do on this site is admire the beauty of Jamaican women: beginning back in 2008 with Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillips. Click here and scroll to the bottom of this post to view links to links to all our photo shoots (and they’re still young eh!).

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Music, Video & Entertainment

Three questions for Jamaican DJ's from 'bigblackbarry'

Call us miserable but some things really need to be said about the music, it’s been bad for a while and it’s getting worse. In fact, have we already reached the point where all new artists are either generic ex-dancers or ‘i-insert-authentic-Rasta-name’?

It wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that our music is what makes us known around the world: good or increasingly bad. The retarded spectacle of a deejay in tight pants preening onstage with his mantourage burning out gays. It won’t sell and it will get you banned…

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First, Food, Travel & Leisure, Music, Video & Entertainment

Moving Mountains X The Last Don

Talked about but rarely seen (last time thanks to a bizarre power outage), DiMaggio: The Last Don will be screened again this Saturday at Moving Mountains, a three day music showcase featuring local and international dance deejays, high up in the Blue Mountains at Strawberry Hill Hotel. Continue reading

Music, Video & Entertainment

Steely & Clevie's Silverhawk relaunches in Kingston

Tonight at Medusa’s the legendary Silverhawk Sound makes a return to the musical landscape.

For the uninitiated, Silverhawk was the original mouthpiece for the creative powerhouse team of Steely and Clevie, and one of the first Jamaican sounds to voice and play dubplates as a clash tactic when most sound systems were still using live deejays in the dance.

According to Hawks’ Road Manager Palmer, this grew from Steely’s ritual of taking pre-released records to August Town to play on a little system in the community for the residences to hear it first.

With such a creative musical force behind Silverhawk, it wasn’t long before the sound became renowned for its incredible collection of specials from anyone who was anyone in reggae and dancehall.

Then, in 2000, Silverhawk suddenly locked up the crates as Steely and Clevie returned their full attention to their production work at Studio 2000. That is, until 2009 when Steely expressed a real interest in relaunching Silverhawk; a concept that was sadly never realised by the producer before his untimely death in September 2009.

Tonight in Kingston, however, the no-iPod purists will have something to celebrate as Clevie’s beloved Silverhawk powers up again thanks to his former business partner Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne who made sure Steely’s got his wish.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Medusa’s bar at 96 Hope Road. In the meantime, check out this 80 minute dubplate mix of Silverhawk juggling strictly Shabba & Ninjaman:

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