Expression Wednesdays

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This is what we’ve been waiting for, the official visuals for Protoje’s eminent single, “Blood Money.” The music video goes deeper into the dialogue of corruption in Jamaica. Take a look at the official music video below.

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Protoje & The Indiggnation Takes Tmrw.Tdy

Tomorrow Today (Tmrw Tday) Culture Festival had a week of activities geared towards meditation, and rejuvenation, where the goal was to acknowledge what you want in life and to help you to live for today. They brought acts from the “Reggae Revival” out to the edge of Jamaica, Negril. The concert was headlined by Protoje & the Indiggnation, with performances from Runkus & the Old Skl Band, and Sevana.

The Boardwalk Village was easy to find on the strip. As you enter you’re greeted by one of the reasons persons visit Jamaica. The beautiful flora, and the Boardwalk Village did not disappoint. It had the palms and beautiful white sand, with thatched roof d√©cor all around. While waiting for the performances to start, Dj Yaadcore did his musical mixing, adding even more to the feel of vacation. When it was time to begin, the host for the evening, Sheldon Shepheard, introduced the first act.

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Runkus and the Old Skl Band. (Photo: Romario Lynch)

Runkus brought his usual high energy. He and the band worked in perfectly in unison; special big up to the backup singers: your notes where on point. Runkus didn’t disappoint he had the crowd moving as he urged to move your feet. He ended the set in pure flames with Burn EverytinG.

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The soulful Sevana. (Photo: Romario Lynch)

Sevana makes you feel like you’re in love when she performs. Her voice gave chills as we rocked to the rhythm. She sang a couple songs from her EP, “Sevana.” The name ‘soulful’ Sevana stuck for a reason, as her energy projected the feeling in each song.

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Protoje. (Photo: Romario Lynch)

I’ve seen Protoje & the Indiggnation perform numerous times, and it seems each time it gets better. The set ran through all three of his albums, and “Royalty Free” beginning with a form of reverence with I&I, Resist Not Evil, then Protection. Listen mi, they have some lively choreography, ¬†I really wanna learn how to move like his background vocalists, the ladies caught my eye. I did my own dance though, he sang a medley of songs from “7 Year Itch” that had me dipping and rocking along. Followed by his newest single, Blood Money, taking it to a personal level showing his concern for his home. He left us on a high by ending the performance with some favourites: Hail Rastafari, Who Knows, Ja, and finally, Kingston Be Wise.
This was my first time in Negril, yes, for real. We (my friends and I) took it upon ourselves to make that really long journey from Kingston for the concert. We take the concert thing (life) seriously, and I’m glad I made the effort because it was truly worth it.

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone!

It’s a rainy week in Jamaica but we jammin’ still. DJ Stamma released a special mix tape last week, where he¬†showcases¬†music from the¬†“independent musical geniuses of Jamaica.” It has songs from some of the greatest acts to grace the music scene right up to the upcoming artistes that are making great headway. This is Indie Genius Vibes, take a listen. Go to the Soundcloud page to see the track list.

Why was I doing the most while listening to this? I feel like Stamma executed his idea perfectly, I thoroughly enjoyed the mixtape. I¬†sang along to the songs I knew and grew excited at the¬†unfamiliar ones¬†I heard. P.S. Big up yourself for the name Stamma! “Indie Genius” – Indigenous,¬†that was a good one.

Drop a comment below to let me know what you thought about Indie Genius Vibes.

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For The Culture!

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.

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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 ūüėČ Continue reading “For The Culture!”

Upcoming Events!

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!”

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!”

BLOOD MONEY

Protoje’s new single “Blood Money” is a perfectly aimed shot at the Government, and the injustice at large in Jamaica but who the cap fits, let them wear it.¬†With the mellow instrumental and defined bass you wouldn’t believe how much truth, as unfortunate as it is, is addressed in just over 3 minutes. From money laundering to criminals getting off of jail time because they have the money to pay off the right persons. As a synopsis Blood Money runs the nation. Take a listen for yourself, freshly released, “Blood Money” by Protoje.

I’m really feeling the song, I love that Protoje crassly preached the truth, our everyday situation in Jamaica, for the whole world to know. I hope it impacts people to be aware of the situation, and do all they can to be fair and just. Also find Blood Money on SoundCloud,¬†here.

Follow Protoje on IG and Twitter: @Protoje.

All artwork for Blood Money by Taj Francis.

“If wha you see nuh really phase you, then you a di problem weh we face too.”

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Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone ūüôā

I hope by now you all are feeling the Christmas spirit. I definitely am, as a matter of fact tomorrow is my birthday so I’m feeling that vibe as well (turn up!) ūüėÄ Today I’m sharing with you a song I first heard on “A Very Decent Christmas 4” by Mad Decent, it is “Christmas Trees” by Major Lazer & Protoje. Oh! I may not be back before then, so just in case, have a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a prosperous New Year.

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The New Wave

The debut.

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.

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Protoje.

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.

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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.”

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Leno Banton and H3RO during “Skydive”

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 ūüôā

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.

Gallery:

Photos by Romario Lynch, you can find him at his website LynchPhotography, and @leBossLynch on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to follow the New Wave on Twitter and Instagram as well: @TheNewWaveJa, and @NewWaveJa respectively.

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On Fire

This is what happens

when a volcano becomes active.

Lava runs through my veins,

static on my skin,

a glow on my cheeks from within.

And that’s just from thoughts,

of you.

When you’re around, the slightest touch

sets me ablaze.

Every nerve ending feels like hot wire,

and you, the source of my desire.

 

Inspiration: “Skin a tingle when I ring you pon the phone” from “Flight Plans” by Protoje.

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