On Sunday, March 31st, the St. Thomas Heritage Productions in collaboration with Ilife Vegan Foods and TPDCo present the St Thomas Heritage and Poetry Festival at Lyssons Beach (St. Thomas, Jamaica). This is a celebration of African lifestyle, Rastafari culture, fashion, food, and the literary arts.
The event will feature some of Jamaica’s best poets, namely: Richie Innocent, Wise Wurdz, Mutabaruka and others.
On Saturday, February 23rd, Florida A & M University (located in Tallahassee) will be hosting the FAMU’s Harambee Festival, an event dedicated to unity in the community. The organizers are promising a day filled with live musical performances, vendors from across the region, cultural arts, workshops, fashion and food.
The highly acclaimed international artist Sunni Patterson has been confirmed as one of the headliners. Patterson, having performed at the Essence Festival and on HBO’s Def Jam, is expected to bring an artistic fusion of poetry, activism, and beautiful music to the event.
On December 29th and 30th, some of America’s best Black comedians will be
headlining back to back shows in the South. Confirmed acts include: Guy Tory, Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake, DC Young Fly and others.
The event for Saturday, December 29th will be held at the Chaifetz Arena (1 S Compton Ave) in St. Louis; while the show on Sunday, December 30th will be at Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center (1202 E 38th St) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 2014, after performing in New York, Jamaican-Canadian hip-hop artist, Tha Vor, became very ill. Subsequent to some evaluation, it became obvious that though he was a vegetarian at time he had to make further amendments to his diet. He then started to pay close attention to what he was consuming, which resulted in him studying Psychology of Disease and Holistic Health at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. He also did an intense study into alkaline based foods and herbs.
Being a Reiki Master, Tha Vor started to help people with eye problems, sciatica, back, shoulder and knee pain, as well as other ailments. He eventually started his own business, Ancient Herbal Health, with his own line of products which includes: Colon Cleansers, Pain Done, Alkaline Liquid Iron and others.
This is what Tha Vor had to say about his new herbal healthy lifestyle:
“I felt this was needed not only in our community but worldwide. Starting a business also helped me to grasp the idea and understanding that music was just like any other business. As an artist you do a show after the audience leaves other than the music and merchandise there’s no other connection. Many go home still sick with their problems or have family members that aren’t well. So the music only heals or touches a part of them. I feel my mission is bigger than just music so with this in mind I made a website where people could order products from me to help them with various health issues.”
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ANCIENT HERBAL WEBSITE
Singer/songwriter Ruach Ru, who is also a fashion designer, has just launched a new line of t-shirts and hats called Chat Bout. The t-shirts, which are currently only available
in men sizes, come in a wide variety of colors, as does the unisex hats. Both hats and t-shirts can be purchased directly from Ruach Ru via her digital store:
When asked what inspired the Chat Bout line right now, especially as her music career is going so good, Ruach Ru said the following:
“I have always been designing, I actually started designing before I started doing music. I released a line in 2012 called the Cleopatra line and it was predominantly for females and it featured wraps that women could wear. Since then a lot of people have been asking me to release something for the men; but since then I’ve been focusing a lot on the music and right now I feel is the right time to launch the t-shirts which are for both men and women. So it’s about enhancing brand Ruach and you know, just sharing with everybody a little bit more about what I do.”
A few days ago, American poet Sunni Patterson, who is also known for her musical skills, shared a new song entitled Ancestor Song.
This is how she described the track:
“Patterned after the hymn, Precious Lord, Ancestor Song pays homage first, to my own personal Ancestors, then to the collective Ancestors that guide, protect, and support our lives. I wanted this track to be as organic as possible, using what was around me…my hands, my ring tapping the mic stand, a spoon and bowl, an orange juice bottle, etc. I knew I needed my god sister, Jew-el, to bless the piece with her magnificent voice, and my dear Baba Egunwale’s prayer (that he just left on my voicemail. lol. Ha! Blessings all around!) to enhance it, as well. I actually recorded this over a year or so ago, and still this isn’t the “final” version, but I was compelled to share it- as it is.”
Click here to listen and download Ancestor Song.
Recording artist Bunji Garlin is hands on as it relates to assisting those affected by the massive flooding in Trinidad. He and his team are asking for donations of all kind: buckets, mops, brooms, disinfectants, soap, pretty much any and everything is needed.
For information on how to get items to them, or if you would like to join him and his team as they go out to provide flood relief, you can call 868-742-1879.