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Culture Fest In Jamaica: Highlights From 2019 Edition Featuring Protoje, Dubfire, Sabo And The Transformational Irie Soul Retreat

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From April 30-May 5, voyagers from around the globe gathered along the famed Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica to take part in the third annual edition of Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest.
Billed as Part Retreat, Part Music Festival, and 100% Life Experience, the event gave guests the chance to take part in reggae and house music concerts along the beach, cannabis and wellness programming, sacred plant medicine ceremonies, inspirational talks, and much more during one magical and transformational week.
The festival was once again centered around the Irie Soul Retreat, which was expertly curated by the spiritual leader of the tribe and founder Stacy Irie Soul and featured powerful daily programming that fused yoga, meditation, ecstatic dance, sound healing, inspiring speakers and transformational workshops with the help of Acro Buddhas, Carmelinda Dimanno, Darren Austin Hall and more.
One of the many standouts from the festival was the Future Self Discovery four-day workshop from German engineer turned esteemed meditation teacher Peter Oppermann.
This was heralded by many as the most powerful experience of the retreat and gave guests the chance to take part in intimate sessions with the respected teacher who leads workshops, classes, and coaches personal clients internationally.

 

Highlights on the music front included a live headlining concert from the Grammy-nominated songwriter Protoje as he performed a number of hits from Ancient Future and Ancient Future (grammy nominated for album of the year).

In support Protoje’s band The Indiggnationand opening performances from Naomi Cowan and Max Glazer.

Surprise special guests included Jesse Royal, Lila Ike & Sevanawho electrified the crowd gathered at Woodstock Beach.

Attendees also got the chance to witness two performances from electronic legend Dubfire.

The first came at The Caves as the master of dark house and techno music switched things up for a Live Dub/Reggae Set.

Following the Protoje concert, Dubfire then got back to his bread and butter and performed a more deep and progressive house focused set at Somewhere West in the early hours of the morning.

TBeyond his performances, Dubfire also participated in the Tribe Talks Speaker Series for the Conscious Music Panel with Jamaican reggae singer Jesse Royal, one of Jamaica’s top producers Teflon Zinc Fence, Anthony Middleton of Audiofly, and moderator Patricia Meschino of Billboard. Other subjects discussed during the Tribe Talks included psychedelic healing, medical cannabis, and the Rastafarian faith, along with multiple talks from talented spoken word artist Marcos Mendosa.

Other highlights on the cannabis front included The Garden of Mary program expanding to all six days of the festival.

This included sacred plant medicine ceremonies, practitioners providing CBD infused massages, ganja farm tours, farm to table dinners and expert panel discussions with the likes of Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson and leading cannabis doctors and educators.

If all of that wasn’t enough, Tmrw.Tday also gave guests the chance to witness a sunset performance from Sabo at the Love Cow Beach Party, sets from Audiofly and Lauren Lane during Summerdaze Showcase, opening and closing fire ceremonies on the first and last day, and much more.

Tmrw.Tday is truly a unique festival to the global landscape.

It’s intimacy and direct connection to all in attendance makes this a must attend event for the fourth edition April 28 – May 3, 2020.

Tickets will be released this June on fhe Tmrw.Tday website.

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Tmrw.Tday’s Philosophy Part Retreat, Part Music Festival, 100% Life Experience

A better Tmrw begins Tday along the breathtaking paradise of Negril, Jamaica’s famed 7-mile beach.

Step outside the boundaries of everyday life and into the Festiva-cation of a lifetime, where you become the vibe selector to craft your own vacation, from dawn until dusk.

Embrace the positive shift within your soul and watch the world begin to smile.

Tmrw.Tday invites you to become part of a global movement, a catalyst for change to lighten our hearts and remedy our planet.

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Jamaica’s Producer DJ Kemmo To Transform Dancehall Music

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Producer DJ Kemmo said he hopes to bring a change to the area of dancehall music production.

“I saw where the authenticity of the genre is lacking. I saw an area of opportunity for change and I felt like the spice that I add to the scene can make a difference.

Dancehall needs more of its original flavour and that’s the direction I want to take music with my production skills,” DJ Kemmo told the Jamaica Observer.

“I believe music is my true calling because I decided to get into music at a very young age. Music has always been something that I have been passionate about and to be a music producer you must be confident in yourself and your work. I find it amazing that I learn something new about producing every day. I also have to adapt to emerging genres and musical styles and those are a few of the reasons why I got into music production,” he continued.

Born in Cornwall Barracks in Portland, for the past four years he has resided in Orlando, Florida. He recently released the song She Gone featuring deejay G-Statik.

“The song has been doing well on the underground dancehall scene here in Florida. I am pleased with the reception that it has so far received,” he said.

One of his biggest hits is Exotic by deejay Korexx. The song has so far racked up more than 9,000,000 views on YouTube since its release five months ago.

Said DJ Kemmo, “I knew Exotic would’ve been a hit song and that it would’ve gotten the attention from the public because of the creativity of lyrics and the visual content.”

He has worked with artistes including Drizzy Fade, Hot Frass, CMR and Laden. DJ Kemmo released the Mello Vibez rhythm album during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Getting the music heard in the streets and in dancehall is harder than what it used to be so that kind of affected the album, but I’m willing to adjust myself to work with the new social media wave just as everyone is doing now,” he shared.

Born Kemoy Lewis, DJ Kemmo has been working to establish himself in the music business for over a decade.

He first tested the waters as a disc jockey in Port Antonio. Along with some of his friends, he made the transition into music production by turning a back room of a shop into a recording studio.

“I remember when me, DJ Barunga, DJ Free and DJ Dalla Coin used to lock up in Paulette shop in the back and put sponge in the windows so when we record a song no air would come through in the building,” DJ Kemmo reminisced. He also credits King Nose I for introducing him to music.

“I had to work very hard for someone to hear the name DJ Kemmo. I use to upload music on YouTube just like Akam Entertainment and Crush Road with my DJ Kemmo tag in them just to spread the name and the brand. I also tried vlogging at one point. I have built my career from the ground up to where it is now even though I have a long list of accomplishments to tackle.”

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MX Player Back With New Crime Thriller

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There are some nights where all you want to do is stay in bed and watch some rom-com that gives you a good laugh but then there are times when you need a series that gets your blood flowing and sends a chill down your spine.

The only way to add that rush to your life is with the help of a good thriller and after some successful launches in this trope, MX Player is back with yet another high-stakes story.

An adaptation of the popular crime novel, Anti – Social Network, by Piyush Jha, Chakrayvuh – An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller explores cybercrime, exploitation and the unknown world of the dark web through the lens of Inspector Virkar. 

This MX Original Series marks the debut of Prateik Babbar as a cop, making him a welcome entry to the super cop universe that we see ruling the roost on OTT platforms and in Indian films.

In the titular role, we see Prateik as the eccentric and angry Inspector Virkar, as he races against time to catch the people behind a rapidly growing cybercrime.

The show is definitely high-paced and keeps you guessing about who the real mastermind is till the very end.

The story takes us through a series of murders that take place after a group of tech-savvy miscreates use the internet to hack into computers or private accounts of women and start blackmailing them. 

Prateik Babbar showcases great versatility as he navigates through the show. The series sees his character in a constant chase against time, trying to stay ahead of a ruthless blackmailer and not allowing the wrong to overpower the truth.

Virkar is a character who bends the rule book when needed and that is a trait that gives this show another edge.

As a lover of thrillers and cop-dramas, this show is definitely topping the list with an incredible cast, great storyline and exceptional direction.

I was hooked till the last minute and couldn’t help myself from finishing it in one sitting.

Directed by Sajit Warrier, the eight-episode series also stars Simran Kaur Mundi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Shiv Pandit, Ruhi Singh, the late Asif Basra, Gopal Dutt, Anjali Singh, Mahir Pandi, Ankit Narang and Ayesha Kanga in pivotal roles.

Chakravyuh– An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller is now available on MX Player for free, so give your weekend a thrilling start by binge-watching this new series!

India Times

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Spike Lee to head 2021 Cannes Film Festival Jury

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Spike Lee, a US director has accepted to head the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in July. Lee said he was “very humbled”.

“Way back in 1986, my very first film She’s Gotta Have It played there and it was my introduction to the world of cinema, so Cannes will always have a deep, deep spot in my heart,” Lee said.

Lee, 63, has been a fixture at Cannes over the years, premiering seven of his films there and winning the second-place Grand Prix in 2018 for BlacKkKlansman about a black police officer infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan.

“Throughout the months of uncertainty we’ve just been through, Spike Lee has never stopped encouraging us,” said festival president Pierre Lescure in a statement.

“We could not have hoped for a more powerful personality to chart our troubled times.”

With a back-catalogue that has thrown a spotlight on issues of race and politics in the US, Lee was seen as a symbolic choice at a time when the French film industry has been mired in controversies over the representation of minorities.

Lee has tried his hand at many genres, but is best known for films that put the African-American experience front and centre.

“I have a special place in my heart for Paris, for France and for the Cannes Film Festival… Book my flight!” he said in the Twitter message.

The official selection for this year’s festival, along with the rest of the jury are due to be named in early June.

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