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.
KingstonToLA recently caught up with Marlon Asher after his second performance for the Los Angeles leg of this year's Life of A Ghetto Youth tour. Stay tuned for more info on a second tour but in the mean time find out what keeps Marlon Asher grateful in our recent interview here on KingstonToLA!
FOMO is real. While we were living up a warm October here in Los Angeles, our favorite Jamaican white rum makers were throwing a fresh bashment in the UK. Wray and Nephew's pop up 'Wray's Yard Shop' was from October 19th-October 21st at Protein Studios in East London.
BoomYard LA stands tall as one of the city's most exciting cultural events. A once a month pop up venture founded by Leslie Cooney, Cary Sullivan, DJ Delano and Delicious Vinyl brothers Mike and Rick Ross, BoomYard has become a staple experience, representing fun and freedom in the local Caribbean community. Read more about BoomYard here.
BRT Weekend's California edition has become a West Coast reggae-dancehall attraction. Most festival weekends can be a tough venture; but BRT makes it their goal to have their series of events become an unforgettable experience. While, there are many reasons why BRT weekend is just that special. Click the link for our top 7 reasons BRT Weekend wowed KingstonToLA.
BoomYard is Los Angeles' hottest day party with non-stop vibes. Every second Sunday of the month, BoomYard shows up at Delicious Pizza on West Adams Boulevard. Not only is it a great place to gather with friends, family and little ones, it's also a delicious brunch spot. Serving up pancakes, mimosas, pizza and more, all while also dishing out the dopest Caribbean DJ's in LA. Playing roots, reggae, dancehall, soca, afro-beats and culture on the ones and two's all afternoon long. The vibes are like none other in the City of Angels.
The city of Los Angeles has small pockets of community - Downton LA, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Echo Park, Venice, Sliverlake, Lemeirt Park, the list goes on. Each with it's own story to tell. Each it's own constellation of vibes and every Angeleno knows what they will get when visiting or residing in these different communities. It is a rare day when this city feels whole; feels like a community. Saturday, January 21st, at the Women's March LA was one of those rare occasions.
Third World's second annual "Under The Stars" benefit concert was a memorable, star-studded experience. Taking place on the lawns of Hope Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica, the concert was packed. As the old becomes the new, Third World's "Under the Stars" benefit concert will be one to look forward to each December as the veteran band campaigns for a great cause. Click the link to read our review with guest correspondent Soren Waugh.
Attorney and professor, Tiffanie Anderson, wanted to create a channel for Jamaicans (and people throughout the African diaspora), interested in visiting and learning more about Africa. Anderson wanted to give people a way to not only get to Africa but a way to explore and discover the continent with purpose. That is why Away To Africa was created and is now in its second year; giving people a renewed sense of the natural spirit of Africa.
The 7th annual Reggae On The Mountain (ROTM) music and culture festival chronicles another success story for festival organizers Label 27. The company's mission of celebrating art, music and love can be seen, felt and heard at the growing music festival, held every summer in the mountains of Topanga Canyon, California.
Reggae artist Romain Virgo will be performing live in Los Angeles this Sunday, September 11th at The Savoy Entertainment Center in Inglewood, CA. Virgo is best known for his reggae ballads "Love Doctor," "Live My Life," "California" and "Coldside." The artist will be backed by live band Detour Posse, at his upcoming California show.
In patois, the term "large up" means to elevate, or exalt. So, it is fitting that the site of the same name shares the same intention. The site's impact has allowed the LargeUp team to expand to promotion, and organizing events such as Chronixx and more in Central Park for their first-annual SummerStage concert.
On Bob Marley's 71st birthday, February 6th of this year, Marley Natural debuted to di world it's "consciously-curated" cannabis products at a party in Los Angeles California where they showcased their budding flower, a hemp seed body care line, their black walnut accoutrements. And to keep with the times, vape.
Here at KingstonToLA, even though we love a good old pint of Guinness, we went searching for our own pot of gold. We went deep within the lush green isle of Jamaica (via the internet), and found 5 hidden isle treasures.
There are times in a campaign, where something happens, and everything just changes. Bernie Sanders and his vision for America has recently taken the country by storm. Don't miss this powerful message from one of Sanders' most important supporters.
The Trial of The Century is about to make its TV debut with the highly anticipated FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Amber Rose has become a figure of empowerment and social justice awareness for women around the world. Yes you read that correctly.