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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November 22, 2021 2 min

The Style & Vibes podcast will be on a break until further notice. In this quick update, I’m sharing why and what you can expect. While I’m unsure of how long this break will be, you can most certainly catch up on any old shows you may have missed or re-listen to some of your favorites. You can also keep up with me, Style & Vibes inna real life, on my personal Twitter and Instagram 


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Glenroy March aka D’Marsh, Jamaican-born New York based fashion designer, tastemaker and chief couturier of the revered design brand, House of D’Marsh has been driving creative  conversations in the fashion industry for almost two decades. In this episode we discuss D’Marsh’s career from grade school in Jamaica to teaching master classes in Ghana during the pandemic. He shares the importance of staying true to his vision, maintaini...

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Swizz Beatz and Timbaland took their Verzuz platform to the next level utilizing dancehall once again and organized the Verzuz Iconz concert the night before KRS One Verzuz Big Daddy Kane. Held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY dancehall legend Super Cat headlined the concert with special guests including Wyclef & the Refugee Sound, TeeJay, Kranium, Dexta Daps, Konshens, Baby Cham, Barrington Levy, King Addies Sound System...

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With a background in media and event production, Althea Blackford is the founder of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week. She has worked with many emerging and established designers over her two decade fashion career. With a cultural background from Barbados and Jamaica, Althea wanted to create an event that celebrates her Caribbean heritage and culture while providing a platform for designers to showcase their collection and connect with...

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September 19, 2021 57 min


Edley Shine is ½ of the 90s Dancehall/Hip-Hop duo, Born Jamericans. Edley Shine has perfected an Adult Contemporary Dancehall space with his music, style and vibes. The amazing artist, of Born Jamerican fame, notably dubbed “Da Big Voice,” once again proves that he can deliver grown up and entertaining music with his red-hot Summer Series of music releases, includes "Money Face," "Cloud 9," Sweet Baby Pt. 2 (Inna De...

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September 6, 2021 17 min

Every year Labor Day Weekend in New York, the city comes alive with all things Caribbean. If you have never been, it’s truly a great experience, even if you just get a chupes of the vibes. For the second year in a row, due to COVID-19 the West Indian American Day Parade has been canceled, but this year the events are still keeping with limitations. With a history dating back to the 1940’s the West Indian American Day Parade holds s...

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In the bonus episode, we’re back with another feed drop this time from Breadfruit Media family and Style & Vibes executive producer Kerry Ann’s podcast Carry on Friends! This was a particularly educational episode on Race, Ethnicity and Nationality with special guest host Chris Williams of Where Itz At Magazine and Jennifer Tomlinson, professor and interim dean of learning support at Valencia College. They discuss:

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    August 8, 2021 41 min


    In the bonus episode, I’m collaborating with the Breadfruit Media family, sharing a full episode of Strictly Facts, hosted by Alexandria Miller. You heard a snippet from her in my last episode on Reggae & Spirituality. This episode is focused on the history carnival, fetes and the distinction of Barbados’ Crop Over with PhD candidate in Cultural Studies Shauna Rigaud. I hope you enjoy it.

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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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    July 12, 2021 24 min

    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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