Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Stella McCartney Resort Rocks Reggae, Perfume, and a Message in a Bottle

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Stella McCartney celebrated resort season with her annual garden party in NYC. This year the designer moved the chic fête from the Elizabeth Street garden in Nolita to the garden grounds behind the High Line Hotel. Ky-Mani Marley the only child of Bob Marley and Jamaican table tennis champion Anita Belnavis kept guests grooving to reggae throughout the night, reminding [...]

The True Story of Rastafari

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

For Jamaica’s leaders, Rastafari has been an important aspect of the country’s global brand. Struggling with sky-high unemployment, vast inequality, and extreme poverty (crippling debt burdens from IMF agreements haven’t helped the situation), they have relied on Brand Jamaica—the government’s explicit marketing push, beginning in the 1960s—to attract tourist dollars and foreign investment to the island. The [...]

To Celebrate Reggae Music, Jamaica’s the Place

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

I was in Kingston attending a small conclave of local filmmakers sponsored by the Jamaica Film and Television Association. After viewing five short films, each of the filmmakers got to answer questions from the media. After listening to all the chatter, I interjected with this simple question, "Does anyone remember ‘The Harder they Come’?" This [...]

A taste of island living with a trip to Jamaica

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

There aren’t very many tourists on my flight from New York to ­Kingston – it’s mostly ­Jamaicans going home. The tourists usually favour the trip to ­Montego Bay, from where they’re immediately shuttled into carefully cloistered resorts and served a jolly medley of reggae and other clichés of island life along with the necessary TVs, [...]

Forever loving Jamaica: Travel Weekly

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Artist, photographer, film director, musician. Lee Jaffe has comfortably inhabited all these roles in many parts of the world, but his attachment to Jamaica, where he was, for a period, a member of Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, led him back to the island more than 200 times over the past 40 years. His photography [...]

Wowed by wild Jamaica

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

We grip the sides of the rickety fishing boat as it slams against the crests of the Caribbean waves. My husband and I try to ignore the fact that we are not wearing life jackets.The dreadlocked boatman is perched perilously at the bow. This is a feat, given that the ride is bumpier than Jamaica’s [...]

DON CARLOS: REGGAE ICON’S LOVE FOR

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Returning to Nigeria, 22 years after his first visit, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, recounts intimate experiences with his Nigerian fans. Nseobong Okon-Ekong reports Not customary with the character of entertainment star of his stature and fame, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, real name, Ervin Spencer, was alone in his hotel room in Lagos. He [...]

How Reggae Defeated Mambo

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Havana in the 1950s was Las Vegas with beaches. Affluent North Americans escaped to Cuba to indulge in cigars, sex, rum, and affordable luxury. Leading hotels and casinos boasted of dance halls and large orchestras. Modeled after popular New York orchestral combos, these tourism-generated bands infused popular music from the United States with the instruments [...]

Jamaica’s best live music venues

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Music flows through the veins of the Jamaican people and their love for reggae and jazz is instilled almost from birth. Live music is a popular feature at many of the venues across the island and tourists who want to enjoy authentic Jamaican jamming won’t be disappointed. After spending all day exploring the island, eating [...]

Jamaica’s best beach hotels and accommodation on a budget

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Rockhouse, West End, Negril If you’re after the cliff-edge drama of the West End, but don’t fancy slumming it, the Rockhouse is probably for you. Some of the West End’s most upmarket hotels are so antiseptic and uptight you’d hardly know you were in Jamaica, but the Rockhouse has managed to combine modern boutique [...]