For years there have been talks about making venues for fresh young talent to showcase their works in Jamaica. While some have popped up over time, one that is here to stay is held at the Stones Throw Bar every monday by the name of “New Wave”! Located at 1b Mannings Hill Rd. in Kingston, patrons witness displays of Art from some rising stars from 8PM to 12AM. Since its inception in late 2016, it has quickly become the talk of the town, or rather the Island. For those who don’t know, we recently interviewed a couple members behind the “New Wave” team, Lindsey Lodenquai (Head Coordinator), and Davida-Mae Chambers (Social Media Manager/Coordinator). Open your mind for a “New Wave”!
Words By @SwadeDaVillain x @Sef_Jo
Photos Provided By @LeBossLynch For @SeenByLynch
13thStreetPromo: For those who don’t know, what is the origin of New Wave? How did it come about from an idea to an event?
New Wave: New Wave began with Protoje and Jason Panton who envisioned a platform for emerging local talents- once the idea is there, there will always be a way for it to manifest to fruition.
13SP: Describe a standard night at a New Wave event.
NW: VIBESY! It’s always a great feeling being there with persons who are equally enthused about culture and creativity!
13SP: “Jamaica has so much to offer culturally and artistically from this generation”. What’s New Wave’s stance on this comment, and how important is it for events like this to push Jamaica’s talent?
NW: The comment is so true, the talent this generation has is through the roof! Once we have the resources, It is our responsibility to nurture this talent and allow it to flourish.
13SP: What aspects of the Jamaican Culture are highlighted so far through this amazing new event series?
NW: We really have tried to include all aspects of the creative space. So far, we have had nights that include Fashion, Cinema, Music, Architecture, Poetry, Photography and Visual Arts among other things! This season we will also be adding Comedy!
13SP: Are there any plans for New Wave to be held in other parishes? Are there talks about regional expansion (or even International)?
NW: Yes there have been talks of expansion, but we would like to expand in Kingston first, perhaps using other cool spaces around the city.
13SP: New Wave starts its 4th season on Monday July 3, what can we expect this season?
NW: More excitement! We have a few surprises this season, but you have to be there to witness!
13SP: In closing, for those who aren’t yet hip to it, why should they come to New Wave?
NW: Perhaps because it’s a totally new experience, not your average “Kingston scene”. I’d encourage people to set their week off right, swing by and be submerged in new talents, and ideas!