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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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In this episode Jamaican singer/songwriter Sevana speaks to us about the release of her second EP, Be Somebody. Sevana effortlessly flows between her powerful vocals and bold Jamaican patois, blending traditional R&B/soul that influences her sound and the Caribbean’s tropical riddims that raised her. Be Somebody is Sevana’s first major-label debut since signing with RCA Records in partnership with In.Digg.Nation Collective facilitated through the relationship with Six Course Records. We talk in-depth about Sevana’s inspiration, musical process, blending genres, how she takes criticism and what fashion trends she’s stylin’ on right now.   Stylin’ On Vibin’ to Video Series   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
The Reggae Sumfest team did a great job putting together #ATasteofSumfest festival in just a few weeks, while most festivals are being canceled or going virtual for 2020, Sumfest is the only Caribbean festival to keep a presence this year. A Taste of Sumfest had a week-long schedule of digital events including music workshops, panels, re-visited older performances and showcased Jamaican homegrown artists on their own turf giving shorter performances for each artist gave us a great sample and something for us to rally around for Reggae and Dancehall music.  Official Videos for Night 1 & Night 2  We did a full review last year of some of the best moments of the full experience virtually, but now we all tuned in virtually multi-streamed on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.    Stylin' on/Vibin' to segment extended video! Exclusively on YouTube.  Stylin’ on: Shenseea Pretty Little Things ambassadorship Vibin’ to: Kabaka Pyramid “Babylon Fallin”    Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
In Style & Vibes podcast ep. 13 I discussed the idea of Cultural Currency, in this episode, I’m revisiting this idea as it’s importance is more relevant than ever. The impact of being quarantined from the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people access to culture and there are so many conversations happening online about how Caribbean culture and experiences are being revisited. Audio Mack Let’s Talk State of Dancehall Nielsen Mid-Year Report Stylin’ on: Jamaican model Lawrence self-produced photoshoot for Zara’s summer campaign in Port Antonio Jamaica, modeling a linen shirt. (Saint Modeling agency in Jamaica)  Vibin’ to: Sevana - If You Only Knew video preparing for E.P Release July 31 entitled Be Somebody   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
In this episode we speak with Dancehall artist, Noah Powa. Formerly a selector/DJ we talk about his he transitioned and how the two careers compliment each other. With more and more music being release we talked about how he’s able to stand out, performing while having fun, singles vs. albums vs. EPs and the investment it takes into being an independent artist.    Stylin’ on: Cushnie at Target Vibin’ to: Buju Banton’s Upside Down 2020 Album (Listen to full review of the album here) Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
We’re celebrating our 2-year podcasting Anniversary. It’s a bittersweet anniversary as the Black people across the globe continue to protest the wrongful deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others due to police brutality and racism. I share an opinion piece written on Style & Vibes 4 years ago about Racism as a Caribbean-American during Caribbean-American Heritage Month, seemingly, not much has changed. In celebrating our 2-year anniversary I share some of my favorite episodes that you should go back and listen to some of my favorite episodes from the last 2 years that you should listen to if you haven’t already.   The State of Caribbean Film Know Your Caribbean Haiti’s History & Culture The Afrobeats Connection Cultural Currency Caribbean Media Matters Music Marketing   Join us at the Soca Run Festival on June 27, 2020. This year’s virtual run and festival is dedicated to Ahmaud Arbery.   Stay connected to Style & Vibes Keep up here: Website | Newsletter Let’s talk here: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook   Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media
DJ Kurt Riley is a DJ and Producer based in Jamaica and part of the monumental Verzuz with Beenie Man & Bounty Killer. In this episode we talk about how he started out in the music business and experiences with his father, product Winston Riley coming right up to the significance of Verzuz battle and his part in the virtual experience as one of the DJs selecting for Beenie Man.   Stylin on: Beenie Man Verzuz Merch Vibin to: Dre Island - Now I Rise   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
Beenie Man and Bounty Killer put on a full on show for the #VerzuzTV representing Dancehall to the fullest in the first virtual live experience on the platform founded by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. #BeenieManvsBountyKiller soundclash edition was the highest viewed battle to date for the music showcase series with over 470,000 international fans. Displaying authentic soundclash culture, which originated in Jamaica, we had to discuss the impact of this major moment for Dancehall. It meant a lot for Beenie Man and Bounty Killer who have both seen little of their international audiences due to travel restrictions prior to COVID-19. As they stepped back into the international limelight fans watched in awe as these two battled chune fi chune, showcasing authentic clash culture complete with a sound system, early warm segment, toasting, lyrical exchanges, storytelling and dub plates! This Verzuz set the bar high from an executions standpoint -- little to no WiFi issues, continuous stream on IG Platform and having both parties in the same stream in-person. The series gets better and better.     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
Entrepreneur and fashion designer Princess Booker is the CEO of Nine Mile Clothing inspired by Princess’ grandmother Cedella Marley-Booker’s small home town in the hills of St. Ann, Jamaica. Nine Mile is where Bob Marley was born and laid to rest, which is now a museum and popular tourist destination as one of the museums dedicated to Bob Marley legacy.  After spending time Princess originally created items that people could purchase and has now expanded to full brand all it’s own. The Nine Mile lifestyle brand by Princess Booker is a versatile every-day streetwear line with ready-to-wear pieces for men, women and children that adapt to fit your unique lifestyle. It combines all the beautiful elements of Nine Mile: the happy peace, the freeness of spirit and the quiet fire that inspires all who visit its land. In this episode, we discuss Princess Booker’s journey in music and what led her to create Nine Mile Clothing.    Stylin’ on: Nine Mile Clothing Vibin’ to: Lila Ike’s EP The ExPerience   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
Dancehall would be nothing without dance. Jamaica’s dance scene has garnered much intrigue and just as much backlash as it has changed over the years. In this episode with Maria Hitchins, a dance advocate based in Jamaica and professional dancer herself, we discuss the beauty and challenges of dancehall dancers from inception to its current state. Check out and support her platform Dancers of Jamaica which features authentic dancers and what they're up to… yard and abroad!   Stylin’ on: Haitian artist Cathy Illustrations Vibin’ to: City Lock - Keznamdi feat. Torey Lanez off Keznamdi’s Bloodline 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
The New Normal

The New Normal

2020-04-2023:16

It’s been an interesting last few weeks and while we’re all getting used to the new normal.  In this episode, I’m simply sharing what’s on my mind. Productivity, or lack thereof and of course all the random things on these internet streets! Check out my convo with producer Kerry-Ann and Rachel Osbourne as we go deeper on the new work normal on the Carry on Friends Podcast. Also, check a replay of the SocaMom Summit, talking about how Caribbean artists and the music industry will survive COVID-19.   In the News: Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation signing with a major U.S. Record Label Teddy Riley vs. Babyface Flop Walshy Fire continues Clash Beenie & Bounty on Digicel Live Jamaica Carnival Virtual Experience PutYour Back In it Challenge ( #putyuhbackinit ) - DJ Flex feat. Denise Belfon Favorites on IG: Majah Hype, Kevin Crown, DJ Boof, D-Nice   Stylin’ On: Lounge Wear or Athleisure Vibin’ To: Lila Ike - I Spy   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 celebrating our 50th episode! Special thanks to all the listeners, it wouldn’t be possible without you.  In this episode we speak with beauty entrepreneur, Saraa Green about her new product the Braid Releaser. We discuss her journey in the fashion industry and what led her to developing the Braid Releaser with her mom, her Jamaican-American upbringing and more!   Stylin’ on: Cloth masks created by Caribbean designer sales D’Marsh and Territory Six.    Vibin’ to: Quarantine Clash hosted by Walshy Fire   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
COVID 19 Check-in

COVID 19 Check-in

2020-03-2320:29

While we are all coping with the new normal of pandemic COVID-19. I’m on lockdown and sharing my thoughts on how I’m coping and sharing some observations from the week.  While many are working from home, there are many who aren’t able to. Thank you to all the workers who have to keep working during this time, nurses, doctors, emergency responders, grocery clerks, warehouse workers, drivers and so much more. We’re seeing creatives getting creative with live DJ sessions (virtual parties) Kevin Crown, Uber Soca Cruise Quarantine “Cooler Fete”, Majah Hype & Lyrikal. DJ D-Nice hit 100k viewers on his IG #ClubQuarantine, with a plethora of celebrities popping in like Rihanna, Buju Banton, Diddy, Michelle Obama, Eve, Queen Latifah, A.Rod and so many more! Influencers are hosting virtual Happy Hours, Netflix & Chill movie viewing parties. Caribbean choreographers are holding fitness and dance classes (Wukkout, Sokatribe, Brukwine.) Let’s continue to support as many Caribbean and local businesses as we can, check out Carib Biz Network’s 150+ Caribbean Biz in Brooklyn to support. Movie & Shows:  Raising Dion, She’s Gotta Have It, The Intent, Intent 2, Top Boy, Inside Man Most Wanted, Self Made (C.J. Walker story)  Currently listening to: Jah 9 Note to Self and “New Hail” - Zagga  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
Interviewing Tifa about her song on The Silent Riddim Project (silent riddim) “Man ah Come Back” Rellee of A Team Music co-produced with Paul of Platinum Kids we such a great convo with Rellee and Tifa about Rellee’s journey as a producer of some major hits. He dropped way to many industry gems, which I know all you music lovers will enjoy!   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
Getting Real With Tifa

Getting Real With Tifa

2020-02-2436:50

We’re talking Dancehall with artist Tifa! Tifa came up in Dancehall with Spell it Out and has had a number of hits including, Dash Out, Big Bumper, Crawny Gal, Jealous Over, with a solid foundation of lyrics, style and stage performance. The early 2000s was one of the most interesting times in Dancehall, where the genre was explosive and changing at the same time, Tifa has managed to maintain success and strengthen her personal footing in the music industry while branching out with brand partnership, touring and more. Tifa was recently in New York promoting her new single “Man a Come Back” on the Silent Project co-produced by New York-based DJ/Producer Paul Platinum (of Platinum Kids) and Relle Hayden. We discuss her journey in music, her new role in an upcoming film project For Little Girls, Who Are Afraid to Speak and dive into why 90s Dancehall will forever resonate with the masses.    Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: Naturalannie Essentials (Soy candles & lifestyle products)  Vibin’ to: Silent Riddim Project   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
For the Lovers

For the Lovers

2020-02-1027:11

In honor of Valentine’s day, we’re celebrating love in this episode. A semi-holiday that we really didn’t “celebrate” until our daughter came along. It’s not a big “to-do” in our household, but love definitely is. My hubby Kirk joins me as we share a journey in love with music as the backdrop. Reggae, Lover’s Rock and Soul music. We share our top three reggae love songs and more. Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: Baseline Cosmetics World Tour red lipstick. Get 10% off your purchase using the code: mikelah Vibin’ to: For the Lovers Playlist Apple Music , Spotify & Youtube   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
Reasoning with Odessa!

Reasoning with Odessa!

2020-01-2757:29

This week I’m reasoning with fellow podcaster Odessa! She’s much more than a podcaster, she’s the founder of O-access Jamaica, a media platform sharing the best in Jamaican music and lifestyle. She has a number of years of experience in the entertainment industry ranging from Record labels to brand experiences, TV shows and so much more. Currently a T.V. executive for Jamaica’s Daytime LIVE while building her own media platform, Odessa shares her journey as a reggae legend’s daughter, navigating the entertainment industry, the meaning of growing up as a Pan African and of course her thoughts on some of the latest trends in music.   Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: The Lip Bar Island Gyal Collection with Justine Skye Vibin’ to: Sweet Inspiration - Lila Ike on the Rock & Groove Riddim   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
It’s the top of the year and I’m reflecting on a few trends of 2019 and making cultural predictions for 2020. There was so much happening in Caribbean music, fashion, travel and much more that I wanted to touch on my thoughts on what happened and what I think is coming in the New Year.    2019 Trend Recap Culture: Festivals Music: Women dominating music Music: Artist releasing albums/mixtapes/EPs Music: Gimmicks Marketing in music Culture: Fusion/Battle of Afrobeats/Soca/Dancehall/Reggae   2020 Predictions Culture: More Festivals  Travel: Experiences beyond resort life Travel: More Travel to Africa Music: Focus on regional success, versus crossover appeal Music: Return of 90s Dancehall sound Fashion: Increase in eCommerce for regional designers   Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: Sammy B Off the Shoulder Top (NOTE: Samantha Black is based now based in LA, not Brooklyn as noted in the podcast)  Vibin’ to: Skip Marley & H.E.R. “Slow Down” (Video)  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 joined by Reggae singer, Naomi Cowan. The singer was recently in New York City and popped up at VP Records’ Strictly the Best 60th compilation celebration and I was able to catch up with her before she headed back to Jamaica. She shares her musical journey, with music being part of her foundation growing up as her parents Tommy Cowan and Carlene Davis are well known in the Reggae music industry. Naomi talks about her spiritual growth into music, her mixtape Paradise Plum, how she stays focused as an independent artist and how women are changing their views on collaboration over competition.   Support the Podcast   Stylin’ on: Caribbean Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Vibin’ to: Kelissa x DJ Shacia Payne Mixtape Anbessa World   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
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
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Breadfruit Juice

I love your podcast! I'll be following!

Jul 25th
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