The Style & Vibes Podcast: Exploring Caribbean Culture, Fashion, Music and more

The Style & Vibes Podcast: Exploring Caribbean Culture, Fashion, Music and more

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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September 23, 2019 29 min

We’re giving you more style! In this episode Syn of Caribbean Style Phyle and I are talking about Caribbean designers at New York Fashion Week. Cushnie, by Carly Cushnie, Pyer Moss by Kerby Jean Raymond and Savage Fenty by Rihanna.

 

Stylin’ On: Caribbean Designers

  • Cushnie SS/20 Phenomenal Mother

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  • September 9, 2019 42 min

    We’ve all heard the term “Gyallis” is a popular Danceahall slang for a man that is romantically involved with multiple women. Jamaican entertainment newspaper The Star put out an article about Gyallis culture being cancelled because more Dancehall artist  are getting... Read more

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    K’Coneil is a talented Jamaican born, New York-based artist that has been growing steadily over the last few years charting Billboard, winning awards, collaborating with various artists like Stonebwoy and Kreesha Turner, making music that the ladies adore with nuff island vibes. In the episode K’Coneil gets into why his musical style is considered genre-fluid, doing reggae/dancehall being based in NYC, his growth as an artist, h... Read more

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    Syntyche Clarke has been working with Caribbean fashion designers in New York City and the Caribbean region for years. Syn has produced fashion shows and co-founded her former online boutique Signature 78. Syn is now transforming the curation space with Caribbean Style Phyle, an online platform dedicated to showcasing Caribbean designers, lifestyle brands and stylis... Read more

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    July 29, 2019 61 min

    Reggae Sumfest 2019 was pure fire! There was so much to unpack from Jamaica’s premier reggae and dancehall stage festival of the summer; from the brand marketing, production and of course the performances. In this episode executive product Kerry-Ann and I breakdown all of the moments that made Reggae Sumfest a hit in 2019 so you can make sure you don’t miss 2020! 

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    Carnival can be an overwhelming experience to plan. In this episode I’m speaking with Shermica Farquhar, founder of Soka Tribe, to discuss Carnival’s cultural impact on her a Brooklyn native, starting Soka Tribe in Washington DC and preparing mentally and physically for the main event! Soka Tribe holds classes, event performances and hosts revelers on a trip to Trinidad C... Read more

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    Jamaican DJ/Producer Washly Fire’s who’s career in music has had a steady rise of success. Walshy Fire’s knowledge of various music genres and a deep understanding of music’s cultural impact globally make him stand out in any crowd. Well known for being one-third of the DJ/Producer supergroup Major Lazer, Walshy Fire recently released his album “Abeng” a project that brings the sounds of the Caribbean and Africa together on one ... Read more

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    Winnie Sabbat is a millennial Haitian woman living her best life in NYC. A finance director for a creative agency, Winnie got bit by the travel bug when her friends convinced her to travel to Mexico her senior year in college and she’s never looked back. In this episode, we talk about her migration story, overcoming cultural traditions of a woman traveling solo and her memoir about her journey.

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    June 3, 2019 9 min

    Celebrating the anniversary of the Style & Vibe Podcast during Caribbean American Heritage Month (#CAHM) in this quick episode Mikelah is encouraging you to celebrate your heritage in a big way, but please share with others!  We’re having fun, enjoying bringing you great interviews and commentary about our culture our way. Would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for future shows and guest e-mail us at Read more

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    The Caribbean film industry has been blossoming over the last few years with more stories from Caribbeans and Caribbean diaspora filmmakers creating films and shorts. Thanks to organizations like Caribbean American Film Academy (CaFA) bringing them to the people through festivals and movie screens. In this episode Romola Lucas (co-founder of CaFA) and Alysia Simone (Director of CaFA and founder of Rewind & Come Again) discus... Read more

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    May 6, 2019 30 min

    As the number of Caribbean carnivals across the globe has grown, Jamaica Carnival has been on a rapid rise in the last few years. Jamaica is already one of the top Caribbean destinations for the Caribbean regions, for people visiting during the carnival weekend, it’s a time to explore the other side of the island as well as take advantage of the islands’ vibe and culture from a different perspective. In this episode Deanna, of <... Read more

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    April 22, 2019 21 min

    Reggae singer Chris Martin has had the ladies screaming and fellas respect for years. Since his win on Digicel Rising Stars singing competition program, his voice and music topics have matured with his fans as he dabbles in both the reggae love songs and dancehall categories. We talk about how he’s grown as a reggae artist, his latest album Read more

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    Carnival culture has exploded across the globe in recent years. With events driven by elaborate costumes, Soca and pure vibes, inspired by Trinidad, carnivals have popped up in places like Japan, Oakland and Houston. The expansion is great for the soca music and creative industry, however it comes backlash. In this episode, I’m joined with DJ Jel and Caribbean journalist Melissa Noel discuss the backlash and why carnival culture... Read more

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    March 25, 2019 37 min

    With her infectious personality and insatiable energy, Vanessa James uses her multi-platform career in music, radio, TV, voiceover and media to inspire others every day. The native South Floridian with Trinidadian and Venezuelan roots has been the voice behind some of your favorite lifestyle events and brands. As a premier bilingual, female multi-media personality and as an experienced events host and producer, entertainment cor... Read more

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    Fiona Compton is an England base Caribbean creative hailing from St. Lucia. She’s a true creative “Jane of all trades” working as a photographer artist, filmmaker, historian and storyteller. Sharing exploring complex Caribbean realities over the past 13 years her work has explored the various disparities in the representation of the Afro Caribbean diaspora within art and mainstream media.

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    Jamaican menswear designer Carlton Brown has a passion for the perfect suit. The custom fit designer has designed suits for countless celebrities across the region like Usain Bolt, Aidonia, Chris Martin, Agent Sasco and many more. In this episode, we have a candid discussion on how Carlton started designing, his family life, the Caribbean fashion industry and how he’s stayed in his lane to nurture success on his own terms.  

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    February 11, 2019 39 min

    In this episode executive producer, Kerry and I dissect the idea of “Bad Mind.” A popular idea in Caribbean music, particularly Dancehall we talk about why the term is so popular, how it is used and know the difference between  “Bad Mind” and constructive criticism.

     

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    The Fyre Festival was a music festival scheduled to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Exclusively targeted to elite millennials as a luxurious version of Coachella organize by Fyre creator Billy McFarland with “partner” rapper Ja Rule. The festival didn’t happen, Billy oversold and under delivered committing fraudulent activity to cover up the fiasco, causing chaos for festival goers, staff, Bahamian contractors/... Read more

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    January 14, 2019 23 min

    Whether you do resolutions or not, the new year is always a good time to get yourself right mind, body and soul. The new year is a time to reflect, make new goals and have a renewed spirit as you evolve on your life’s journey. I’m sharing ten tips that can help you make realistic changes that you can stick to.

     

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    Haiti’s history is steeped in strength and unity. While many are aware of Haiti’s independence, Haiti more historical and cultural contribution to history globally. My guest Kreyolicious is a Haitian-American author and blogger who’s been sharing Haiti’s history on her blog, Kreyolicious for years. We talk about why she created her platform, Haiti’s rich history and how the other Caribbean islands are more interconnected than pe... Read more

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