This was near the end of the exam period for most university students, as you would expect, we had a packed venue… the people came out to enjoy themselves. Dj Stamma ran the mixing table first, playing music from an assortment of genres. The space buzzed with chatter and good energy while we awaited the performances.
As customary, this week also had free caricatures by Djet (@DjetLayne_Carics) and henna tattoos by Mark (@HennaThreads) for the ladies. These activities along with food and drink options from Stones Throw made the wait bearable. For me, I was enjoying the musical styling that blared through the speakers. After a good while, the first performer was introduced, Zia Benjamin.
Zia Benjamin (photo by: Romario Lynch)
Zia had a reggae fusion, her sound was jazz like, and her voice reminded me of Lana Del Rey. The instrumentals she sang on were nice, they fit the vibe of the event perfectly. She’s a sultry dancer, this lady has a little wiya waistline. She sang, “No Fame” followed by a love song she had written earlier that day. Next up was a reggae remix of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” she saw mommy kissing Beenie Man under the ganja tree! Her final song was, “Rudy” for the rude men and women. We had a small music interlude by Rory Stone Love on the DeeJay stand before Runkus graced the stage.
Runkus (photo by: Romario Lynch)
Runkus came to make us move our feet with his first song. His performance was soothing yet very entertaining. I could be biased, have you ever seen Runkus perform? In just a note you could be spellbound. He went through faves such as “Kindness” and “Foundation” then slowed down vibe with “Energy”. He wouldn’t be the Runkus we knew if he didn’t do a little remix as well, he did a freestyle on with Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”. He carried the mood back up with his new song “my Gf.” Then closed off with some requests from the audience, “burn everythinG” and “Run”.
The photos used in the article are by Romario Lynch.
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The music was LOUD or turned all the way up, Stones Throw Bar had quickly become one of my favourite event spaces because of the intimacy of the space. The stage was small and perfect for an acoustic performance. The main seating area is a big thatched roof gazebo; with decorative “Christmas lights” or pepper lights as we call them, attached to the roof, hanging right above the stage.
Bae Vibes was the event; it is a seasonal event that seeks to bring people together, and what better way to do that than with music. “Bae Vibes” translated from Patois or Jamaican Creole is “a massive amount of vibes”. As a Jamaican, when I saw the Bae Vibes flyer, it enticed me, ’cause anywhere there’s good energy that’s where I’d like to be. This event is a fete where music takes control, the Deejays play from a variety of genres, encouraging mingling and dancing between the patrons. This was my first time at Bae Vibes, and this season was different because it includes live performances.
Dj Stamma played first, warming up the crowd with a mix of genres, starting the session with some old school R&B, “No Scrubs” for example, a bop! He went to current R&B, and Hip-Hop to Dancehall and made it all come together beautifully. This Bae Vibes had free activities for the ladies or Baes. Henna Tattoos from Mark (@HennaThreads), Caricature drawings from Djet (@DjetLayne_Carics), and Jell-O Shots. I had to partake in all of this!
Fun Fact: Mark makes his own henna paste, he adds tea tree oil and lavender to it; it smelt so good to me. The instructions for the henna are to allow the paste to dry for 6 hours, then remove the paste but keep the area dry for 24 hours.
Since I went alone, if I wasn’t jamming to the music, I’d be people watching; listen, I was taking notes. There were short shorts or “batty riders” with loose fitting tops, Bongo pants (or joggers) and Kimonos in an array of prints. From the Afrocentric crop tops to the Chokers necklaces, and Big wooden hoop earrings, I was enthralled by the styles. First on stage was the Bae, Jane MacGizmo.
It was my first time seeing Jane McGizmo perform live, I like her energy, she spoke to us and introduced herself, she seemed like a very down to earth person. She sang an unreleased song, “King”, a sultry song about pleasing her king. Next up was “Babylon” the first single she released, and a crowd favourite.
“Free from Babylon, come mek we shut it dung!”
Her band held known faces, Jason Worton-Lee on guitar, iOtosh on bass, and Teflon engineering the instrumentals. Next she sang “Who I Am”, she wrote this track in studio for a TV series, it gave me a disco feel. Her final song was her most recent release, “Too Late” another crowd fave, she was very soulful in singing this one, it made me feel like I’d lost my lover too.
Royal Blu came with a vibe to make some ladies fall in love with him, I’m sure of it. El Fuego Don went into “Blue Mahoe”, my favourite song off his just released EP; in this song he’s singing about the earth and protecting it. Next was “The Motions” you could hear the different ranges in his voice clearly in this song, I enjoyed it. Then he went back to the EP by singing the title track, “sinG with God” featuring Runkus; these two artistes are a power duo, and it shows whenever they combine, the energy was on a different level when they performed this song. The closing song of the set was “Meanwhile” featuring Leno Banton, this continued on the high energy of the last song, gaining participation of the crowd. We were the chorus at the appropriate times; we turned singers crooning out the “meanwhiles”.
Fatalic Sound then took over the Deejaying, they went full force with the Dancehall, picking up where the high energy of Royal Blu’s performance had left off. The dancers rolled out in the largest space of the venue, and other patrons like myself, danced and enjoyed ourselves where we stood. It was a good night.
Bae Vibes will be every Monday for the month of December, so come on out, and have a good time.
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