Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a new single from Jane Macgizmo. Her first single, Babylon, did it’s rounds and Too Late is putting up great competition. In the song she pleads for her partner’s love. Jane’s voice and the upbeat riddim of the song has got me hooked, breaking out my inner diva when I sing along. This week she released a lyric video for it, check it out below.

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Longing

Long for holidays
It’s running a little late
Please trust the process.

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Late & Holiday.

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One Coco: Momo Penelli

Guys! Momo Penelli had a mini blow out sale, she had necklaces and two different sized earrings on sale. So you know yah girl had to run in on it. I love Monique’s goods but I’m on that tight budget so I will not be out there shopping every single day. I must admit I am a sucker for sales, so when I saw it I just supported. I bought a medium sized earring for myself, and a large one for my mom. Please people that know my mom, don’t go around announcing it, I’ll be giving it to her in about a week, on her birthday. Take a look at the pretty prints I selected though.

Momo Penelli, Monique, earrings, jewelry, African print, in Jamaica, Designer, 876Lover,

Follow! @MomoPenelliDesigns on Instagram, and check out her website MomoPenelli.Com.

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

I have something special today, I’m sharing the first song from the lovely Courtni. In this song she sings about her past relationship trauma which continues to cause problems for her prospective ‘Bae’. The upbeat riddim contrasts the painful story displayed by the lyrics. A nuh just now Courtni have an amazing voice, known from the Di Vibe (band); we’ve also got a taste of her voice as she’s been featured in a few songs. This song was produced by J Beatz, take a listen to Broke My Heart.

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@SingCourtniSing on Twitter & Instagram.

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Trust the Journey

I’m so excited
It’s my pleasure to announce
A brand new journey.

Four years after high school, I begin university, send some blessings my way. Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Pleasure & Excite.

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Reggae Without Lyrics

“One good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain”

 

Reggae is…. Indescribable. It is a musical language born from a people who had no voice, people who were the downtrodden of society and cast aside. In the history of Jamaica, you will find Reggae has a prominent part to play as both a symbol of unity and peace where its lyrics held sway over the ambitions of many a youth who sought the spotlight in the good ol’ Sound System days where the One Drop ruled supreme.

Fast forward to present day where Reggae’s younger sibling, Dancehall has been dominant for the last few years and where Reggae is seen as something for the more mature crowd who are not necessarily into the raunchy and outspoken nature of Dancehall, where it is more celebrated in Europe and Japan and you wonder about the allure that Reggae has on these predominantly white/Asian cultures. You see Reggae for us (Jamaicans, Caribbeans and African races) is built in, the drums are our heartbeat, the guitar resonates with the tingles in our skin. For persons not in black culture, it is almost a rare sensation, almost like watching an eclipse and then feeling the sun on your skin again after a cold morning. Its warmth spreads and there is this feeling of calm in your body. For us, it is natural.

Lately I have been listening to to Reggae instrumentals, a strange habit I know yet it has let me have a new appreciation for where the genre is today. In the past musicians were expensive and to keep costs down, you had to keep the beat to the minimum. You had your pianist, rhythm guitarists, the drummer who was the heartbeat of the riddim with the One Drop and then of course the bassist who is the soul with the rhythmic, resonating thumm thumm in the background . Then there was one additional sound to add, whether this was a horn or a harmonica or the mento box but something to “sweeten the beat.” This of course meant that your lyrics in a sense were front and center. Think of Dub Poetry as Reggae’s other cousin with the beat helping to tell your story but can also tell a story BY itself. Dancehall as a pop variant of Reggae is a slave to the whims of its younger audience, having to move to trends and fads remember the auto tune (computer voice) phase that almost every genre went through? Exactly.

 

Reggae’s deliberate and sometimes unconscious simplicity is what gives it that ability to transcend cultural borders and norms. It’s one of the reasons why long after his death Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds even without its lyrics feels like a song that one can wake up to, “Redemption Song’s” instrumental has a feeling of deep thought, sadness and hope, “Is This Love?”  has a joyous and questioning feel to it. Reggae’s roots in simplicity and the earnestness of its everyday practitioners in the ghetto who valued togetherness and had a certain honest nature to them is welcomed even more so that it is so rare these days. After all if you do Reggae these days, you do it for the love not the likes.

Contributed by Patrick Lawson from Patricklawson.online.

Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

I’m convinced good things happen on Wednesdays, that’s why I chose today to share art with you through Expression Wednesdays. If the song I’m sharing today doesn’t hype you up for your future, then it look well dark fi you. Firstly I have to big up the producers, cause the riddim neat, as well as Khari Kamau for the interesting cover art. In Destiny Leno Banton chants about putting faith in Jah Jah to ensure you reach your destiny. The one called JoeDon is featured on this track, he raps about putting up a fight for his future. This song is for the days you feel like life is fighting against your goals, take a listen to Destiny.

“Seh Jah Jah eva tek di wheel fi mi
Providing mi everything mi need
So mi can reach my destiny”

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@LenoBanton

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Stargaze

Mind drifting at sea
Picking up shells on the coast
Each a wish for me.

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Shell & Coast.

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Upcoming Events! 

Hey guys, summer is coming to a close, so let’s make the best of it. The events are still up and running, here is a short list of things happening this week. Comment below if you’re interested in checking out one of these events!

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Upful Reggae Party

The Oxford Shire Ultra Lounge was the place to be on Tuesday night. We witnessed the official release of the “Upful Reggae Riddim” with it’s own party. The Shire at 1A Oxford Road is a new venue on the scene but it’s intimate atmosphere is promising. The bar space was illuminated with disco lighting, preparing us for the ‘party’.

The early patrons seemed pleased with the oldies that graced the air as Dr. Kool spun from his Dj booth. It reminded me of the early session at any dance. Soon after the Deejaying switched to Grei Show, with some roots dub mixes bringing a youthful flare of Reggae.

The vibrant host, Mama Mitzie, welcomed us to the space, sharing details of what we’d experience that night. Before introducing the first performer, and one of the producers of the Upful Reggae Riddim, Eesah. Backed by the Brick Wall Redemption Band, Eesah came out with a fiery energy contrasting his smooth voice. He went through four songs including, Big Tings, which seemed to be a crowd favourite, and Run Ova Dem, a message to all duplicitous persons.

Mikey General, Reggae, Upful Reggae Party, in Jamaica, 876Lover,
Mikey General (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

Mikey General followed, starting off with his song, Miss Taylor Bwoy, an autobiographic song. “What happen to Miss Taylor bwoy? Him shoulda be a lawyer…” was a line from the song, he didn’t follow the norm of society and changed his lifestyle to one he thought suited him better, he became a Rasta. He sang, Is The Revolution Still Happening, which is on the Upful Reggae Riddim, and African Story.

Between sets Mama Mitzie would return to the stage and engage with us before introducing the next act. In celebration of Marcus Garvey’s 130th birthday, there was a giveaway, courtesy of I-Nation. The prizes were two copies of the book, 100 amazing facts about the Negro (with complete proof) by Jamaican author, J.A. Rogers.

Silkki Wonda, upful reggae party, Reggae, in Jamaica, 876Lover,
Silkki Wonda (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

Up next was Silkki Wonda, another producer of the Upful Reggae Riddim. He kept a militant mood throughout his set, he chanted against being corrupt. He sang, I Am A Lion, and finally, I&I A Warrior, on the Upful Reggae Riddim. Dexta Malawi followed with his song, Relax, on the Upful Reggae Riddim. I enjoyed Relax as Dexta had a nice flow, urging one to give thanks in life; he closed his set with a song for the ladies.

Dre Island, Brick Wall Redemption Band, Reggae, Upful Reggae Party, in Jamaica, 876Lover,
Dre Island (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

We had a short break from the performances to view the official music video for “Ganja I’m Smoking” by Dre Island, this is his song on the Upful Reggae Riddim. The video was directed by Shaydz and recorded by Nickii Kane. Props to you guys, the video is so clean, I like it. Dre Island took to the stage and sang Ganja I’m Smoking, giving us a taste of the song live. I will never get over his voice, and was pleased that he sang Rastafari Way next. He was followed by Ashkenaz who sang his song, Relax in acapella, then Lion Fear No Foes on the Upful Reggae Riddim.

Jah Bouks, Reggae, Upful Reggae Party, in Jamaica, 876Lover,
Jah Bouks (Photo: Roy Sweetland)

Jah Bouks was the final act of the night, he began by singing “She say she love it Ital!” we were amazed at his love song! He showed his strengths by doing a freestyle pon a riddim requested from the band. He also asked two of his friends to drop a few lines before singing, Love And Unity, which is his song on the Upful Reggae Riddim.

The Upful Reggae Riddim was released under the Black African Museum Record Label/Studio, the promoters of the event. The party was a good vibe to me, we got to experience authentic Jamaican music, whether reggae, dancehall or the in-between, as new sounds keep emerging. So far I really like the songs on the riddim, you can take a listen to some of them, here. My only qualm is that none of the ladies on the riddim were on the show, bring on the ladies next time!

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