Sunday, 15 October 2017

Parallax Art Fair- Coming THIS WEEKEND!


Without doubt, The Parallax Art Fair is a fantastic event! I went along several years ago and can still recall memories of a couple of works of art which is pretty amazing! I remember speaking with a classically trained ballet dancer who chose to capture images of dance on canvas- totally spectacular and I really enjoyed our discussion, being an avid ballet fan. I have vague visions of some beautiful nudes- not my usual cup of tea but these pictures were very sensuous and appealing, if somewhat large! Best described as highly erotic erotica. 





The Parallax exhibition covers an extremely large array of artistic styles and even includes ceramics. This year there is the added incentive of jewellery workshops and even prize money, £1000 to spend on art or design- best of all, the exhibition is free! As you can see, the setting within Chelsea Town Hall really lends itself to artwork so architecture fans- here's something not to be missed. I believe this fair is growing in popularity and I fully intend to re-visit this year. If you love art this is a little sanctuary where you are guaranteed to find works that will appeal to you and a few points for discussion!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

When you're just one person!!


Just thought I'd take a moment to reflect on a little reality! Ideally I would like to blog 2-3 times a week however this is more than a challenge as I have come to realize. Since moving, I am either up very early to get to work or getting home late, which combined with working more hours per week leaves less time to write! Speaking of writing, paid work takes priority and I am blessed that this is on the increase, my over-riding aim being to build up my professional work as The Word Magician.

I have nurtured Its Braap for years so it is not surprising that I have become disappointed with myself due to the decrease in posts, however this is simply not helpful! We need to accept that when life changes we have to adjust because something usually has to give and in my case the reduction in the number of blogs has arisen naturally. The most important thing to me is to continue producing quality work so that is where I will continue to focus, hence I have some interviews lined up to share with you shortly.

Life is momentum and when we live it in positive expectation we will have new exciting experiences presenting themselves all the time- and this is what we should celebrate and be thankful for! Its Braap is a platform where I share my passions. As The Word Magician I use the same passion to help other people promote themselves effectively. I enjoy finding the words to entice people to take an interest in different projects and to share experiences that benefit others. My bio's give you a real feel for the artist and I was pleased this week when Macini told me that my name came up when someone enquired as to who had written his bio- Macini is certainly not the first person to tell me that, just the most recent!

It is right that after so many years of dedication to Its Braap my talents are being rewarded in a prosperous way- by helping individuals and receiving financial recognition for the work. This blog is my baby and I enjoy sharing a multitude of things with you however it has to fit in with the balance of my life and this is a lesson I am only just acknowledging! So there you have it- when you're just one person there is a limit to the amount you can produce, so I will continue to post whilst embracing new opportunities to extend my writing into new zones- speaking of which, I really hope to have my first book- 'Piranha In The Goldfish Bowl' out soon!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician   Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Friday, 22 September 2017

Quotes To Inspire! - Shakespeare


'To be or not to be- That is the question!'~ William Shakespeare

Such a wonderful popular Shakespearean quote that is set to challenge- which is partly why it stands out. So many quotes effectively reassure us that life will get better if we try, we can be what we want to be, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Whilst true, they are generally an answer to your question or current situation, especially when times are bleak.

These words inspire in a totally different way. I also like the fact that they can be used over and over in the course of a day if applied to our thoughts-

  • To be nice or to be nasty! Do you really need to say what you think or can it be upgraded to constructive criticism?
  • To be positive or negative? Without acknowledging this question we may inadvertently remain in the negative rather too long!
  • To be considerate or selfish note selfish; after all being inconsiderate is selfish! Attractive as selfishness might appear, consideration makes you more attractive to others and life is ultimately smoother.
  • To be boastful or humble? This might seem more of a personality trait however you can take charge of your natural inclinations. If you under value yourself, speak up a little more- if you have too much to say, leave room for others to speak and let them take credit where it's due.
These are small examples- large examples relate to lifestyle- to become... a husband or wife... the owner of a flashy car... a company director- or even swapping around from successful corporate business woman to sole trader starting out a new venture. Major life changes are the ultimate, 'To Be.'

Conclusions: I believe that this statement really is a foundation stone in all our lives which we should dust off and use rather than saving it for special occasions!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Monday, 18 September 2017

Imagine Dragons - Believer



It's a long time since we've considered a very popular commercial song however this song has a powerful feel and message. There are many songs that encourage us to strive and achieve but I like the way 'Believer' is sourced in pain and has a slightly different feeling of victory. It states its points number by number whilst personal power reigns- exactly as it should.

'Second thing 
Second, don't you tell me what you think that I can be
I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh ooh
The master of my sea, oh ooh...'

We so often feel 'all at sea' and mastery of our own waves is a must. Life is tempestuous. Just as we taste victory another wave comes straight at us and knocks us over. This is what life is- one area sorted and another challenge appears. Most of us require support and advice- in this song it's not clear who the 'you made me a believer' is, however there's a part of ourselves that we can can rely on in every situation- the key is developing self trust. The greatest belief we can ever have is within ourselves and the more we follow our instincts the greater that belief becomes. Time to sail your ship across the seas and really understand the power of the message.  In my opinion this is a truly great song.

Jaz McKenzie

Friday, 8 September 2017

It's an Open Secret~ A poem about us all!


IT’S AN OPEN SECRET
We are like stars in the eyes of the universe
Where all that is seen is the beauty of each soul.
An array of unique identities expanded over centuries.
Human form after human form discarded
Its purpose served, our soul returning to fullness of glory,
All recognisable earthly traits eradicated.
No male or female, rich or poor, able and less able.
A quality of existence rooted in, ‘I AM,’ flexed
In the time between worlds where wisdom is at its peak,
A place where knowledge of self cannot be surpassed!
This secret is an open secret shared within the divinity
Existing in one spirit through which all souls connect.
Unity dictates; ultimately we can only be as one.

We desired this earthly experience and opted in
To practice the fullness of all we are and all we know.
But life gets in the way and most of us start on a go-slow,
Programmed by the dictates within our culture-
A blessing and a vulture that strips us of identity
So re-finding our passions and values becomes a necessity
But isn’t self-discovery the ultimate joy?
We question because we’re free- ‘Who am I? What is my purpose?’
You were born knowing the answers that time may reveal.
Every experience perfectly matched to your expectations
Whether you have universal awareness or instinctively create
The law is the law and obeys itself on every level
So journey to the centre of yourself and mirror your truths.

Jaz McKenzie ©2017

 I have become a huge believer in the law of attraction which works for everyone regardless of Religion, awareness or even lack of awareness! When we believe something strongly enough be it positive or negative, it has to happen. However you view yourself in relation to others is personal choice because God/the universe really does not differentiate. We come from the same place and we return to the same place. Unlike many people, I am not a believer in heaven or hell- you can find them here and create them yourself, so I think it best to use your focus with a view to improving your life.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk





Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Celebration Time~ 10 Years of 'Thornton Heath Festival!'


I was invited along to this wonderful festival to see the band Skillofski playing live- in fact, it's my first experience of the band having only just met Skilly. It is also a brilliant example of how the universe works- in more ways than one. As most of you know, I usually blog about the merits of the actual festival however, thanks to inspiration received through Leah McKenzie, Face of Croydon and successful XFactor contestant, I have decided to dig deep!

Leah McKenzie- Face of Croydon
Thornton Heath Festival is celebrating a decade's worth of excellent community vibrations- I say that because you really can feel the vibration of a great festival, and this stems from the point at which a festival is conceived, the point of passion and expectation. I have known people who wish to create their own festivals and as an individual this appears to be an almost impossible task; you really need a great deal of recognition before you can attempt this, spot a gap in the market- or have such a unique idea it captures the imagination! When a council agrees to host a festival this does not guarantee instant success; everyone has to work extremely hard to create a great event that will build momentum over the years.



Thornton Heath Festival is a real community event that showcases local talent; something stressed throughout by the Master of Ceremonies and endorsed by Leah who embraces 'people power' and the need to 'do things ourselves.' This festival is organised by a committee of volunteers who have individual areas of responsibility- it is not all fun and games, serious issues such as security, health and safety, even licencing must be in place before a festival can go ahead, so when we enjoy an event we should give thanks for the people behind the scenes, in this case Chairman Tony Rowland and his Committee.

Aim High Dance Academy

Salsa Naturally
The community element was extremely powerful, particularly where the stage was concerned. The level of audience participation went way beyond anything I have ever experienced. I was there between 1.30-5pm so missed a couple of hours; sadly that included headline act Triniboi Joocie, National Soca Champion, however I was entertained by some pretty phenomenal fun. I enjoyed 'Aim High Dance Academy,' displaying their skills first before encouraging children to join them on the stage to dance to pop songs- shame my 4 year old Granddaughter wasn't there as she knows them all! The Academy holds classes for children and young adults across South London- these guys clearly love what they do. 'Salsa Naturally,' was all about participation and gave people a chance to 'be the vibe' with many happy participants!

Flagz Mas Band- Juniors
People were also introduced to the joyful Flagz Mas Band who showed us a couple of this years routines- the children were very impressive and clearly take themselves seriously- great to see so much dedication in very young people. If you would like to take part in next year's Notting Hill Carnival and other band engagements, check them out. Each band at carnival works to a theme and this year Flagz Mas Band was all about 'The Next Chapter,' speaks volumes! Music time- Skillofski sang a few interesting songs on different rhythms and encouraged the audience to join in with, 'Great Big Smile.' This morphed from Rock ballad style into Reggae and went down a storm, encouraging people to be happy and look on the bright side of life. Another act that drew a huge crowd were dancers New Image Duo- well, who can resist a little Michael Jackson with a modern twist, especially when it's spot on?

Skillofski

New Image Duo
Naturally elements such as stalls, fairground attractions etc were part of the celebration and hugely successful; definitely well received however, I'm returning to Leah McKenzie. Leah became a household name thanks to the X-Factor and is forging her own way, channeling her interests, personal philosophy and ideas into solid products and projects. She is a singer/songwriter and besides performing cover versions of popular songs she sang a couple of her original songs- 'Change'- Loved the lyrics and we all experience change and relate to this.Leah also sang 'One Love'- yes, a Reggae song with a British accent- fantastic. I love her versatility as much as her messages and am pleased to announce, Leah granted me an interview which will be shared in the next couple of weeks. I am excited by Leah's role and believe a great deal of good will be born from her association with Croydon council. Join me in watching that space and I hope to be in a position to update you from time to time,courtesy of her management.

Flagz Mas Band- Adult 
I believe Thornton Heath Festival was a huge success and there truly is a great deal of talent in the borough. This is what makes this festival so different from Lambeth County Show which attracts big acts, often from overseas, and has a huge area enabling them to host a huge variety of events. There are very real benefits to the Thornton Heath Festival which includes the promotion of local business and talent, equally the opportunity for locals to discover talent that appeals to them and it even  gives people a chance to mingle with the entertainers!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Quotes to Inspire- 'Procrastination' from Abraham Hicks

‘Procrastination is the wisdom to not try to force something you are not vibrationally ready for,’~
Abraham Hicks

Procrastination is something we regard as negative. In fact, when we procrastinate we very often label ourselves ‘lazy.’ The reality is that laziness is far from the truth and in most cases has nothing to do with the situation.

The Abraham’s are saying (a group of spirits who speak through Esther Hicks) that everything happens according to your vibration, therefore if you are not ready for something procrastination is your subconscious response.

Very often we procrastinate through fear and that fear may be connected to a lack of knowledge. The times we move on projects are when we are enthused and can feel all the pieces falling into place. At these times we discover solutions to our ‘fear.’ We might meet the person who has the knowledge to help us, or we are given an opportunity to help us move forwards.

If you find yourself procrastinating it is worthwhile asking, 'why?' If you don’t find the answer, you might do best to leave it- it will come to you later. If you need a certain resource, ask for it and when the time is right it will appear. Above all, revel in the knowledge that universal timing is everything.

Supposing you ask for wealth and you have an action in mind to create that wealth. If something stops you taking it ask yourself, ‘How do I really feel about money? Do I have the ability to handle large sums of money? Would I feel confident hiring an accountant or brokers to help with investments?’ These are fundamental to being happy with money and once you work through these question and feel at ease with them you will find the motivation to move ahead. We so often know what we would do if we won millions but the reality is it’s hard to be happy with something you don’t have experience of, hence many people blow their millions and return to their comfort zone.

Procrastination can occur because you have several different ideas in opposing directions and are not sure which to run with. Time will clarify. Besides a little clarity regarding the ideas, you may need to develop other traits such as self-worth, self confidence or specific skills before you can proceed.

Finally it’s worth treating procrastination as your friend because it can help you to avoid costly mistakes- financial and personality wise. I have procrastinated a great deal over the years, usually with the knowledge that I am not yet competent. I used to feel badly about procrastinating but now I accept it as a sign, understanding that the joy of procrastination lies in the knowledge that when things come to fruition I will be able to understand life’s timing. I believe this to be a good approach and something it's worth your while considering.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician 
Want to take part? Then contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk with your favourite saying!


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Quotes To Inspire- series re-launch


'Sharing Quotes is a well known way to share inspiration'~ Jaz McKenzie

Sharing quotes has become extremely popular across all social networks. Bearing this in mind we will be re-launching the series ‘Be Braap~Be Inspired,’ under the simple title, 'Quotes To Inspire.'

I ran the original series a few years ago on a simple principle, taking a well or little known saying and expanding the theme. Most of the time I prefer to work with a positive expression however negative is needed occasionally to counter-balance as nothing can be entirely positive; and sometimes understanding a negative opens the way forwards. Note, I said ‘understanding’ and not ‘focusing’ on negatives.

Positive sayings give us a straightforward message and occasionally expressions can be a little quirky which really encourage us to think hard. Some expressions we know really well so it is good to see them in a new light as re-visiting the familiar may create greater impact. Different expressions will affect us during specific periods in our lives and if something you read really speaks to you that is the time to act on it.

Both positives and negatives can help us identify characteristics in ourselves that need a little love and attention. If you feel an emotional stirring when focusing on something, stop and follow your feelings then and there. This allows you to open your mind and seek solutions.

Sometimes our greatest inspiration and guidance comes from others, even when taking our inner selves into consideration; internally we mull over new ideas and these inspire our own thoughts and actions. Speech and communication are essential aids to daily living as positive words so often provide the boost we need that gives us an incentive to aspire to new and greater things. So let’s continue to share words of wisdom and encourage one another to push on through!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Passion Fruit- That's what we are!! Develop your passions in life


We're full of passion bt how many of us bring it to fruition?

I’ve written quite a bit about passion today as my stream of thought has flowed rapidly. That’s because I followed my passion and started posting, ignoring the lesser need to sleep.
Have you noticed how, when you are tired, if your brain is busy you simply cannot sleep? It can be busy in a positive or negative way – whichever, your thoughts will be driven by something you feel passionately about. This can included any sort of project or relationship whether it’s an exciting announcement, moving house or an inspired idea. I am focusing on the latter.

What is passion?
It is the stirring of emotions which stem from ideas creating desires. Example- You might get the idea that you would like to write a book. This triggers the desire and ideas about the storyline will flow. You become more passionate, jot things down, plan, outline or simply write the book as you feel led. Of course passion is not a solid entity; it’s something we need to feed. Your passion might only last long enough to write two pages, however if you keep thinking about it and working when you can the book will finally emerge. One thing I do know, passions of this type might lie dormant but they never die if they are not fulfilled.

The City of London- a hub of inspiration!

What interferes with passion?
The first obvious reason is lack of spontaneity- when we set something aside with the intention of working on it later. Classically, I can get up in the morning ideas blazing but interrupt this with breakfast or meditation. Yes we need to meditate but shouldn’t cut off creativity in order to do so- a simple mistake really but the key is to follow our intuition. ‘Go with the flow,’ is a popular phrase for a reason, it creates the best result and brings satisfaction. If you have an idea and interrupt it, you risk losing it.

Self doubt can interfere with passion. We have the idea but can’t believe we have the ability to see it through. What, little old me thought of that? I don’t have the money, skills, knowledge for this to amount to anything. Well, if that’s your attitude guaranteed the idea will be plucked from you and given to someone else. I think lots of people have the same idea around the same time and it’s the courageous determined people who will bring it to fruition and be successful.

Feelings of being overwhelmed can block passion. You can start a project and something happens in life that consumes you. Drastic life changes are a classic, simply knowing that so many things need to be done can make you feel inadequate. Illness will have the same effect and another common interference is passion itself. Passion can be a hard taskmaster. Projects become complex beyond our initial conception. Sometimes people cannot are overly motivated and cannot stop working, resulting in sleep deprivation. What actually happens to some people is that they are inspired but involved in a complex project. It cannot be done quickly however their desire is to complete it. This results in them becoming so overwhelmed that they immerse themselves in their passion dissolving all routines as their brain goes into overdrive. Physical health and quality of work will become affected so if that starts to happen you will need to force yourself into a workable routine allowing sufficient sleep, exercise and even food! People have died at their computers- do you remember World of Warcraft Syndrome years back when addicts wouldn’t even get up and go to the toilet; so beware of project addiction- a healthy drive is sufficient.

Allowing yourself to take second place. This is very common. So many of us are in the habit of serving others and we fail to serve ourselves. If you’re always doing favours for people, reconsider. Make space for your projects and fit others around them. Sometimes our ‘favours’ simply advance other people and allow them to indulge in a degree of laziness or free up their time to excel.'Instead of sharing your post, I could be sharing mine'- if we spend a few minutes sharing each others’ posts our time becomes mutually beneficial by increasing the range of both projects.


Fear interferes with passion. We are probably living in some sort of comfort zone which will need to be extended if our passions result in a blaze of success. If your book is published you may need to organise a book launch, advertise your product, make financial investments. You could be plunged into the public eye and experience huge financial success that you are unprepared for! In my case I’m not sure how to publish and have sat on, 'Piranha in the Goldfish Bowl,' my poetry book, for a few years- now is the time though so the book will be published. Overcoming fear is a personal thing and comes with practice. This might sound strange but it’s true. My advice; try to overcome little things and work towards bigger things.

The last thing I want to comment on is other people’s input. Other people will have plenty to say about your passion. Family and friends either believe in it or have genuine reasons for not doing so. A few may be jealous but pay them no mind. If you are really passionate you will attract supporters. Learning who to share ideas with is key to avoiding demoralizing feelings. Find time for your passion and keep working at it- you just don’t know when it will yield results.

Consideration: Most projects take time to develop which helps us harness new skills, beneficial friendships, make a few mistakes and ultimately jump our fair share of hurdles. Projects are ongoing until they conclude. Some are in a time frame and others become our life work. Even projects in time frames tend to lead on to new projects. Passion is part of our nature and essential to feelings of fulfilment. Without passion you will not complete your purpose.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk or one of my Facebook pages.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Legend in the making- Legends Nightclub Re-Launch



Saturday we took a trip from London to Gillingham, a little town in Dorset, for a very special event- The re-launch of Legends Nightclub. This beautiful club is under new management with Macky Mcpherson of Urban Delight Entertainment on board alongside Urban Spice and Debbie Batten. I say as I see, beautiful night club, however Errol Kennedy from legendary band 'Imagination' assured me that had not been the case and is purely the result of some seriously hard graft by the team from re-scrubbing the floor six times to make it shine, painting the entire place black, fitting new carpet and fixing the lighting to generate a serious club atmosphere. I must not omit the all important info us ladies need to know- getting those toilets fresh, scented and fully stocked! I imagine the bar was fully stocked as well however free champagne was flowing removing the need to investigate said element.
Errol Kennedy with the DJ Team
Legends is a pretty awesome space with huge potential- I can image a couple of poles for classy, synchronised use, not the strip club pole dancing variety! Who knows what's in the pipeline; this is just the beginning of the adventure. What I seriously love is the amount of floor space available. If you want to dance in the spotlight you can, alternatively there is great deal of additional flooring too.


Being me I had to investigate the music station- not that I know the first thing about it, however it's loaded with equipment and is purpose built enabling DJ's to deliver their sound to maximum effect. The speakers certainly blast out music to expected club standards and that's what we want. In addition to sound, I love the lights and spent a happy ten minutes 'playing around' with the various settings- You can have different combinations, strobes flashing or more of a spotlight effect. Check the number of choices in the panel above.

Macky-Debbie & Urban Spice

Global Reggae Band
Obviously the venue was not packed due to its previous reputation however attendance was good and the crowd enjoyed live performances from Norris B- Mr Cool of Lover's Rock, Winsome Moncrieffe-Mitchell who is a ray of sunshine with a pure yet powerful voice and charismatic Otis Irie- Global Reggae Band, launching their new single, 'Hold You Tight,' People were extremely enthusiastic and all acts were well received which is very promising and should help place Legends clearly as the place to go for locals and visitors.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Winsome-Me-Norris B

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love & Happiness Fest- Create The Ticket!


Something new for summer! The Love & Happiness Fest  Saturday 26th August, is set to embrace the feel good vibe and surprisingly, gives artists an opportunity to share their talents. Performers are actually being given up to twelve minutes to sing or perform a different genre, enabling them to add 'appeared at a festival' to their bio-  artists, it's definitely worth planning your time now and going along to this event!

Love and happiness is what we all seek and this event celebrates different musical genres from the traditional such as Gospel to more recent phenomena: Afro Pop and Grime. Spoken Word will also be integrated with appearances from Uncle Sid and Positive Beloved One- I've been invited myself so will make the most of this opportunity too- I might even read, 'A Tropical Tale,'- more of a story than anything else. I think the inclusion of Poetry is well times as it has risen in popularity recently, especially in TV adverts!

Now for a little background. The festival concept has been created by Michael Arkk who was busy listening to Al Green one night and simply thinking about musical possibilities as in what next? Having previous interest in creating a festival, it occurred to Michael that he could organise a small yet very open festival based on the universal term, 'Love and Happiness.' This is a much broader concept than One Love and embraces a common desire understood by just about everyone! This fits in well with the idea of creating a variety world music fest, creating scope for future growth.

Musicians usually enjoy many genres of music. The same goes for Michael who had just finished an event at the Ritzy where he came across some friends who did Afrobeat and enjoyed Afrobeat for the first time. He also discovered Afro Pop which has a different tempo and led him to book Deoba Authentic to perform at his festival as it was so fantastic!


Michael Arkk started out in the world of Gospel, but on this occasion Gospel songs will be performed by The Soul Deep Band featuring David Skyers, who is also a brilliant pianist and keyboard player.  IMichael has known David for many years and he is a Gospel star. David and the band will be travelling all the way from Sheffield and will treat us to some songs from the new album. Interestingly, this is the first time Michael has included Gospel in any of his events since he ceased performing it himself many years ago.

Other featured artists at the event include D21, a Grime artist whose material is upfront, current and positive. There will be Ska, Lovers Rock and Soul Roots Reggae, all of which Michael will be performing. Lovers Rock and definitely some Roots Reggae will also be performed by other artists such as Ana Joseph and UK Principal.

Buffaloo, who started performing at the beginning of the year, will bring his music delivered in charismatic style and usually Ana Joseph supporst him in addition to performing independently. UK Principal is extremely well known, having performed consistently for many years in London and recently in Europe quite a bit too. He has a wide repertoire and is incredibly versatile so it will be interesting to hear his selection.

Michael is also hoping that as there are many international performers in London at the moment he might receive support from one or more on that front.

Two major DJ's will be bringing the sound to the Love & Happiness Fest. DJ Ruff Ryder International will be coming over from Jamaica for the event and will be spinning discs along with Selector C, Galaxy Radio to keep us dancing when the live show ends. Both of these DJ's will play a real mix of music including some of the latest sounds that are hot off the press. It is likely that there will be other DJ's too on the night.

The Programme:
Free entry before 8.30pm when the general admission fee of £8 will apply
4-9pm will be the open mic session
9,30pm- the live show will commence

'It promises to be a very happy and positive night; love and happiness all round that everybody who wants to feel love and wants to exude that happiness will enjoy. Because it's contagious we will create a community atmosphere. You don't know me and I don't know you but we will create a happy, fun comfort zone,' ~ Michael Arkk

Venue: 228 Calvary House, Brixton Hill, SW2 1HG   Excellent transport links

Thursday, 10 August 2017

It's not an Illusion! ~ Working with Errol Kennedy~ Imagination


I used to dream of the day I'd have a celebrity in my flat, naturally it was Lenny Kravitz- those of you who know me know Lenny is my greatest inspiration. What we understand is that the universe delivers, so imagine how bowled over I was today having Errol Kennedy round my flat to discuss coverage of a number of his projects.

It's so strange how life works, especially as I recall dancing back in the day to disco floor shakers- yes, we had the funk, at least, Imagination had it bigtime with hits such as 'Just an Illusion,' 'Flashback,' and 'Body Talk.' Those hits are as fresh today as they were back then and you'd be hard put to sit still through them. I never could- turn up the beat and I jump up whatever the music- provided I liked it! Have to say, I don't get rare groove outside the bedroom, but there we have it. Funk and disco, Reggae and Soca, Drum and Bass- even House will usually find me on my feet because music flows and dancing is the natural outlet.

First ever selfie on Its Braap!
Let's return to today. Errol is a man filled with passion for his band, other works he has in progress and ideas in various states of conception- aha- you can try and guess but I doubt you'll get there. The point is that Errol is man whose belief and determination has turned dreams into reality. Everyone faces challenges so the fact the band split is simply prove of that fact- however, Errol believes in keeping dreams alive therefore re-formed the band and has released more music under the title- Imagination featuring Errol Kennedy. What I really like is that Errol is down to earth and very upfront about the band, giving factual accounts without drama or malice- so refreshing, especially as we see glorified celebrity battles in the media. There is nothing to be gained from bad-mouthing people and it is so much easier to work with people who refuse to do this; the atmosphere remains comfortable enabling progress. Those of you who have followed my blog know that this is a dirt-slinging free arena! Definitely not my type of journalism.

So what can you expect here on Its Braap? The answer is information on occasion and reviews. I will be applying my word magic where appropriate to Errol's various forums, an exciting proposition as there is far more to this man than his back catalogue!

Finally, Big thanks to Macky McPherson, Urban Delight Entertainment, for the recommendation. When I agreed to work with Macky a few years back I had no idea where it would lead except to success. This is a journey that is winding its way in a  forward direction and I believe many people's dreams will be met along the way.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

#errolkennedy #imagination #itsjustanillusion #illusion #livingthedream #newmoves #urbandelightentertainmnet #funkymusic #discomusic 



Monday, 7 August 2017

Its Braap-Much needed change!


Hello Braappers!

Just a few words regarding the passage of this blog. Life takes its course and at times the water becomes muddied. Part of the reason for this is firstly, life’s challenges and secondly, our inability to see round bends. I have experienced various ‘moments of epiphany’ that produced a level of clarity following which I altered the original path of this blog. I had a plan however different projects have arisen causing a split in focus, so now I am assessing all of my commitments and planning how to execute everything in unison.

Having focused primarily on entertainment during the last couple of years, I finally realised that I was no longer feeling the full vibe of Its Braap whose original aim was to seek inspiration from life itself- the arts, business, everyday occurrences. After all the blog is titled, ‘Its Braap~Its Life,’ and not, ‘Its Braap~ Its Entertainment!’ Life is about everything and life should be Braap.

So what is Braap? I think of it as a statement, hence 'its' and not 'it’s' Braap- more of a noun really, a done deal. Basically Braap’s a reaction to the things we really appreciate- you see it online under posts and especially in response to songs people love on internet stations- BRAAAAAAAP. Its Braap is about appreciating and learning from others; sharing their joy, revelling in people’s success and learning from their experiences. By doing this we become inspired and motivated. We are encouraged to look at our own lives, think about what we want and how we can achieve it- in short, other people can trigger the ideas which help us to dream and create our own realities. Other people show us the way when they overcome the obstacles on their path and help us realise that we can find ways to overcome things ourselves.

The same applies to our relationships. There are brilliant teachers in our world who help us better ourselves, strengthen weaknesses, change attitudes, gain confidence, become fearless and, above all, learn how to love ourselves. Becoming a rounded person helps us function to our full potential. This is important. There are very successful individuals in business, music, sports etc, many  of whom are amazing however some of these people you really would not want to know. They are people who are often disliked; usually believing they are right about everything and often treating others badly. Money and success alone can fail to satisfy because life is based on relationships- with ourselves and others.

Back to basics. I have run blogathons on Its Braap in the past, a weekly series based on an annual theme. I will not be doing annual blogathons anymore although I might create mini blogathons based on specific subjects if I feel the calling! The blogathons were inspiring and had titles such as, ‘Live Life~ Love Life,’ and ‘Give Thanks~Be Joyful.’ Joy is and always will be key to creating our ideal life. As it says, when we are joyful we are thankful, creating the ideal conditions to attract whatever we want- positive attracts positive which ultimately leads to success.

Obviously Its Braap will continue to include music, the arts and poetry along with inspiring projects; and will resume adding other features. One of he plans is to re-introduce ‘Be Braap~Be Inspired,’ as a regular feature- more to come on this. I plan to update you on up-coming features more regularly, so let’s move forward with an excited and expectant attitude everyday and watch as our plans unfold!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

#inspirationforlife #bepositive #musicandthearts #gratitude #lawofattraction

Friday, 4 August 2017

Out Of Sync- Quick poem by Jaz McKenzie


OUT OF SYNC

I don’t know why we get out of sync... but we do
You only have to blink... and time runs away with you!
There’s a significant shift... with a twist... that escapes your eye
And instead of flying high every ounce of energy is drained
Leaving you off kilter... scrabbling around to re-arrange
Elemental functions back into harmony... easy... take care
Your body and mind know what you need... stay aware
And devise a new plan ... jiggle the pieces in place
And make enough space to balance your every need
But don’t check your watch... time knows no bounds
And will always do its thing... as they say...
Because you are seconds away...
From being in or out of sync every minute of the day
So sharpen your general awareness.... and do not stray
Too far from the path you have chosen to walk...
So that sweet, sweet success can have its way!

Jaz McKenzie ©2017

I wrote this because I'm struggling to meet different commitments in life and create some sort of balance. Currently I have a fortnight off work and yet it's filling up with things to do leaving a lack of time to complete the priorities I wish to deal with. So having already used up week one, next week needs to be arranged with care allowing ample time to schedule my priorities such as re-organising Its Braap! I really feel this blog needs more care and attention than it has received recently as it has been somewhat over-shadowed! 

External demands such as work, commitments or even family can tire us and sometimes we need to take a deep breath and assess exactly where we are and where we choose to be. Speaking of which, right now, I need to be heading out - however the new plan will be made and I aim to post more regularly than previously.  Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

#timeflies #organisationalskills #commitments #prioritising #maketime #modernpoetry


Friday, 21 July 2017

Cassandra London - Magic Touch [Official Video 2017]



The Magic Touch- Something that is definitely key to Cassandra London's musical talent! Cassandra has the knack of creating songs people will easily relate to and I have drawn great inspiration from her music, especially, 'Just Cool.'


' Magic Touch,' is a very different type of song, being upbeat and joyful, easy to join in with and relishing in the clever use of a popular, catchy phrase, 'Let your fingers do the walking.' I really like this modern take on Reggae that is without doubt commercially viable.

Last words- Lovey Dovey couples~ This is your song!

#cassandralondon #magictouch #reggaemusic #ukreggaemusic

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
Conceive and believe so you truly achieve
The wonders that lurk in your subconscious mind
Beneath the ripples of thought and you will find
That gradually as all thoughts drift away
They'll pop to the surface, so you can say
'That's a great idea, an incredible dream
But right now it seems beyond all imagining,
So complex, too huge and far out of sight
But I must find a way to prove myself right
However long and whatever it takes
I'll learn all the moves I need to make
And the road might be lonely, the cost very high
But my rocket will shoot beyond the sky
Because my spirit knows no bounds
And universal force is all around
I will achieve, just watch my fly
I'll cross bridges of doubt as I buy
Into the truth of my ultimate dream
Keep believing and accomplish everything
And as you tick the boxes, open more
For you never know quite what's in store!

Jaz McKenzie 2017 ~ The Word Magician


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Summer is here~Southend Green Festival Vibes speak!


We got it going on!!!


Southend Green Festival last Sunday was an absolute blast! Yes we were under the threat of grey clouds for part of the time but fortunately the good weather held, making it a perfect day for this type of event. Have to say, I just loved the whole vibe of this festival which has a real holiday feel about it, giving you more than the average Sunday afternoon bliss.


With the stage at the bottom of the green nearest to the open road, and many interesting stalls effectively creating a buzzing street market stretching to the station and beyond, there was plenty to occupy curious shoppers and passing cars, many of whom wound down their windows catching a fleeting summer beat.


Food and drink represented London's international flavour from different cuisines to modern trends- let's speak cake- oh yes, delicious red velvet cake which gained Lady Diania of Music Media Management's approval as did this spectacular silver necklace- not much gets past Lady D!
Lady D modelling the star item from above pic
As with all good events, children were well entertained enjoying the modern day phenomena, face painting, and having access to a little fun fair which I'm sure was a blessing for all parents! Animal lovers had the pleasure of a dog show- sadly I missed it so am left with memories of Kaos, the family Mastiff/Rotweiler cross, and Dolce it's predecessor- now that's another story but I'll dig out the dog poem for you...


The festival was a real community event organised by Southend Green Association with the help of local venue, The Fiddler's Elbow who supplied excellent musicians and sponsored the musical aspect of these proceedings. I was fortunate to be invited by Kareem Shabazz and we arrived during a blues set, 'The Experience Makers,' I really enjoyed the little I heard of them- wish I'd heard the whole set and judging from the programme  some excellent acts had already performed- 'Hats off Gentlemen It's Adequate,' who are a multi-rock genre band, 'John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe,' now we're speaking serious jazz and guitar; and also the cleverly named 'The AutistiX,' a very unique rock band. Links are all in place so you can check the bands out yourselves.


Moving on, 'The Fabulous Micky C & The Wasted Playboys, had a very individual feel bringing a real mix of music- most entertaining and almost defying description! Good job guys and great fun!



The Beautiful Game
Taking a serious turn, we switched to indie rock and enjoyed a pretty amazing set from 'The Beautiful Game.' My first thought was- what's up with the lead singer? His voice was a little weak but that didn't last long and by the second and third track he (I'm guessing Steven Foxley,) was in full swing. Afterwards we were informed that he was standing in for the band's lead vocalist, Jason Crowley who had been unable to attend. Regardless, I was very impressed by the energy flowing through their music and if Jason has great stage presence and charisma, this is truly a band to be reckoned with. The Beautiful Game did an amazing job,100% energy flowing through their Indie Rock and I was pleased to see a few fans dancing and singing along.

Headline Time- Kareem Shabazz and the Ryddim Kings who blew the crowd away! 



I absolutely love this popular band who create Reggae music from a fusion of musical backgrounds. Kareem has an amazing quality to his voice and you can read more about their live performance here; Previous Review- Live*on Fire! The band got into its flow from the minute they hit the stage so it wasn't long before the crowd welled up around them, joining in- dancing, clapping. Kareem really surprised us when, speaking of love in a general context, he unexpectedly gave us his rendition of Marvin Gay's 'Sexual Healing.' Even took me by surprise! This went down a storm as did Clinton 'Rock' Jones outstanding guitar solo- I believe heaven really is on earth as I felt every note! Clinton ended with a typical rockers melt down and smashed the cymbals with his guitar.


Kareem went on to introduce all his band members who did a terrific job throughout, entertaining us with their solo's. He then invited DJ Sparky Rugged to join them during the band's last song 'Way Dem Ah Gwan,'(from their current album Born on the Streets.) Sparky, the epitome of cool, smashed the crowd with his confident delivery and pertinent timely lyrics that included tributes to well known recording artists and people in attendance- King Tubby's, G Star, and Music Media Management who, with Robert Rex, have a fierce reputation as promoters.


Finally, an event isn't an event without the all important Master of Ceremonies, in this case actor and lover of the arts, Mr Steve Bowyer. The festival was so successful the audience were left begging for more! It really was a fabulous event and great memory maker- you can see from the final pic just how much fun we had!

King Tubby, Lady D, Me, G Star
Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk