Greetings from KeeMyselfandi! It’s a new year and I do hope you all are seeing much of what you have expected of 2016 thus far. My new year has been swell as I’ve been working, traveling, and have just recently resumed classes at Hofstra University for the Spring 2016 semester. The winter break seemed to whirl by and just like that, I am back to my weekly commute for school!
This January also finds me back at KeeMyselfandi.com writing and this time consistently. In my recent travels to Jamaica, I thought deeply about renewing my commitment to blogging and bringing out all that I had planned to do. During this time, I spoke to a few people about remaining consistent on my blog and they all gave great advice in terms of planning and structure. Thanks Heavy, Kam, Alike, and Raj!
Since Christmas, I have visited Jamaica twice — this winter break has been great to me! Jamaica never seems to get old, its intrigue is just as new each time I visit. On these two visits I had a chance to do two things that I have never done. The first, I attended Jamfest in Montego Bay on December 27 and had the chance to see (most likely my absolute favorite artist in the entire world lol yes, world) Popcaan perform LIVE for the first time ever! The second, I flew directly into Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport for the first time in more than 15 years (I’ve been traveling into Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport for the past 4 years)!
In these two trips, I was able to focus on a bit of relaxation and a bit of business. While in Montego Bay, I had the chance to relax and hang with friends but yet also enjoy the performances of a few of my favorite artists Tommy Lee Sparta, Popcaan, Chi Ching Ching and Tanto Blacks! This truly reinforced why I love Jamaica and the Dancehall industry dearly. In Kingston, I was able to have three progressive meetings that will help me to begin filming interviews in Jamaica with various Dancehall artists. I genuinely look forward to bringing you all footage of my experience in Jamaica and sharing my love that I have for the culture.