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The Classics – REGGAE – Recap Pics

The Classics – Series 4: REGGAE was so cool.  Cool album covers, cool peole, cool music, and of course some cool drinks.

Anyone that missed out please enjoy of the pics and the cultural projects that have been developed (mixtape, interviews, video, etc…) and be on the lookout for JAZZ, which will be the last event in the album cover series.

Big shout to everyone that came out and super big shouts to Karim, Nicole, Victoria (Smirnoff), Kat (Lil So So), Akil (Akil Waite Events), Cherisse (Bordem Is  Dirty Word), Jerome (Stussy DC), Jeremy, Maiya and Simon (Lounge of III), Samiya and Janelle (Hostesses), Jef Tate, DJ Cerebral, and DJ 2-Tone Jones.

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REGGAE – History

Dean Fraser


Burning Spear

The Classics – The Interview: Jim DeBarros, Part 1

While researching for album cover designers for the reggae edition of The Classics I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to find one, as most of the designers/illustrators that created work for the classic Reggae and Dancehall albums were based in Jamaica and the contact info on the albums was either non-existent or dated.

Needless to say, I stuck to my guns and discovered a graphic designer by the name of Jim Debarros who essentially created the identity for Super Cat’s first US releases, in addition to many notable album covers for some of music’s most renowned artists/groups.  Check out Part 1 below:

Many NYC designers say that their borough and or NYC had an almost inherent influence on their attitude or style.  Being that you’re from Brooklyn, would you say the same applies to you?  If so, how?

Certainly in my case I would say that’s true. I grew up across the street from Pratt Institute. My earliest friends were the children of architects, illustrators and designers. Our neighbors were former Pratt grads and they were an influence not just on me but the neighborhood itself. Tom Feelings, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Walter Steinhilber and many others were familiar to me and present either as people I could see and talk to or witness their work firsthand.  

Did your upbringing and or family-life have an effect on how you developed creatively?  If so, in what ways?

I would say my family was always supportive. We had art in the house and we were exposed to many things. Whether it was a visit to a museum or just friends who work in jewelry or pottery my folks allowed me to see that there were many possibilities. I should add that my father was an advertising executive with Doyle Dane & Bernbach so he was regularly engaged in the creative process as it applied to television commercials. Read the rest of this entry

The Classics – REGGAE – The Video

Roddy Rod again on video production.  Be sure to check him out at Humble Monarch to see his full range of creative capabilities.

The Classics – REGGAE – The Drink Menu

Not sure which one of these will do the best at REGGAE but I’m going to be checking for the “Bob Marley” and “Jimmy Cliff.”

Thanks Maiya (Lounge of III) for hooking up the mixes.

REGGAE – History

Tapper Zukie

Leroy Smart

Lee Perry