The weekend starts from Thursday right? This week seems to be about the arts, and it warms my heart. To be honest, there’s always something to do here in Kingston but I hope you really come and check my list, and pick something. Myself will…
Stones Throw Bar the small sign read.
The cozy space vibrated with music as people trickled in, filling up the spaces from which the music echoed. The atmosphere was pleasant with chatter, friends greeted and ran jokes, while some sat tuning in keenly to what Dj Jimmy Q was serving. When the venue seemed to fully come to life Brittany Brown, the host, took to the stage.
She introduced the artist that was responsible for the vibrant pieces that stood as décor, Monique ‘@Kidding_Art’ Kidd. She asked Monique a few questions about her work, which she gleefully answered, including how she started painting. The exchange ended quickly and without wasting time, Brittany introduced the first act, Mortimer.
Mortimer came to Nice Up Di Scene, with a sweet acoustic vibe, he was accompanied by a solo guitarist, Elly B. His soothing voice took off any edge that might have been in the air, the second song was his rendition of Protection, a song by Protoje of which he’s featured. Next he sang Herb For You, which sounded like a love song, maybe the love of herb transmitted very clearly through that one or maybe it was his voice wooing me. We saw a vulnerable side of Mortimer that night, he promised he wouldn’t do any long preaching but made it known that he had a lot on his chest. He actually became emotional while singing a song with the line “careful of the ones you call you family” the pain was evident. Which caused the audience to give him applause in encouragement, he then shared the lime light with Elly B, and gave him a chance to sing a song of his own. Mortimer finished up with his final song, Heads Up, leaving the crowd in high spirits.
Lila Ike came with divine energy, femininity mixed with some ‘ragga muffin’ which lifted my spirit. I say ragga muffin because amazing lyrical mixing or Deejaying skills is usually associated with men but this little lady have it lock. She gained a new fan, me. She took us up and down with her vocals, her set included warm up which was Make a Joyful Noise, and lots of love: My Little Darling, Rain Start Fall, and Biggest Fan. She invited guests on for us, Koro Fyah which she sang Ragga Muffin with, and Royal Blu, to sing Believe. Her voice is so lovely, the audience was locked in, as she took us from sweet notes to mixing on the riddim.
My faves were Biggest Fan and Rain Start Fall. To my dismay, most of these songs are unreleased, so when “my little darling” was stuck in my head the next day, me did get knock. I’ll just have to work with Believe for now…Word on the street, is that she will be releasing a single soon. Lila we ready fi you.
Photos by Romario ‘@leBossLYNCH’ Lynch, click the hashtag to see more: #SeenByLynch.
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Finally, the day a large section of the Jamaican twitterverse was waiting for, Imprint had arrived. Imprint was Shaundel Campbell’s art exhibition, showcasing her art as well as some other artists’ work; it also had body painting, dancers, and a fashion show. The night ended with a concert, featuring some of the upcoming artistes on the Jamaican music scene. Imma put this out there from now, I didn’t see the concert; so I will just be showing you some photos I took of the art.
I arrived at 9pm, which seemed like everyone had arrived at that time too; a good amount of persons were at the entry way. Inside the New Kingston Conference Centre wasn’t what I expected. It had really dim lighting, with black lights over most of the rooms. There were hanging lights placed over the art pieces so we could see them properly. You could feel the excitement in the air as persons wondered how the night would ensue. The room buzzed with chatter and camera flashes as persons looked at the displays. Please enjoy, and check out the artists, as I will link their twitter handles.
A friend of mine, Summer Clarke, @Summerclarke95.
Shaundel Campbell, @_Rouxvolution.
Monique Kidd, @Kimmmon.
Keanu Gordon, @Duttyboydeth.
The two photos above were taken by Trish from Art Space Caribbean.
There were a few art pieces that I didn’t get to capture, and though I wasn’t there for long, I enjoyed looking at the art work. It was actually hard to take proper photos of the art because of the lighting but I resorted to flash in some instances. I wish I got to see the performances, I’m in love with Blvk H3ro, he performed as well as Royal Blu, Leno Banton, and Di Vibe. My squad for the night, as seen in the photo above, left and went to Kelissa Live, another concert being held that night.