Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Be Braap~Be Inspired!!! Quote From Helen Keller

‘What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.’ - Helen Keller


This quote refers to a very different aspect of love, that of true unity.  If you look at experiences, the fact that they are forever stored within our memories does accredit them as part of us providing memories that can be conjured up in times of sadness. Love is a source of great comfort and as we journey through life we come to realise the more love we give the more we will receive. Loving deeply doesn’t just refer to people; we can love our homes and cities, the countryside, a favourite painting and derive great enjoyment from other experiences such as nights out with friends. Taking a pride in ourselves and the things we love is truly beneficial to all. Cumulatively these different aspects contribute to developing an overall state as a loving being- which is of course the best state we can aspire to.

Jaz McKenzie

Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk


Monday, 28 December 2015

LT Stitchie live at The Hootananny! Reggae Special


Last night the Hootananny was definitely blazing with a night of Reggae performances for the Bank Holiday Special.

Let’s go straight to the headliner, LT Stitchie who positively buzzes with energy and enthusiasm for his craft- especially the messages he wishes to bestow upon us. Lt Stitchie immerses his core values into the heart of the music, cleverly integrating the two enabling him to deliver in such a unique way that everyone’s attention is captured- always the sign of an outstanding preacher which, combined with his performance skills, puts Lt Stitchie in a class of his own. It was well worth waiting until 3am for his performance! And let me stay in the Lt Stitchie flow and give thanks for obtaining a decent shot- apologies to all other artists but my phone is something else!

Now, back down to earth! Winsome Moncrieffe-Mitchell opened the show with her stunning accapello performance of Mr Vegas, ‘I Am Blessed,’ delivered powerfully with Winsome’s usual clarity.  Winsome followed up with, ‘Hurting Me,’ her current release (with co-members of the group Family Love.) Up next we had the somewhat gentler yet engaging tones of Kareem Shabazz, a natural performer and excellent lyricist. Ms Sunrize followed, telling a love story with her three Lover’s rock tracks- soon to be released. To my mind the last act in this set, Sherii Ven Dyer, really stood out with her stage presence, soaring vocals and an exceptional cover of Adele’s, ‘Hello.’


Artists in the second half of the show were backed by The Artist Band. Opened by Glen Sloley singing a couple of his hit songs- 'Lonely Soldier,' 'Lover’s Rock Revival Party,' and recent release, ‘Living in Love.’ Andrew Sloley, Glen's brother, followed, bringing bags of candy for the ladies- what a move! Both gave very good performances. Aleighcia Scott, from Reggae Star Factor gave it her all. Although she sang well, I wasn’t impressed when, having sung over half the song Aleighcia instructed the band to pull up. If you pull up after a few bars that's fine- this adds to the vibe, but over half a song and not in response to audience demand, more at the artist’s whim. I consider this selfish as it cuts into other artists’ time. Due to the amount of pull-ups throughout the evening, the show ran an hour late which is so not good! I also didn't quite get why Aleighcia deviated from Reggae during a Reggae special- I think we already knew she had a powerful voice. 

Finally we come to True Identity whose had an excellent start to their set. I was most impressed with their original song about Mama that was written by the trio and this got me thinking. Yes they sing good cover versions, but if you’re called True Identity then be true to yourselves and produce more original songs. This might be a challenge but the results are far more interesting and I imagine give rise to greater satisfaction. I think they would be well advised to explore their musical talents to the max and accelerate, having reached a comfortable platform, possibly taking their career to new heights. Quick mention here to Sarah Tobias who played the sax for the ladies- I have heard Sarah on several occasions and she always delivers- quirky sense of humour too when we have a chance to observe it!

To round off, it was a great conclusion to my year at the Hootananny and I’m looking forwards to 2016!

Jaz McKenzie ~ Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas 1/365 Poem by Jaz McKenzie


CHRISTMAS  1/ 365

Don’t just feel the love
Be love
Emanate love
Share love
Seek love
See everyone through the eyes of love
Live as an ambassador for love
Not just 1/365 but for all Eternity


Jaz McKenzie ©2015

This year's Christmas poem goes to the heart of Christmas which is love. Whatever your beliefs, most of us agree that love is key to our happiness and when we are grounded in love we are able to achieve much better in all areas of our lives. Love should be selfish in that we need to love and care for ourselves, and it should be selfless, whereby we make time to meet the needs of others. Practising ways to show different aspects of love would make a great New Years resolution.

This year our Christmas will be specially blessed here in the UK with a very rare appearance of the full moon on Christmas Day! This is truly special and I hope to witness it having seen the Blue moon and the Red Moon this year- WOW, no wonder 2015 has been a special if somewhat intense year. Let's keep our focus on our spiritual needs and live more in the higher conscious. That we can make the most of ourselves and be of service to others.

Christmas Blessings and enjoy yourselves!

Jaz McKenzie

Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk

Monday, 21 December 2015

LIFEFM TV Presents DUBLIFE Feat: EMPERORFARI SOUND SYSTEM


If you live in London and love Reggae it’s definitely time to keep your eye on events at The Wandle Trail. Macky McPherson is mixing up the entertainment programme and last night we were treated to serious dub music from the Emperorfari Sound System, in conjunction with the LIFEFM.TV Dublife event. Literally bringing a wall of speakers with them, all the way from Leicester, these guys really turned up traditional Roots Reggae to the max and attracted quite a crowd. In their home town they play regularly to a full house, so it’s great to experience their expertise here in London. It’s worth mentioning that Emperorfari Sound, whose strap line is, ‘Powerful Roots Warrior Sound,’- spot on- are about creating the whole experience including posters and burning a chalice of incense, an excellent move as the usual substances cannot be inhaled within the establishment! – I loved the T-Shirts with their eye-catching logo and these will be available in 2016- I have my name down already! Click for more events from Emperorfari Sound System- Roots Conference.


Also On the bill at Dublife we had Roots Youths and Shere Khan Sound featuring UK Principal, who was in excellent form. It was good to have a combination of live and recorded music; the crowd definitely appreciated everything on offer and it was a great evening- well done LIFEFM.TV!

Jaz McKenzie

Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk


Monday, 14 December 2015

Mozez: Wings The Album~ A Jaz McKenzie Review


Mozes new album ‘WINGS’ is a ‘must add’ jewel to your musical collection and I can honestly say it’s brought a touch of sheer quality to mine- like pure silk sheets to a bed! Mozez beautiful rich tones received worldwide attention when he collaborated with Zero 7 on the album, ‘Simple Things,’ in 2001. Mozez is master of the chillaxing vibe, the beauty of ‘Wings’ being its awesomely pure quality- enhanced by excellent production thanks to Tony White, Mozez and Richard Beetham- 360 Mastering.

‘Wings,’ is perfectly named taking you to a different sphere and I believe it has the ability to do this when you allow yourself to drift into its musical vibe. The way Mozez uses his voice enhances the meaning within each track and taps directly into your emotions, carrying you along this emotional journey and you will fly, possibly in unexpected ways! 

There is a very clear spiritual quality to this album evident in the track titles- The Absolute, Signs Of Happiness, Be Like Water, Planets- producing the underlying feel of meditation and journeying. Somehow this vibration is evident even in very lively upbeat numbers- quite an achievement.

I view the album as being about experiences and growth with Mozez looking at life: presenting relationships and inner happiness through a collection of somewhat inspirational songs written by himself and other talented song writers namely Tony White, Tom Quick and Tom Trevors. It is hard to find a favourite due to the variety and consistency of the collection however one song instantly jumped out at me: 'Run River,' as I have been waiting for this song having said for years that we need to revive the essence of Negro Spirituals. The specific deep soul quality of the great Negro Spirituals lies within Run River whose lyrics are also reflective of the fight for wholeness. ‘Maybe this is all I have, maybe all I have is me. been to the water and the water’s been to me... Run River, Run like me... Freedom is a winner...’ – I believe the potential for this track could be huge as it is effectively a personal anthem that might suit films and campaigns. The flow of the album works well, with Run River leading into, ‘A Place Called Home,’ which makes you want to travel! However, if you really want to zone out, 'Planets' will take you there.

Wings The Album Launch @ Tape!

In summary, this album reflects a journey from its foundation to the present coinciding with Mozez personal & musical expansion. Mozez gospel roots have been beautifully nurtured through the addition of timeless, catchy tunes and poignant lyrics resulting in a masterpiece that speaks directly to today’s world.  I definitely encourage lovers of great music to check out, 'WINGS the album' for themselves on iTunes. For further release information check out Numen Records


Jaz McKenzie~ Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Give Thanks~Feel Joyful WK 42- Give thanks for Celibacy!


I GIVE THANKS FOR CELIBACY
Now I have your attention! Celibacy, an interesting topic really as celibacy is a path some people choose and a position others find themselves in. I guess there are a number of reasons why people are celibate. 

The first reason that comes to mind is to be celibate inline with religious beliefs. Somehow this creates an idyllic vision of remaining celibate until Mr/s Right enters your life and eventually you marry and settle down: in many ways this is a good thing. I think there is a great deal to be said for sticking to your principles and having the self will (POWER!) to control natural urges to such an unnatural degree. This provides true peace of mind and is definitely an excellent basis for trust. Trust is often a little shaky for people who have entered numerous relationships with different partners before settling down. But then again, trust is trust and in a great relationship past patterns should not really matter- focus should be on the current partner and developing close bonds which should generate trust within a secure framework.

Celibacy can arise naturally: for some reason people fail to find a particular person sexually attractive thereby that person remains celibate. Sometimes it’s hard to define why that should be, especially if the person concerned is not bad looking, fairly friendly and has a reasonably active life. I imagine that time is usually the healer and it’s a case of meeting the right people who genuinely connect. This should be easier with online dating becoming such a huge business.

I have to say that celibacy is not my favourite flavour so to speak however it can prove useful! Space in life is essential if we really want to take good care of ourselves. I believe the line is drawn with celibacy at one end, promiscuity at the other and differently balanced relationships in the middle with little clusters of frustration up and down the marker! Celibacy isn’t the only cause of frustration yet frustration seems more prominent during a phase of celibacy, especially when we have sex on the mind- and don’t pretend that’s not the case. If it is, there's a good chance your life is out of balance! Frustration can occur when ‘same old’ hits home unless both partners make a determined effort to ‘spice up their love life’ as the saying goes- boring phrase don’t you think but spices- interesting! When you have the kids around constantly or work seriously long hours it is sometimes easier to give up than start working at yet another thing- that’s when sex doesn’t stand a chance- think of England and phew- sleep. This is why it’s good to have a weekend away with your partner now and again as relaxation is conducive to much improved sex. If not, you may become a celibate couple and that’s when trouble often strikes because one party or the other wakes up and smells the perfume!

So, what are the advantages of celibacy? 
  • Celibacy enables us to focus on the things we consider important, allowing energy to flow in an uninterrupted way as directed. During such periods we should be able to make excellent progress with projects etc.  
  • Celibacy creates space in which to think. We can look at our lives without emotional ties/involvement and this can prove invaluable to our development and future. I have to say that this is brilliant because we can settle down and decide how we want life to be and the type of people we would like to meet. 
  • Let’s give good sexual health a fleeting mention although these days it’s become a widespread problem.

My final thought on celibacy- Lenny Kravitz publicly declared that he’d turned celibate when he ‘found himself’ during the ‘Love Revolution’ days. I’m not sure how long that lasted but my word, you should have seen the women’ bigging him up’ for his decision – so there you go, celibacy has the power to be socially acceptable as opposed to being a pretty dire condition.

Jaz McKenzie
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Boulevard of Broken Dreams~ A Chill Out Poem by Jaz McKenzie


BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
Oh boulevard of broken dreams lying shattered
At my feet in a million pieces.
A Jigsaw puzzle of hopes and aspirations
That can never be rebuilt following such fragmentation.
Instinctively I ask myself why- and the answer comes
Floating into my mind on butterfly wings,
Gently imparting a meaningful message.
It is not the dreams of the mind that are ordained to flourish
Rather, we need to nurture the yearnings of our soul
Knowing that the pathway of all true dreams should lead to joy.
Pure joy that is akin to the sentiment of love:
Joy that cannot be fulfilled by earthly desires,
Joy that is manifested through belief, desire and integrity,
Joy whose foundation is set in truth and love,
Joy that will arise from the boulevard of broken dreams
And rise like a phoenix from the flames of this life
Forging a pathway from our earthly presence
Into the wings of eternity- More love, more life.
An ever spinning circle of spiritual evolution
Leading to our highest form and true identity.

Jaz McKenzie ©2015

The above poem was written specifically for The Chill Out Zone on Buffaloo Radio and if you wish to hear me recite my poems we are live Wednesday's 7.30-9.30 pm GMT & the show is repeated every Sunday at the same time. I have set myself the challenge of writing a poem to fit in with a song title from the playlist each week and this is last week's poem based on Greenday's, 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams.' I have loved that phrase since the first time I heard it and now it's speaking directly to me. As you can see, the poem does not necessarily reflect the meaning of the song as it's important to allow creativity to follow its own course. If you would like more of a feel for the emphasis and rhythm, tune in- your feedback is most welcome!


Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk ~ Jaz

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Be Braap~ Be Inspired!!! Real People~ Real Quotes!!

'If you judge People, you have no time to love them,' ~ Mother Teresa



I love this saying and Mother Teresa really gets to the essence of the matter.So many of us are inclined to judge people and these judgements affect our attitude. How does this happen? The power of words generate feelings and these feelings create attitudes within us. We often make snap judgements based upon our feelings and have no actual evidence to back our 'decisions' up. How many times do we judge and then discover we were wrong?

Love is about keeping an open mind. It is about accepting others as they are and not who we wish them to be. When we look at people through the eyes of love we become more tolerant and are more likely to focus on a person's positive aspects. We cannot eliminate the things we don't like, those irritations however strong focus keeps the irritants in the background not the foreground. Relationships tend to break down when we shift our focus and become absorbed in negative energy,

Practice keeping your focus on love and you will be an inspiration to others- Let Love Rule!

Jaz McKenzie


Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk

Mozez: "So Still"



Time for another album? Yes, and if you love chillaxing artist Mozez you'll be thrilled to know that his newly released album, 'WINGS' is available to purchase on iTunes. To find out more information about Mozez check Numen Records- where you can discover his link to Bruce lee and check out up-coming shows.

I'll be posting my review of 'Wings' shortly and have to say it is a truly excellent album!

Jaz McKenzie


Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk

Monday, 7 December 2015

Missing You~ The Chill Out Poem by Jaz McKenzie


Missing You
As seasons merge into seasons
And the years continue to blend
He’s missing her with a heart that beats
And time refuses to mend
He thought love was the answer
But her barriers remained intact
He tried to help a thousand times
Until his smile cracked

Pain is the name of the game that will reign
Unless he sets himself free
From the powerful grip of love over lies
That’s as strong as the waves in the sea
Her truths were only partially true
Protecting her inner core
There was nothing left on earth to do
That could help her anymore

He’s living in a slumber now
A cloud of blame and doubt
When all he needs is to raise his head
And let it all flow out
Just be responsible for himself
Taking the time to heal
True love is waiting in the wings
Of life’s ever spinning wheel

Jaz McKenzie ©2015

The Chill Out Zone started back on Buffaloo Radio last week and we are live Wednesday's 7.30-9.30 pm GMT & the show is repeated every Sunday at the same time. I have set myself the challenge of writing a poem to fit in with a song title each week and this is last week's poem based on 'I'll be Missing you'- P Diddy & Faith Hill. The poem will not necessarily reflect the meaning of the song as it's important to allow creativity to follow a course of its own. If you want a feel for the emphasis and rhythm, tune in as I'll be reciting them on air.

Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk ~ Jaz









Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Be Braap~ Be Inspired!!! Real Quotes from Real People!!

'Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. ~ Khali Gibran



Bond of love- well this really brings some things into question- dare I say it- marriage being a bond in point that jumps to mind. I think we do well to allow love to run free. Love doesn't do so well once we start applying restrictions. The restrictions are usually our expectations of others based upon our own perceptions and most of us realise that trying to change people is unrealistic and futile. 

Love is about flexing with one another and when love is fluid it can shape itself to any situation or emotional state enabling people to be quietly supportive of one another. Love is a shared experience designed to bring about joy in our everyday lives.

Quotations discussed in The Chill Out Zone Wednesday's (Rpt Sundays) 7.30-9.30pm GMT

Jaz McKenzie

Word Magician, Poet and Writer. Contact me for a professional review or bio that will be presented in my original, distinctive style to help create YOUR desired image. itsbraap@live.co.uk