The festive season began last week and every weekend we’ve got something for you to do. From the ever enticing reggae concert to pop-up shops to more music events! Here is this weekend’s event listing from the 876Lover!
Bookophilia Pre-Christmas Sale
Wickie Wackie Music Festival (Reggae Concert) [Postponed]
Bookophilia’s Market Street (Pop-up Shopping)
Artisan Affair (Pop-up Shopping)
Kingston Dub Club (Reggae Music Dubbing)
Market at the Lawn (Pop-up Shopping at Devon House)
This second staging of Imprint was long awaited, to add to our wait, it had been postponed to a week later to facilitate a change in location. Due to the heavy rains the outdoor venue could not do. Imprint is a vibe, it’s a cultural experience geared at young people, where you get to see different art forms from your peers and upcoming artistes. Once again Shaundel ‘Roux’ Campbell and her team did not disappoint. Being the typical Jamaican, I was late for the 6:30 start time. Upon entry, you could see the body piercing bar and the tattoo bar as promised, the body jewellery was especially tempting but I’m on a budget. Secondly, I must say mans was not hot, the room where the activities took place was freezing, a contrast to the energies the people gave off.
The room had art pieces lining two parts of walls, and on tables; pieces of different sizes and varying themes could be seen. When I arrived, the hosts, Oraine and Zanaay, were engaging the audience before introducing a Dub poet. This dub poetry session continued with 3 more persons, followed by the music group, illNGHT. The group consists of 4 rappers, they were new to me but seemed familiar to a lot of the people in the crowd. They were followed by another rapper, Silva, he controlled the crowd nicely, getting people hyped up though we didn’t know the songs, he had great energy.
The rapping was toned down to more soulfulness, Courtni was up next. Listen, big up Courtni for holding those long notes, the crowd enjoyed her short performance. She was followed by the host reading a poem by Roux, the Crimson Fire Salute, a tribute to Kemar ‘Crimson’ James. Gemmar ‘MaGG Muse’ McFarlane did his part in the salute by singing his song, The Man Behind The Lens. #LongLiveCrimson
The somber energy was lifted when Jeeby Lyricist and Di Vibe took the stage. The energy was all the way up. I’m gonna take this moment to appreciate these lyrics, cause them shot.
“She say she wah feel my energy, mi seh me might just chip yuh breaker!”
Di Vibe started up the vibes and it continued into the short fashion show. Men and women were dressed in paint, walking works of art; the women modeled crochet swimwear, and pieces from So Chill Clothing as well. The energy continued on a high note when a crowd fave, Lila Ike, touched the stage. She sang a couple of songs, with Biggest Fan and Gotti Gotti getting the best responses. We got a little surprise when Protoje joined her on stage, giving us a sample of his new single, Blood Money. Up next was Iotosh with his smooth Jamaican Hip Hop vibe, another artiste new to me. He was followed by BLVK H3RO, who (in my head) has stole the title of Energy Gawd from Elephant Man. The closing act for the night was the man called, Kalex.
Though I skipped out on the after party, I’m looking forward to the next staging of Imprint. The mix of the arts was lovely, the incorporation of dub poetry was a great, I appreciated that. I didn’t know all the artistes that performed but that is what the showcase is about, so I learnt some names. I’m glad for this space, and hope to see it grow and get even better next year.
Get a taste of the artistes yourself, watch the Imprint cypher video.
Also, watch the Imprint short film, directed by Dane Nelson and Alwayne White, creative director Shaundel ‘Roux’ Campbell.
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.
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!”→
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!”→
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!”→
Happy Birthday to Mr. Robert Nesta Marley OM, (1945-1981). Today we celebrate a legend, a life cut short quite early, at the age of 36 but to us, to me he still lives on. He brought Reggae music to the world and I’m glad I was born into the culture that Reggae sprung from. To this day his songs have a special mystic about them, every artiste has a different vibe to their music but Bob Marley’s legacy will not be forgotten.
I want to share with you two of my favourite Bob Marley songs, Natural Mystic, and Wait In Vain.
Christmas holiday has officially began for some (like me 😀 ) while others are still confined by ongoing exams. I actually quite enjoy this season, the food, the good vibes and cheerfulness, the family time, but I love going out with my friends as well. Take a look at a couple events happening this week. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”→
The Christmas Season has officially begun, It’s the best time of the year, simply because my birthday falls in December! There are a lot of events coming up, which aren’t cordial for persons preparing for exams, such as myself. Anyway, the Kingston Music Festival officially begins today, which has various events during it’s week. That along with other events that persons decided to put (before exams) right at the beginning of December are this weekend; take a look. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”→
Hello loves 🙂 Our favourite part of the week is here again, the weekend! Though it’s gonna be a rainy one here in Jamaica, I have a few events for you that will be going on this weekend. It’s quite a lot of shopping! We’re not having Black Friday but it seems we’re excited for Christmas, take a look. Continue reading “Upcoming Events”→
Finally, the day a large section of the Jamaican twitterverse was waiting for, Imprint had arrived. Imprint was Shaundel Campbell’s art exhibition, showcasing her art as well as some other artists’ work; it also had body painting, dancers, and a fashion show. The night ended with a concert, featuring some of the upcoming artistes on the Jamaican music scene. Imma put this out there from now, I didn’t see the concert; so I will just be showing you some photos I took of the art.
I arrived at 9pm, which seemed like everyone had arrived at that time too; a good amount of persons were at the entry way. Inside the New Kingston Conference Centre wasn’t what I expected. It had really dim lighting, with black lights over most of the rooms. There were hanging lights placed over the art pieces so we could see them properly. You could feel the excitement in the air as persons wondered how the night would ensue. The room buzzed with chatter and camera flashes as persons looked at the displays. Please enjoy, and check out the artists, as I will link their twitter handles.
There were a few art pieces that I didn’t get to capture, and though I wasn’t there for long, I enjoyed looking at the art work. It was actually hard to take proper photos of the art because of the lighting but I resorted to flash in some instances. I wish I got to see the performances, I’m in love with Blvk H3ro, he performed as well as Royal Blu, Leno Banton, and Di Vibe. My squad for the night, as seen in the photo above, left and went to Kelissa Live, another concert being held that night.