March 29, 2018

Jamaica Coffee Festival 2018

Boom! The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival was the first of it’s kind in Jamaica. The three day inaugural event was a celebration of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, curated by the Ministry of Tourism. The downdiroadja squad was in attendance on Day 2, scheduled to be the ‘Festival Marketplace’ and held at the JDF soldier camp in Newcastle St. Andrew. Based on Newcastle’s location and size, the organizers had hourly shuttles which trasported patrons from from UTech to the event ground. The setup was straight forward, with a wide variety of coffee based products and great entertainment (big up The Charles Town Maroons & big up Singy Singy). The coffee…

March 13, 2018

#chippinDownDiRoad

Boom! JUMP DAY 2018    So you know downdiroad is culture right? Believe it or not, carnival & soca music is becoming a big part of the Jamaican culture, especially in Kingston & it’s environs. With Carnival Sunday looming, we are expected to have a large number of visitors flying in to the capital city for Jamaica’s carnival celebrations, and I can tell you first hand that basically all hotels in Kingston have been booked since December. The carnival event & season sees an ever increasing influx of visitors and locals pumping revenue into the economy, from the basic purchase of carnival costumes, right down to event entry fees, hotel…

March 13, 2018

MUNCHIES (RASTA TACO X ROLLY POLLY X KAYA INC.)

Greetings massive! The ORIGINAL #DownDiRoad is finally back & squad returns to you with Episode 9 in Season 2! #DownDiRoad has morphed right before our eyes & we’ve added #downdiroadLIVE as well as #chippinDownDiRoad, but fret not we haven’t forgotten our roots. We have some new experiences to share with you today!   #DownDiRoad – EP09 – MUNCHIES is here! Watch the new episode right here but scroll down for some more info! So boom! In this adventure we head out to Ochi town & we are featuring three very interesting establishments, all poised for greatness.   Stop 1 – Rasta Taco Stop one lead us to Island Village Plaza, where…

March 12, 2018

Tsojourna – Remembering The Battle of Awda

Greetings massive!   It’s been a busy few weeks! Reggae Month was in February, so the team & I headed out to a few events. Right at the top of March we went out to support Ras-I at his show called ‘Tsojourna – Remembering the Battle of Adwa.’     Tsojourna featured musical performances from Ras-I and a host of special guests; namely Giark, Zosia McGregor & Vanessa Bongo. The headline act had a few special guests to perform with him as well. With names like NoMaddz, Blvk H3ro, Samory-I & Naomi Cowan, not to mention Runkus & Royal Blu who performed the new single ‘Crazy Over You‘ with Ras-I, just…

February 17, 2018

Dubwise Jamaica – David Rodigan’s 40th Anniversary

  BRAND NEW #downdiroadLIVE!       On Saturday February 10th – 2018, droves of fans came out to celebrate the 40th anniversary of David ‘Ramjam’ Rodigan coming to Jamaica and falling in love with her Reggae music. 10A West King’s House Road was the location, the former home of Mr. Perry Henzell who is most famous for directing ‘The Harder They Come.’ If you’re unfamiliar with Rodigan and his work, the British dj has had a special affair with dancehall and reggae music over his long career. Most famous for his radio broadcasts and sound clashes, Rodigan has earned his respect as one of the greatest Reggae & Dancehall selectors…

February 7, 2018

New Wave – Music Night

Yo! It’s Reggae Month & New Wave is back! Check out #downdiroadLIVE – NEW WAVE right here! Described as a “creative platform for emerging local talents,” New Wave will be held every Monday night in February at The Cove Restaurant and Bar on Winchester Road in Kingston. The first staging was held on Monday February 5th & downdiroad.com was in the building! Dubbed as ‘Music Night’ it was a great first staging, and the vibe was right! Dj Drumline & Dj Stamma were in charge of the musical selections for the night, but to my surprise here was also a special closing set from international dj Becca Dudley straight out…

February 3, 2018

Curry Par – Curried goat at Moby Dick x Sharmz x Murray’s

Watch the NEW episode of #DownDiRoad below, but continue reading for the photo gallery, and more info on Moby Dick, Sharmz & Murray’s.  BOOM! Wah gwaahn?!? Remember when we were supposed to go on a food journey? We kinda took a wrong turn along the way, but these things happen when a Jamaican tells you “yea man, just gwaahn down di road!” So quick and fast let me tell you what this adventure is all about.   Being “out of many one people,” results in Jamaica having a melting pot of food and worldwide cultural influences. Curry goat and curry in general is a favourite among Jamaicans. 8 times out of 10…

January 20, 2018

SOUTH COAST! – BLACK RIVER SAFARI, PELICAN BAR & JACK SPRAT @ JAKES

Yowwwwww! St. Elizabeth, Jamaica! I didn’t familiarize myself with the parish affectionately called St. Bess until 2017 on a drive out to Negril. The south coast of Jamaica is a gem of beauty I tell you! It’s the last #DownDiRoad with Sasha (*thug tears*). We went to St. Elizabeth for the day & made a few stops. J. Charles Swaby’s Black River Safari – sick tour of the Black River with nufff crocodiles & wild birds! Floyd’s Pelican Bar – the famous bar made of stilted driftwood, located in the middle of the Parottee Bay. Very “wavvyyy” Jack Sprat Seafood & Pizza – The famous restaurant at Jakes Hotel in…

January 11, 2018

Chasing Monkey Island – Part 3 – WE MADE IT!

Finally! Jeezam peez! After all this time I made it! (*thug tear*) Sasha is in the building again. We rafted, went to Monkey Island, and I almost lost my brand new GoPro! Murda…..   Watch EP 6 of #DownDiRoad Season 2 – CHASING MONKEY ISLAND – and check out the photo gallery below for some sick visuals!     You can also check out the older pieces on the website if you want more details on Monkey Island’s history, as well as a detailed review on the Blue Lagoon rafting tours. CLICK ME! –> CHASING MONKEY ISLAND – PART 1 – SAN SAN BEACH <– CLICK ME! CLICK ME! –> CHASING MONKEY…

January 5, 2018

The Longboarder – Surfer’s Paradise

Boom! Another week another adventure! Check out the newest episode of #DownDiRoad below, but please stay for the full story & photo gallery of our adventure.   When last have you been somewhere new? Are you living your best life? I think I’ve been doing pretty well at new things, but there is so much room for more. At one point in my life I used to make New Year’s resolutions, but these days I like to make LIFE resolutions. I mean, why wait when you know what you want? One of my recent life resolutions is to simply, ‘do more.’ I don’t pride myself on material objects. I have…