This is the week following Jamaica’s Independence Day so I had to share this song with you. It’s no Natural Mystic but they share a host of gems about Jamaica, as well as giving shout outs to the other Caribbean Islands. Kione does a short intro followed by Jeeby Lyricist rapping about the niceness that makes up our homeland, Jamaica, he displays a catalog of things we’re to be grateful for. The usual playfulness of BLVK H3RO in his flows finished the song perfectly, and we cyaan (can’t) complain about his sweet voice.
This banger was produced by Wavy Jones, it’s a little over 2 minutes of pure vibes. It had me rocking all the way through, even though I haven’t learnt all the lyrics just yet. Giving praises where they’re due, the artwork is by Monique Kidd. Take a listen to Blessed Indies.
This one is out of the Alpine Compound, produced by Mr. Wavy Jones, featuring sounds from Jeeby Lyricist, Blvk H3ro and Kione Zaire. We can all appreciate a nice derrière, and so this song talks about that 100lb ting, take a listen.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Monday was officially Buss Weh Day! 😀 BLVK H3RO and The Grei Show from the Buss Weh team released music videos for two of their songs, “Kush & Schweppes” by H3RO, and “Blind Without Shades” by Grei. Today I’m sharing both videos with you.
For International Day of Peace or as we say in Jamaica, “Peace Day” I’m sharing a song from BLVK H3RO. The official music video premiered last week and I figured today is perfect to share it. “We All Are O.N.E.” speaks about love, peace and unity, as we all are one. The video also has some scenes at Fleet Street, that I spoke about yesterday, here, watch the video below.
A Sankofa Session is a place filled with good energies, painting, and good music. The founder, Iset Sankofa, deejays her favourite selections of African Music and World Music; for the patrons to enjoy while relaxing, and painting. Sankofa Sessions are at Ashanti Oasis Restaurant, 12 Braemar Avenue, every Tuesday, from 8pm to 1am with an entrance fee of just $300JMD.
The space is as beautiful as the energies it attracts; the walls were adorned with paintings that seemed to be from previous Sankofa Sessions. There was jewelry on sale; bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made of beads laid on a table near the entrance, some sparkled in red, gold, and green as you walked by. The small restaurant was packed with vibes as wonderful music pelted through the air, while the artists manipulated the paint. When I arrived Biko In Motion was selecting the music but soon after, Iset took over the Dj stand. As usual with these events, I enjoyed the ambiance, the Marijuana scented ‘incense’ was quite lovely. I caught up with my friends until it was time for the performance, this week was a BLVK H3RO take over.
The set started with the Reggae Soul Band taking us into an acoustic vibe, (I must say the band sounded great!) BLVK H3RO then stepped up to the mid-stage mic, joining them. He started off with “Mucky Mucky” then smoothly took us to “Final Destination” followed by “My Story” all the while having a light chat with the audience between the songs. He expressed to us that he loved acoustic sets for that same reason; so that he could have a more face to face connection, rather than his usual performance style of being all over the stage, and jumping about. The next song he sang was a sweet love song, “M.A.R.Y.” then he took the energy up a notch with the final song of his set, “Herb” he definitely got the crowd moving with that one, and made it even nicer by dropping in a little of “Move Your Feet” by Runkus.
It was a great performance, I enjoyed it, and I agree with H3RO that acoustic set gives a more intimate connection, it was nice. Don’t forget to like and follow Sankofa Sessions on Facebook and Instagram. BLVK H3RO as well, Facebook & Instagram.
The Jamaican Owl, commonly known as a Patoo (for the sound of its ‘hoots’) is endemic to Jamaica. I learned that many years ago on Earth Day, when I skipped a day in high school to volunteer at Hope Zoo.
“Look at me as poor as I be, I’m free, happy like the birds in the trees, just watch my story unfold…”
When Nicholi sent me that photo I knew I had to share it on my blog one day, and the day reach 🙂 I think owls are mystical, probably because I don’t see them as often as a next person but isn’t the one in the photo cute? I think it’s cute. I’m not gonna go on and on about owls but when I do see one I look in awe like a little kid.
Anyway I have a song I want you to listen while you’re here, it’s “My Story” by Blvk H3ro.
Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts | UWI, St. Andrew
Firstly I must commend the Elysium team because this concert was heavily promoted, and as the days dragged on I grew even more excited. What surprised us all, was that everyday a new act was added to the flyer, I kid you not the lineup just kept growing, not like we were complaining. With such a long lineup we knew there was no way we would be out the theatre by 10pm.
I was not surprised by the late start simply because I’m yet to find a Jamaican concert that starts on time. In fact I was grateful for it because the concert was held on a Monday so I went there straight from work, I had a slim hour to reach on time. There was an announcement that the concert would be starting at 7pm instead of 6 so when I got up to UWI I hailed some friends, and chilled likkle bit before heading back to Phillip Sherlock; only to see a hella long line stretching from the door. Shawn and I joined the line and little by little we got closer to the door.
I had been in this theatre many times before and I don’t like it as a concert venue, but the chairs were nice and comfy, preparing us for what would seem like an endless concert. The host for the evening was the energetic Debbie Bissoon, she did a good job taking us throughout the show. The first act was someone new to me, Quada, he confessed that it was his first time performing with a live band, to me he rocked it though.
Next up was Girl, it was my first time seeing her perform and she stole my heart, I love off her voice, she definitely gained a new fan. Plus she is a great performer, she used up the stage, and gave her backup singers some shine as well. She was followed by Blvk H3ro (pronounced black hero) his set gave me so much life, he did not miss a beat, and he was all over the stage, at a point he had us wondering if he was going to mash up di people dem mic stand. To our pleasant surprise during the last song in his set he brought on Protoje, who joined H3ro in singing his song, Herb. Let me tell you, the place tun over when Proto came out.
Di Vibe was up next! It was my first time hearing about this band, the band is evidently full of talent, they started off with one of the backup singers taking center stage, serenating us with a Beres Hammond song. Then she switched places with another backup singer, their voices were different and set a nice groove. Finally the lead singer, Jeeby, came out introducing us officially to Di Vibe. I see it clear they’re gonna get far.
They were followed by a short intermission, when we resumed the Elysium team sent two of their members to honor Beres Hammond with a plaque, to show gratitude for his tremendous achievements in Jamaica’s music. The music started back with Runkus, he started off mellow but got into the energetic state that I always see (and love) from a Runkus performance. He brought Protoje back on stage to drop a few lines for the crowd and let me tell you the audience ate it up.
Next up was Ras I, the ladies loved him, and I nah go ’round it I love him too, his voice is like magic. How him move round so much with that head of hair though? He was followed by dBURNZ, the crowd went wild for him not only is he a great performer he’s well known about the UWI campus. With our energy still high, Dre Island was up next, the crowd was definitely lively for his set and even more lively when he brought on Kelissa & Chronixx, who gave us a little piece.
By this point it was well after 11, and the crowd was growing tired but we had come for the show and we neva did a leff ’til the party done. Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin graced the stage with high energy, it was so contagious, though tired the crowd found energy to respond to the older but hit songs he brought to us. He couldn’t end his set without singing a few songs off “The Theory of Reggaetivity” though. He was followed by Beenie Man, this was the first time I saw Beenie Man live, he is a joke embodied, he looked enthused with the way the crowd was reacting to him song after song. No one was seated during his set as you had to dance [wine up] to the classic dancehall songs he sang for us. I couldn’t even get a proper picture of him, he was never still, with some new breed a dancing dwl! I enjoyed his performance, and evidently so did the crowd, wherever he took pauses, you could hear the audience singing along, word for word. It was all fun until we saw the police officer heading on stage to Beenie.
The officer didn’t have to say a thing, we all knew what he was here to do, hence the crowd reacted by booing. I don’t know what it is but every show I go to with Sizzla Kalonji on the lineup, the police come to lock it off, either while he’s on stage or in this case, before he gets on stage. This threw the crowd into a noisy buzz, until the host came back on stage to appease us. She informed us that the show would go on. Some of the Elysium team members awarded Sizzla his plaque, and he headed straight into his set. The Fyah man tried to run through all the songs he prepared by singing a piece and cutting it short, then moving to the next. Though disappointed the audience blazed the fyah with him. This was Reggae Riot.
More photos in the gallery below.[click to enlarge]
Sizzla Kalonji & host, Debbie Bissoon
One of my fave percussionists, Chippy.
Runkus and Protoje killing them with kindness.
One of my fave percussionists, Cespo.
One of my fave percussionists, Jody.
Dre Island, Kelissa & Chronixx
Di Vibe [Band]
Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin
Ras I’s band.
Kelissa & Dre Island
I know this pic is blurry as hell but from left, Shawn, me & Soren.
Today’s Expression Wednesday is the 4/20 edition. It is for all the Marijuana smokers, drinkers, steamers, and eaters. Let’s celebrate the herb for all it can do for humanity.
♫♫ My herb medicinal, smoking ain’t my hobby, you drink coffee, I & I smoke collie ♫♫ -“Gimmie Likkle” X Jesse Royal
Today Blvk H3ro, pronounced black hero, released his EP which he calls a “WeedP” titled, “The H3rb Connoisseur” a.k.a. “THC” it is all about celebrating and appreciating herb. Take a listen, maybe you can vibe to it today and partake in the festivities. I have a few faves on the WeedP already 🙂
Also you can look out for activities at Nanook all day, the first set of activities begin at 12pm and end at 4:20pm. Where there will be goodies on sale, special performances, Yoga, discussions about Marijuana and the different uses of the plant, the premiere of the music video of Blvk H3ro’s song “Herb” and that’s all before 4:20. Dubwise Jamaica will be taking place at 8pm, #GetThere.