I appreciated that long holiday weekend but it flew by really quickly. Every week there’s something new, this week is ‘Carnival Week’ I.E. the week before the carnival road march; so there are a lot of fetes going on. Take a look at my list of events for this week 🙂 Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”
A lot of persons wait patiently for this week in April, this week has Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and is followed by Easter Sunday & Monday. So for those who work a 9-5 like myself, we count days on the calendar to public holidays, and they are Good Friday and Easter Monday. In Jamaica we’re nearing the end of Carnival/Bacchanal Season, so there are a lot of fetes going on, but there are also some fun family activities as this time has public holidays; here is a list of events for Easter Weekend.
I sat here trying to think of a way to put a phrase into this sentence but in the meanwhile I’ll ask you to take a listen to “Meanwhile” by Royal Blu & Leno Banton. This upbeat track will have you blazing through traffic and dabbin’ at your desk in the office. It was produced by JLL and the artwork designed by Paige Zombie & Khari Kamau.
You can find @TheRoyalBlu & @LenoBanton on Twitter.
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Today I have new music for you, I’m in a great mood because there has some amazing song releases recently. It was actually hard to pick but there’s next week, so come back for more. Today I’m sharing one I adore, I had it on repeat for the words, and simply for her lovely voice, “Pretty Girl” by Zosia McGregor. So take a listen, tell me what you think about the song in the comments below!
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Today is International Women’s Day, it is the official day to celebrate our women. To celebrate the achievements of women, to celebrate all who have paved the way for women to have equal rights and opportunities. To stand up and fight, and protest against the abuse that women face, simply because they are women. Today I’ll be sharing a song by one of my favourite female artistes, “Humble Mi” by Jah9.
Happy International Women’s Day ☺
The Season Finale -27/02/16
I cursed myself for wearing this thin shirt when the cold air settled on my skin like a blanket. That and the fact that this was the New Wave finale had me feeling like I walked all the way to the cook shop only to hear “No curry gravy,” vex. But we have to enjoy the good times while they’re here, and that I did.
It was time for the event to start when Dj Stamma, who was in charge of the musical mixing, took the sound down low. The resident host, Brittany Brown warmly welcomed us to the space, and in that same breath introduced the featured artists for the night. Joshua Soals, @Solasink, who is abroad, and Khari Kamau, @Khari.Kamau, who she invited on stage. She asked him where his inspiration comes from, which he responded, from being around his friends, and that he’s interested in patterns.
Her final question was “How do you describe your art?”
“Me.” he responded with a chuckle.
They left the stage, to be replaced by Dj Stamma, who introduced the artiste for the night, Ras-I.
Ras-I came full storm, with a keyboardist, a bass guitarist, a guitarist, Zosia as backup singer, Cespo on djembe, and Jody on small percussion. We could feel a positive energy radiating from the stage as the band worked concertedly with Ras-I. He sang Still the Storms Come, Dread Inna Babylon, Never Gonna Lead I Astray, Keep I Safe; song after song he filled the air with conscious lyrics. He did Roots With Quality for the ladies, and here I must big up Zosia, for hitting all of those notes. He ended his set with Bad Boy Bully.
He couldn’t end without lifting the vibes even more though, this is where more excitement ensued, the unity between the younger and upcoming artistes was heard loud and clear. We got to hear lines and impromptu free styling from Runkus, Pagey, Jeeby, Blvk H3ro, Leno Banton, Grei Show, and some of the ladies as well; Zosia, Courtney, and finally Sevana. Ras-I closed off by giving thanks on behalf of all who touched the stage, and wishing for a great 2017.
This was followed by an open mic session, where anyone got a chance to shine, starting with a dub poet.
Chereese LaVonne introduced herself by simply saying, “I draw words.” Then she began, making my heart swell with her beautiful way with words. The piece I enjoyed the most was her final poem, Speak, I’m not sure of the title but for this sake I’m gonna call it “Speak.”
A portion of persons came up to speak or sing, and collect their 5 minutes of fame. To name a few, there was Nattoo, Khalel, Elad, Meikle for D.R.E.D.Z.-Drums Rythm Expression Dynamic Zeal, Maneen, Sahj, Tara, Eva Flow, Deandra, Pagey, and finally BussWeh party which included Grei Show and Lila Ike. This was followed by the Aux cord segment.
And that is how we said goodbye to this season of New Wave.
Photos by Romario ‘@leBossLYNCH’ Lynch, click the hashtag to see more: #SeenByLynch.
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If you missed New Wave on Monday night, you missed something great. I love this platform, it is giving rise to the new wave, it allows upcoming artistes and artists to show their worth. (Bonus there is delicious vegetarian food on sale.) This week showcased Mortimer and Lila Ike, with art from Monique Kidd on display. I was already a Mortimer fan, I posted a song by him on the blog recently; but Lila Ike blew me away. Her voice is a unique one, and every note sounded sweet to the ears. She loves to freestyle, and I enjoyed that, because good lyrical flowing has a special place in my heart. Her performance truly left me pondering why she doesn’t have these songs released yet. The two songs I was really fond of were “Biggest Fan” and “Rain Start Fall.”
So, New Wave made me decide to bring to you Miss Lila Ike. Take a listen to “Believe” by Foresta featuring Lila Ike & Royal Blu.
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I have a nice and relatively new song on the block, old to me but new to you. I was going through my likes on SoundCloud this week, searching for a nice shower time groove, some songs to fit my vibe. I heard this one and was like wow! this is so nice, it just touched me, so I decided to share it with you today. Take a listen to “Warning” by Mortimer.
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In Jamaica, February is Reggae Month, and so today my second favourite month begins; also today is the Birthday of a legendary Reggae icon, Dennis Emmanuel Brown. The theme for Reggae Month 2017 is “Reggae Mecca.”
Reggae Month, the celebration of not just a genre but a culture, I look forward to February every year for the festivities, the liveliness, and the free concerts. Some key Reggae Month activities are the Reggae Wednesday concerts at Mandela Park in Half Way Tree, Kingston, the first one is tonight. As well as JaRIA’s Reggae Open University sittings, every week, where topics relating to Reggae music and the industry are discussed by a panel of qualified persons. Apart from those, the Reggae month calendar will show you most of this month’s activities. Come out to the concert tonight! The theme is “Di Root.”
We celebrate you Dennis, thank you for the great music, to us you still live on. Take a listen, and enjoy because I ended up making a small playlist 🙂
Today I’m sharing a Soca song, I can’t say I have a favourite Soca artiste but I listened to the 2017 Soca Starter Mix by DJ Private Ryan, and this song stood out to me. This year I’ve taken it upon myself to jump in Jamaica’s Road March for the first time, and I feel like taking you on the journey with me, so please enjoy my favourite Soca song at the moment 🙂 Here is Lip Service by Machel Montano.
It’s January and that means Jamaica’s Carnival season is right around the corner, so this is the time to listen out for the new Soca songs on the streets. Our Carnival season is March-April, so I have a couple months to get abreast.