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Ordinary Day

Ordinary Day

876Lover reviews Ras-I’s new single, “Ordinary Day.”

Tmrw.Tday After Movie

Tmrw.Tday After Movie

About Tmrw.Tday The Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest is a seven day experience, where you embrace positivity, consciousness, and growth through wellness, music, dance, art, nature and natural therapies. The philosophy of Tmrw.Tday is to create a better tomorrow by manifesting goodness from today. The festival is held on one…

2018 Tmrw.Tday Reggae Showcase

2018 Tmrw.Tday Reggae Showcase

Tmrw.Tday is the perfect prelude to the summer, you’re able to use this time to relax and reflect on your goals for the rest of the year. I was happy to be apart of their second staging. Tmrw.Tday for me was a vacation, a mini vacay. I travelled from Kingston to Negril to enjoy their Reggae Showcase, which featured Notis Heavy Weight Rockaz and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers Band. Thanks to the Confluence team for giving this 876Lover a media pass to attend, now I’ll give my Jamaican perspective on this wonderful annual event.

The Journey

I’d been excited and started planning this little trip from in advance. I took the Knutsford Express to Negril and met up with my good friend, Vanessa, who was my parri for the weekend. We booked one of the nicest Airbnb’s I’ve ever stayed, at the Negril Club Condos by Mark and Valerie. It sat close to Woodstock Bar and Grill or the Irie Soul Beach which housed a lot of the Tmrw.Tday activities, and the Reggae Showcase on May 6th, the Saturday night.

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The first thing to do in a new space was a little touring, so we explored the town a bit and Times Square Mall, before heading to the Irie Soul Beach to check out some of the Tmrw.Tday day activities. They had food options of all kinds, including a vegetarian offering from Veggie Meals on Wheels. The music was bumping and the vibes was nice and energetic. They had a lot of vendors on site as well, a souvenir I purchased is this ring from Earthtones Designs.

A copper ring with a chrysocolla stone from a vendor, Earthtones Designs.

We did the most at the beach, taking all the photos we could while enjoying the atmosphere. The only downside was the forecast of rain, it started raining intermittently. We made the trod back to our airbnb, just to relax before the concert that night.

The Reggae Showcase

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It rained heavier but that didn’t put a downer on the show, it only lead to a delay in the running order. We arrived at the Irie Soul Beach and had to wade through puddles and sand to get to the concert venue. Thankfully I love the beach and I’d rather sandy feet than muddy ones. We walked into a sheltered reggae-afrobeat fusion party, with deejaying from Walshy Fire followed by Iset Sankofa.

The opening act for the show was Notis Heavyweight Rockaz, starting with a strong instrumental consisting of the drums, bass, guitar, and the keyboards, they continued the reggae-fusion feel as they brought a somewhat rock sound. I enjoyed the reggae and rock mash-up, plus it showed their strengths on their instruments. They sang a few songs doing dub style mixes, they sang “Raggy Road” which has a dub and rock infused outro. The finale was a favourite of mine, “No Bad Days,” that left me with the euphoric feeling that I love from roots rock reggae music.

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Kabaka Pyramid

The headliner for the night was Kabaka Pyramid, he said they came right off the plane to make it to our little reggae concert on Negril’s 7 mile stretch of beach and for that, we really appreciated it. He gave a world-class performance, it wasn’t the first time I’d seen Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers in concert but it had been a long while since the last time. He sang songs from about 2013 to some of his newest songs that are on his 2018 album, “Kontraband”. He sang “Never Gonna Be A Slave,” “No Capitalist,” and “Lead The Way” to name a few. The band was a well-oiled machine and the background singers sounded like honey.

“Do you LOVE reggae music?”

Kabaka had the crowd under his control as we rocked and grooved to the music, waving hands at his command. He and the band had an energy that was contagious. Some of the songs from his new album that he sang were “Can’t Breathe,” “Natural Woman,” “Kaught Up,” and my fave, “Borders”. By the end of the set, the crowd was begging for more.

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The rain didn’t stop the good vibes but merely slowed the start time, we simply accepted it as blessings, the second edition of Tmrw.Tday was great, and maybe more enthralling than the inaugural edition, I’m looking forward to what they will bring in 2019. This has been an annual event I’ve grown to look forward to and I hope next year you will come and experience the magic that is Tmrw.Tday. Check out their website TmrwTday.com for more information and to join the Good Vibez Tribe, keep abreast with updates for next year.

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The photos used in this article are from the Tmrw.Tday 2018 gallery by The Confluence.

Expression Wednesdays

Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone! Today we have a nice jam to kick off the summer, “Reap What You Sow” by Royal Blu. The song was produced by Natural High Music, and I wanna shake them hand because the groove of the music is so sweet. Royal Blu’s…

Expression Wednesdays

Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone! Today we have Jah9’s newest single, “Love Has Found I”. 9 released it yesterday, in celebration of Empress Menen Asfaw’s Earthstrong (birthday). In the song, Jah9 croons about finally finding her one true love. A man embodying the likeness of H.I.M. Haile Selassie…

Speak Life

Speak Life

Though born and raised in Jamaica, Damian Marley is truly an international reggae star. His albums have sold all around the world and he has toured on multiple continents. In the past few years he has collaborated with household names from North America such as Jay-Z, Nas, Skrillex and Bruno Mars, along with local artists.

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His style combines themes and sounds from all around the world and that same multi-cultural approach is evident on the video from his latest Grammy-award wining album, “Stony Hill.”

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Entitled, “Speak life” the video depicts Damian Marley sprouting words of wisdom and encouragement such as:

“Speak life
Live a humble and meek life
Ordinary day of the week life
Try to search and seek life”

This is set to the background of mesmerizing guitar licks and rhythmic African percussion. This is not the only area of the video where the continent’s influence is present as the video was shot in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, during his tour of Africa. It features several beautiful shots of ordinary Ethiopians as they go about their daily activities with Amharic (official language of Ethopia) subtitles playing throughout the video.

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Shot by Jerry Henry, the creator of the documentary “Africa, I promise” the video is also a display of the reverence that continues to exist between the Marley family and Ethopia. Yet another example of how our heritage has been exported by our cultural flag-bearers.

Below is a video of Damian’s tour of Africa.

Find Damian @DamianMarley on Twitter and on his website, DamianMarleyMusic.

Contributed by Brian ‘Kaz’ Kazaara.

Protoje’s "Bout Noon" Ain’t No Play Thing

Protoje’s "Bout Noon" Ain’t No Play Thing

This lovely February morning, we have a new single from Protoje, tilted “Bout Noon”. 2018 has started off with a continuation of the highly appreciated 2017 trend, persistent amazing music releases. I really think he should have dropped this song before Valentine’s Day ’cause it’s for you…

Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone! Today I have new reggae music for you, it is “Raggamuffin” by Koffee; the youngest new artiste on the scene. In Raggamuffin, Koffee “sing-jays” (deejays) perfectly on the beat; she keeps you paying attention, so as to not miss any flows. I’m finding…

Tmrw.Tday Announces Additions To The 2018 Lineup!

Tmrw.Tday Announces Additions To The 2018 Lineup!

This May, Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival presents its second staging in Negril, Jamaica; from the 1st to the 6th. In addition to the already amazing lineup, they have added sonic visionaries Bedouin, who will headline the Tmrw.Tday Official Closing Party; to take place at The Caves. They also added one of the most inspirational Yogis of today, Shiva Rea, who will lead her own retreat during the festival. The Shiva Rea Roots Immersion Retreat will guide participants through a visceral exploration into the roots of Jamaican music.

Tmrw.Tday promotes self-awareness by looking at your life today, to begin changing and mending, to achieve a better tomorrow. They help you to achieve a better tomorrow with their seven day culture festival; where you will take on a journey of consciousness through wellness, music, natural therapies and much more. The experiences are categorized under the themes, “Vibez Tribe”, “Island Vibez”, “Irie Soul Tribe”, and “Garden Of Mary”.

 

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Tmrw.Tday 2017 Reggae Concert (Photo by Russel Ward)

Vibez Tribe features musical acts; Island Vibez has music performances by Jamaican artistes, both Reggae and Dancehall. Irie Soul Tribe has yoga and wellness programs; while Garden of Mary exposes you to plant medicines and alternative therapies. The Tmrw.Tday culture festival has a diverse music and wellness lineup which includes: AudioFly, Wolf+Lamb, Lonely C of Soul Clap, Beenie Man, Teflon Zinc Fence, Gabre Selassie, Kabaka Pyramid, Ras Iyah V, and Dream Rockwell.

Tmrw.Tday has captured and blended a mix of global musical acts, with internationally acclaimed wellness professionals, global activists, and cannabis and alternative therapy movements, to create a wholesome and life changing experience. This ‘festi-vacation’ is not to be missed; especially if you enjoy reggae music, house music, yoga and fitness, as well as cannabis culture. All this will be used in the exploration of your mind, body, and soul, during the week long festival.

“Slow down, put your toes in the sand, seek adventure, count stars on the beach, be open to finding inner peace and leave revitalized this May 1-6, 2018 — Life Will Find You, Again.”

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Tmrw.Tday lineup flyer

Visit Tmrw.Tday to learn more about this annual culture festival. Keep up to date by following @Tmrw.Tday on Instagram, @TmrwTday on Facebook, and on YouTube.

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone! On this Expression Wednesdays I have the second solo single from Notis Heavyweight Rockaz, “No Bad Dayz”. This single follows “Raggy Road”, this time lifting our moods even more to say no bad dayz. No Bad Dayz is a lighthearted reggae song, the…