Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Roundabout

Christmas Roundabout

The Christmas Roundabout’s in full swing
Food shopping, presents, everything
Over-laden trees topped with angels or stars
Present wrapping for hours and hours!
Christmas stockings & mistletoe
For 24 hours the world’s aglow
But what about peace and harmony?
Forgiveness worldwide to set love free
It starts from the heart, in you and me
For that it was Christmas was meant to be.

Jaz McKenzie © 2014

Friday, 12 December 2014

Facebook- IN YOUR FACE Book? Witness to the damnation of the humanrace book?

I have recently been reflecting on the current state of Facebook, originally a social tool for friends that has developed into a universal mouthpiece for anything and everything. You can follow your friends in depth, how they’re feeling, where they’re going and even what they’re eating...hmmmm I don’t understand this obsession for posting plates of colourless food! Must say, having read a thriller by Peter James where the serial killer logged intended victims movements by the ‘helpful information’ they posted on Facebook, you need to be very discriminating about personal information. Of course, we all know how many different types of predators can use social networks to their advantage in real life which is frightening. Must say however family videos can be fun and enjoyable- but please don’t give any real names or location details unless your page is open to friends only!! And of course some people write genuinely interesting things about their daily lives and often share informative posts.

Facebook has different purposes but on a personal level has also become a forum people use to put their gripes out in public and be damned. How many times do people mention Facebook on the Jeremy Kyle show? The whole world can know about your personal disagreements and unfortunately many lies are spread publicly too. Such a shame as this form of communication is frequently used to avoid a basic simple right- the opportunity to discuss. How often does a situation become exaggerated once out in public? You quickly discover that everybody has an opinion without being in possession of the facts and when a person is desperate to share their anger many people can be hurt in the process. You could say that the number of encouraging posts outweighs the cons, but I doubt it as personal attacks are often devastating. Also, positive people do not need positive posts to keep them on the right track whereas negative people need a constant outpouring of negativity to satisfy their inner woe.

In my opinion Facebook has become a very selfish site overall in most fields, especially professionally. I saw a prominent figure re-posting a general item with the aim, ‘I want a million hits on this.’ Why? What are we all supporting liking a post? I think we’re just puffing up celebrity feathers to empower someone who needs constant reassurance regarding their public profile.

Another habit I have noticed is that there are many people who only reply to comments on their own posts and do not take time to visit anyone else’s pages. Then we have the ‘I’ll scratch your back & you scratch mine’approach- never did get the point of mutual adoration societies!! Business emphasises peoples' selfish attitudes- we all have the same amount of time but some people will not use theirs to support others. Good job we aren't all like that. People do need to support one another and I have noticed that whoever makes the most noise will always attract the most attention.

Facebook is a good place to find new music, exciting events and interesting updates. The problem is that friends can easily be swallowed in the Facebook machine and you can lose people you once communicated with. Facebook has also been deleting large numbers of friends recently- I lost 25 in one day so it is definitely the system.

One alarming aspect that concerns me is the emphasis often put on race/religious relations in ways that seem determined to divide rather than unite. If you keep picking at a scab the wound can’t heal. It is good to look at the past provided it is done in a positive way whereby we learn and can move on, but again people like to be provocative. The amount of judgements resulting from such posts can make you quite angry. Yes we have different histories and individual experiences and are entitled to our opinions however the intent to incite others is not the same as instigating discussion. This leads on to the recent trend of sharing ‘shockers’ which is appalling; a bit like gawping at a traffic accident. Why do we need to witness atrocities? It gives these acts more coverage and more power allowing evil the upper hand yet so many people want to share without taking further action- a sad reflection on society. Educating people is one thing but sharing mindless violence- another; so we should have controls to censor the type of videos that appear in our news feeds and seeing that Facebook reputedly has key words for spy purposes they should be able to eliminate truly horrific videos. I have discovered that you can go to settings and stop 'automatic play.'

The main purpose of Facebook nowadays is its use as a huge commercial tool with umpteen sponsored adverts popping up in the newsfeed. It must be working for the big companies who refer you back to their pages from their own TV adverts- after all we have to be a part of everything these days! Can’t say a single one of them has inspired me to do anything or buy anything- but they must work for some so maybe I should sponsor my blog posts!!! Being cynical as to the power of Facebook, I imagine in reality you pay a drop in the ocean to reach a drop in the ocean but maybe it works. Thought- you may achieve a lot of likes on your post but how many people check out the website, Youtube video etc? I know one of my friends tried it with no positive results.
I am definitely going to think more about the way I use Facebook and how I go about surfing other people’s posts as that time could be invested more wisely. Sad, but I think if the rest of the world is self-centred it proves that you need to be in order to benefit from social sites. I have observed that if you want loads of hits on your page be as outspoken and controversial as possible- people love a good gossip and the opportunity to rant.

Well, that’s just a few opinions as I have had time to sit back and observe Facebook recently- I must say it’s good to analyse what we do and why from time to time, but overall I far prefer the old Myspace!

Jaz McKenzie

Friday, 5 December 2014


There are many good artists in this world who really deserve support and Shisco BoB is one of them. The Mau Mau Bar- 265 Portebello Road will be hosting Shishco BoB's debut single release party for the track Father Mi Love You. It's a very strong song which I have seen performed live several times by Shishco BoB and 13K- strongly recommend you get a copy!

Tonight's event has been organised by Urban Delight Entertainments and will be bringing you an exciting evening of music and in addition includes comedian Jnr Booker and legendary DJ Festus Coxanne. Musically the night will be ablaze with fresh young talent hotting up the room with beats from Dancehall, Drum and Bass, R&B. There will be different styles of Rap music and even an Indie Band - Kribber, whose music is very fresh and chart worthy. Performers include: Joy Olamide, Zeena Banks and Scarlett Hill- pretty fierce singers who know how to strut their stuff! Echa Elle brings a touch of sweetness with her pure voice as does Dennis LLoyd with his gorgeous Reggae songs. Spicing it up a bit are J2G and Saint Paul and of course DJ Macky will be turning up the heat till closing time.

Show starts at 9pm and if you're late- tough- main acts do not rewind! Definitely the place to be tonight and all this is for just a fiver!!

Jaz McKenzie

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Dear Brappers!! ~ wherever did the blogs go?

Dear Brappers~ A quick explanation for the break in service!

Having worked flat out on the internet for several years, service has been affected for the past 3 weeks as I have been smitten by a virus that has affected my ability to literally focus on a screen- eyes have suffered badly; however through applying determination I was blessed to soldier through a couple of radio shows to bring The Chill Out Zone (buffalooradio) on Sunday evenings as usual- because it is important to support colleagues and not disappoint our listeners.

Sometimes the inability to do things can make us feel so weak mentally leaving you annoyed with yourself for being unproductive, That is exactly how I felt but at the same time, I have been listening to more talks on Youtube and one of the main points is to relax when your body tells you, so I'll let go of guilt and presume that I'll be fighting fit shortly- still a few more days of medication to go hallelujah!

Even when we are under the weather it it's important to maintain a positive spirit so that healing can take place even if progress is slower than we would like. The body becomes ill for a reason and in my case I haven't had a proper break since 2004- quite some time ago! Illness can also act as a reminder that we need to focus more on our own needs rather than other people's and provides an opportunity to reflect on life in general, giving thanks that we are still in a position to encourage others. like everything else we need to accept illness as a part of the plan and give thanks for all the good things around us- i certainly know who is concerned enough to phone and find out how I am- quite an aya opener!!

Jaz Mckenzie