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 bookings,…

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,…

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…

December 19, 2017

Tessellated & Friends – The Vibes LIVE

#downdiroadLIVE – TESSELLATED & FRIENDS Waddup peeps?!? Long time no see!  You must be living under a rock if you’ve never heard the song ‘Pine & Ginger.‘ If you don’t start humming along to the melody when you hear “me a drink pine & ginger! 🎶” blasting through a speaker what are you even doing bro??? Last Friday on December 15th, the young collaborators Tessellated, Amindi K. Fro$t and Valleyz made their debut performance to a sold out 700+ crowd at the Barbican Beach Bar. It’s both crazy & fulfilling to know that their first performance of this song together, was in Jamaica before the home crowd which inspired the song the…

November 26, 2017

Life Yard – The Heart of Fleet Street

You can view the newest episode of #DownDiRoad right below, but I implore you to stay and read the article as well as view the photo gallery!     Fleet Street, Parade Gardens, Kingston Jamaica. If someone mentioned the community of Parade Gardens a few years ago, if you even knew of it you’d probably just associate it with that one word…. “ghetto.” I mean, based on the socio-economical conditions that determine a community falling in that category, Parade Gardens fits the description, but what you need to realize is that this community is a ghetto paradise. There are a group of young men who grew up in the community,…

November 10, 2017

Devon House – It’s Not Just I-Scream

Devon House, Kingston Jamaica.   When you hear the words Devon House the first thing that comes to mind is ice cream. I mean that’s what Devon House is world famous for right? Before it even made it to all the “Top-Ten ice creams in the world” lists, Devon House had been serving both locals & tourists their world famous ‘i-scream’ for over twenty five years, but take a deeper look at this National Heritage site & a broader picture starts to form. In my earliest memories of Devon House, I remember going for ice cream on Sunday evenings with my family, and in my later years hanging out on…

October 31, 2017

MEET STREET! – A NIGHT AT THE JA FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

  Greetings & salutations jenkle people!! Food Food Food! The third staging of the week long Jamaica Food & Drink festival has come to a close and based on the reviews on social media, it looks like it was a hit! The festival consisted of 7 events, but the team and I only made it out to Meet Street which we have done every year since the inception of the festival. Personally, it’s a joy to see the growth of local brands as the years progress, and it’s great that the organizers have created a festival like this with different themed events catering to people from all walks of life….

October 14, 2017

NEW LEVEL! – #DOWNDIROAD Season 1 Recap

“mi future brighter than sunshine,  plus mi granny tell me this one time.” Andre ‘Popcaan’ Sutherland – New Level   Waddup peeps?!? The season finale of my #DownDiRoad series is finally here! I’ve been documenting my adventures across Jamaica and finally the first phase is complete! Season 1 is done and Episode 10 is here, which highlights a few of our favourite moments and also previews the theme of season two – FOOD & DRINK.   Shot on location at Level 96 Bar and Lounge, check out #DownDiRoad Episode 10 below, but continue reading this blog post for a recap of #DownDiRoad Season 1 with ALL EPISODES and links to…