Saturday, 22. January 2011

Sweet Jamaica



Imagine a country, where...

...people treat you as a friend rather then a visitor
...you get gorgeous food never known before & wish to never miss again
...old and young enjoing themselves on the same parties
...everyone is sharing the same love for one great music
and people know how to built a good loudspeaker. :)

Big up to all the lovely people I met on my journey, I'll be back soon!


To get an impression on the actual music scene, this Supersonic mix -covering anything from Lovers Rock to Concious Tunes- is one of the best and most authentic available at the moment:

Last day outta Babylon

Time to say goodbye to Sweet Jamaica...
I spent my last day in paradise at Belmonts wonderful little white sand beach.

Bigga; a good friend of him did the nice artwork
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my friend Mo with local heroe Achatta (a chatter --> talking very much)
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he forced us to take pictures with him :)
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typical jamaican streetstore
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he worked on this wonderful piece of art for the last 3 weeks
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one of jamaicas hidden postcard beaches
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This is Bonnie, one of the best chiefs in Westmoreland and famous for his "Hot Piccel Pepper Sauce". Give me a call if you want to taste it! ;)
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...recording to keep the name of the sauce :)

Friday, 21. January 2011

From Peter to the Black River

I meet a german guy at Rebel Salute who recomended Belmont (the birth place of Peter Tosh) to me.
Having the same timetable we decided to travel together for our last couple days on Jamaica...

our guesthouse run be a Ras called Bigger
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Belmont is a very tiny, laid back village near Bluefields on the South Coast.
Very nice people there, you nearly know everyone on the street in 2days :)
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lovely Peter Tosh Mausoleum down the steet
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Noni fruit in the garden...
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...and the most famous jamaican herb
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the mausoleum is run be Peter Toshs Cousin
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Being the most revolutionary member of The Wailers, Peter Toshs death seems to be linked to other political motivated incidents in music buisness (John Lennon assassin, shooting at Bob Marley shortly before a political concert, Buju Bantons actual trial)
The story of his mysterious dead is captured in the movie Stepping Razor - RedX.
When I asked his cousin, if the murder could be political motivated, he replied "could be!"...

R.I.P. Peter


Street Store
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Akis for Jamaicas National dish "Aki & Saltfish"
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We decided to spent the rest of the day on the famous Black River where you should be able to see some impressive reptiles

instead of taking the big tourist boats we asked a local fisherman to carry us
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baby croco trapped in the exhaust gases of a tourist boat
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huge one
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the inofficial tour ends in a tiny village with a little bar
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Sista Lou serves drinks and crabs
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local boy with local toy
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our captain recomended a little swim because crocodiles shouldn't reach to that point :)
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leaving
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our captain
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back in black river town
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fishing market
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good restaurant!
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Black River really reminded me on Belize City
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Wednesday, 19. January 2011

(Rebel) Salute

When I walked with Richie trough Kingston we meet this old Rastafari and talked to him about me going to the festival.
"Rebel Salute, he replied, no Rebel anymore..."

Being at the festival for nearly 14hours I knew now what he was talking about; some impressions on the PEPSI Rebel Salute -some nice shows, much sponsoring, very little culture-:

way to the festival
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since Elephant Man is doing comercials for KFC, selling out the jamaican music scene seems to become common
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WHAT THE FUCK!
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swiss family I knew from my guesthouse
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the proles where to far away to take good pictures :)
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gorgeous song! "Queen Ifrica - times like these"



great food
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inna di zoo
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wicked I-Octane show!

"Blaze,
blaze,
blaze,
blaze;
bun Babylon and them dutty ways!..."

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crowd going crazy



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-->got some sleep...

... till sunrise
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Poor mans heroe Fantan Mojah - Lion Paaaaaw!


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friends from my guesthouse...
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...enjoy your tour, all the best!
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confusion
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on the beach for an early swim
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Alligators & Fishermen

Today I head further east to get closer to Rebel Salute and arrived in a little Fishing Village called Alligators Pond.
No Alligators at all -and different stories where the village has its name from- but more later on.

Starting the day with some wise words...
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...filling up gas at the Cool Oasis Fuel Station...
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...arriving after 1h of traveling in AP.

nice Guest House
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Kids were fishing
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again :)
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chose a fish!
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rain on Rebel Salute?
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Friday, 14. January 2011

The Souths sandy treasure

So far the North was not that exciting/way to much tourism influenced.
The South is supposed to be less touristic & the place to visit for an authentic Jamaica besides Kingston.
Surrounded by mountains & pretty hard to reach by public transport Treasure Beach, my first stop down here, is the most famous southern destination.

First: I found this in my guide...
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...and that in my guest house :)
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I meet him in a bar yesterday, now I know what hes doing at daytime!
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