Buju Banton: Long Walk to Freedom Tour – Grenada

Continue Reading Buju Banton: Long Walk to Freedom Tour – Grenada

'No matter how many years pass, Buju's timeless contributions will always be relevant in our hearts and minds' Perhaps #FreeBuju, a campaign spanning seven years powered by the people led to the early release of incarcerated Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall Singer Buju Banton. Whatever it was, we have longed for his return. We’ve yearned to be in the presence of a lyrical genius who writes and performs hair and hand-raising music. You see, they don’t make tunes like that anymore, the ones where you can still catch a vibe on the millionth playback. Buju made many, and to this day can fire up a crowd in any Caribbean fete, christening, wedding, dancehall, concert and even funeral! You can guarantee that a Buju track will result in a “Pull up!” from the selector (DJ), and a resounding roar in agreement from the crowd.  The day the Buju Banton - Long Walk to Freedom Tour in Grenada by Sunshine Promotions was announced, it brought me back to 2007 when I visited Grenada for the first time without my parents. Picture this, I was perched on concrete bleachers, in a rural countryside stadium between two Ganja farmers (Rastas smoking marijuana). Everything beyond the stage was pitch black, but the stars shone brightly. That was until Buju sauntered on-stage like a true champion head-to-toe in a white satin suit. Figuratively and literally he was the star of the show, and he did not disappoint on his return this month.  If you came here looking for a critical concert review, you wouldn’t get it, because I was starstruck and transfixed on his every move the moment he skanked on stage. He gave a performance worth every penny put towards the airline tickets of those who flew in. His swag and bold bravado were ever-present in each song,…

Sandals Grenada: Red Lane Spa

Continue Reading Sandals Grenada: Red Lane Spa

“With active ingredients like guava, raw sugarcane, wild yam, passion flower and seaweed the Red Lane Spa experience and Red Lane Products were designed with island living in mind! There’s even a range called Spice, inspired by the enchantment and warmth of Grenada and infused with the scent of nutmeg, clove and ylang-ylang.” As a certified spa junkie and firm believer in the importance of a consistent skincare regime, I wish someone told me (before I sealed every single one of my products with masking tape) there’s a huge chance they wouldn’t result in the flawless effect I was so used to when used in a humid Caribbean climate. Cue… my Flawless Facial at Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa, where I discovered Red Lane Spa and Red Lane Products. Ninety glorious minutes at the hands of a fantastic therapist originally from Jamaica, my face, head, back and shoulders regained its radiance. My mind transcended to my favourite majestic place in the West Indies and my body fully rejuvenated by a medley of products and methods inspired by the best remedies and traditions found in the tropics. What’s more, Grenadian residents and Caricom passport holders pay 50% of the regular USD treatment price, which in my view is excellent for such a quality service, and highly trained and skilled spa therapist that has worked throughout the region. Since my transition to the tropics, I’ve battled with finding the right facial skincare. I have an abundance of natural blends of coconut oil based body products, but with oily/combination skin, I’ve been faced with hot and sweaty challenges (no pun intended). Before my treatment, I had a sniff and sample fest with the testers and with active ingredients like ginger, guava, raw sugarcane, wild yam, lemongrass, passion flower and seaweed they certainly complimented…