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!... Show More

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February 22, 2021 41 min

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.) 

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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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    Caribbean Fashion designers are feeling the impact of COVID, especially in the region. An already challenging industry is continuing to be resilient and pivoting with the new trends. In this episode we speak Caribbean Fashion strategist Ain Earle of The Fashion Arch, based in Trinidad & Tobago on how she transitioned to help brands from in-person Pop-up shops to virtual pop-up shops, sharing how designers are getting through th...

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    In the past few podcast episodes, we’ve talked a lot about music. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on those conversations with artists, DJs and fellow podcasters. We all discuss ways to continue to move Dancehall and Reggae music while preserving its foundation...in a sense. How the music has changed, what are the impacts of those changes and the perception of the business? During COVID alone, we’ve looked at everything from Ver...

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    When it comes to musical creativity do current Reggae artists get the same fight as Dancehall artists when it comes to the sounds? Odessa of Reasonings With Odessa Podcast and Shawn (@ReggaeMusicForever)  of Reggae Talk Podcast join me for a spirited debate on this topic. We give examples of artists and songs, the inspiration for artists, how technology impacted the production and leave you thinking about your own perspective o...

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    August 10, 2020 43 min

    While many artists are creating fusion sounds, we’re still trying to figure out what the new sound of Jamaican music is called, Tessellated is just creating music with the foundation of sounds he is inspired by. The twenty-something Jamaican producer and artist has built his music on the foundation of Reggae and Dancehall while adding some Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B elements. Connecting and collaborating with like-minded artists, Tesse...

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    August 3, 2020 22 min

    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 faci...

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    July 27, 2020 25 min

    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 s...

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    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.

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    State of Dancehall

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    June 29, 2020 40 min

    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...

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    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.

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    June 1, 2020 53 min

    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: D...

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    May 25, 2020 19 min

    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...

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