Christmas Gifts for People Who Love Jamaica #1: Sevens Clash Zine.

posted on December 1st, 2013 by in Article, Design, Jamaican Style, Photography

Sevens Clash Zine

In August 2012, photographer Alexander Richter and writer Sean Stewart spent seven days documenting music, art, sports and street life in Kingston, Jamaica.

They e.g. went digging at Augustus Pablo’s Rockers International; met an Australian abstract sculptress planting artistic roots downtown; navigated arcane stroll politics in New Kingston; visited dancehall deejay Ice Cold on a rainy night in Mud Town; reasoned with reggae revivalist Protoje; convened with Uncle Demon and the legion; and found the sweet science of bruising resurgent at Stanley Couch Gym.

The content they gathered was posted at sevensclash.com on a bi-weekly basis over the course of the following seven months. Now, they feature a selection of their favorite stories from the project with some fresh design and a bunch of previously unreleased photos in a 7.75” x 10.5” zine. Laser-printed in full color, the 40 page publication comes with a postcard and stickers and is limited to 100 pieces.

Find out more.


New Class At Gymbox: “Ragga”.

posted on June 29th, 2013 by in Article

Gymbox Ragga Class

Haha. If you’re living in London and want to step up your fitness with some Jamaican dance moves, you might want to give the new “Ragga” class at Gymbox a try.

Once confined to dance halls and niche underground clubs, we’re bringing Ragga to you fresh from the new renaissance in Paris. Get ready to whine, slam, shake, butterfly and freestyle your way fit!

The course is held at the Bank studio on Wednesday at 5.45pm, in the Covent Garden studio on Monday at 7.45pm, in the Farringdon studio on Thursday at 6.15pm, in Holborn on Wednesday 7.30pm, and in Westfield on Monday at 7.30pm.


System Clash: The Best Sound System of All-Time.

posted on May 12th, 2013 by in Article

In the lead-up to this year’s edition of »Culture Clash« in New York city, Red Bull Music Academy asked reggae writers Eddie Stats, David Katz, Rishi Nath and Paul Bradshaw to weigh in with their pick for the best sound system of all-time in a series of articles they called »System Clash«.

Stats chose Stone Love for the musical variety they played, them pioneering the art of juggling, revolutionizing the dub plate game, their clean sound and them being the first truly global soundsystem:

By the end of the ’90s, Stone Love had franchises in New York and London as well, solidifying their supremacy and making them the only sound that could play three different dances in three different cities – on three different continents.

Katz picked Jah Shaka for their sound manipulation skills, their consequent focus on positive sounds of actual importance as well as the spiritual vibes in their sessions:

A Jah Shaka session really is akin to a religious experience; even those who claim not to be religious themselves will often report feeling something spiritual there.

Nath went with Massive B for their massive radio presence, their high-quality promotion, their record label and their consistent and longstanding connection to the dancehall community:

You can’t just think of Massive B doing good things for New York. You have to think in another way: being from New York, look what they’ve done. Try to imagine reggae without Massive B? You can’t.

Finally, Bradshaw repped for Sir Coxsone Outernational for him recognising the value of youth and the need for fresh ideas within his team, him maintaining long-standing links with Jamaica’s finest producers and artists and his sound boasting an unrivalled selection of music:

Lloyd possessed a gravitas that was commensurate to the Knighthood he had bestowed upon himself.

You can read all articles clicking on the links at the beginning of each paragraph above. Enjoy!


Blow Your Head Vol. 1: Dancehall

posted on September 28th, 2012 by in Article, Jamaican Style, Photography

Blow Your Head Vol. 1 – Dancehall

Diplo and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series “Blow Your Head”.

Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre. For [the first] volume, the duo traveled through Trenchtown, visiting Tuff Gong Studios, Gee Jam Studios and Sugarman Beach, documenting the most cutting-edge music and dance with candid photographs of the players and venues.

Each volume is an 8 x 10 inch, 96 page black and white softcover printed in a limited edition of 1,500 copies. It is available in stores October 1. Pre-orders can be placed through Picture Box.


SEEN recommends: 7 questions w/ Tattoo Phillip.

posted on September 27th, 2012 by in Article, Jamaican Style, Photography


© Alexander Richter

Sevens Clash keep releasing great reports from their travels through Jamaica.

After articles on Tommy Lee and Schoolboy Football, they did a studio visit and mini interview with “Tattoo Phillip” – the man currently running the tattoo scene in Jamaica.

Phillip’s professed specialty is detail and shading work, and with a client list that includes prominent musicians (Vybz Kartel filmed the video for Coloring Book at his studio, for example), Olympians, media personalities and Miss Jamaicas, his pedigree is unique among Jamaican tattoo artists.
– Sean Stewart

Read the whole story here.