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Naia Resort Welcome Back Traveler

BELIZE IS BACK!

Luxurious beachfront Naia Resort welcomes travelers with packages to relax and recharge.

It’s been a stressful 18 months. With travel restrictions eased, the boutique Naia Resort and Spa invites luxury travelers to its 200-acre beachfront reserve to take a deep breath, relax and recharge with a variety of packages designed to bring your Zen back.

Located in the low-key fishing village of Placencia, Naia Resort and Spa focuses on authentic wellness, with one of the top spas in the country featuring over-water treatment rooms. Belizean culture is fused into everything from spa treatments to the resort’s décor, cuisine, and excursions. This fall Naia has crafted these turnkey vacations for discerning travelers:

Total Relaxation Honeymoon-Brides Magazine named Naia the most romantic destination in the Caribbean, and with this six-night package, honeymoon couples can celebrate their bliss with highlights like a private beach dinner and special spa day.

Forever Friends Girls Getaway-You and your best gal pals will enjoy a beachfront home with a private plunge pool, spa treatments, daily local drinks, and plenty of girl time on the beach.

Ultimate AllInclusive-Simply book this 4-night experience, show up, and relax. Everything is planned for you.

Waves and Wonder-This 7-night experience combines the best of all worlds for nature lovers with a jungle experience at our partner resort, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, and a seaside escape at Naia. Expect cave tubing, zip-lining, and cultural tours paired with barefoot relaxation and water activities.

Caribbean Beach & Inland Adventures-Combine a stay at the Chaa Creek Eco-luxe resort to explore Mayan ruins and the jungle landscape with a beachfront getaway at Naia focused on water sports, spa services, and relaxation.

Spa Day-Dedicate a day to pampering with the Alone Time Spa Day or Couples Retreat. Each includes spa services and a Belizean cuisine-based lunch.

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Four Seasons Resort Nevis Celebrates Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton’s story may have begun on the small island of Nevis, but the impact he made in US history made him a household name. And this fall, Four Seasons Resort Nevis invites guests to take a walk through history as they experience the birthplace of one of the United States’ most notable Founding Fathers with the newly launched Alexander Hamilton package. Fans of the famed Hamilton musical may not realize that the Caribbean island the show refers to is the island of Nevis, but they will now have the opportunity to learn about where it all began for this young historical leader.

“Nevis might be a little unknown island at the edge of the Caribbean, but it’s filled with so much history,” says Yvette Thomas-Henry, Regional Vice President and General Manager. “Not much has changed with Charlestown since those times, so you can really feel the legacy of what once was when Hamilton was living on the island.”

With rates starting at USD 9,660 per night, the Alexander Hamilton package includes $1,000 per person Resort credit that can be used for a wide variety of dining, activities and experiences. A private rum pairing dinner, a movie night with dinner under the stars, an historical botanical tour with Guest Experience Director Mac Kee France, and an exclusive Hamilton-style portrait painting session for guests to take home are also a part of this historical experience.

Not only will guests get to experience a piece of Nevisian and American history with this package, but they’ll also get to stay in a suite inspired by and named after Nevis’ most famous native son. In the recently redesigned one-bedroom suite, the décor is light, clean and fresh,  while preserving the humble charm of Nevis with hints of Caribbean notes from the botanical wallpaper in the bedroom to the uniquely designed chairs that feature the island’s ambassador, the Green Vervet monkey. Guests will come to find that the 1,761 square foot suite is an inviting space ideal for entertaining—hosting family and friends for an intimate dinner around the table with seating for up to eight or unwinding outdoors on the expansive patio for a nightcap while enjoying the Caribbean breeze and sweet sounds of Nevis. 

Guests who have passed the four-day “Vacation in Place” period are also welcome to explore the island and visit the former Founding Father’s home. By reserving an island tour with a historical storyteller, guests can visit Hamilton’s birthplace, located just 10 minutes from the Resort in the heart of Charlestown. The two-story building overlooking the Charlestown Harbour is called the Hamilton House. It houses one of the island’s two museums on the first floor. The second floor is the meeting room for the Nevis House of Assembly. The stone building was built around 1680 but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1840 and restored in 1983. Hamilton’s original home is also located on the property after being restored due to the same earthquake. 

In addition to sharing the history of Alexander Hamilton in the Caribbean, the package will make a donation to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS foundation, an organization that helps provide groceries, medication and health care for those affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses.  

Far from “forgotten spot in the Caribbean” anymore, travellers to Nevis can walk in the footsteps of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton with a Spotify playlist curated by BELLOSOUND for guests on property to enjoy.

About Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Four Seasons Resort Nevis is located on the western coast of the Caribbean island of Nevis, sister island to St. Kitts, and the birthplace of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. A place where love and harmony is ever-present, Nevis is a spirited and soulful haven, where both serenity and adventure can be pursued endlessly. Our island home is beaming with natural beauty, from the green summit of Nevis Peak, down to the sugar-soft sand of Pinney’s Beach. Play golf alongside the Green Vervet monkeys, dive into the sea to explore the nearby reefs, reconnect with nature at our serene Spa, or toast the colourful sunset as you dine on the water’s edge. With 189 spacious rooms and suites and more than 50 luxurious villas, the Resort has been delivering authentic Caribbean hospitality for more than 30 years. Whatever your preference, here in paradise, the opportunities for perfection are infinite.

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HALL Wines in Napa Valley Heads to Guana Island (BVI)

Guana Island, the award-winning resort in the British Virgin Islands, is collaborating with renowned California wine brand, HALL Wines, to offer a three-day Wine Program from January 12 – 14, 2022. The program will bring some of HALL’s most celebrated vintages as well as its Director of Winemaking, Megan Gunderson, to Guana for a dynamic program for travelers and food- and wine-lovers alike.

The HALL team will work closely with Guana’s Executive Chef to prepare a program celebrating the flavors of the California wines alongside the island’s natural bounty. Director of Winemaking for HALL Wines, Megan Gunderson, will work with the culinary team to create special menu pairings inspired by the flavors of Guana. She will also personally pour wines from across the HALL Family Wine brands portfolio including HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, and be available to chat with guests about the brand’s extensive West Coast vineyards, and the winemaking process.

The Guana culinary team will be creating new menus for the program, pulling as many ingredients as possible from the island’s orchard, including fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and microgreens. The four-acre orchard has been recently expanded to include three new greenhouses and is home to tropical fruits such as breadfruit, soursop, and papaya as well as more exotic items such as lemongrass and pomegranate. Guana guests also enjoy fresh fish from the surrounding waters, including grouper, yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi.

The three-day program will kick off with a Beach BBQ pairing Caribbean-inspired flavors with WALT Wines, known for single vineyard Pinot Noirs, complemented by live music from a local band. The following day, Gunderson and Guana General Manager Jason du Plessis will host a formal al fresco dinner, offering tastes of some of the most celebrated bottles from the HALL wine collection, including the bold Cabernets for which they are known. Gunderson will be on-hand to personally discuss each vintage, guiding guests through an educational and flavorful evening. The program will conclude the following day, with a guided tour of the orchard and an invitation to try some lesser-known vintages, matching HALL Wines with just-picked produce and tropical fruits that are only found in the Caribbean.

HALL and WALT Wines offered during the immersive experience will be available to order throughout the program. As with all visits to Guana, meals and activities prepared as part of the wine program will be included in the cost of a room. Rates at Guana start at $890 per night.

ABOUT GUANA ISLAND

One of the few private islands in its part of the world, Guana remains the most unspoiled jewel of the British Virgin Islands. Our 850 acres, seven beaches, mountains, gardens, organic orchard, dozens of hiking trails, and even our flock of flamingos are the exclusive domain of a handful of guests for the duration of their stay. In this setting, where the sparkling Caribbean meets the vast Atlantic, you’ll find first-class dining, accommodations, and service in a tradition of low-key luxury perfected through nearly a century of family stewardship. For more information or reservations, visit the Guana website or call (800) 544-8262.

ABOUT HALL FAMILY WINES

HALL Family Wines produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel under the HALL, WALT and BACA brand monikers. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, the family-owned winery produces artisan wines that express the unique and diverse character of the wine country’s soils and climates through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and throughout the winemaking process. The family’s luxury wine portfolio, led by Winemaker Megan Gunderson sources fruit from some of the most prominent vineyards up and down the West Coast and includes eleven Estate vineyards– Sacrashe, Bergfeld, Hardester, T Bar T Ranch, Atlas Peak, Rainin, Dellar-Freidkin, Cook, Bob’s Ranch, Clos Pepe and The Corners. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high-tech production facility and Tasting Room in 2014. Since the inception of HALL in 1995, the three luxury wine brands have earned over 600 ratings of 90 points or above from the industries top critics, including five 100-point scores from the industry’s most notable wine critics. Visit Hall Wines, Walt Wines and Baca Wines for more information, or call 707-967-2626.

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The 2021 Hurricane Report

Author and climate scientist Bill Pekny says the 2021 hurricane season began early this year, and the forecast is to be active all season long. He explains how this compares to previous seasons, why it is the way it is…and why we shouldn’t assume hurricanes are worsening.

The 2021 hurricane season is upon us again. And according to Bill Pekny—who has an extensive background of tracking hurricanes and studying science—says it’s living up to its preseason prediction of being an active, but not unprecedented, year.

“These days there is a lot of unwarranted fear that these types of storms are getting more frequent and more severe,” says Pekny, author of A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary (Two Climates LLC, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-73493-960-6, $34.59). “This is a misconception driven by the fact that we measure storms in terms of economic damage.”

“We continue to build more and more high-dollar homes, hotels, and resorts in high-risk coastal areas,” he explains. “When hurricanes do make landfall, they naturally create more property damage with higher price tags. In other words, the real culprit is more development, not more hurricanes. People just conflate these two issues.”

He says the experimental reality is that hurricanes in the North Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico areas, are not trending worse in either frequency or intensity over “climatological” (30 year) time scales. The same is true on a global scale. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded, “Hurricanes have not become more numerous in recent years.” And, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) data shows there has been “no increasing trend in tropical cyclone or hurricane numbers.”

Pekny says storms have intrigued him all his life. (“As a young scientist back in 1969, I had the truly unique experience of flying into the teeth of one as a RADAR meteorologist/crewmember with the renowned U.S. Navy Hurricane Hunters,” he notes.) What he’s learned is that, despite great strides in the technology that allows us to track and measure storms, not much has changed with respect to the storms themselves.

Still, from the much shorter-term “weather” perspective, this looks to be an active hurricane season in the North Atlantic basin, says Pekny. Here is his latest check on tropical cyclone activity this season in the northern hemisphere as of July 19, 2021:

Pekny’s analysis of hurricane season

Basin – Named Storms – Names Storm Days – Hurricanes – Hurricane Days – Major Hurricanes – Major Hurricane Days – Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE)

N Atlantic (Includes Caribbean & Gulf of Mexico) – 5 – 13.75 – 1 – 1.50 – 0 – 0.00 – 12.8

NE Pacific (out to Hawaii) – 7 – 20.00 – 2 – 6.75 – 1 – 2.75 – 34.9

NW Pacific – 3 – 8.50 – 1 – 1.00 – 0 – 0.00 – 7.0

N Indian – 2 – 6.00 – 2 – 3.25 – 1 – 1.50 – 13.8

Total – 17 – 48.25 – 6 – 12.50 – 2 – 4.25 – 68.5

Source: Colorado State University, Department of Atmospheric Science, Tropical Meteorology Project

It’s been a fairly active hurricane season to date, at least with regard to the number of named storms (17 this year, as compared to the historical average of 14.1, at one-fourth of the way through the six-month hurricane season).

In terms of another cyclone metric—Named Storm Days—there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of short-duration tropical storms (those lasting less than two days). Meanwhile, storms lasting longer than two days have not shown a noticeable increase. The long-lasting storms are the most devastating ones.

Another metric around intensity/severity is Accumulated Cyclone Energy, or ACE. It is a measure of the kinetic energy of hurricanes, and is directly tied to sustained hurricane windspeed. Over the long haul, ACE has been trending downward, and it’s no different this year—relatively calm in terms of kinetic energy.

Only one tropical storm in the North Atlantic basin, and not even a hurricane-level storm at that, has made a meaningful landfall this season. It was Tropical Storm Elsa, which earlier this month dumped a significant amount of rain as it passed northeasterly over Florida and then up the Atlantic seaboard before dying out.

What determines how active this hurricane season will be?

Common ingredients in the recipe for hurricane development are a combination of a weather disturbance and thunderstorm activity as seeds for a tropical storm; warm ocean water to power the storm; and low vertical wind shear to prevent the storm from breaking up as it traverses the ocean. Those conditions, and especially the expected continuance of low vertical wind shear in the North Atlantic basin, favor hurricane development throughout this season.

In other words… “Be prepared for another active hurricane season, just like last year,” says Pekny.

About the Author:

Bill Pekny is the author of A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary. He holds physics M.S. and B.S. degrees from Georgia Tech and DePaul University, plus graduate study in physical meteorology and numerical analysis at Florida State University and the University of Utah, and a visiting scholar appointment at the Ginzton Laboratory of Applied Physics at Stanford University.

Bill’s career in science spans over 50 years in the U.S. Armed Forces and the aerospace industry.

His career highlights include: Project Stormfury with the U.S. Navy Hurricane Hunters; applied atmospheric physics and meteorology research; LASER RADAR development; new product testing in various atmospheric environments; aviation optics and electronics; global climate research; and more.

For more information, please visit: Two Climates.

About the Book:

A Tale of Two Climates: One Real, One Imaginary (Two Climates LLC, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-73493-960-6, $34.59) is available from major online booksellers.

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EBHONI – GOOD DICK & WEED

EBHONI REPS FOR ALL THE TORONTO BAD GYALS ON NEW PROJECT “GOOD DICK & WEED”

A refreshing departure from the current landscape of R&B, 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ebhoni keeps it realer than real on her latest mixtape “Good Dick & Weed.” The 10-track project includes a collaboration with Jamaican rap star Beam in addition to Ebhoni’s breakout single “Rep It” & her confident ode to women with options,  “Rotation,” produced by industry heavyweight FORTHENIGHT (Bad Bunny, Don Toliver). Born & raised in Toronto, Good Dick & Weed is heavily influenced by Ebhoni’s Caribbean upbringing and is full of bold & honest convictions, a fierce body of work that is sure to redefine what it means to be a woman fully in charge and uninhibited.

Good Dick & Weed in many ways channels a keen sense of the best parts of what some would define as nostalgia: the era of mixtapes and tumblr, telling a story through visceral imagery and honest anecdotes, the internet in its rawer early form. Good Dick & Weed paints snapshots of different cities in the same harshly ephemeral gleam, from Westwood to Wilshire, specific places made universal by the heartbreak and hopefulness within them.

On opening track “If You Know You Know”, Ebhoni speaks directly to a night where gunfire punctured six bullet holes in the backseat window of her family’s car, and they had to temporarily relocate to her grandmother’s house, where she openly wonders: what if she had been sitting in that backseat?  Putting up walls for her own self-protection, she’s only now beginning to draw from the power that comes from her own vulnerability. “I really have been through so much, and it’s important to show that to help others who might not have that platform.” Good Dick & Weed draws from this agency, a declaration of assured frankness that shows the choices you make don’t have to be perfect as long as you believe in them.

Good Dick & Weed is a product of nighttime, connecting the dots and piecing together information from strings of late-night texts, voice notes from the calls you choose not to pick up, as well as poignant diary vignettes curled up in the sink from the washroom of the Atlanta apartment she currently resides. where the low-key 21-year-old feels her most authentic self. It’s also a matter-of-fact acknowledgement of growing up on Weston Road in Toronto where her father sold drugs, waking up to ringing doorbells early in the morning, seeing notes left on her mother’s car and playing outside of housing complexes while her father was inside doing deals.

Praised for her powerhouse talent, Office Magazine predicts Ebhoni “is on a fast track to worldwide recognition.” Earlier this year, Ebhoni released her EP “X,” to critical reception from press and rare groove enthusiasts. In addition to Pitchfork praising Ebhoni for “reclaiming the Toronto R&B crown for women.” HotNewHipHop wrote, “Ebhoni has been one artist to keep an eye out for in the 6ix,” it’s no wonder FLAUNT crowned her “Our favorite new R&B artist.” Tracks like “Rotation” only bolster the rep she’s built as one of R&B’s most magnetic young stars, and with the release of Good Dick & Weed, Ebhoni’s growing fandom will surely only continue to expand.

Good Dick & Weed Track List:

  1. IYKYK
  2. Come Over (feat. Beam)
  3. Rep It
  4. Rotation
  5. Be A Man
  6. Westwood
  7. I Try
  8. Think
  9. Truth Say
  10. Wilshire & Bixel
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White Villas Reopens in Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands have always been synonymous with luxury, relaxation, and adventure. And now they are also one of the few places in the Caribbean that have received a designation of Alert Level 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lowest possible Covid-19 risk level. The wish list vacation destination is eager to welcome guests back to experience their trademark white-sand beaches and azure blue waters, free from pandemic anxieties.

With 65 percent of the destination’s population having received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 55 percent of the adult population being fully vaccinated, Turks and Caicos can proudly say that it is one of the most inoculated countries in the world. This is welcome news for the team behind White Villas, the collection of private villas with an all-inclusive style experience. 

“The desire for decompression, family connection, and new experiences is stronger than ever. Travel is on everyone’s mind,” says Simon Hénault, owner of White Villas. “We’re thrilled that Turks and Caicos islands are considered a CDC Level 1 destination, one of the very few in the Caribbean.”

White Villas is the ideal option for travelers who want to ease their way back into simple, safe, and stress-free travel. In addition to full kitchens and private pools, guests have direct access to car rentals and boat excursions, private chef services, spa treatments, an outdoor movie theater and gym, and a long list of outdoor adventure activities. Visitors get the comfort, privacy, and warmth of staying with close friends and family, with all-inclusive simplicity and high-end amenities.

 The White Villas team ensures that friends, couples, and families all have a safe, unique, and nurtured return to travel experience.

For more information on the CDC’s Travel Health Notices, please visit cdc.gov

For more information on White Villas, please visit whitevillas.net.

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Pollen Presents Takes J Balvin NEON Experience Global

Four Days in Punta Cana (Dec 8-12) with J Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Sech, Arcángel, Nio Garcia, Mariah Angeliq, Zion & Lennox, Cazzu, and More

Follows Three Sell Out J Balvin NEON Shows in Las Vegas

Pollen Presents has announced the first international J Balvin NEON experience in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which will take place from December 8-12, 2021, at the Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort. NEON’s international expansion follows the sellout of three much anticipated J Balvin NEON weekends in Las Vegas this September.

J Balvin NEON, a Pollen Presents experience, is a multi-day musical journey curated by Balvin himself and will include performances from some of his favorite acts, representing some of the most influential voices in global music. This will include performances by Puerto Rican rapper and singer Rauw Alejandro, Panamanian vocalist Sech, reggaeton and latin trap artist Arcángel, Latin dancer and world-class choreographer turned rapper and film actor Nio Garcia, Miami-born American singer Mariah Angeliq, Puerto Rican musical duo Zion & Lennox, Argentinan singer Cazzu, and much more. 

The Punta Cana experience will provide an incredible backdrop for NEON, as the weekend programming unfolds around pool parties, night swims, after parties, and a headlining show from J Balvin on the beach on the final night.

J Balvin NEON Punta Cana will take place at the beautiful beach-side adults-only Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort starting Wednesday, December 8th and concluding on December 12, with all food and drinks included in ticket packages along with access to headlining performances on the beach, club nights, and more.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on Wednesday, July 14th. Additional details can be found here, and those interested in receiving updates can sign-up on the site.

About Pollen
Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on the official website and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke mini-breaks with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

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Natan × Shander unveil new single Ojos café

Natan and Shander, the original performers of “Poblado” (74 million views on YouTube) and “Poblado remix” (43 million views on YouTube), present their new single “Ojos café”, an urban song with romantic and catchy lyrics, available as of today on all digital platforms.

Natan & Shander belong to the record label Black Koi Entertainment with the management of La Industria INC. They are currently emerging as the new famous duo within the urban genre, thanks to the international success of their song “Poblado: and “Poblado Remix.”

The duo is originally from Cartagena, Colombia, and living in the city of Medellín, a place that has produced great Latin music stars such as J Balvin and Karol G. Natan and Shander begin to savor unstoppable success, and their sensual- urban-funk style, with tones of the original reggae, has made them make a big difference within the urban genre industry.

“Ojos café” authors are the same interpreters together with Crissin, the latter was also responsible for the production of the song with Alexander Rojas Pineda “The Big Pieces” and Luis Alberto Ambrosio “Daymebeats”.

“Ojos café” premieres with its official video clip. An audiovisual piece with a very organic aesthetic, which revolves around the life of a beautiful girl with perfect brown eyes. The filmmaker was Felipe Zapata with the production of ADB Films, and it is available to all fans through YouTube.

Enjoy “Ojos café” today on your favorite digital platform.

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Interview With Sam Walwym

TikTok is responsible for starting and bolstering many young stars’ careers, and Sam Walwym is no different. The 22-year-old musician was born in the UK but grew up in the Caribbean, where music and rhythm were a major influence in his upbringing. Sam has over one hundred thousand followers on TikTok. He first began sharing his music there, and as he started to receive positive feedback from his followers and others who found his videos on their for you page (FYP), Sam’s following grew. Taking off from there, the musician has continued to make and release music and has signed with Mystic Sons. Carving out a spot for himself in the indie-pop scene, Sam Walwyn has no intentions of quitting before he is a household name.

I was lucky enough to interview Sam and get an insight into his life, music making, and what’s in store for him in the future. It was easy to observe Walwyn’s light-hearted and funny character during our time together, and I can easily see why he grew such a following on TikTok. Make sure to listen to his new song “First Place” and keep an eye out for his name, because I can tell Sam’s career is just beginning.

As a creative outlet, how do TikTok and making music differ? Does one give you more freedom than the other?”

Sam told us in response that “I feel TikTok and its users love to see the process of art being made… Because there is such a quick turnaround of content on the platform, nothing feels set in stone because trends come and go every week. TikTok differs from other platforms because if I have a song which I want an opinion on, or if I’m exploring an idea, I can post a clip of it and get some actual, good feedback. Whereas other social platforms feel like your feed is a portfolio of your career/achievements, whereas TikTok gives you a bit more freedom to share [the] process without pressure.”

What got you interested in making music, has music always been a passion of yours?

I’ve always found rhythm super interesting. From growing up in the Caribbean, carnival season was an integral part of my life. Seeing how rhythm can influence people to move is what sparked my interest to see how I could influence people’s emotions and movement through my own creations.

How would you classify your sound as a musician? What makes your music unique?

I’d label my sound as sad boi songs you can dance or vibe to in the shower. Also, if you put me on whilst on a road trip, everyone in the car would feel like they’re in a music video.

I guess from learning flamenco and percussive guitar, I view the acoustic guitar for more than its six strings. All the corners of the guitar have a different percussive character which has helped make my live shows feel bigger, even though I mainly perform solo.”

Do you think already having a large following on TikTok has helped you as you transition to making music?

I mean I was always making music but by having this following means I can interact and share more insight to my creative process

Can we expect more music in the future?

ABSOLUTELY!! “First Place” is the start of a lot of releases this year. All of which I’m very proud of for different reasons. Some of them are subjects which I feel by releasing will give me some closure. For some of the other songs, I’m just proud of seeing and hearing a development in my sound.

What is your ultimate goal as a musician and how does TikTok factor into that, if it does?

To play bigger and better shows and share my music with as many people as possible. That’s the goal. TikTok has given me a lot of support and helped me exponentially grow my following. It’s given me the opportunity to share my music with more people than I could’ve imagined. This has given me soooooo much motivation for all the hard work and late nights that come with being a musician. It’s nice to see the start of a lil community being brought together .. and even crazier that my music is the catalyst for that.

To follow Sam in his process as he makes more music go to his TikTok.

Stream “First Place” HERE

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El Alfa Nominated For 2021 Premios Juventud

El Alfa El Jefe, stands as a nominee for Premios Juventud 2021.

The idol of dembow El Alfa, stands, for the second consecutive year, as a nominee for the Premios Juventud gala, which will be held on July 22nd in Miami, Florida.

El Alfa adds another great achievement to his artistic career, by appearing as a nominee for the Premios Juventud 2021 Gala, in a category that suits him like a glove: Tropical Mix (Song with the best tropical collaboration), due to the success of the song Beben in which he shares verses with Colombian star Camilo.

The song Bebe had its premiere in November 2020, and it is a song with such a contagious rhythm that to this day it adds an impressive number of more than 211 million views on YouTube and counting, making it an instant viral success.

The Alfa has enjoyed a successful year, also preceded by the song Pikete, a collaboration by Dembowsero with the pioneer of the urban genre Nicky Jam (9.7 million views).

The Premios Juventud Gala will be held on July 22, through the Univision screens, and El Alfa fans will be able to vote for their favorite through the website.