There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Jamaican singer Gyptian’s “Hold You” (or “Hold Yuh”) struck a chord with more than just reggae fans in 2010. Thanks to 10-plus remixes with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Major Lazer, the song became a crossover hit among R&B, rap, soca, and reggaeton followers. The updates feature a variety of additional rapped and sung verses, but it’s Gyptian’s falsetto melody and the minimalist, finger-plunking keyboard beat that still hypnotize. He’s been setting his patois-tinged vocals to music since his 2005 roots-reggae single “Serious Times,” and in 2008 he began incorporating sleek urban accents into his material. When the performer known as the Sexy Rasta was last in the area five months ago, he rushed through a 25-minute set. Hopefully this time, the ladies’ man will deliver a performance that lasts.
GYPTIAN AND ETANA PERFORM AT 11 P.M. AT DC STAR, 2135 QUEENS CHAPEL RD. NE. $25. (202) 635-0089.