Looking at the long list of hip hop showcases happening during SXSW weekend, I was already feeling thugged out by Friday evening. However, when I heard of a party with soca artist Machel Montano headlining, I cancelled all plans for the rest of my Friday late night and headed straight to Palm Door on Sixth. When I got there I saw the full performance schedule, including reggae artists Gyptian and the legendary Mr. Vegas. The one weekend I forget to carry my Jamaican flag with me is when I needed it most.
The LargeUp.com‘s Sound from the Caribbean event was held on an outdoor patio in the back of Palm Door, while the front room hosted the Sounds from Africa showcase featuring African artists from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.
Laza Morgan, Nyla from the group Brick & Lace and Gyptian performed brief sets while Mr. Vegas and Machel Montano each gave nearly hour long sets of their greatest hits. SXSW should definitely continue to keep the culture of African and Caribbean music in the festival and hopefully bring the showcases to bigger venues with more artists and even intermix the artists in at hip hop showcases. Either way, I’ll be back at SXSW with my flag in tote to wave in di air!!