December 10, 2018

REVOLT 2019 – Rebellion Band Launch

Greetings roadies! This is it! The Rebellion carnival band spearheaded by M7 Events, Solid Agency, Bunji Garlin & Fayann Lyons have finally made their entry with REVOLT 2019! The band launch & costume presentation was helped on Saturday December 8th and it was fun filled & full of energy. The event featured appearances from international Amara La Negra, and performances from Beenie Man as well as band leaders Bunji Garlin & Fayann Lyons.   You know the squad had to be there to capture the moments, so check out the photo gallery & recap video below!   Revolt 2019 Photo Gallery

December 2, 2018

Hidden Beauty – DownDiRoad JA Tours Edition

Greetings Roadies! What can I say? It’s been a long journey since I started this blog. When I first started this blog, Hidden Beauty was one of the first places I shared with the readers, and I’m pleased to share our return. As a collective we have decided to pursue our tour service, and this video you are about to view is the inaugural trip. It was a day filled with adventure & many group activities which our patrons fully enjoyed. Check it out right here, and subscribe to the YouTube channel for more adventures. Look out for more tours in 2019!

November 25, 2018

Jam We A Jam

Greetings Roadies! It has been some time but we have another #downdiroadLIVE video for your viewing pleasure! You know downdiroad.com crew are big fans of the new & upcoming generation of Jamaican musicians. One of it’s rising acts Giark recently executed the first staging of his jam session, simply dubbed Jam We A Jam. The event was held on Friday November 24th at Stones Throw on Mannings Hill road, and featured performances from Courtni, Blvk H3ro, Jaz Elise, Kalexx (Ft. Project & Artikal), as well as the man himself Giark closing the show. Check out some clips from the video below & remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!…

November 25, 2018

Cosmopolitan 2019 – XODUS Carnival Band Launch

Greetings roadies!   With only one more band launch left in the season, the XODUS Carnival family have finally made their debut with Cosmopolitan 2019, held at 36 Hope Road on Saturday November 24, 2018. The fans were out in their numbers & the downdiroad.com crew had to be in the building to capture some moments. It wasn’t as much as we were used to due to some technical difficulties, but check out the photo gallery below & ensure you watch the newest #chippinDownDiRoad recap video!    

November 18, 2018

Invictus 2019 – Bacchanal Jamaica Band Launch

Roadies! We are back with more coverage of Jamaica carnival 2019! On Saturday November 17th Bacchanal Jamaica held their Invictus 2019 band launch at the Hope Zoo. The downdiroad.com & @lucyandvagabond teams were out & we have the videos & images right here for your viewing pleasure. Check out our previous posts & subscribe to the blog & YouTube channel so you don’t miss a post!  

November 11, 2018

Iconic 2019 – Xaymaca International Band Launch

Roadies! A bagga things have been happening on downdiroad! I will share more with you in a bit but for now the focus is on Carnival 2019! Xaymaca International are the first ones out the gate & on Saturday November 10th they staged their band launch at Sabina Park; “Iconic 2019“ As you may or may not know, downdiroad.com is teaming up with Jamaica’s baddestttt carnival blog @lucyandvagabond to bring you coverage of as many carnival 2019 events! Of course we had to be present at the Xaymaca Iconic 2019 event, and here are the photos & video captured from the event!    

November 6, 2018

Patty Business

Patty Business a nuh joke ting! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When a Jamaican talks patty, listen. There’s a whole science behind it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t believe me? Check this out… If you’ve never had a hot Jamaican patty, then you need to add it to your foodie bucket list ASAP! The hot meaty goodness, well spiced and nestled neatly within a flaky crust… oh man! For many Jamaicans, Patty is just part of the food culture. Having a patty or two on a weekly basis, dare I say daily basis, is as natural as rice and peas for Sunday dinner. Our patty culture is so rich and so deeply ingrained in Jamaica, that it…

October 26, 2018

Smurf’s Cafe

It was an early morning, just like this, that day…     Can you tell I’m here for the dramatics? Well, only when it comes to GREAT FOOD & equally amazing service. Normally, I’m not one for a heavy first meal. I’m a grab and go kinda gal. But this morning in particular I was really crav’n more of an indulgence than normal. So I was really excited to check out Smurf’s Cafe.Now when it comes to food, admittedly I can be a little picky. I don’t eat for eating sake [never have] and would rather go hungry than eat something that will mess with my palate. But somehow, on arriving at this…

October 19, 2018

Welcome to Crav’nish!

This odyssey to food, started 30 years ago, when a woman from Downtown Kingston, Jamaica, had a child… Okay, no seriously, but I really do believe I was made for such a time as this.   I’ve always had a kind of love:hate relationship with food. I love the colours, aromas, textures, tastes and the juxtaposition that takes place when you mix them all together. I am intrigued by the inherent mouth watering effect of food that smells good, and in love with spices that carry big flavours. But I hated eating. [Weird, I know.] That is until I discovered myself.   In 2011, I met one of my *“soulmates”…

September 30, 2018

#chippinDownDiRoad – 2018

#chippinDownDiRoad – 2018   #chippinDownDiRoad was created a spin-off from the #DownDiRoad travel series, where we covered soca and carnival themed events in 2018. We hope to broaden our horizons in 2018 with collaborations and a deeper dive into the carnival culture. Enjoy all episodes in the first instalment. Series premiered: March 9, 2018 Produced by Duane ‘Doofy’ Phillips Directed by Duane ‘Doofy’ Phillips Visuals shot by Duane ‘Doofy’ Phillips, Rik-Andi McLeary, Troy Daley  Edited by Duane ‘Doofy’ Phillips courtesy of DDRMedia JA Remember to subscribe to the @downdiroadja Youtube channel! http://youtube.com/downdiroadja ENJOY THE VIDEOS! LIKE THE VIDEOS! SHARE THE VIDEOS! SUBSCRIBE TO THE CHANNEL!!!!!!     I LOVE SOCA – CALIENTE…