KingstonToLA recently caught up with budding talent Meleku ahead of his performance in Los Angeles at this summer's Life of A Ghetto Youth Tour. An opportunity to spread the message of peace, love and unity, exemplifying the principles of Rastafari, the eight-city tour, powered by Vas Productions, featured Meleku performing alongside Ras Shiloh, Pressure, Marlon Asher and Sizzla Kalonji, Meleku's legendary father.
Music and culture is embedded into the soul of the talented four that make up the group RSNY. Hailing from New York, by way of the likkle island of Jamaica, the group sought out to combine the vibrations of each parish into their music to become a true expression of who they are as artists and as people.
In a short amount of time, Eesah has become one of Jamaica's most talked about new artists, known for his cross-genre flow and unmistakable charisma. Many music aficionados have been asking, "Who is Eesah?" As more fans become aware of Eesah's inspirational messages backed by seamless, forward-thinking production, so are DJs, radio stations and reggae-dancehall connoisseurs, who have begun documenting the star's ascension. Get to know Eesah in our exclusive video interview, here on KingstonToLA.
It's Santiago to LA with Chilean DJ, Nikki Kush. A vinyl collector and turntablist, Nikki has been on the rise in LA's thriving reggae-dancehall scene. Her energy is fiery and fun and regardless of language differences, Nikki communicates fluently through her music. Click the link to listen to her new mixtape tribute to Grammy nominated artist J Boog.
Black is set to perform live in LA on Friday, February 17 at The Savoy Entertainment Center in Inglewood, CA. Don't miss him live and direct performing hit singles such as "Momentum" and ofcourse "Party Animal." Watch the video for "Party Animal" here on KingstonToLA and get tickets for the show on Friday February 17!
For reggae and dancehall fans in LA, BoomYard has become one of the most talked about events, period. Favored for it's outdoor aesthetic, the monthly party has brought some of the most exciting reggae and dancehall artists to the city. In 2016, BoomYard hosted Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell, Rocky Dawuni, Afro Fiesta, Alandon and Bunx Dadda, just to name a few.
Fresh off his nuptials, Aidonia is set to head west for his first performance in Los Angeles. This Thanksgiving weekend, the dancehall artiste will perform at The Savoy Entertainment Center in Inglewood, CA, on Black Friday November 25, and it is expected to be a sold-out show.
After the heat, comes the cool. Summer days are behind us, but we can blaze up the fire in the winter months too. Catch Kali Madden and DJ Trevy Trev spinning 90's Hip Hop, R and B, salsa, bachata and top 40 every Sunday at the brand new #CoolDownSundays!
Los Angeles is an interesting place. One of the more interesting aspects of the city, that we write about often here on KNG2LA, is the diverse tapestry of cultures that make up the city of Angels. That's what Los Angeles radio station - KCRW - provides this great city. A portal through which one can be, do and explore most anything Los Angeles, all the while finding oneself. Click the link to read more about LA's number one eclectic music station.
KNG2LA caught up with model and actress Gabrielle Davis from Kingston, Jamaica. We had 23 uncut questions to ask Gabrielle and wanted to get to know the young Jamaican beauty. Gabrielle Davis is an independent commercial model based in Miami, LA, & her hometown, Kingston. She has done major regional ad campaigns for Schweppes, and has recently appeared in Snoop Dogg and Jeremiah’s music video, "Point Seen Money Gone."
Shinehead and DJ Papalotl are unique in and of themselves. Shinehead is a veteran ambassador of the culture and DJ Papalotl charms you with her extensive knowledge of underground Jamaican music. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with as they hold down the classic vibes in LA’s small melting pot. Read more about the dynamic duo here on KingstonToLA.
Newly anointed dancehall celebrity Dexta Daps stock has been on the rise for over a year now. Daps has hit us with a few hot singles over the past year on his Soundcloud account and promises more in the coming months. The artiste was featured in LargeUp.com's annual Caribbean artists to watch roundup earlier this year, due to this rapid rise and consistent quality work.
Reggae on The River (ROTR) is one of America's largest and most popular reggae festivals. One reason for its notoriety amongst reggae and music fans is that it's California to the core. Set amongst the redwoods in lush Humboldt County, the nature, music and communal relaxation remind festival goers why the vibes in Northern California are so exceptional.
Reggae on the Mountain (ROTM) is Los Angeles' very own world music and culture festival. Produced by Label 27, it was conceived seven years ago by two young men from Topanga Canyon, Brooks Ellis and Amit Gilad -- best friends who grew up loving music and throwing backyard parties for their close-knit group of friends.
Kingston Sundays at The Savoy Entertainment Center is dancehall party for the books. Most recently, dancehall artist and veteran entertainer, Spice, showed up and brought her world famous vibes to the Inglewood hot spot. The queen of the dancehall did not disappoint at her first Los Angeles performance.
Kingston to LA traveled down to Grizzly's Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica to get some good summer vibes at one of Jamaica's biggest EDM & soca events, EDX Jamaica. There was no rest for the weary party goer, as the event was a 24-hour dance party, with only a 4-hour break in-between the day and evening portions.
We recently caught up with Alex Breitman, the second half of FlexUp Crew's Two Seven Clash, to discuss the FlexUp Crew's inception and how the crew continues to build momentum in the new-age future dancehall scene. Most recently, Breitman has been focusing on starting up LA's brand new monthly future dancehall event, known as FlexUP LA.