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Author: Mikelah Rose | Style & Vibes

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The Style & Vibes podcast is where Caribbean style and culture collide. Hosted by Mikelah, founder of Style & Vibes, you’ll get to know from Caribbean tastemakers and celebrities across the globe in dancehall, reggae, soca and more!
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It’s that time of the year again! Style & Vibes’ annual holiday gift guide is one of our most popular features highlighting Caribbean brands. Caribbean Style Phyle has also done a Holiday It Guide and Syn and I wanted to highlight both of our lists featuring amazing Caribbean talent! Make sure you check the Caribbean Style Phyle Holiday It Guide video which showcases the items from the Gift Guide exclusively in the video with a creative story backdrop!   Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: Caribbean Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Vibin’ to: “Trust” by Buju Banton   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
In this episode we speak with Virgin Island Reggae star Pressure! Pressure just released a new album Rebel with a Cause, an 18-track album and his seventh album Featuring appearances from reggae all-stars Sizzla, Protoje, Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, Anthony B and Akae Beka as well as rap icon Redman and Virgin Islands hitmakers R City. We were able to catch up with Pressure while he was in New York City promoting the album. Known for his hit “Love & Affection” the reggae singer talks about being inspired by everyday life and social issues happening in the world, the challenges of becoming a reggae artist in a country more known for Soca and Calypso, growing up in the Virgin Island and his musical journey.  Support the Podcast Stylin’ on: Kamila’s Kitchen Recipe Book Vibin’ to: Rebel with a Cause Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
In this episode we’re talking to music marketing maven Chelsea Grant, she been in the music and entertainment industry for a few years now and recently joined Caribbean record label VP Records as a project manager working with album launches for Chris Martin, Busy Signal, Jah Cure and many more. We talk a lot about the consumption of music and trends that I thought it would be a great idea to talk more about the business side. While we get to learn about her journey, she gives some insightful gems about the state of the business side, the actual impact and value of reggae/dancehall and what artist can do to continue to grow in the business.   Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: Signature Style & Vibes Sweatshirt Vibin’ to: Busy Signal “Parts of the Puzzle”   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
SV 39: Dancehall Lock Off!

SV 39: Dancehall Lock Off!

2019-10-2101:02:26

In this episode I’m connecting with my ladies of Sip n Chat, an online radio program hosted Kerry, Jendayi, Jo Wheeler and myself, produced by Ronnie Tomlison. We’re dissecting impact of Noise Abatement Act being re-enforced on the the Dancehall community, particularly in the country’s capital Kingston, cutting the end time of street Dancehall parties at 12am during the week and 2am on the weekends. Street dances are a significant part of Dancehall culture that happens starts at night and goes until sunrise the next day. As the government looks to enforce the law that was introduced in the late 1990s the, we evaluate the responses from the community, potential impact from a tourism perspective, the negative impact on the dancehall community (primarily DJs, selectors, dancers and vendors)  and discuss potential opportunities. Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: William McIntosh Box Tee Collection Vibin’ to: “Leader” Masicka & Dexta Daps    Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
SV 38: Reggae Lovers Unite!

SV 38: Reggae Lovers Unite!

2019-10-0701:07:38

There so many aspects to the Reggae music industry! Sound system culture is at the cornerstone of the one of the most loved and influential musical genres globally. In this episode I connect with the crew from Reggae Lovers Podcast, Āgard and Khalil Wonda about how they started their sound system, how they’ve evolved as DJs and how much the role of the DJ/Selector/Sounds have changed.    Stylin’ On: Jae Jolly  Vibin’ to: B.L.E.M. EP by Tarrus Riley   Support the Podcast Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
We’re giving you more style! In this episode Syn of Caribbean Style Phyle and I are talking about Caribbean designers at New York Fashion Week. Cushnie, by Carly Cushnie, Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean Raymond and Savage Fenty by Rihanna.   Stylin’ On: Caribbean Designers Cushnie SS/20 Phenomenal Mother Pyer Moss Collection 3 - Sister (see full show here)  Savage x Fenty by Rihanna   Vibin’ to: “Games” by Tosh Alexander (also check out the video) Support the Podcast   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
We’ve all heard the term “Gyallis” is a popular Danceahall slang for a man that is romantically involved with multiple women. Jamaican entertainment newspaper The Star put out an article about Gyallis culture being cancelled because more Dancehall artist  are getting married. In this episode executive producer Kerry-Ann and Shawn of Reggae Talk Podcast go in on this topic and evaluate if this is true or not.   Stylin’ On: Brass Triangle Cuff by 84 Gem  Vibin to: Jah Cure’s Royal Soldier , check out Pretty Face, it’s one of my favorite songs on the album.   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
K’Coneil is a talented Jamaican born, New York-based artist that has been growing steadily over the last few years charting Billboard, winning awards, collaborating with various artists like Stonebwoy and Kreesha Turner, making music that the ladies adore with nuff island vibes. In the episode K’Coneil gets into why his musical style is considered genre-fluid, doing reggae/dancehall being based in NYC, his growth as an artist, how his childhood shaped his views on life and music and of course his style!   Stylin’ on: The Lost Tribe’s Carnival costume theme: Anansi  (Trinidad Carnival 2020) Vibin’ to: K’Coneil’s Finesse & Style   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook     Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
Syntyche Clarke has been working with Caribbean fashion designers in New York City and the Caribbean region for years. Syn has produced fashion shows and co-founded her former online boutique Signature 78. Syn is now transforming the curation space with Caribbean Style Phyle, an online platform dedicated to showcasing Caribbean designers, lifestyle brands and stylist in the region and the diaspora. We’ve teamed up to bring you a monthly segment on the podcast called Caribbean Style Phyle meets Style & Vibes, where we dissect Caribbean Fashion trends, designers and key fashion moments that intersect with music.    Keep up with Caribbean Style Phyle Website | Instagram   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
SV 33: Reggae Sumfest

SV 33: Reggae Sumfest

2019-07-2901:01:52

Reggae Sumfest 2019 was pure fire! There was so much to unpack from Jamaica’s premier reggae and dancehall stage festival of the summer; from the brand marketing, production and of course the performances. In this episode executive product Kerry-Ann and I breakdown all of the moments that made Reggae Sumfest a hit in 2019 so you can make sure you don’t miss 2020!  Check out the live stream Night 1 | Night 2   Stylin’ on: Marie Lime’s Caribbean Traveler Bag  Vibin’ to: Sevana’s “Nobody Man”    Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
Carnival can be an overwhelming experience to plan. In this episode I’m speaking with Shermica Farquhar, founder of Soka Tribe, to discuss Carnival’s cultural impact on her a Brooklyn native, starting Soka Tribe in Washington DC and preparing mentally and physically for the main event! Soka Tribe holds classes, event performances and hosts revelers on a trip to Trinidad Carnival. This year she’s bringing her Soka Tribe crew back to Trinidad and she’s inviting you to Travel with Soka Tribe for a personalized and curated experience to her heritage country. Leh wi go!    Stylin’ on: Fe Noel’s Bloomingdales Collection Vibin’ to: Lila Ike’s “Where I’m Coming From”    Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
Jamaican DJ/Producer Washly Fire’s who’s career in music has had a steady rise of success. Walshy Fire’s knowledge of various music genres and a deep understanding of music’s cultural impact globally make him stand out in any crowd. Well known for being one-third of the DJ/Producer supergroup Major Lazer, Walshy Fire recently released his album “Abeng” a project that brings the sounds of the Caribbean and Africa together on one project (we’ve talked about the similarities and the rise the cultural connections on our Afrobeats podcast episode.) In this episode, Walshy Fire talks about his rise in the music industry as a DJ, his shift into being a producer, his views on negativity and his cultural and musical shift towards positive vibes only.     Stylin’ on: Theodore Elyett’s Queen of Junkanoo robe worn by Michelle Williams for an Essence magazine spread (Also check out Essence Behind the Fete article by Vanessa James Vibin’ to: Michael Brun’s “Lokal”    Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media  Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Winnie Sabbat is a millennial Haitian woman living her best life in NYC. A finance director for a creative agency, Winnie got bit by the travel bug when her friends convinced her to travel to Mexico her senior year in college and she’s never looked back. In this episode, we talk about her migration story, overcoming cultural traditions of a woman traveling solo and her memoir about her journey. As a child, Winnie often found herself daydreaming as she enjoyed the views of the island from her rooftop. Unbeknownst to her, these moments would fuel her obsession with travel, but it wasn’t until her college graduation trip to Mexico with a few close friends that the spark for world travel would ignite a flame in her. Using her knowledge of making sound financial decisions and her love for adventure, Winnie embarked on a journey to share her experience with the world. Releasing her first memoir, Petit-a-Petit: One Woman’s Journey Across the Globe in Search of Happiness, Sabbat narrates how changing her worldview allowed her to shun her negative mindset and trust that happiness is her fate. Stylin’ on: Chen Burkett “Ericka” Dress Vibin’ to: Burna Boy “Anybody”   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
SV 29: One Year Anniversary

SV 29: One Year Anniversary

2019-06-0300:09:20

Celebrating the anniversary of the Style & Vibe Podcast during Caribbean American Heritage Month (#CAHM) in this quick episode Mikelah is encouraging you to celebrate your heritage in a big way, but please share with others!  We’re having fun, enjoying bringing you great interviews and commentary about our culture our way. Would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for future shows and guest e-mail us at styleandvibes@gmail.com   Check our our list of Caribbean events for the month of June on Style & Vibes   Stylin’ on: Caribbean American beauty company Baseline Cosmetics Vibing to: Walshy Fire’s Africa meets Caribbean album Abeng singles “Round of Applause” featuring Ice Prince & Demarco     10 Caribbean American Festivals to attend in the U.S. via Travel Noire   CITE Summit : In celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month CITE (Caribbean’s in Tech and Entrepreneurship) is hosting their 3rd annual celebration. This year CITE Week has transformed into CITE Summit. A one-day immersive experience.   CITE summit is a gathering of innovators, creators, techies and thinkers of Caribbean descent and their allies to talk about, build with, and celebrate the future of technology and entrepreneurship for Caribbeans throughout the diaspora. (Use promo code: Mikelah on checkout for discount)   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
The Caribbean film industry has been blossoming over the last few years with more stories from Caribbeans and Caribbean diaspora filmmakers creating films and shorts. Thanks to organizations like Caribbean American Film Academy (CaFA) bringing them to the people through festivals and movie screens. In this episode Romola Lucas (co-founder of CaFA) and Alysia Simone (Director of CaFA and founder of Rewind & Come Again) discuss the challenges of the industry from a creative and business standpoint, how the Caribbean film industry has grown and what we’d love to see in the future.   Stylin’ on: Rihanna’s collaboration with LVMH Vibin’ to: Buju Banton “Country for Sale”   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
SV 27: Jamaica Carnival!

SV 27: Jamaica Carnival!

2019-05-0600:30:41

As the number of Caribbean carnivals across the globe has grown, Jamaica Carnival has been on a rapid rise in the last few years. Jamaica is already one of the top Caribbean destinations for the Caribbean regions, for people visiting during the carnival weekend, it’s a time to explore the other side of the island as well as take advantage of the islands’ vibe and culture from a different perspective. In this episode Deanna, of Dyschick (pronounced Dis-chick), and I discuss its growth in popularity and potential for the future.   About Dyschick Deanna aka Dyschick is a music and festival blogger from New York City. Her Guyanese heritage and passion for soca music led her to create a blog to demystify fetes and Carnivals by introducing neophytes to the artistes, deejays, and mas bands making headlines in the industry. Dyschick has become a go-to resource for tourism boards, mas bands, deejays, and artistes.   Stylin’ on: Style & Vibes Shop Vibin’ to: Pandora Stories - Growing up Jamaican   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
Reggae singer Chris Martin has had the ladies screaming and fellas respect for years. Since his win on Digicel Rising Stars singing competition program, his voice and music topics have matured with his fans as he dabbles in both the reggae love songs and dancehall categories. We talk about how he’s grown as a reggae artist, his latest album And Then and his amazing sense of style. Also introducing Mikelah’s new playlist curation on Pandora Stories! In the first playlist, she’s sharing her story, growing up as a Jamaican-American girl while sharing songs that are significant to her upbringing. Stylin’ on: Tropical Isle Living Headwrap Vibin’ to: Pandora Stories - Growing up Jamaican    Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter | Shop Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Carnival culture has exploded across the globe in recent years. With events driven by elaborate costumes, Soca and pure vibes, inspired by Trinidad, carnivals have popped up in places like Japan, Oakland and Houston. The expansion is great for the soca music and creative industry, however it comes backlash. In this episode, I’m joined with DJ Jel and Caribbean journalist Melissa Noel discuss the backlash and why carnival culture can be misunderstood.   Stylin’ on: Sneakers Vibin’ to: Buju Banton   About DJ JEL DJ Jel is a NYC-based disc jockey of Trinidadian descent. Know for his tagline, “The Soca Boss,” DJ JEL has one of the most popular mix/podcast series that reaches a wide audience across North America, the Caribbean and Europe. While juggling bookings for open events, DJ Jel continues to focus on developing digital music content for the West Indian community, promoting the region’s music worldwide. In doing so DJ JEL is also the co-founder and content strategist for Di Soca Analyst, a digital media platform that focuses on the discussion of Caribbean culture and soca music.     About Melissa Noel Guyanese-American Award-winning journalist Melissa Noel is adamant about sharing a variety of stories from the region and its diaspora. As an independent multimedia journalist, Melissa Noel produces video as well as print and online stories for several major news outlets including NBCNews.com, Huffpost.com, Caribbean Beat Magazine and Voices of NY. Melissa is also a television correspondent and host for several Caribbean focused networks.   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
With her infectious personality and insatiable energy, Vanessa James uses her multi-platform career in music, radio, TV, voiceover and media to inspire others every day. The native South Floridian with Trinidadian and Venezuelan roots has been the voice behind some of your favorite lifestyle events and brands. As a premier bilingual, female multi-media personality and as an experienced events host and producer, entertainment correspondent, blogger, and brand ambassador. In this episode we not only talk about Vanessa’s career in media, remaining in-tuned with her culture while sharing it with others. Stylin’ on: Sokanaval’s latest tee “Who do here, does feel” Mommy 24:7 Vibin’ to: Koffee’s Rapture EP In honor of Women’s history month for the entire month of March we’re exclusively featuring the women of Women in Dancehall, Reggae and Soca.   LISTEN to our Caribbean Women Playlist on: Youtube | Apple Music | Spotify   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
Fiona Compton is an England base Caribbean creative hailing from St. Lucia. She’s a true creative “Jane of all trades” working as a photographer artist, filmmaker, historian and storyteller. Sharing exploring complex Caribbean realities over the past 13 years her work has explored the various disparities in the representation of the Afro Caribbean diaspora within art and mainstream media. Fiona continues her mission to educate in innovative ways through events and online through her account ‘Know Your Caribbean’ via Instagram which facilitates educational posts on short palatable bursts. Fiona also has run creative workshops for children and young people teaching the history and culture of the Caribbean and its linkages to Africa, in venues such as the South Bank Centre and Black Cultural archives in London.   Stylin’ on: Singer Grace Jones closed out the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show at Paris Fashion Week! Vibin’ to: Women in Dancehall, Reggae and Soca in honor of Women’s history month for the entire month of March we’re exclusively featuring the women of these genres.   LISTEN to our Caribbean Women Playlist on: Youtube | Apple Music | Spotify Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
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