A Podcast exploring Caribbean artwork, music, tradition & journey

After a year-long hiatus, the Fashion & Vibes podcast is again, and higher than ever. The podcast panorama has sorely missed the insightful cultural commentary of Jamaican-American, New York-based host, Mikelah Rose Malcolm, who, with a rotation of visitors, tackles subjects about Caribbean artwork, music, tradition, and journey.

Born of Necessity

Based on Malcolm, Fashion & Vibes was born out of necessity. “There are such a lot of who love our tradition from the skin in,” begins Malcolm on episode zero of her podcast. “I wished to discover [our culture] from the within out.” 

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The Caribbean is known world wide, however via half-formed impressions and stereotypes. To some, the Caribbean is limitless seashores – a ceaselessly paradise. But to others, it’s a hotbed for toxicity and violence.

The reality, in fact, is each someplace within the center and off that spectrum altogether. The Caribbean may as effectively be a continent for the way diverse the tradition is from nation to nation, and the way a lot that tradition evolves with every passing 12 months. “There are such a lot of layers to who we’re as a individuals, and there’s so many individuals I’ve are available contact with over time in print and digital journalism, that I actually wished to create an area to have participating conversations with them,” Malcolm defined.

This mission flows via the whole platform. “The title was the very first thing I had ever considered – it was actually indicative of our tradition,” she defined on her Don’t Name it a Comeback episode final November. ‘Vibes’ has at all times been an all-encompassing phrase inside the area to discuss tradition and power. Malcolm additional expounded on the naming course of. “Fashion is one thing we evoke. [It’s] not simply how we costume, nevertheless it’s how we boassy. It’s how we dance, and it’s how we method individuals.”

Caribbean Cultural Influence

As a marketer and tradition connoisseur, she observed the methods Caribbean tradition was the prototype for a lot of developments throughout the globe. “The impression of the Caribbean tradition will be felt worldwide – the music on the stadiums, vogue on the runway, [etc.]” She was having these conversations inside her buddy teams and taking her ideas to her weblog. It was then her buddy, fellow podcaster, and founding father of the podcast manufacturing firm Breadfruit Media, Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, recommended she begin her personal present.

She was reluctant at first. “I used to be actually tied to conventional media,” she admitted. “I beloved magazines. I beloved books, articles and studying. It was onerous for me to let go.” For a time she tried to stability each mediums, nevertheless it stretched her to her limits. “I used to be my very own author, my very own editor, my very own copy editor, my very own graphic designer,” she laughed. “I used to be distributing it, I used to be creating the content material for social media to put it on the market, I used to be organising full campaigns to get it on the market.”

What lastly pushed her all the way in which was realizing the energy of podcasting. Malcolm might have longer conversations, lower much less of it, and never fear in regards to the fixed churn of every day articles wanted to maintain a written outlet afloat. “I’ve by no means regarded again. I believe I can write and contribute as a author at my very own tempo, once I’m prepared to do this once more.”

Fashion & Vibes will be discovered on any podcast streaming platform.

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