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… More
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 and your lover. It is to set the mood to lock weh for the night, and day too… ’til about noon.
The single was produced by Winta James and Lamont ‘Monty’ Savory; it was written by Protoje while on a flight heading home. He’s singing about how much he missed his lady, and some of the reasons why he loves her. I also have to take a moment to big up my artiste’s word play! As well as that sweet guitar riff that can be heard under the chorus, it is addictive. The song makes me want to hug up my bae and rock away, just like the visuals in the lyric video.
Bout Noon is just a taste of the Reggae star’s upcoming fourth studio album, and we’re eagerly awaiting what he will be bringing to the sound system this time around. The single art was created by Yannick Reid, and the music video was created by Ikem Smith. Watch the video for “Bout Noon” by Protoje below.
“Me catch a prophecy, fi kotch you pon top of me,
A you property,
So settle pon it properly”
@Protoje on all social media platforms.
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 make advances at ladies of their liking, each trying to persuade her to come his way. Urging her to stop behaving antisocial. It’s a bop, it’ll have you singing along and wanting to dance. The cool song artwork was created by Paige, @PaigeZxmbie on twitter. Take a listen to “Socialize” by Lano Banton and Kyraxx.
@LenoBanton on Twitter & Instagram.
@Kyraxxs on Twitter & @Kyraxx.s on Instagram.
This song isn’t new but the music video is, the single was released last year, April. Here is the official music video for “Skin Toned” by Royal Blu and Runkus. These young artistes refreshingly bring up racism, and how hard it is for black people to survive in this world.
The song was produced by JLL, and the music video was directed by Tim Foresta and Thandi Sebe, and produced by Daniel Krause.
“We all come from God…”
@Runkusinno and @TheRoyalBlu on Twitter & Instagram.
Art Noise is introducing a residency travel program to recruit independent creatives of Africa or Black descent and those of non-African descent as well who have interest in African arts and culture to engage in a three month travel program in over 3 different African countries for 2018.
The Program is designed for independent visual creatives, designers, and cultural studies students across the world and aims at benefiting students by providing them with valuable educational and work experience in contemporary and ancient African arts and culture and by assisting them in accomplishing their goals. There are opportunities to work with various creative sectors and demographics of people in our selected countries.
Allowance, travel, health, accommodation, safety and insurance will be available all to students selected for the program and this program is open to individuals in any level of education (regardless of their admission status) between the ages of 18 – 35 years and provides the opportunity to work within Africa and to gain experience in various areas.
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.