History on Caribbean Celebrations

​Hey lovelies hope everyone is having a great week so far😊.

So I’m back with another carnival post….Yes I love carnival and its still carnival season😁. Carnival in some people’s eyes is all just about wearing the prettiest outfit and bomb ass makeup.

 Carnival in the West Indies in recent times is dying mainly because of its commercialization. I see rappers coming to carnival to shoot their video in the midst of it all like wtf 😒…..using carnival as a prop… They have no clue what carnival is about. All they see is women in feathers. 

Another major breakdown of Carnival culture is that everything is so sexualized. Thousands of years ago woman and men walked the Earth naked and it was who they were and it was understood. Today if people as much as see a cheek showing that woman is going to be belittled. 

Carnival in the Caribbean and our African ancestors/traditional practices.

1. For those who don’t know, carnival is indeed of african roots. Our ancestors created carnival through a major celebration that they would practice after harvesting. Some of these Africans that were kidnapped and brought to the Caribbean did the same celebration after sugar cane harvesting was over.

2. Dress

 Here’s why the feathers are so important. They have been used by our ancestors and African culture for thousands of years. They represent our ability to travel to another realm, overcome illnesses, bad situation, to be reborn, rise above trial and tribulations. It also represents spiritual growth. 

    

3. Characters

The various characters such as stilts figures and Jankunu are exactly that of our ancestors and is still to this day being practiced. I personally love the Jonkunu. I always look foward to it. However in recent times it is so commercialized to the point where its now a photo op instead of I’m enlightened and appreciative by the meaning of this.

4. Dance

 Our dance and style of parading is of our ancestors themselves. If you notice, we march and parade about in circles. That’s most of what we do. This is in fact a very ancient tradition where our ancestors would parade in circles with their costumes, masks and headdresses on throughout their villages to bring forth positive energy, good fortune and heal problems. The music is also a big part of carnival and African traditional musical instuments are key in producing amazing carnival music.

Im doing this because another major carnival celebration is just around the corner, Crop Over. For those who don’t know Crop Over is celebrated in Barbados and is held in the month of July. It is important that we understand what this celebration is all about. 

Of course you know I had to show my fav in her Crop Over costumes for the past couple years.

Crop Over 2015

Crop Over 2013

Crop Over 2011

Before you go feel free to share your thoughts below☺.

Xo

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Editor’s Picks

​African art holds alot of meaning in the villages and communities that curated them. The precision, technique and mastery of these crafted items were and still are innovative and before their time. 

Binga Basket

This is a traditional beautifully woven handmade plate by women. It is typically made from fiber such as seaweed or Iala palm grass which are intricately woven, creating a number of different ethnic patterns. These add a rich traditional afrocentric feel to your home. Buy here

Agaseke

The Agaseke is a Rwandese traditional woven craft by women, from mother to daughter. The mother hands this to the daughter at her wedding as a sign of peace and love. It is also associated with secrecy. Due to the agaseke being covered only the person receiving this gift get to know the secret. These are absolutely beautiful and they are my favorite. These are true convesation starters….a must share story. Buy here

Morrocan boucherouite rug

The Morroccan Berber tribe have for centuries a tradition of making fine hand-woven rugs and carpets. The rugs consist of rich colors, woven symbols, etc. They believe in the positive energy of Baraka to ward off evil energies or spirits. When a rug is crafted, it often has symbols woven into it to infuse protective powers in the carpet. Buy here

Bogolan Cloth 

The Bogolan or ‘mud cloth’ is a beautiful hand-woven fabric hailing from Mali. This fabric is traditionally dyed with fermented mud. The Bogolan is often filled with symbols that reveal something secret about the intended meaning, and the language of the cloth was passed down from mother to daughter. Buy here 

Bogolan Pillows

Bogolan originating from Mali is used to create a number of items from the obove mud cloth to pillows and seat covers. Pillows are such an easy item to change out throughout the year. To add a more afrocentric look and feel to your home, these Bogolan pillows are perfect. Buy here

Burkina Fasco Fan

These stunning fans are hand made in Burkina Fasco, Africa. Buy here

Xo

Travelling Tips

Traveling overseas is one thing that is on most, if not all, of our bucket list. Experiencing different cultures in its various forms – history, music, people etc. is something I’ve always wanted to do. Traveling is an outer body and inner body transformation and realization that each and everyone of us should experience at some point in life. Traveling can be exciting, however, if the necessary precautions are not taken, it could go downhill. I have outlined a few things I’ve done when traveling that has helped me big time.

Money

Be sure that the specific country you are traveling to uses your credit card. Local cash is a must and this tip i learned from my mom. A day or so before you leave for your travels stop by your nearest western union store or online and send yourself some money to the destination where u are going to be. When you get to the destination stop by the closest WU store and pick up your money. Why, you ask? Typically when you bring your actual currency to these country it’s gonna be exchanged to the local currency. When it comes to the exchange of currency, there is usually a charge that cost an arm and a leg bruh! Also you dont want to use a currency that is not of the land. You dont want to stick out cause thats when you get scammed. 

Important Document

Ensure you have two 2 copies of your passport, visa, greencard etc. Keep one at the place you’re staying and keep one back in your home country. In the event that you lose anything you have backup.

Accomodation

Obviously you would want to book your hotel in advance. However, like 2 weeks before you travel ensure to double check with the hotel and make sure that your room is indeed still booked cause sometimes they do overbook. I had to learn the hard way 😩(had to tell har bout har mudda cunt) 😂 dont judge🙅

Communication

Activate your phone’s roaming plan; some are free and some are not. If you dont want to do that there are a bunch of international calling apps out there such as magicjack.

Be sure to research prior hand local events, happenings, local food because the tourist treatment is not always a true representation of the culture of that country. 

Hope this helps and if you have any additional tips feel free to share it in the comments.

Xo

Chronology Tour

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Chronology Tour
Chronixx
Kelissa
Zincfence redemption

Look here nuh man you see this man right here is one of the chosen ones. His music, his spirit, his mind is on a whole other level. I’m a day one fan of this King right here and when I tell you that the performance that he put on last night was an experience that touched the mind and the soul all at the same time.

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The opening act, Kelissa, blessed the stage with her beautiful voice singing hits such as “How Many More” and even showcased her guitar skills which were phenomenal by the way.

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Soon it was time for the man himself, hailing from Spanish Town Jamaica, Chronixx. He came out and immediately put the whole audience in a rhythmic trance with his dancing. The way he danced, flashing his locs; his hand and foot movement brought out a nostalgic feeling that was embedded in our genes ancestrally. We, our physical selves, didn’t necessarily moved like that but our ancestors did and passed it down to us metaphysically.
He graced us with hit after hit such as :
Spirulina
Majesty
Capture Land
Nah follow nobody
Smile Jamaica
They Don’t Know
Roots and Chalice” My Fav ❤

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Throughout his performance, he brought opening act, Kelissa back out and the two performed their hit single “Winna” and it was electrifying and filled with soul.
What I love about Chronixx is his ‘unapologetic-ness’. He is not afraid to share the truth and talk about the injustices that we as melanated people face around the world. During his performance he took the time to share a very important message. He talked about the Coral Gardens massacre that happened in Jamaica under white supremacist leader Alexander Bustamante. What was Good Friday for many yesterday was Bad Friday for the Rastafarian community caused by events that took place marked 52 years ago to date. P.M. Bustamante ordered to bring in all Rastas, dead or alive. Over 150 Rastas were arrested, jailed, beaten and tortured just because they refused to conform to Babylon and their twisted system. Indeed a very dark day. He further talked about how just 52 years ago it was a bad and very dangerous thing just being a Rasta. In today’s society, especially now more than ever a lot of people are treating locs as a fashion trend without knowing and appreciating the true meaning of what it is, the numerous battles that they fought and how significant it is.

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I end this off by personally saying, “You were nothing short of Amazing.” If Chronixx comes to a city near you please go see him you won’t regret it. Check Tour dates

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Skankin Sweet!

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❤❤

Enjoy
Xo

Pic credit: chronixx instagram

Following My Bliss

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Words from my mother “So a man thinketh so is he”….and I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this notion from your parents, relatives or even friends at some point in your life. The powers of the mind is not something to take lightly. The stories we tell ourselves and the very things we believe about ourselves can either prevent things from happening or they can manifests itself. I know for me there are times when I would tell myself that a certain thing may not work out or happen. It infact turned out that the exact same thing I was telling myself would not happen indeed came to pass…..You know why?….because it got to a point where i started to manifest negativity… whatever you put in you get out!!
Many of us have preconceived mindset about certain things in life and that is where we go wrong. We are made in the presence of Gods and Goddesses that are inherently within us and that makes us capable of doing anything we put our ‘minds’ to.
In life certain situations may present itself and we may think ohh its too small or big for us….but let me tell you this run with the wind…matter a fact out run the wind (mind) embrace it, put your own spin on it, own it….because there is a reason why certain opportunities present itself…its apart of our destiny and purpose. None of it is a coincidence. You would be surprise where it takes you!

Following My Bliss
Xo