#chippinDownDiRoad – 2019

#chippinDownDiRoad – 2019

Greetings Roadies! Finally, the madness has ended. It was a crazy carnival week in Jamaica & another successful jump day as revellers took to the street for the Jamaica carnival road march on April 28th, 2019. You can't have a road focused event without downdiroad.com being in attendance, & we were there again for another year in the streets for Jamaica carnival. The bands have witnessed exponential growth and it was a fun filled day for all. We have coverage coming to you from a few of the events leading up to Jump Day, as well as our JUMP DAY 2019 video so follow our social media pages for updates!   JUMP DAY 2019 Have a look at our Jump Day gallery below! Check out #chippinDownDiRoad - 2018   I LOVE SOCA JAMAICA - CARNIVAL WEEK 2019 CAESAR'S ARMY - A.M.BUSH ARMAGEDDON 2019 MARBANA - EASTER WEEKEND 2019 KES THE BAND - SAVANNAH GRASS [TOTR LIVE PERFORMANCE] [PHOTO GALLERY: Carnival in Jamaica 2019] ...
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Frenchman’s Cove w/ the Marbana Crew

Frenchman’s Cove w/ the Marbana Crew

Greetings roadies! Do good & good will follow! For some time it has been our prerogative to showcase Jamaica and it's beauty. Portland has been a parish that we visit quite often & we have featured several Portland locations on this blog & on our #DownDiRoad travelogue. For Easter weekend 2018 the crew took a trip out to Portland as we made the decision to attend this little event called Marbana. Let me tell you, by little I am being modest Lol. This event for the regular Jamaican may be classified as "expensive" (the tickets start at JMD $12,000 & go upwards over time). Though "expensive" the DDR collective believe in paying for experiences, and Marbana is just that. Picture the beautiful scenery of Frenchman's Cove, transformed in a playground of joy. Beautiful women. Delectable food. Booze to fill your hearts content. Music from all eras. M7 has created a beautiful product in Marbana, and once a consumer can access this product, they...
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JA Rum Fest 2019

JA Rum Fest 2019

Greetings roadies! No long talking today! Rum Fest was definitely a hit! From the organization to execution, it was an all around lovely affair. Check out our highlights below. JA RUM FESTIVAL 2019 AIDONIA - YEAH YEAH LIVE @ RUM FEST   JA RUM FESTIVAL 2019 PHOT GALLERY ...
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A Matter of Time LIVE

A Matter of Time LIVE

    Greetings roadies! A few weeks ago I went out to cover this event from Protoje! A Matter of Time LIVE Protoje has recently earned himself a Grammy nomination from this album, and it was probably his first time performing these songs in Jamaica. I won't dive too much into it because our good friends over at Bashy Magazine were the ones who made it all possible! We did a big collaboration and they have the rundown right here over on bashymagazine.com [ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF US 8-) ]. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT AT PROTOJE'S "A MATTER OF TIME: LIVE" HOMECOMING SHOW   Check out the #downdiroadLIVE coverage of Protoje's - A Matter of Time LIVE concert up top, as well as out photo gallery below! Blessings -Doofy ...
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A Hike to Kwame Falls

A Hike to Kwame Falls

  Greetings roadies! Have you ever been to Kwame Falls? Have you ever even heard of it? Well here's the run down! So I know this travel group that goes by the name "Island Explorers" (check them out on IG @island_explorers). Now the Island Explorers invited me to help them capture a promotional video for an upcoming trip they had.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity because: 1. You haffi buss the yutes! 2. Who says no to a trip to the country??? At 7AM we started our journey to St. Mary. The early morning temperature was perfectly cool, and the drive from out of Kingston to Strawberry Fields Together was a little over a hour at most. Kwame Falls is a hidden waterfall located in Robins Bay, St. Mary. You can get there via a hike or via boat, which leaves Strawberry Fields Together. Strawberry Fields Together is a beach and camp ground that's probably one of the main attractions in Robins Bay. You can safely...
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Blue Mountain Culinary Trail

Blue Mountain Culinary Trail

  Greetings roadies! It has been literal months since I wrote a proper blog post & what can I say? Not much... LOL. downdiroad.com has & always will remain the personal blog of me; Duane Marc Phillips, but with time comes growth & with growth comes change. For some time now the blog has seen a significant shift to music & event coverage, which was a calculated decision needed for growth of the #downdiroadLIVE sub-series. I do want to assure you roadies out there to fret not because at the center of it all will always remain #DownDiRoad the original travel series. All of the sub-series that have been created as a culmination of my efforts are extensions of #DownDiRoad, and I will never stray far from the root of it all - travel! With that said, let me take you back to this video I did in January. I never wrote about it so here's a quick rundown. The Blue Mountain Culinary Trail is an effort...
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Talk Reggae Ft. Ras-I & The Revelationz

Talk Reggae Ft. Ras-I & The Revelationz

Greetings roadies! Back again with another episode of #downdiroadLIVE, this with our friend Ras-I & his band The Revelationz! The last time we saw Ras-I on #DownUPDiRoad was on a more personal level as Immanuel, on a trip to Shanty Man's ital restaurant (that video is doing well on YouTube by the way go check it!)   Talk Reggae was held on January 23rd at 22 Jerk in Kingston JA, and featured Ras-I as the main performer joined by a few of his collaborators (Blvk H3ro, Runkus, Royal Blu & Jesse Royal). It was a fun filled night, and personally I've really enjoyed Ras-I's growth as a musician. This is the third installment of #downdiroadLIVE featuring Ras-I, and if you take the time and look back the growth is evident. Check out the photo gallery & video below & look out for more event coverage soon! -Doofy Ras-I & The Revelationz - TALK REGGAE LIVE   TALK REGGAE [Photo Gallery] ...
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The Listening Party – A Unique Experience

The Listening Party – A Unique Experience

Greetings roadies! Finally, The Listening Party has returned after a hiatus of over a year!   Crafted by Dj Stamma & LatyKim, The Listening Party was birthed as a showcase that focuses on music producers, who are granted the opportunity to share their past, current and future productions with the "listening" audience. Held at 22 Jerk on Saturday January 19, 2019 the event featured sets from a variety of disk jockeys and producers. The event started with an electric set from Pseudokhule, who were assisted by the Listening Party boss herself Ms. Latykim, as well as singer GIHRL and Scantana. There was also a special performance from upcoming singjay Blvk H3ro who lit up the stage with his energy. Next up Noah Issa took the stage to re-energize the crowd with an EDM focused dj set, filled with dancehall remixes and bootlegs. Producer KRS was next up, and he definitely connected with the crowd while sharing his productions (special big ups to him...
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#DownDiRoad – The Travel Series

#DownDiRoad – The Travel Series

#DownDiRoad is an independent Jamaican focused online travel series, originally created as a visual component to the blog posts written on downdiroad.com. Here we will have EVERY episode of the series, all in one place! Visuals directed, produced, recorded & edited by Duane 'Doofy' Phillips et al, 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!!!!!!   SZN 4 #DownDiRoad – Episode 8 - OFF ROADING ON THE FARM - April 16, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 7 - FRENCHMAN'S COVE w/ the Marbana Crew - April 6, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 6 - JAMAICA RUM FESTIVAL - March 20, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 5 - BLACK FLEET MARKET - March 9, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 4 - A HIKE TO KWAME FALLS - February 17, 2019   #DownDiRoad – Episode 3 - Blue Mountain Culinary Trail - EITS CAFE, Cafe Blue, Holywell - January 13, 2019 #DownDiRoad – Episode 2 - Calby's Place Hidden Beauty - #DownDiRoad Tours - December 2, 2018  #DownDiRoad – Episode 1 -...
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