Category Archives: Duppies

Gwaan Jerk

Kind of forgot about jerk…that wouldn’t have happened if it had more to do with evil spirits that like to kick dogs and count grains of sand, and less to do with pants and some dude named Doug. “Ha! Film … Continue reading

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Grant Money Pimping: Jamaican Maroon Duppy Songs

Moore Town Maroons (Tambu) – Hear When De Duppy Bawl Scott’s Hall Maroons (Mandinga) – Oh Duppy Two gems from a pretty interesting Folkways disc. These were recorded after plenty of Jamaican pop songs referencing these spirits (in 1978), but … Continue reading

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We are going to keep most fashion talk off of here, but this is really something. By Japanese designers Destroy Babylon, who also make tube socks that say just that.

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Duppy Cousin?

As you should already know, this blog doubles as the Chicago division for The International Center of Duppy Research. Our team is hard at work digging deep into Jamaican folklore through dusty newspapers, microfilm, children’s books, and documents that we … Continue reading

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A: Yes.

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You Know How I Feel About Uncleanly Reels

Yabby U – Peace (from Beware 1978) While my favorite Vivian Jackson track is probably Run Come Rally (from the great Jesus Dread collection), this is more summer friendly, less Sodom and Gomorrah talk. It’s good for walking around the … Continue reading

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And I Had Unquestionably Turned Duppy

That is the strange thing about turning duppy: at first you don’t know it. Your duppy floats out of your dead body and you look around and think, “Boy, dis is funny! I slip and drop on de ground, but … Continue reading

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I, Myself Are Smiling

The Gaylads – Simple Way of Living (from Soul Beat 1967) Been rocking the fuck out of this song lately. So good for summer. Rudeboy Rocksteady for your BBQ where no shoes, no shirt gets you service. Duppies on the … Continue reading

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Duppies 101

So I think it’s about time for me to elaborate on the mysterious Duppy, something I’ve been rambling about on this here blog. This is only the start of your education, a continuing guide to Duppy awareness so you too … Continue reading

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Oh My!

Combo Sampuesano – La Soberana (from VA – Cumbias Para Bailar ?) In my new neighborhood of West Pilsen/Almost Little Village/mini Little Italy/Whatthefucksville, they play Cumbia inside the Dunkin Doughnuts all day everyday. It’s open 24 hours too. It’s always … Continue reading

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