This week I, Amanda Holmgren, am doing a special feature on my Kingston To LA business partner and bestie, Kalifa Madden. She is actually away discovering more earth, culture and herself in Ethiopia, Africa. So, I thought it was the perfect time to finally feature her mixtape, Evolve 2 "Roots Reggae Rastafari." She wouldn't be too happy with me if she knew this article was being written (and that it's late), but I think she's just humble and hardworking.
BoomYard LA celebrated two years at Delicious Pizza's original West Adams headquarters on Sunday December 10. Revelers were treated to the usual blessed vibes with a special silent disco, which started at 5 pm. DJs Kali Madden, Daneekah, Chico Sonido, Crooks, Westafa, Tomi Tribe and DJ Delano provided the tunes with reggae, dancehall, reggaeton and Afrobeat segments.
A new artist making waves on the scene is soulful and sassy singer, Sabree. A multi-genre talent, Sabree fuses elements of jazz, pop, reggae and dancehall to create a soulful R&B sound that has become her signature style. Read more about Sabree here on KingstonToLA.com
KingstonToLA recently caught up with roots reggae sensation Fari DiFuture. Raised in Jamaica's Cooreville Gardens, he was introduced to music at a tender age. As a youth, Fari took on the influences of his parents, Winston and Maizy Powell, both singers in the reggae band Midnight Rider. The band was well known for songs such as “Wanted,” “Clash in a Rhythm,” and “Youthman Invasionz,” which allowed them to tour parts of Europe in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Click the link to watch our recent interview with Fari here on KingstonToLA.
At only 22 years young, Deacon has set himself apart with his innovative and forward thinking designs. Combined with a love for music, his work has began popping up throughout Jamaica's little but tallawah reggae-dancehall industry. Deacon's passion is unrivaled. His commitment to creating beyond the cliche, has connected him with musicians and artists all over the world including Dre Tosh, Chronixx and more. Read more about Jamaican graphic designer Lawrence L. Deacon here on KingstonToLA.
As a new style writer to a Caribbean/Jamaican blog, I have realized there is so much to learn about Jamaica. The amazing music, the delicious food, and not to mention the beautiful beaches, but what about style? It's a large part of the Jamaican diaspora and is a driving force behind the island vibes. We take pride in providing information about the latest Caribbean inspired fashion and hair trends..
You might have seen the look on Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and other trendsetters. The off-shoulder top is back and still the sexy/conservative look every woman should be rocking this Spring. At KNG2LA, we have taken notice of this 90s throwback style and it fondly reminds us of Grease and Olivia Newton's off shoulder black top. The width of this look is endless.