A Lifestyle Blog by Mwahaki King


Friday, 17 March 2017

5 Songs I’m Loving Right Now

As I write this, large parts of the world are enjoying the start of Spring. Birds chirping, flowers blooming, sun shining! Here in Boston however, we are still deep in the throes of winter, having just emerged from yet another massive snowstorm. I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately, so I thought it would be good idea to share some of these tunes; to either complement your joyful springtime vibes or to help you combat the lingering winter blues.

First up:
Leave Me Alone - Calypso Rose ft. Manu Chao (Kubiyashi Remix ft. Machel Montano)

This energetic new installation from the queen of Calypso herself, the indomitable Calypso Rose, has taken the Carnival 2017 season by storm. The living legend joined forces with “King of Soca”, Machel Montano and Franco-Spanish musician Mano Chao to produce an exhilarating song, full of the vibrant pulsating rhythms for which the genre is known.

The institution of Carnival has come under scrutiny in recent months, given the sexual harassment of women during parades and the wider discussion regarding violence against women in the Caribbean. “Leave Me Alone” has come at the right time, emerging as an anthem for women who just want to have a great time and celebrate the effervescence of Caribbean culture in peace.

“Leave Me Alone” has old school calypso vibes, new school swagger and an international dimension that makes it both familiar to soca junkies and a perfect introduction for Caribbean Carnival newbies. Manu Chao’s gentle guitar and subtle Spanish inflections complement the exuberance of Rose and Montano; culminating in a song that is at once comforting, fun and ultimately thrilling – the true spirit of Carnival!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

10 Facts About Me

Image Source: Mwahaki King Photography
“Getting to know you, getting to feel free and easy…haven't you noticed suddenly I'm bright and breezy, because of all the beautiful and new things I'm learning about you, day by day.” – Rodgers and Hammerstein, The King and I

Hello hello! Today, I thought I’d do a little “Get to Know Me” post, so you could learn a bit more about the lady behind this blog. So, in the spirit of getting to know each other better, here are 10 facts about me:

Big Ben & The Westminister area of London [Image Source: Mwahaki King Photography]
1. My name is Mwahaki King (pronounced Muah-Kee)

2. I lived in London, England until I was about 10 years old. Then, I moved with my mother to her native, Jamaica and stayed there until university. 

The Caribbean Sea, as seen from Ocho Rios Jamaica. [Photo Taken by Mwahaki King]
I went to university on the West Coast of the United States and afterwards relocated to Boston, Massachusetts because of a job offer. I’ve been in Beantown ever since, but the West Coast will always have a special place in my heart. (I mean, In-N-Out Burgers are what dreams are made of)