Happy New Year!
I had the blessing of spending the Holiday season traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It was indeed an inspiring time to see how Hiphop and Reggae culture is flourishing in Asia & South East Asia.
Reggae history in China this New Year's Eve at the Starsing Asia Music Festival. After 13 taxis refused to take us to this mysteriously new stadium, the 14th one dropped us in close proximity on the campus ground, another random motorcycle ride later and we arrive! We missed most of the day's acts (including the legend Papa U-Gee and amazing Reggae band from Japan Chalisss) but arrived in time for Bitty McClean. The whole crowd of Chinese attendants were swaying peacefully to the music, yelling "Love" and "Ai" when prompted by Bitty. He sang one of my most favorite songs "Walk Away From Love", and it was surreal to hear the sweet melody live, Sly & Robbie as backing band with a stadium full of Guangzhou Chinese People. Indeed a special night.