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.
In the movie Crash, people in the City of Angels rarely meet or interact, until they "crash" into one another. This is an outdated take on Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a place where people connect and find one another; discovering their mutual interests, and collaborate. This is how we came to know DJ Sophenom.
Love all these American and even British artists using African influences in hair, clothes, music and more. It is so inspiring and makes me so proud to be black, so proud to be African and it really is changing the game. But when was the last time they went?
Beach Road Trip [BRT] Weekend was LIT for its inauguration in the City of Angels. Originally from South Florida, the three day beach festival took over Huntington Beach, with live performances and sets from some of the hottest dancehall artistes in the biz. Check out our photo recap here!
Two teams honored their best; the Lakers their longtime king who's farewell tour had come to a close, and the Warriors with their newly crowned prince Stephen Curry leading the charge to the best record in the history of the NBA.
An indoor-outdoor reggae party every second Sunday of the month. This isn't just any old Los Angeles reggae party. One reason for the draw is their resident DJ, Jamaica's renowned DJ Delano of Renaissance Sound. He flies in once a month, between gigs such as SXSW and Bacchanal Jamaica, to grace LA with his good Jamaican vibes.
So, now that Carnival season has just wrapped up in Jamaica, we are officially feeling that carnival tabanca! Hopefully, you have been following our Snapchat and our other social media channels (@KingstonToLA) so you can understand why we are feeling this carnival tabanca. Hint: lots of carnivaling.
Jamaica has a hot new film that is creating quite a buzz called Diary Of A Badman. If you're in Jamaica the premiere is today, Wednesday March 30th, at the Carib Cinema Centre in Kingston and will be shown in theaters island wide. The film follows detective Simone Williams, a Jamaican immigrant to the US, who has always dreamt of working undercover on high profile cases. She finally gets her opportunity and goes undercover in an attempt to catch a notorious drug dealer, Winston Bailey aka Bucky. She falls victim to his charming personality and good looks, compromising her assignment. Lines begin to blur as she gets in deeper. Over time, Williams develops a close bond with Bailey and their loyalties are put to the ultimate test.
Art-technology company VSCO is starting a new series called 23.5, which is named after the tilt of the earth's axis. 23.5 will explore cultural perspectives from around the world, and for their first series/installment they are exploring the religion of Rastafarianism.
KingstonToLA recently caught up with LA based Jamaican actor/musician Everton "E-Dee" Dennis. Dennis is best known as the star of the film Out The Gate, and has worked alongside other Jamaican thespians such as Oliver Samuels and Paul Campbell.
KingstonToLA's Yemi MacGregor gives us a behind the scenes look at the premiere episode of Magnum Kings and Queens Season 9, from Kingston Jamaica.
If it ain't plain white, it ain't Dancehall, it ain't now. Take a look at some recent examples of this evolution in style.
Social media culture is growing in Jamaica and an increased number of public figures are reaping the benefits of amping up their Instagram game. So much so, we now have "break out" social media celebs in Jamaica! Pop culture is definitely starting to “pop” here on the isle.