Hello loves 🙂 Our favourite part of the week is here again, the weekend! Though it’s gonna be a rainy one here in Jamaica, I have a few events for you that will be going on this weekend. It’s quite a lot of shopping! We’re …
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 …
The Gungo Walk Alternative Music & Arts Festival is an event which creates a space for Folk, Alternative, and experimental sounds from Jamaica, the Caribbean and the International scene to showcase their talents alongside Jamaica’s mainstream music; Dancehall and Reggae. It is held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The other activities that run throughout the day are: attractions for children, art, dance, photography, poetry, film features and workshops. The day ends with the main musical showcase “Armchair Rebelution”. I don’t have a review for you because I was a part of the volunteer team this year, so I was all over the place working but I will give you a little insight on the festival nonetheless.
The main sponsor this year was Popeyes Jamaica, hence the Orange t-shirts, with the Popeyes logo on one side and the Gungo Walk logo on the other. In being fashionable we cut them and styled them in a manner that we liked. We were assigned to different areas of the festival, I was assigned to Yoga and my parri for the day, Anise, was assigned to Dance; which were in the same building, the School of Dance. The festival was scheduled to start at 10 am but it started off late, in true Jamaican fashion.
I was stuck at my post by Dance School for a good while but when I got the chance I ventured to the main area and took a look. The main area had two stages for music acts, placed at two different corners of the area, and a smaller, third stage for the Poets. Here the different performers would perform consecutively on each stage, as one ended the other would begin. There were tents with the different artisan venders, food venders, and more, set up. There was clothes, jewelry, and Gungo Walk merchandise on sale. An artist had his booth where he sketched a headshot of you for a fee, as well as a Herbal Life booth where one could do facials, and learn how to as well.
There were many food options to choose from, from the everyday Jamaican meals of Jerk Chicken or Ackee & Saltfish with Breadfruit or soup, to junk food such as Popeyes or hot dogs or popcorn, and vegetarian options as well such as Benji’s Yatties or Veggie Meals on Wheels or Café What’s On. The children’s play area had the special treat of cotton candy.
The day went smoothly I participated in a Yoga session, I watched Arabesk’s dance show, and I saw a lot of the musical acts, I missed the film workshop though. To end the day was the ‘Armchair Rebelution’ concert, this was held in the Vera Moody Concert Hall. The show was starred by Michael Sean Harris, who started off the night doing covers of his favourite songs in tribute to the respective artistes. I had to leave shortly after he began; and that was my Gungo Walk 2016.
Spades Lounge | Kingston, Jamaica
I knew I couldn’t miss this concert from the day I saw the lineup. I’m a big fan of Zosia, I love her voice; and the rest of the lineup, I came to find out was just as amazing. The name Love, Light & Fire was integrated into the working of the show. Zosia, the first act, represented Love, Vanessa Lee represented Light, and Anna Mariah brought the Fire.
Love: Zosia McGregror, the lady in red, she started off the night on a lovely tone, (pun intended) she had a beautiful connection with her band as she belted out her songs. She sang covers, and originals such as: “I Love You,” “Lover’s Rock” and “Pretty Girls;” I think Pretty Girls was my favourite as it had strong words of encouragement to pretty girls everywhere, telling them things will get better some day… Maybe not today but tomorrow. I can’t explain or should I say describe the magnitude of how amazing Zosia’s voice is, if you get the chance, definitely go listen to her live.
Light: Vanessa Lee, it was my first time hearing this Barbadian, she has spunk and a nice vibe, I love her voice, it honestly reminds me of Lauryn Hill. To me her voice rang beautifully in her original song “Conversation and Weed,” it’s a sexy song (that I can’t wait for her to release!) her voice and the lyrics made it entertaining. She won me over with that one.
Fire: Anna Mariah, she tun up di ting from the end of Rising Stars to now, she sounds more refined. Her voice is amazing as well, can’t deny that, and she proved it with the Whitney Houston medley she did; she sang the songs strong and her high notes were on point; she even confessed that she was getting over the flu at the time. Her cover of “Here” by Alessia Cara fully gave me life, after a few more covers, she sang two original songs, “Sail Away” and “Rush,” they’re both good but I liked Rush better. I also made a video of the end of her performance, you can watch it below.
I enjoyed the concert, the only problem for me was the venue, it was my first time at the Spades Lounge actually, and I had wondered how it would be conducive to a concert. Though it was just three acts, and an intimate setting, it wasn’t a good venue choice to me.
Some of the photos are from Keon Prendi Photography, and are watermarked.
Hey everyone! The theme for Reggae Month 2016 is ‘Reggae Mekyah‘ I like it 🙂 Ziggy Marely’s 1991 studio album with the Melody Makers was titled “Jahmekya” and people take the title and run with it, as it’s a nice term, ‘JahMekYah‘ (Jamaica) which means “Jah made here.”
Now let’s get straight into it, in last week’s Expression Wednesday post I expressed my concern about the venue for this year’s Reggae Month concerts, and after experiencing the first show, my points have been thrown out the window.
Mandela Park has a built-in concrete stage, one would say it has been gathering dust since the usage of that stage is usually once in a blue moon. The producers of Reggae Month have put it to use, I’m gonna tell you about the set up but first let me describe the park. From entrance level it descends, with grass seating areas which mimic steps leading down towards the stage, it was built so that no matter where you sit, your view of the stage would not be blocked. The area surrounding the stage and behind it was blocked off for backstage purposes.
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