Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Brina misses home - One word for many

Well time and time again I hear the words over and over – have you blogged? Have you done a blog? 

... Fact is there has not been much to talk about or to write about these days. I have been extraordinarily pensive. Being in London has been a draining yet character reinforcing experience, probably still too early to say exactly what I have garnered or what I will take along life’s future journey. What I know more than anything is that I miss my home my family and the familiarities of the Jamaican sun the wandering smell of wood burning under the rich bauxite red soil, the charcoal smell of morning dew on every living and inanimate thing outside, the chain of call and answer from the district cockerels, the lazy mongrel dogs yawning in the quiet of the ominous Mandeville morning teasing me with its promise of either rain or sunshine, of mystery and drama, of lust and love, of sound and music, of nothing and everything.

I miss my island home; I miss my home of security and familiarity- I miss my nuclear and musical family. I have been uncovered and I feel like I've begun to tell my story and for those who will listen i will speak, I will sing for those who wish to speak.

But this longing that I have breeds good things: I tell you this and I tell you with all my heart - I am ready - ready to write again - Brina is ready to record some world roots reggae music - ready to be swept off my feet because I'm in love with this feeling, this yearning, this burning desire to meet you and to share with you. To touch your heart soul and spirit with music. "Life is beautiful, when there's love joy and fun, but life is horrible, when there is none" - words from one of my latest songs heard only on a live performance - a welcome song that salutes your soul and the angels in the architecture, for no matter where we are there they dwell with us. Some days I sneak around finding comfort in a hefty autobiography of Maya Angelou that I keep re-reading. I agree as she establishes my longing for a place called home a place where comfort abides. Many years have past and transitioning isn't the easiest, but I am still learning and I look forward to the days when I can impart that growth. 

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
 ... as for me today - I am singing I am giving thanks to the Most High and I am happy !!


Friday, April 13, 2012

BRINA'S BLOG -My Musical Journey: "...she wrote this letter to a friend" World Roots Reggae Singer - Brina

BRINA'S BLOG -My Musical Journey: "...she wrote this letter to a friend" World Roots Reggae Singer - Brina

"...she wrote this letter to a friend" World Roots Reggae Singer - Brina

Dear Miranda,         

Apperil twelveteen 2012

   I hope this gets to you in time as your last message was several months ago and I was slow in responding. I apologize for the late response. How are you doing these days? I am writing to tell you that the world roots reggae music I have been writing, recording and performing since 2007 that you have fallen in love with, has been finally made available to the world!

We decided many months ago to call My first Album "Under One Sun" so that it would reflect the unity amongst mankind even though there are embracing diversities. I can imagine you will be telling everyone to go out and get it now, and by all means do put in a good word for me, yes spread the word.

I know you do not have internet where you are but for the past few months we spent a lot of time advertising and informing people about it every day as much as we could, leading up to the time of the release. It is now available and people can buy it on the Internet from wherever they are in the world.  I am so excited about this but also very nervous as the uncertainty of what the future holds is an unknown. But Like you I put my trust in The Most High.

Are you happy? I hope you are taking care of yourself and that everyone there with you is doing well.  I can tell you that I am very happy and very appreciative of my simple achievements thus far.

My husband Kieran, oh yes he's doing alright, He has been wearing many hats: producing, plays the bass guitar, and managing our musical affairs. As for me I just sit and look pretty (laughing a lot here) we work together equally but I have to give him credit, as he deserves it; I owe it to him for he has worked very hard to see this through.

I have not been performing as much as I hoped but now that the Album is released I know that things are definitely going to pick up in a very positive way. Lets hope those promoters and booking agents in Europe and the United States wise up and add me as a new vibrant female reggae singer to their line up for festivals and shows, if not they will have to answer to the masses who I am very sure will be eager to see signs and experience my performances live. Yep like you say, I am speaking things into being. You are very encouraging and I appreciate even the simplest of things that you say.  Thank you so much.

I know you don’t like long letters so I will stop here for now and wait patiently to get your next letter in the post.  I hope you are truly happy and that things are much better for you now. Take care and God Bless your soul.

Your friend,

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Latest Release 'Lala Vizuri (Sleep My Little Baby)'

This is jus a likkle update on the progress of my musical journey, thought you would like to know...

...In January we released a new single entitled ‘Lala Vizuri (Sleep My little Baby)’It is a song of hope for the Babies of the world that shares both English and Swahili lyrics. This release is available by free download to everyone! You can download this exclusively here.

For those who already have this song, and those still to catch the wind I welcome you and say congratulations and a big, big thank you very much!

I've been very encouraged by the numbers of people downloading the song and writing to me from; the United States, Kenya, UK, France, Germany, Cyprus, South America and Tasmania to name just a few places. And also by selectas/DJs playing my songs on the worlds airwaves and contacting me to do radio interviews. Also a big shout out to United Reggae for their support, and including me in their monthly compilation of music! Again I am overwhelmed and very happy as slowly but surely the word is getting around. The music I do is for you and I welcome interest and listeners from all over the world.

As you may have noticed this song, Lala Vizuri, means a lot to me and like one fan in Kenya said: "it has touched the heart of many Kenyan people" and that is truly what I've set out to achieve. Because I believe in what I am doing, and I believe that bringing people together can only bring positive results, and with that determination I am not afraid to step out and do what I must.

Many have left their mark on us musically and many have gone before us leaving their legacy. Whether it is their thoughts, special service to mankind, just their name, or their songs and music - it is the substance of what they leave behind with us - there must be a reason for this. The music must have touched hearts. This is a universal shout out to the greats and I give thanks for the inspiration of positive music that touches the heart.

I appreciate all the positive feedback, emails and the responses. I know that many are looking forward to the coming of my debut album ‘Under One Sun’ and I look forward to the day when it is dropped at your fingertips. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Lala Vizuri.

Peace and Love