The Style & Vibes Podcast

The Style & Vibes Podcast

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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July 26, 2021 19 min

Reggae music and spirituality go hand-in-hand. The music has always been a source of storytelling, inspiration and motivation; which contributes to its mass appeal of a global audience. While “Good Vibes Only” is a great hashtag on social media, it’s real foundation is rooted in the admiration of the simplistic, laid back connection Reggae has on the world by the experience people feel listening to Reggae music. 

 

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On Juneteenth actor Michael B. Jordan launched his new rum, J’ouvert. Caribbeans had a field day debating whether or not he should have named his rum J’ouvert with no visible connection to the cultural tradition originating in Trinidad & Tobago, and celebrated across the Caribbean and other countries in lieu of pre-carnival festivities. Some people were calling it cultural appropriation, while others were not bothered by the na...

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We’re continuing our conversation with the e Stush an’ Bush podcast crew, Khadieme and Robert, as we explore the complicated relationship between Dancehall and the LGBTQ+ Community. In the episode we get more specific.  Citing lyrics and expressions commonly used in Dancehall, how lyrical content has evolved over the years, lyrics possibly contributing to sexual curiosity and exploration, violent acts particularly impact certai...

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In this episode I’m joined by the dynamic duo of the Stush an’ Bush podcast, Khadieme and Robert, as we explore the complicated relationship between Dancehall and the LGBTQ+ Community. This isn’t an episode attacking the genre or they lyrics, it rather and exploration and thought starter on how the music, specifically the reference to #2 being associated with gay male activities has helped maintain social and religious ideologi...

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May 30, 2021 34 min

Tia is a Lover’s Rock, Reggae, Dancehall artist and singer-songwriter based out of the Virgin Islands. The up and coming singer has a beautiful voice complimented by traditional bassline riddims. Debuting in 2014 with her single ‘Healing’, followed by more singles line  ‘Be Without You’, produced by Dean Pond ‘Eyes On Me’, ‘No Love Sweeter’, ‘Regret’ and ‘Come Through’, Tia released her debut EP to the world, titled Black Cocoon. P...

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In our continued discussion of Small Axe with Rachel Osbourne of Julie Mango TV, we dive deeply into the Lover’s Rock episode. We discuss the nostalgic influences of our adolescent year witnessing similar events, discuss the Lover’s Rock genre and its growth, important scenes in the series and of course the iconic Janet Kay’s Silly Games

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Small Axe is a British anthology film series, created and directed by Steve McQueen. The anthology consists of five films that tell distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s. The series premiered at Cannes film, got picked up by BBC and then Amazon. I’m joined by Rachel Osbourne of Julie Mango TV to discuss the anthology series’ as it directly relates to the Caribbean and its d...

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April 18, 2021 28 min

In this episode I highlight a few things happening in the world right now. The La Soufrière volcano eruption on the main island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, DMX passing away on April 9, recap Notorious B.I.G  Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell documentary on Netflix, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness vs. the music industry, Jo Mersa Marley virtual listening for his new EP Eternal and Earth Wind & Fire Verzuz The Isley Br...

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Kabaka Pyramid is a talented Jamaican lyricist, blending Reggae, Dancehall and Hip-Hop influences to create music that inspires with songs like “Believe”, “Ready” and “Babylon Fallin” he also has. Exploring powerful messages with a rebellious tone with a quality sound that is celebrated by many. Coming off the recent release of his mixtape Immaculate and gearing up for his first riddim product entitled Victory Rock, I spoke with Ka...

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Patricia Chin, affectionately known as Miss Pat to just about everyone, is the co-founder of VP Records with her late husband Vincent. VP Records is an independent Caribbean music record label, with music distribution and retail arms of the business. In this episode, Miss Pat shares parts of her musical journey, her impact on the music business, and her making moves in a male-dominated industry.  Miss Pat recently released  Miss Pa...

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Ronnie Tomlinson is the CEO of Destine Media, a Caribbean artiste public relations and management company.

Her successful transition into the entertainment market started in 2008 after the economic crisis. Being laid off from Goldman Sachs solidified her decision to become an entrepreneur and to never be dependent on a corporation for financial stability.

She manages the narrative for artistes such as Mavado, Ghetto Youths Intl, Kons...

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Chino McGregor has a level of consistency in the Reggae and Dancehall space that for some, may go under the radar. Recently releasing a new project, The Process in three parts, Gimmicks Over Lyrics, Gyal Factory and Riddim Ryda Style, respectively; I sat down with Chino and we discussed his journey in music that brought him to The Process; leveraging his access at an early age through his father, Freddie McGregor, developing his sk...

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February 8, 2021 22 min

February is Reggae month in Jamaica, Black History Month in the U.S. and February 6th is the birthday of Bob Marley.  His contribution to Reggae music is unmatched and his name rings legendary in any music conversation.  While I’ve always understood Bob Marley’s musical legacy,  by watching performances and listening to industry heads in documentaries, I’ve never quite experienced his importance through the eyes of fans. In this ep...

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January 25, 2021 36 min

Domestic violence as it relates to entertainment is nothing new. It exists in entertainment, because it exists in real life. The public gets a bird's-eye view Of the situations and are left to discuss and decide how they feel about the parties involved. 

Why are we talking about this now might you ask? It was definitely inspired by the allegations of physical, sexual and verbal abuse brought against Majah Hype, a famous Caribbea...

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January 11, 2021 31 min
  • COVID-19: Vaccine vs. No Vaccine
  • Caribbean music industry organization and collaboration
  • More new music from artists than 2020 
  • Artists developing alternative income streams
  • Increase in Travel to Caribbean and Latin American countries 
  • A cautious approach to Festivals/Hybrid events
  • Fashion Loungewear vs. Glamour wear
  • Fashion brands creating more content around their own designs (style, behind the scenes etc.) 

  • S&V Werk, Work, Wuk Tee

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    November 30, 2020 46 min

    2020 has been an interesting, challenging and emotional year for many. In this episode, I’m discussing the trends that kept us talking and how it impacted us from a personal and industry perspective. The 7 Topics include

  • COVID-19/Corona Virus 
  • Black Lives Matter #BLM
  • Elections & Politics
  • Everything going virtual
  • DJs Saving 2020
  • New Music from Caribbean and African Artists
  • COVID Fashion Trends

  • Listener Survey

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    Holidays in the Caribbean are the best! In this episode, we discuss the festive holiday traditions with Andrew Clarke of Braata Productions. With Andrew’s expertise in sharing Caribbean traditions through performing arts, we not only exchange our favorite holiday traditions, but we talk about how the COVID global pandemic has impacted Braata as an organization, his journey in the performing arts sector, and more. 

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    November 2, 2020 12 min

    Earlier this year I made Caribbean cultural predictions for 2020. There was so much happening in Caribbean music, fashion, travel, especially during COVID-19 that I wanted to revisit my predictions about what happened.

     

    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
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    October 18, 2020 43 min

    Sparked by controversial comments made by social media personality WhiteChocolate758 claiming to, “pave the way for black people” in the Caribbean carnival influencer space, this episode dissects his opinions, but more importantly reflects on how cultural appropriation happens and its impact on the aesthetics of Caribbean culture to the masses. Using this example of the Caribbean Carnival experience we evaluate all the angles and d...

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    October 4, 2020 23 min

    In this episode we’re on di road with Jamaican reggae singer Tarrus Riley whole recently released his new album Healing which was recorded during COVID. We talked about the experiences that lead to him recording during quarantine and the impact it had on him as a person/artist. He shares how the #LighterChallenge took off, his favorite recipes and find out what I asked him that he’s never been asked before and more.

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