Lily Of Da Valley

Serengetti, Hope Zoo

We had gathered for the launch of “Lily Of Da Valley” Jesse Royal’s debut album. The event was amazing; it was beautiful to see all the fans come out, despite the rainy weather we had a packed venue. The Serengetti space in Hope Zoo is home to the the Rib Kage restaurant. It was my first time at the newly formed restaurant. The venue was arranged to fit a large stage, as well as space for standing and a few seating options. The green surroundings gave a feeling of being in a forest, a people filled forest though. The venue was filled was warm energy as people milled about, waiting for the start of the show.

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Jesse Royal answers a question from host, Debbie Bissoon (Photo: Universal Reggae)

The night began with a short question and answer segment; where Debbie Bissoon asked Jesse Royal questions. To name a few, she asked what was his inspiration for the name of the album, what he stood for as a Rastafarian, and for a couple words to young artistes on how to get motivation to pursue this life. He said he got inspiration from his Grandma, when he was younger she would take him to church with her, and he enjoyed hearing the choir singing, “Lily of the Valley.”  As a Rastafarian Jesse Royal is fighting for love, family and strength. To give a few wise words to upcoming artistes, his advice is to “follow what’s inside you…” He went on to say there’s a voice inside of each and everyone, and once you reason with yourself and get to understand the being that is you.; you will figure out how to persist on your journey. Only you can figure it out.

Three of Jesse’s favourites off the album are 400 Years, Always Be Around, and Jah Will See Us Through. He explained that 400 Years is a reminder that the struggle nuh done,  Always Be Around is from the birth of his first child, it’s telling his daughter, he will always be around. And Jah Will See Us Through is a special song to him, it gave hopefulness in certain situations during this year, this song iterated that, “There’s a God that run bout yah and no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” To close the Q&A segment they played songs off the album for us.

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Jesse Royal (Photo: Universal Reggae)

After a short break Jesse took the stage with his full band, firstly giving us 400 Years. He almost went through the entire album. Anyone that’s a fan can attest to his soulfulness while performing. He gained the attention of everyone in the crowd as he sang, we could feel the energy and intent of his songs as he performed. He sang Life Sweet, Stand Firm, Roll Me Something Good, Real Love, Rock It Tonight, Generation, Jah Will See Us Through, Modern Day Judas, and Always Be Around. He ended the lovely night with a meet and greet with the fans.

“Lily Of Da Valley” by Jesse Royal is now available worldwide, purchase the album at JesseRoyalMusic.

Follow @JesseRoyal1 on all social media platforms.

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Hi Everyone 🙂

Today we have brand new Reggae music! Mr. Jesse Royal blessed us with this slow and steady melody called, “Always Be Around.” He preaches that love is the foundation, reasoning with the listener on a personal note. Take a listen, and tell me in the comments below what you think! Did you enjoy it?

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Ancient Future Live

Shell Band Stand of Hope Gardens | Kingston, Jamaica

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Protoje

If you neva know that I love Protoje, you must be new to my blog lol. He’s one of my fave muses. So after I missed Dubwise Jamaica in December and nearly bawl, I not so patiently waited for Proto’s concert, featuring only songs from his new album, Ancient Future.

It wasn’t my first time at the Shell Band Stand, I knew I had to arrive early, so I could be at the front of the stage. As the name suggests, the cover of the stage mimics an oyster shell; the stage was strategically built on the lowest part of a small incline, so no matter where in the audience you were, the stage would still be in sight.

At the highest part of the ‘hill’ were a few vegetarian food vendors, the lines already lengthy. Yaadcore spun his roots mix to keep the crowd entertained ’til show time.

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Cause I see that in life you achieve sumn, nice, but achieve sumn twice is a problem.

With Indiggnation on stage and tuned up, Dutty Bookman introduced Protoje, and the show had begun! He started off with Criminal, which was followed by a crowd favourite, Protection. When Mortimer started singing… the crowd went wild, the noticeable gap between the audience and the stage disappeared. Listen, hearing a song live, where you can feel the raw emotions from the artiste, is far better than sitting and listening to the track. I would say we took a collective step forward but I’m sure couple people ran pass me. Dwl!

You could tell the real Protoje fans were up at the front, singing the songs, word for word, he took us to Who Can You Call, his favourite track on the album, then Stylin’. The crowd took a liking to his featured artistes; Sevana got her shine in Love Gone ColdAnswer To Your Name was where dancers and non-dancers alike got their groove on- everyone started dancing! Sudden Flight was another crowd favourite, lyrics up in the air, the crowd raved at the presence of Sevana and Jesse Royal. Proto had a special surprise for us at this point he brought on Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco, who came on and sang Mix Up from his just released album “Theory of Reggaetivity” along with a few lines from his other well known songs.

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Sevana in Love Gone Cold.

I enjoyed the little teasing Protoje did, he was like I know there are those of fans who came to hear songs like No Lipstick, which he sang a couple lines of, and proceeded to say he would take requests between songs. He had been saying on twitter that he would perform strictly songs from Ancient Future but I knew in my heart he had to give us a little taste of his other Albums 😜 After he said that my friend, Minkah, was like which song we ago shout out? dwl! she suggested Hold You Now, but I was like nah man, let’s say Come My Way. The second time he said “I know there are those fans who came to hear songs like…” in the midst of the silence I shouted out Come My Way, and lucky for me my mouth is loud, and the crowd was silent at moment in time. So he sang a couple lines of it 😀 then he sang some lines from Roll.

The final leg was All Will Have To Change, and Bubblin’, followed by Who Knows with Chronixx, he divulged that he stole JA. from his mommy, Miss Lorna Bennett, who then came on stage and showed us how it was done. When she done rap di shotta line from the song the whole place tun ova! His mommy, and former artiste has still got it locked and sealed! He ended with The Flame alongside Kabaka Pyramid, the final track on the album, and personally my second favourite song on the album, like I mentioned above, you can feel the emotions from the artiste singing live, and that’s one of the things that made this finale so amazing.

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Mortimer with his baby, Chronixx, Protoje, Sevana, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal.

All in all the concert was amazing, the Indiggnation played like a well oiled machine, everything was in sync like the musical family that they are. The horns were especially lit 🔥 the sound was turnt all the way up and Protoje looked like he enjoyed himself as much as we did. This was an amazing experience and frankly one of the best concerts I’ve been to; it was definitely well worth the wait. This concert has lead me to make two new friends, and to be honest anybody who loves good music like myself, is worthy of being my friend. Big up Shawn! and see what my friend, Soren, had to say about the concert on her blog June26.

*Songs not in order of performance, lool I really tried to remember the order but I was too lost in the music to write that down.

Images from: (click the links to see more photos.) 

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Capture Land Jamaica Tour Pt.2

Jose Marti High School | Spanish Town, Jamaica

As per usual for any Jamaican event, the starting wasn’t timely. I wonder how the late trend started… Is it that as Jamaicans we’re just never on time? Or is it that promoters were never on time so patrons started coming late? Or are the promoters waiting on a large enough crowd before kicking off the event? The world may never know. As a rule of thumb for me and my best friend, Lexxi, if the event flyer says 8pm we make sure to arrive promptly by 9pm, we always give an hour leeway.

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I went with Denni, a media personnel, so we arrived before the crowd, I had to make an effort to be early since I was hitching a ride. When we arrived the stage had already been set up, with all the instruments waiting patiently to rock the night away.

Can I dash in some selfies?

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Expression Wednesdays

My favourite Reggae artiste is Protoje, if you neva know, I love his music, from the lyrics to the heartbeat that is the drums, to the vibrating bassline go right dung to the cabasa. Though he’s my favourite, he doesn’t control my whole heart, I love off this raga muffin, Jesse Royal, legit I’d marry him. This photograph of Jesse by HIMAGES is so nice, click it and take a look at the whole album.

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Another note: I have a thing for black and white photos, please enjoy this song to go along with it.

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Hello Everyone 🙂

Since Marijuana has been decriminalized in Jamaica, I have a song to share with you. Jesse Royal’s new song ‘Finally.’ Listen here or below ↓

Decriminalized? you ask, yes it is. Marijuana is still not legal but it has been decriminalized in Jamaica. That means if the police search you and you happen to have weed, of 2 ounces, you can get a ticket for $500JAD (about $5USD) but this will not mar your criminal record. The only persons allowed to have more than 2 ounces are people of Rastafarian faith. Smoking of cigarettes, and now marijuana in public is still prohibited.

Featured image by Matthew Henry.

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Hello Everyone,

Today I’m sharing a picture, that was posted by Protoje, with you. As well as wishing Yaadcore a Blessed Earthstrong. (Birthday) 🙂

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Protoje, Yaadcore, Sevana & Jesse Royal.

Check out ‘Sudden Flight’ a song off Protoje’s album Ancient Future; featuring Sevana and Jesse Royal.

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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.
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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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Reggae Month Whiteboard Series

Hello Everyone 🙂

I’d like to highlight how Kulture Shocked celebrates Reggae Month, this only goes to show you don’t have to be in Jamaica to celebrate.

“I would post a quote from a reggae song on the whiteboard outside my room along with the singer’s name and song title. Feel free to join in the Reggae Month Whiteboard Series. It doesn’t have to be on a whiteboard, it could be a tweet or a status update.”

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Kelissa Live!

To find something to wear! I ran through my closet, in my head, trying to find the best pick. The scrolling stopped and my thoughts gathered, I got it! I had to be prepared for the freezing night air on Jack’s Hill a.k.a. Reggae Mountain.

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Since Lexxi and I decided we were definitely going to be early for this event, by 9 pm we were well on our way; the car ride was fast and entertained by the hearty jokes of Denni. I still wonder why he isn’t a comedian. Corner after corner up the steep hill we went, finally arriving at Levels Cafe, 6B Skyline drive. I think the road is named with good reason too.

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The view.

 

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