Hi Everyone! I hope you’re doing well, and not missing me too much. Today I have “Socialize” by Leno Banton featuring Kyraxx, this new track was produced by JLL. In the song Leno and kyraxx… More
Today we have a new single by Sevana, it is “Justice”, produced by The DrumKeys. On the track, she speaks about the blatant disregard of the effects the earth faces because of us, humans. I first got a taste of the song at Sevana’s benefit concert, A Shirt For A Show, held late year. I really liked the bridge, don’t get distracted by her beautiful voice, the message is a strong one. The lovely cover art is by Richard Nattoo (@DjSinista1). Take a listen to Justice by Sevana.
“The earth will serve us justice
will outlive you and me.”
@CallMeSevana on Twitter and Instagram.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances that came up in my personal life, 876Lover will be taking a short break. During this period I’ll be posting a minimum of one article per week. I will try to do more but at this time it seems to be highly unlikely. The break will be from today until March 15th. I’m really sorry everyone, I hope you can understand.
Thank you all for your continued support!
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 it hard to even describe to you the niceness that is her flows. She introduces you to Original Koffee in this track, you get to know exactly what she’s about. Take a listen to Raggamuffin!
“It give me joy fi write rhyme pon beat.”
Follow @OriginalKoffee on Instagram and Twitter.
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”.
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.”
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.
Nyam & Scram! – Restaurant Week 2017
Restaurant Week in Jamaica is an annual event I look forward to, in one week there are a plethora of restaurants having discounted prices. They fall under categories such as Tasty, Savoury, Delectable, and Epicurean; which offers 3 course meals in different price ranges. As well as Morning Bites and Nyam & Scram, which offers discounts on breakfast combos and lunch combos respectively.
Last restaurant week, I went to nyam and scram some lunch at Raffaele’s Gourmet Pizzeria and Grill. They had really nice options, and each meal came with a bowl of cream of pumpkin soup for appetizer and a slice of cake for dessert. It was an overcast day with the sun playing hide and seek, the weather was lovely to me, it was warm with a little bit of breeze. We sat at an outdoor table with a huge patio umbrella.
We didn’t have our meals the conventional way because the soup wasn’t ready when we had arrived. So, we ordered the main course first. I had the shrimp burger and fries. The shrimp burger patty didn’t look how I expected. It came with tarter sauce and the usual condiments, lettuce and tomatoes; while the fries were unexpectedly seasoned fries. The burger tasted like a fish burger from the brand Reggae Jammin’ but cooked properly; it tasted good, nothing exceptional, but good nonetheless.
My date had the chicken parmesan on linguine pasta with marinara sauce, served with garlic bread. When I saw his meal I was envious, the melted parmesan cheese looked amazing. As customary with my dates, we tried some of each other’s food, it tasted as great as it looked. When we finished our meals the cream of pumpkin soup was ready to be served, so we had it. That was the highlight of the lunch for me, the soup tasted spectacular. Having it after the burger filled me to capacity, I was stuffed. You should know, I still ate the cake we got for dessert, the slice wasn’t big, it seemed to be the cherry on top.
I should have picked a fancier main course but lesson learnt, pick something basic, it will taste basic. I had a good time at Raffaele’s, even though my choice wasn’t the best; my date’s food tasted good and the cream of pumpkin soup wowed my taste buds. I will be going back for sure, I want to try one of their pizzas next time.
Find them at Shop #5 in Orchid Village Plaza, 20 Barbican Road, Kingston.
On this Expression Wednesdays we’re sharing new music form Kapital Stone; last week he released “Way Out”, produced by Kung-Fu Beats. His voice is unique, I like it. Stone speaks about the obvious injustice Black people face, urging us to find a ‘Way Out’. The interesting artwork was done by the amazing Richard Nattoo, @DjSinista1 on Instagram. Take a listen to “Way Out”, and let me know if you like it, in the comments below.
“Why you dwelling in hatred don’t you know I want to live in love”
@KapitalStone on Instagram and Twitter.
I have a beach problem, to me it’s not really a problem, but here’s the real problem: for the beach you need swimsuits, I always want new ones. As a girl after my mom, I like getting new clothes, so I’d followed a lot of Jamaican designers over my years of being on Instagram. Today, I want to introduce you to D’HAVIA Designs, her XO Swimsuit is the newest addition to my Coco Basket.
I saw this swimsuit on the D’HAVIA Instagram page months ago, in the colour red, and it looked so good I just had to have it. Seeing that I’m on a budget, I took my time and saved for it; then the day came when I ordered it, in one of my favourite colours, Turquoise.
It was months after I purchased it that I got a chance to wear it, but eventually I got to the beach, and I was pleased. It came in a clear bag that was super useful; at the beach I placed the wet bikini back into the bag for convenient carrying.
Can you tell this is my favourite colour? I’ve had my beach cover-up for over a year, it is by Momo Penelli, and I had to get that colour. This swimsuit is a little sexy one and I like it, I didn’t expect the tube top to be that small but I don’t really mind. What drew me to it was the eyelets with the lace on the tube top and the sides of the bikini. Another point that drew me to it was that the bottom was high-waist and I had no bikinis like that.
I really like this swimsuit, I felt great in it, and it looked great on me. The piece was sewn very well, and I liked the D’HAVIA emblem attached to it, that showed me her work is well branded. A point to note: When putting it on for the first time, you may need help lacing up the sides of the bikini bottom. I’ll have to rate it a 3.5/5, because there is an inconvenience, after the beach I’d left my swimsuit to dry and I saw that rust began to form around all the eyelets and stain the fabric in that area. I didn’t expect that to happen, and I was upset because I love the swimsuit. It’s still tarnished right now but I will try a white vinegar trick. Check out her social media pages nonetheless because she has a plethora of designs to chose from.
Follow @DhaviaDesigns on Instagram and Facebook.
They keep singing noise
Shoot, all I hear is pressure
I want peace of mind.
Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge: Sing & Peace.
With my love of Reggae music came my introduction to Rastafari and by extension, Ital food. It’s nothing new that a plant based diet is the healthier way to go; I’m not yet a vegetarian but I try their meals whenever the opportunity arises. So, I found myself having a lunch date at Natural Touch Vegetarian Restaurant one day.
My friend and I went for lunch on a sweet Gustazo deal. If you don’t know about Gustazos and Brawta Living coupons, google them right now, and thank me later. For lunch, the Gustazo options were Tofu Special, Curry Chickpea Wrap or Lentil Burger with a smoothie or natural juice. Unfortunately some of the options weren’t available when we went, both of us had the lentil burger.
The lentil burger came with a side of sweet potato fries. I enjoyed my meal, the lentil burger was moist and nicely seasoned, it had a nice sauce to it. I couldn’t figure out the sauce but it was yummy. It had the usual lettuce and tomatoes as condiments; and the whole wheat burger buns were appreciated. The meal was healthy to the core, and still tasted good. Just a heads up, the sweet potato fries were ital, i.e. no salt; they seemed to be baked as well. I didn’t mind but my date was hurt that they were salt-less. For my drink, I had a glass of sorrel; which was nice and refreshing, it wasn’t very sweet.
If you want a healthy vegan or vegetarian meal, I would recommend Natural Touch Vegetarian Restaurant. They had much more options on the regular menu, reasonable prices, plenty of seating, and most importantly, great food. I will definitely be back.
You can find Natural Touch Vegetarian Restaurant at Shop #22 in Orchid Village Plaza, 18 Barbican Road.
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 Rockaz sing about being optimistic and persevering. I liked their first single and I’m pleased with the second one as well. Take a listen to No Bad Dayz by the Notis Heavyweight Rockaz.
“No bad days, everyday’s a good day
Give Jah the praise, no need to worry”
The Featured Image is by Dennis Fyffe, @The_Denni or @UniversalReggae on Instagram. Follow @HeavyweightRockaz on Instagram and @NotisJa on Twitter, you can also visit their website, Notismusic.com.