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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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!”

Upcoming Events!

I appreciated that long holiday weekend but it flew by really quickly. Every week there’s something new, this week is ‘Carnival Week’ I.E. the week before the carnival road march; so there are a lot of fetes going on. Take a look at my list of events for this week 🙂 Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

Upcoming Events!

A lot of persons wait patiently for this week in April, this week has Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and is followed by Easter Sunday & Monday. So for those who work a 9-5 like myself, we count days on the calendar to public holidays, and they are Good Friday and Easter Monday. In Jamaica we’re nearing the end of Carnival/Bacchanal Season, so there are a lot of fetes going on, but there are also some fun family activities as this time has public holidays; here is a list of events for Easter Weekend.

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Upcoming Events!

Is it that moment where you realize it’s Friday and you have no plans for the weekend? Well I’m here to help you out! If you love music, this weekend is one you should enjoy. From Friday to Sunday there are different musical events for you to choose from. In the words of the youth, this weekend looks very #ForTheCulture. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

For The Culture!

Ah the Shell Band Stand…I stepped through the gate and instantly my tummy started to fill with nostalgia; and my head with flashbacks of flashing lights and the roaring of The Indiggnation. I was brought back to Ancient Future Live. Warmth roamed the grounds of the green-space, as friends and strangers alike, mingled, and enjoyed the musical styling of DJ Yaadcore while waiting for the show to begin. The venue held friendly faces, Benjie, nourishing the patrons with his vegetarian Yatties and a variety of natural juices. As well as I-Nation, with his pop-up shop or station. Dj Jimmy Q warmed up the crowd, and enthusiastically introduced the soulful Sevana.

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Sevana

Sevana had us at the edge of our seats, and on the tips of our toes. Her beauty is one thing but her voice is a completely different story, Valentine’s Day is gone but her sweet voice summoned the god of love. The audience held onto her every word and swooned with every note. She began with an unreleased song that was quite personal, and followed with Easy To Breathe. She gave us another unreleased song, No Sleep, which has been growing on me. Sevana introduced Love The Way by asking us to join her in dancing, which we obliged dutifully. She continued to steal the hearts of the patrons, and with every high note in Bit Too Shy, the cupid’s arrow picked new targets. Her next song was her own remix of Protoje’s “Love Gone Cold,” which she’s featured on. This was followed by Carry You, and one of my favourites, Rawle; to which fans danced and sang along, while new fans learnt the lyrics 😉 Continue reading “For The Culture!”

Upcoming Events!

Does the year seem to be moving kinda fast? Or is it just me? I’m thankful nonetheless, hello March. This time of year is actually filled with a variety of events, so take a look at  this list, call up some friends and plan a good time. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

New Wave

The Season Finale -27/02/16

I cursed myself for wearing this thin shirt when the cold air settled on my skin like a blanket. That and the fact that this was the New Wave finale had me feeling like I walked all the way to the cook shop only to hear “No curry gravy,” vex. But we have to enjoy the good times while they’re here, and that I did.

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Art by Khari Kamau

It was time for the event to start when Dj Stamma, who was in charge of the musical mixing, took the sound down low. The resident host, Brittany Brown warmly welcomed us to the space, and in that same breath introduced the featured artists for the night. Joshua Soals, @Solasink, who is abroad, and Khari Kamau, @Khari.Kamau, who she invited on stage. She asked him where his inspiration comes from, which he responded, from being around his friends, and that he’s interested in patterns.

Her final question was “How do you describe your art?”

“Me.” he responded with a chuckle.

They left the stage, to be replaced by Dj Stamma, who introduced the artiste for the night, Ras-I.

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Ras-I

Ras-I came full storm, with a keyboardist, a bass guitarist, a guitarist, Zosia as backup singer, Cespo on djembe, and Jody on small percussion. We could feel a positive energy radiating from the stage as the band worked concertedly with Ras-I. He sang Still the Storms Come, Dread Inna BabylonNever Gonna Lead I AstrayKeep I Safe; song after song he filled the air with conscious lyrics. He did Roots With Quality for the ladies, and here I must big up Zosia, for hitting all of those notes. He ended his set with Bad Boy Bully.

He couldn’t end without lifting the vibes even more though, this is where more excitement ensued, the unity between the younger and upcoming artistes was heard loud and clear. We got to hear lines and impromptu free styling from Runkus, Pagey, Jeeby, Blvk H3ro, Leno Banton, Grei Show, and some of the ladies as well; Zosia, Courtney, and finally Sevana. Ras-I closed off by giving thanks on behalf of all who touched the stage, and wishing for a great 2017.

This was followed by an open mic session, where anyone got a chance to shine, starting with a dub poet.

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Chereese LaVonne

Chereese LaVonne introduced herself by simply saying, “I draw words.” Then she began, making my heart swell with her beautiful way with words. The piece I enjoyed the most was her final poem, Speak, I’m not sure of the title but for this sake I’m gonna call it “Speak.”

A portion of persons came up to speak or sing, and collect their 5 minutes of fame. To name a few, there was Nattoo, Khalel, Elad, Meikle for D.R.E.D.Z.-Drums Rythm Expression Dynamic Zeal, Maneen, Sahj, Tara, Eva Flow, Deandra, Pagey, and finally BussWeh party which included Grei Show and Lila Ike. This was followed by the Aux cord segment.

And that is how we said goodbye to this season of New Wave.

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

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New Wave

Stones Throw Bar the small sign read.

The cozy space vibrated with music as people trickled in, filling up the spaces from which the music echoed. The atmosphere was pleasant with chatter, friends greeted and ran jokes, while some sat tuning in keenly to what Dj Jimmy Q was serving. When the venue seemed to fully come to life Brittany Brown, the host, took to the stage.

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She introduced the artist that was responsible for the vibrant pieces that stood as décor, Monique ‘@Kidding_Art’ Kidd. She asked Monique a few questions about her work, which she gleefully answered, including how she started painting. The exchange ended quickly and without wasting time, Brittany introduced the first act, Mortimer.

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Mortimer

Mortimer came to Nice Up Di Scene, with a sweet acoustic vibe, he was accompanied by a solo guitarist, Elly B. His soothing voice took off any edge that might have been in the air, the second song was his rendition of Protection, a song by Protoje of which he’s featured. Next he sang Herb For You, which sounded like a love song, maybe the love of herb transmitted very clearly through that one or maybe it was his voice wooing me. We saw a vulnerable side of Mortimer that night, he promised he wouldn’t do any long preaching but made it known that he had a lot on his chest. He actually became emotional while singing a song with the line “careful of the ones you call you family” the pain was evident. Which caused the audience to give him applause in encouragement, he then shared the lime light with Elly B, and gave him a chance to sing a song of his own. Mortimer finished up with his final song, Heads Up, leaving the crowd in high spirits.

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Lila Ike

Lila Ike came with divine energy, femininity mixed with some ‘ragga muffin’ which lifted my spirit. I say ragga muffin because amazing lyrical mixing or Deejaying skills is usually associated with men but this little lady have it lock. She gained a new fan, me. She took us up and down with her vocals, her set included warm up which was Make a Joyful Noise, and lots of love: My Little Darling, Rain Start Fall, and Biggest Fan. She invited guests on for us, Koro Fyah which she sang Ragga Muffin with, and Royal Blu, to sing Believe. Her voice is so lovely, the audience was locked in, as she took us from sweet notes to mixing on the riddim.

My faves were Biggest Fan and Rain Start Fall. To my dismay, most of these songs are unreleased, so when “my little darling” was stuck in my head the next day, me did get knock.  I’ll just have to work with Believe for now…Word on the street, is that she will be releasing a single soon. Lila we ready fi you.

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

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Upcoming Events!

How has February been treating you so far? To put it frankly this has been my worst Reggae Month to date but the month isn’t over, and there’s still more events scheduled. I’ll be sharing a few upcoming events that I know about with you, check them out below. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”