Entertainment

Bae Vibes marks milestone

BY SADE GARDNER
Observer writer

Saturday, September 08, 2018

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If you told event promoter Paul “DJ Stamma” Watson that he would have been celebrating a year-old event last Thursday, he probably would not have believed you. This is because the inaugural staging of Bae Vibes, his brainchild first staged last August, was intended to be a one-off event.

The event unfolded at Stones Throw Bar & Grill on Mannings Hill Road in Kingston.

“The anniversary was pretty good, it was a lot of vibes and as usual more women then men,” Watson told the Jamaica Observer. “We had performances courtesy of Tessellated and Naomi Cowan. She did a cameo and performed her song Paradise Plum in his set. It was a great vibe — we had a good turn out and the venue was relatively full.”

ZJ Nova, Fatalic Sounds and Watson (DJ Stamma) were a few DJs on the turntables.

According to Watson, Bae Vibes was birthed as a creative haven with women at its core.

“I was going to events and saw where women were being ignored,” he said. “A lot of events end up being about getting the most forward for a tune or whichever selector can get money pull up, it wasn't really about the people. I feel women help to carry a swing to any event and if women aren't enjoying themselves, it's not really great to me.”

“But it's not just straight music for the ladies,” he continued. “You can hear songs you've never heard before, you can come and get a caricature, you have henna…we're just creating new experiences for people and trying to bridge the gap between creativity and mainstream stuff.”

He is pleased with the support the event has attracted and plans to expand.

“Every other Bae Vibes after is gonna be bigger and better,” he said. “We're looking to develop the event outside of Kingston by going to other locations whether it be Ochi, MoBay and even outside Jamaica.”

Plans for a weekend party series in Negril next year are also afoot.

Bae Vibes is usually staged on the last Thursday of each month.

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