Upcoming Events!

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!”

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.

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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!”

Sankofa Sessions

Sankofa: Adinkra symbol meaning “To go back and get it” (knowledge.)

This was my first Sankofa Session, Lexxi accompanied me, and we were early by our standards. We got there at 8:30, where the session was to start at 8pm which would be 9pm Yaady time(=actual start time) therefore we were early, as we got there before 9. Yaady time takes into account that the event will more than likely start late. The flyer says 6pm but 6-8pm is a yoga and meditation session.

We got there and of course went straight to the food that was on sale. Lexxi bought a cup of sip- vegetarian soup, I bought a box of ackee & saltfish with fried breadfruit, plantains and sweet potato; with a bottle of Ms. Joy’s homemade otaheite apple juice. The food was delicious, nice and spicy 🙂 I would have got the curry chick peas and roti but it wasn’t ready yet and I was hungry. Not long after we finished eating Lexxi bought one of the homemade mango carrot juices, I need to find out how that tasted. Ital is vital.

We were chilling, the music now live and high in the air, Dj Iset Sankofa spinning her set, when our friend Bugzy came over greeting us. I hadn’t seen him in a good while, he complained that we didn’t tell him we were coming but we still went and helped him play percussion alongside the music. Ites reached and it was just fun playing along with the music, it was a challenge but Bugzy, Lexxi & I switched between the drum, the egg shakers, the cow bells and the tambourine. The dj spoke in between songs explaining that the music was original Cosmic Congolese Music, right out of Africa. An artiste that stood out to me was Jupiter, holding in my dancing I took a seat on the ledge of the makeshift stage.

Last but not least, the empress we had been waiting for, Nadia, graced the stage singing a couple of her songs and had the crowd grooving along with her, roaring hoots between singles. She boom she bang she boom she bang she boom she bang she boom all over the place! was stuck in my head the whole ride home, we left, on a high, after her performance.

‘Til next time,

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KOTE

Kingston On The Edge Urban Art Festival

The closing night for Kingston On The Edge was a spectacle for itself, other than KOTE’s closing last year the Ward Theatre had not been used in decades, it’s been closed from before I was born. Lexxi, Minkah, and I were marveled at the theatre, even in it’s run down state, it’s a cozy auditorium with three tier of seating. For the evening only the ground floor was available for seating for the audience. Some of the chairs had been fixed, they received bulbs for the show, they received portable A/Cs and cooling units, the bathrooms were renovated, the electrical system in the entire building was fixed- free of cost- and all this just for the occasion.

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Reggae Month! ♫

*Ahem* *clears throat* Hi everybody 🙂

I’d like to tell you about my second favourite month, February, no not for Valentine’s Day I can buy myself chocolate all year round 😛 In Jamaica February is Reggae Month! ♫ ♪ ♫

JaRIA (The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) alongside a sizeable amount of sponsors organizes Reggae Month, it was established in 2009.  Continue reading “Reggae Month! ♫”

Dubwise: 1 year old!

Last week Wednesday, January 7, 2015 was the one year anniversary of Dubwise 🙂 The first time I went was in summer of 2014, I’ve been a couple of times since then and it’s been fun every time.

What to do at Dubwise:
♦Come early…
♦Follow the loud sounds of dub into the venue.
♦See wah gwan at I-Nation’s stall.
♦Go see if your pocket tall enough to buy a shirt from the Base Kingston & Belle stall.
♦Pay your $300Jad & enter.
♦May or may not smoke some weed.
♦Buy some I-tal vegetarian food from Mi Hungry Whol’ Some Food.
♦Wash it down with their natural juice or something stronger at the bar.
♦Enjoy the ambiance and musical styling of Dj Yaadcore.
♦Dance/Rock away.
♦…& Stay late.

Dubwise is at Tiki Hut, 12 Hope Road, each & every Wednesday from 8pm-12am, check out their facebook page here & their instagram page here. Since I love taking pictures, I believe I have evidence of every Dubwise I’ve been to im gonna try & dig up the pics. Continue reading “Dubwise: 1 year old!”

One Love Cafe Launch

Friday July 11, 2014

I believe I saw the flyer for this on facebook on the Thursday before the event. So I told Lexxi then she told Minkah and Meikle; the four of us made up the crew for the night. The summer raving continued 😀

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Dubwise Wednesdays

Wednesday July 9th 2014

I didn’t have drumming that night as I usually would on a Wednesday so I decided road had to be done. I sat at my desk at work pondering where to go, I took up my phone and started scrolling down my instagram dashboard; only to buck up Dubwise Wednesdays. Continue reading “Dubwise Wednesdays”