Saturday, November 19, 2022

New Wave's flagship event, Block Party, returned in fine style after a two-year hiatus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The cultural, creative and digital media platform, founded by Grammy-nominated reggae artiste Protoje and creative Jason Panton, converged at the new hot spot Di Lot on Constant Spring Road on Sunday November 13. Since the first staging in 2019, the event has become known for curating spaces and experiences that highlight the boldness and vibrancy of the Jamaican culture, with a focus on current and emerging creatives. Artisans and creatives on site included visual artist Joshua Solas, Bumble Beauty Ltd, Rachael Lane and Braata Box & Co. Plantation Smokehouse, Dining With Curvy and Seafood876 made up the list of food vendors who met the refreshment needs.

DJs Brush 1 the Road Marshal, Bloodline Franco, Heatwave Fatalic, Laing D, Fyahmatic and Circa Fatman kept the crowd on their feet for the evening, with Protoje making a special appearance. The presenting sponsors for the event included VM Group, Very Culture!, Itopia Life and Pepsi Jamaica.

New Wave's director Lindsey Lodenquai, who couldn't wait for the creatives and partiers to experience this year's staging, shared, "We are super-excited about the return of our mini festival... New Wave in itself is really a creative platform for local talents and the best way to showcase that is by having events that facilitate all the different facets of the creative scene."

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[New Wave's next event will be Celebrity Closet, a charity gift shop, scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2022]

Photos: Karl Mclarty
What's The Rush?Attorney-cum-content creator Rushane "RushCam" Campbell and event planner Ashley Miller took to the dance floor.Karl Mclarty
Creative TribeTribe Nine principal Troy Oraine was flanked by stylist and principal of Flowerchild1999 Kaysian Bourke (left) and film producer Ravekia Stephens for a photo op. Karl Mclarty
Fun 4 SureFrom left: Shantae Morgan, senior associate manager, Sutherland; customer service representatives Shauna-Kay Williams and Thalia Bembridge; and singer Ovasha Bartley posed for the shutterbug. Karl Mclarty
Point of ViewJakes Hotel, Villas & Spa Chairman Jason Henzell (centre) was flanked by film producer brothers Storm (left) and Nile Saulter for a snap. Karl Mclarty
Attention, Art!Visual artist Joshua Solas shared the frame with one of his pieces, We Work on the Other Side of Time. Karl Mclarty
Burst ModePhotographer and New Wave Block Party promoter Yannick Reid (left) shared the frame with DJ Brush 1 the Road Marshal.Karl Mclarty
Spin MastersDJ Bloodline Franco (left) and DJ Brush 1 the Road Marshal kept the crowd in a frenzy. Karl Mclarty
Te Amo CamoAssistant project manager Shakeen Smith suited up in on-trend camouflage for the block party. Karl Mclarty

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