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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The New Wave

The debut.

I got to the Stones Throw Bar at 9:30, when (Dj) The Stamma was running the Dj stand. He was relieved by Dj Jimmy Q at 10pm. Patrick and I conversed, enjoying the ambiance Stones Throw had to offer. It had aTiki Hut vibe, with the main area secluded by decor hanging from the sides of the roof. Making the space cozy by taking off a little of the edge from the cold wind that was blowing. It had dim lighting continuing the feel of relaxation. While waiting for the show to start, patrons began the night, lighting up the space with the refreshing incense that was marijuana; voices and laugher filled the air.

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Protoje.

Soon enough Protoje, the host for the night, came onto the stage and thanked us for supporting, and in that same breath explained the New Wave.  The idea came about by brain storming, and what they wanted to create was a space for creatives to come together. A way to just build and share what we have to offer. The debut of the New Wave event was coupled with the first New Wave radio broadcast, both being on Monday’s. The broadcast is at 2:30pm on News Talk 93.1 fm, hosted by Jimmy Q; this show will bring upcoming talents to the public’s ears.

Proto continued by saying Jamaica is not short of talent but the problem is the means, the resources aren’t readily available for persons to show their passion to the world. The New Wave is a way for creative people to link up, share what they have to offer and network. He also commended the Leggo Career movement for what they’re doing for Jamaican youths. New Wave Ja is not limited to music, it’s for all forms of talent, cinema, dance, fashion…you name it. Next week Monday will be a Cinema edition. He closed off by introducing BLVK H3RO.

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BLVK H3RO.

“H3RO’s talent is undeniable, it’s clear, obvious, present, unique…” He began with his new song, not yet released, “Feet Don’t Fail Me” followed by my personal favourite, “Final Destination” then the song that I had on repeat when I just buck up his Soundcloud page, “My Story.”

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Leno Banton and H3RO during “Skydive”

Next up was “Skydive” with the featured artiste, Leno Banton. Then “Kush & Schwepps”followed by his final song of the set, the high energy, “Herb.” After he closed withthe final song, he asked us to help him sing happy birthday to Grei Show, as it was soon 12am and his birthday. Then he invited Sevana on stage, so we could sing her happy birthday, because it was before 12 and still her day. She actually ended up singing it though 🙂

Grei Show got a little shine after that, he sang a part of his single, “Blind Without Shades.” Protoje came back on stage to sign off and informed us that The Stamma would continue playing music. This would be followed by the aux cord session, ending the night.

Gallery:

Photos by Romario Lynch, you can find him at his website LynchPhotography, and @leBossLynch on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to follow the New Wave on Twitter and Instagram as well: @TheNewWaveJa, and @NewWaveJa respectively.

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Ancient Future: The Launch

Hey Everyone 🙂

This is a little about the album launch; I will be making an album review in another post 🙂

“From the streets of Jamaica! Coming live & direct”

-Sudden Flight X Protoje ft. Sevana & Jesse Royal

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The long awaited release of Protoje’s 3rd Album “Ancient Future” was held at the Pegasus Gardens; this brought back memories, as the first Live From Kingston I attended was held there. The place I fell in love with Sevana’s voice. The album was released in Jamaica a day before everywhere else in the world, on Monday, March 9, 2015. We were greeted by the host, Zj Sparks, who introduced Protoje, he thanked us for coming out and started off the program by showing a documentary filmed during the making of the album. Watch it below ↓ Continue reading “Ancient Future: The Launch”

Child’s Month

May is child’s month, so there are many events to raise awareness of child abuse, and protecting our children. One I went to was the launch of the official music video of No-Maddz new song ‘Nuh Guh Deh’

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Stopping By

Hello Everyone 🙂

Still in the tax time struggles, I’m very busy but I’m stopping by to say hi 🙂 (and to boast a little.) Last night I went to Protoje’s launch of his 3rd album “Ancient Future”

This smudged so I got a poster signed.
This smudged so I got a poster signed.
Ancient Future Signed
My first physical copy of a Protoje Album.

 

Well I’m not here to tarry, you’ll get a more detailed post later 🙂
See you after this deadline.

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Ancient Future

I’m so excited for Protoje’s new album, Ancient Future, I can’t wait for it to be released!! It’s already available for pre-order on itunes and will be released on March 10th. He unveiled the track-list sometime last week, you can view the article here.

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Image from Protoje’s Instagram page.

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No-Maddz Album Launch

The long awaited Sly & Robbie presents No-Maddz Album was released on Tuesday January 27, 2015. IMG_0627
The flyer says gates open at 7pm so technically I was late, I had ACCA class from 5:30-8:30 and I arrived at Countryside Club at minutes to 9 just in time to hear “Make some noise for No-Maddz!!”  So in my eyes I was right on time 😀 Continue reading “No-Maddz Album Launch”

Siwatu Jewelry

Siwatu Jewelry was created by Mr. & Mrs. Abayomi. Sentwali & Ashenafi makes jewelry IMG_0593by hand from copper and organic materials. Siwatu is a Jamaica based company but also international, it started from taking orders via phone & on facebook and delivering them. Now they have launched their official website!

www.siwatujewelry.com

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One Love Cafe Launch

Friday July 11, 2014

I believe I saw the flyer for this on facebook on the Thursday before the event. So I told Lexxi then she told Minkah and Meikle; the four of us made up the crew for the night. The summer raving continued 😀

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