A review by my friend Erin of Koffee’s new EP. Koffee is an amazing new artist who can navigate between dancehall and reggae, as Erin says.
A nicely written, if a PR win for the government, article on Jamaica in the English edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
At the last minute, I decided to attend Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert. We got bleacher tickets and the view was surprisingly good. The sound not so much. It even conked out for poor Buju’s set. His entrance was a spiritual experience, I think, for the entire 35,000 people there. His voice is still on point- his energy, though…I’m sure many years in prison will change you. For someone who has been listening to Buju since I was a teenager, it was goosebumps all night. That’s the thing about him- somehow there’s a spiritual element that connects with people. Even someone who grew up in another so very different world. The actual staging of the event was also well done, given how many anticipating people there were in one space. I am grateful I was there.
The Long Walk to Freedom concert is upon us. It happens at the National Stadium on Saturday night. Check out a piece Erin MacLeod and I did awhile ago for the Guardian.
Kingston is high on the list, unfortunately. Read the story here. Mexican cities top the list.
The Constant Spring Market is no more.
Despite an injunction, it was demolished over the weekend. I wonder where the vendors are going to go. Jamaican entrepreneurs are nothing but resilient and resourceful so they will find another way to survive. I hope they will find a way to get by until then.
A wonderful coloring book by a local artist and entrepreneur. It shows different career paths for girls. My daughter and I read it together before she “decorated” it. A tool against a world that teaches girls to want to be princesses when they grow up.