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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dre Tosh Is Coming In HOT

The Tosh legacy continues… I got to see the release Dre Tosh’s new music video at the home of the Peter Tosh Museum (the Pulse 8 Complex). Dre really came in hot by showing his great lyrical skill in his version of the Peter Tosh song, “Coming In Hot.” He raps the verses while sampling the chorus from his grandfather. Throughout the night he made great effort to pay homage to the legend. The icon’s grandson had a slew of entertainment for the evening before releasing the accompanying visuals.

The lovely Isis Miller was the tour guide for our experience that evening, and I enjoyed her humour. The first bit of entertainment was by a few friends of Dre Tosh, with each person singing a few of their songs. We heard the likes of King Kali, Devine I, Ras Kano, I-Mar Shepherd, Triple, and the only lady, Yeza. I’m not being biased but Yeza had me paying attention, I enjoyed her song “Everyting Is Irie.” We also got to see a short video about Dre Tosh and the continuation of the Tosh legacy; check it out below.

And finally the music video was played, followed by a performance of “Coming In Hot” to raise the heat some more. Definitely look out for him, I love his energy, and the connection he had with the audience. Check it out, “Coming In Hot” by Dre Tosh.

Find Dre Tosh on Instagram @Dre_Tosh.

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Protoje & The Indiggnation Takes Tmrw.Tdy

Tomorrow Today (Tmrw Tday) Culture Festival had a week of activities geared towards meditation, and rejuvenation, where the goal was to acknowledge what you want in life and to help you to live for today. They brought acts from the “Reggae Revival” out to the edge of Jamaica, Negril. The concert was headlined by Protoje & the Indiggnation, with performances from Runkus & the Old Skl Band, and Sevana.

The Boardwalk Village was easy to find on the strip. As you enter you’re greeted by one of the reasons persons visit Jamaica. The beautiful flora, and the Boardwalk Village did not disappoint. It had the palms and beautiful white sand, with thatched roof décor all around. While waiting for the performances to start, Dj Yaadcore did his musical mixing, adding even more to the feel of vacation. When it was time to begin, the host for the evening, Sheldon Shepheard, introduced the first act.

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Runkus and the Old Skl Band. (Photo: Romario Lynch)

Runkus brought his usual high energy. He and the band worked in perfectly in unison; special big up to the backup singers: your notes where on point. Runkus didn’t disappoint he had the crowd moving as he urged to move your feet. He ended the set in pure flames with Burn EverytinG.

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The soulful Sevana. (Photo: Romario Lynch)

Sevana makes you feel like you’re in love when she performs. Her voice gave chills as we rocked to the rhythm. She sang a couple songs from her EP, “Sevana.” The name ‘soulful’ Sevana stuck for a reason, as her energy projected the feeling in each song.

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Protoje. (Photo: Romario Lynch)

I’ve seen Protoje & the Indiggnation perform numerous times, and it seems each time it gets better. The set ran through all three of his albums, and “Royalty Free” beginning with a form of reverence with I&I, Resist Not Evil, then Protection. Listen mi, they have some lively choreography,  I really wanna learn how to move like his background vocalists, the ladies caught my eye. I did my own dance though, he sang a medley of songs from “7 Year Itch” that had me dipping and rocking along. Followed by his newest single, Blood Money, taking it to a personal level showing his concern for his home. He left us on a high by ending the performance with some favourites: Hail Rastafari, Who Knows, Ja, and finally, Kingston Be Wise.
This was my first time in Negril, yes, for real. We (my friends and I) took it upon ourselves to make that really long journey from Kingston for the concert. We take the concert thing (life) seriously, and I’m glad I made the effort because it was truly worth it.

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20 Years Of Salsa Jamaica

Time really does fly, a year ago myself and two of my best friends stepped into the Alibi Restaurant. Most of the tables and chairs were pushed to one side, making a nice sized dance floor. The orange hue from the setting sun flooded the room, and Latin music bounced from speakers at two opposing corners. It was our first day of Salsa classes. Like most fun adventures, Lexxi had talked us into it. I’m glad Autumne and I came along for the ride though.

Salsa Jamaica has just celebrated its 20th Anniversary, and to commemorate this milestone, 876LoveR is getting a little insight from the director, Keith Anthony. We stepped (danced) away from the overflowing dance floor, and took to the quiet patio to speak.

How long have you been doing Salsa?

Well, 20 years in Jamaica but I was also doing it in Toronto and parts of Canada before that. I did Salsarobics (Salsa Aerobics) in Toronto and kinda fleshed out from there.

Why did you start Salsa Jamaica?

I had been working abroad at the company for about 25 years and they were downsizing. So this thought made a bed in my brain, “What am I gonna do when I leave this company?” Here it is, now I’m facing new frontiers and I saw this dance and I thought wow, this is great and I love it! So I thought I’m planning to go back to Jamaica at this point, let me check and see if this exists in Jamaica. I flew down here and it wasn’t here! So I came and I started teaching and pushed it from there.

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A couple enjoying themselves on the dance floor. (Photo: Live Stush)

 

Do you enjoy teaching Salsa?

I do. You know what’s nice? It’s when, at the club when I sit back, with a glass of wine, and I watch all these dancers that came through Salsa Jamaica. It’s a good feeling and they’re here, they’re dancing, they’re not causing any trouble, they’re not trying to compete against each other. It’s just about dancing and doing the best you can and having fun AND respecting each other. I think this is very vital to where we are here in Jamaica.

 

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Kady (right) posing with the Rookie of the Year 2016 Awardee, Autumne Clarke. (Photo: Live Stush)

Any upcoming plans for Salsa Jamaica in the future?

Yes! Fusion music. At the anniversary, I had a big band, they didn’t play my music but I put songs together that fused our culture and our music with Latin music…The next phase is music and to expand from there.

 


There we have it, Mr. Keith Anthony sharing his love of the Latin culture with Jamaica. I also have a bonus feature! Watch the performance of the rookie of the year, Autumne, and her dance partner, Ryan.

 

Find Salsa Jamaica at Facebook.com/SalsaJ, or simply come to Alibi Restaurant on Thursday’s at 7pm for classes for a small fee, or 8:30 simply to dance the night away.

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Upcoming Events!

TGIF! The weekend is here, although this weekend seems slow. Here’s my event suggestions for you. A bit of partying and food, seasoned nicely with music, check it out! Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Bacchanal Jamaica 2017: The Review

This was my first ever Carnival Road March (scratched record? comment if you’ve seen this already) and I had decided to go with Bacchanal Jamaica, there were a bit of ups and downs but I’m glad I made that choice. The road march with Bacchanal Jamaica had me in euphoria. I loved being in costume surrounded by the different colours, it truly gave me life, getting on bad as a reveller. The Dj’s, the energy from the patrons (and the drinks) were great. Soca did give me my powers because the route was so long… but I made it mostly intact, here’s my journey. Continue reading “Bacchanal Jamaica 2017: The Review”

On The Road

5:00am

I woke with a groan, knowing damn well we should have went to bed long before 12am but I wanted to be the first to wish Autumne a happy birthday. I also knew my best friend very well and hit snooze, there was no way she’d be getting up just yet. I hit stop on the alarm this time, grateful for the 10 more minutes. The house spun with the two of us fighting for the shower, getting ready, listening out for the kettle, and checking the time. We had to be at the makeup artist’s place by 6am.

We got there on time by the what must have been magic, or I guess the thief of a taxi driver that over charged us. We hopped out the taxi and began to call the MUA. None of us had credit, and with amazing luck the light drizzle got heavier. I called her on Whatsapp twice and it rang without an answer. As I was about to try again, the gates to the apartment opened and we rushed in.Team member number one of three greeted us, and an hour long wait ensued because of the tardy client before us. When the rest of the team arrived, they got to work promptly and moved in sync with ease. Completing both our faces, leaving two giddy girls, snapping a lot of selfies. Finally feeling the buzz of anticipation about jumping in the Carnival Road March for the first time. Continue reading “On The Road”

Upcoming Events!

The weekend starts from Thursday right? This week seems to be about the arts, and it warms my heart. To be honest, there’s always something to do here in Kingston but I hope you really come and check my list, and pick something. Myself will be going to quite a few of these, and I’ll try my best to do some recap posts 🙂 Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

New Wave

Easter Monday

This holiday started off great, I didn’t up early yet I cleaned my room, cooked some lunch to carry to work the following day and got ready in a timely manor to touch the road. New Wave was the event, featuring live music acts, my favourite way to relax.

When I got to Stones Throw, the first thing I saw was a beautiful girl, she stood out in the dim venue. She was chocolate, with a piercing gaze and her hair tucked neatly away under a gorgeous turban.

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My favourite piece by the featured artist, Natali.

The host for the evening was Chereese LaVonne, who welcomed us to the space. She then introduced the featured artist for the evening, Natali ‘@NataliSimone’ Daley, the creator of the girl who caught my eye. Chereese asked what inspired her work, which she replied African art, and line art. As you can see in the photo of miss chocolate, as I’ll call her, Natali’s line work is amazing.

There were two other special guests for the night, so while Dj Jimmy Q controlled the sound, Chereese introduced Jody. Jody is the creator of @Juwire.Ja, she makes copper jewelry. The next guest was a representative from @876Extracts, they make marijuana edibles. The two guests had their products on sale.

While we enjoyed the pleasant vibe we had a Dj change, where Dj Stamma got his time to woo us, I must admit both these Dj’s were lit. Soon after that Chereese introduced the first performer, Elad Gideon.

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Elad Gideon

Elad Gideon came on with a bang, doing his remix of “No No No” by Dawn Penn, showing us his rapping skills. That flowed into his next song, Just Life, this one speaks of life, you know how it goes sometimes, and that’s just life. As his set progressed I was more and more pleased, Elad Gideon has a way with words, his word play was definitely working for me. He sang Wild LifeMoney Up featuring Kasique, and finally his freshly released single, Wheel of Fortune.

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Giark

Giark has a unique, rootsy voice, he sang Kingsun, and I liked that you could see him feeling the music. Then he sang his new song, So Nice, which I especially liked, it’s a love song with a smooth groove.  

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Ziah

Ziah brought something new to New Wave, he did live looping, which is simply recording the accompanying sounds on a device, and letting it play on a loop, with that he was literally a one man band. He sang his soon to be released song, Streetz, his voice had a raspy sound to it but he also sang falsetto… Ziah’s coming with all kinda tricks to the music scene. His final song was a love song, which says “Woman you energy, it feels like home to me” but before he ended he gave us a short solo on the violin.

It was my first time hearing all three of these artistes perform, and I look forward to seeing them again. They each have a different vibe, so it was very refreshing, I enjoyed it.

Photos by Romario ‘@leBossLYNCH’ Lynch, click the hashtag to see more: #SeenByLynch.

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New Wave
IG: @NewWaveJa
Twitter: @theNewWaveJa

Elad Gideon
IG: @EladGideon
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Giark
IG: @Giark_DigitalB
Twitter: @iGiark

Ziah
IG: @TheZiah
Twitter: @TheZiahMusic

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My 2017 Carnival Checklist!

Newbie Edition

This is the checklist I’ve curated for my first ever Jamaica Carnival Road March. I made this list for persons who have no clue who to ask the right questions, as it pertains to Road March or Jump Up Day. I shop online a lot, so if it was up to me I’d just ship everything in but that would be more expensive and I’d have to order my things in advance; so I did some research and thanks to Instagram & YouTube I was able to acquire most of my carnival gear, right here in Jamaica. I’ve made the list simple and detailed, so that novices like myself can have an idea of where to purchase carnival supplies, and get their body or nails carnival ready.  All of the items on this list were purchased in Jamaica, except for one, my boots. Continue reading “My 2017 Carnival Checklist!”