Valencia, Spanish Court Hotel
This second staging of Imprint was long awaited, to add to our wait, it had been postponed to a week later to facilitate a change in location. Due to the heavy rains the outdoor venue could not do. Imprint is a vibe, it’s a cultural experience geared at young people, where you get to see different art forms from your peers and upcoming artistes. Once again Shaundel ‘Roux’ Campbell and her team did not disappoint. Being the typical Jamaican, I was late for the 6:30 start time. Upon entry, you could see the body piercing bar and the tattoo bar as promised, the body jewellery was especially tempting but I’m on a budget. Secondly, I must say mans was not hot, the room where the activities took place was freezing, a contrast to the energies the people gave off.
The room had art pieces lining two parts of walls, and on tables; pieces of different sizes and varying themes could be seen. When I arrived, the hosts, Oraine and Zanaay, were engaging the audience before introducing a Dub poet. This dub poetry session continued with 3 more persons, followed by the music group, illNGHT. The group consists of 4 rappers, they were new to me but seemed familiar to a lot of the people in the crowd. They were followed by another rapper, Silva, he controlled the crowd nicely, getting people hyped up though we didn’t know the songs, he had great energy.
The rapping was toned down to more soulfulness, Courtni was up next. Listen, big up Courtni for holding those long notes, the crowd enjoyed her short performance. She was followed by the host reading a poem by Roux, the Crimson Fire Salute, a tribute to Kemar ‘Crimson’ James. Gemmar ‘MaGG Muse’ McFarlane did his part in the salute by singing his song, The Man Behind The Lens. #LongLiveCrimson
The somber energy was lifted when Jeeby Lyricist and Di Vibe took the stage. The energy was all the way up. I’m gonna take this moment to appreciate these lyrics, cause them shot.
“She say she wah feel my energy, mi seh me might just chip yuh breaker!”
Di Vibe started up the vibes and it continued into the short fashion show. Men and women were dressed in paint, walking works of art; the women modeled crochet swimwear, and pieces from So Chill Clothing as well. The energy continued on a high note when a crowd fave, Lila Ike, touched the stage. She sang a couple of songs, with Biggest Fan and Gotti Gotti getting the best responses. We got a little surprise when Protoje joined her on stage, giving us a sample of his new single, Blood Money. Up next was Iotosh with his smooth Jamaican Hip Hop vibe, another artiste new to me. He was followed by BLVK H3RO, who (in my head) has stole the title of Energy Gawd from Elephant Man. The closing act for the night was the man called, Kalex.
Though I skipped out on the after party, I’m looking forward to the next staging of Imprint. The mix of the arts was lovely, the incorporation of dub poetry was a great, I appreciated that. I didn’t know all the artistes that performed but that is what the showcase is about, so I learnt some names. I’m glad for this space, and hope to see it grow and get even better next year.
Get a taste of the artistes yourself, watch the Imprint cypher video.
Also, watch the Imprint short film, directed by Dane Nelson and Alwayne White, creative director Shaundel ‘Roux’ Campbell.
See the full photo album by Romario Lynch at Imprint 2017.