Beware… Right now, Jamaica isn’t in a good state, specifically safety wise. That may be a reason this song connects so deeply with me. Melovice released his project “Di Vice” a while back which featured songs from a host of topics. I liked Carry Your Love, Gypsy Whine, and Anytime (featuring PTRK) but the one that stood out in my mind was Beware featuring Joedon. In Beware, Melovice warns us to be careful in today’s society, to consciously avoid the lurking dangers.
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.
I knew I couldn’t miss this concert from the day I saw the lineup. I’m a big fan of Zosia, I love her voice; and the rest of the lineup, I came to find out was just as amazing. The name Love, Light & Fire was integrated into the working of the show. Zosia, the first act, represented Love, Vanessa Lee represented Light, and Anna Mariah brought the Fire.
Love: Zosia McGregror, the lady in red, she started off the night on a lovely tone, (pun intended) she had a beautiful connection with her band as she belted out her songs. She sang covers, and originals such as: “I Love You,” “Lover’s Rock” and “Pretty Girls;” I think Pretty Girls was my favourite as it had strong words of encouragement to pretty girls everywhere, telling them things will get better some day… Maybe not today but tomorrow. I can’t explain or should I say describe the magnitude of how amazing Zosia’s voice is, if you get the chance, definitely go listen to her live.
Light: Vanessa Lee, it was my first time hearing this Barbadian, she has spunk and a nice vibe, I love her voice, it honestly reminds me of Lauryn Hill. To me her voice rang beautifully in her original song “Conversation and Weed,” it’s a sexy song (that I can’t wait for her to release!) her voice and the lyrics made it entertaining. She won me over with that one.
Fire: Anna Mariah, she tun up di ting from the end of Rising Stars to now, she sounds more refined. Her voice is amazing as well, can’t deny that, and she proved it with the Whitney Houston medley she did; she sang the songs strong and her high notes were on point; she even confessed that she was getting over the flu at the time. Her cover of “Here” by Alessia Cara fully gave me life, after a few more covers, she sang two original songs, “Sail Away” and “Rush,” they’re both good but I liked Rush better. I also made a video of the end of her performance, you can watch it below.
I enjoyed the concert, the only problem for me was the venue, it was my first time at the Spades Lounge actually, and I had wondered how it would be conducive to a concert. Though it was just three acts, and an intimate setting, it wasn’t a good venue choice to me.
Some of the photos are from Keon Prendi Photography, and are watermarked.
Two of my favourites of his are ‘ Rain Start Fall ‘ and ‘Victim‘, he’s been getting shows all over Jamaica with his band The Old Skl Band. Get a taste by watching the official music video of ‘Victim’ below.