Goodbye Guadeloupe it’s Martinique on Monday!

Pointe des Châteaux

I can safely say that I now know the island of Guadeloupe pretty well. I’ve been to Basse Terre, Grande Terre, through the middle, flown over Les Saintes, been up part of the Soufrière volcano, snorkeled around the Réserve Cousteau, hung out of the beaches of Sainte Anne, Bananier, Bouillante, seen the carnivals in Sainte Rose, Pointe à Pitre and Gosier, visited a coffee museum, tasted many rums, eaten various fishes, bokits and coconut sorbets, swam the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans that hug the island’s coasts, been to the Marinas in Pointe à Pitre and Saint François, been to Pointe des Châteaux, the island’s narrowest tip and spoken with locals of all ages.

In terms of musical endeavors, I have seen several spontaneous jam sessions full of percussion and singing, have watched a floury of musical groups parade by during the carnival festivities, have been to a few créole concerts and discussed the topic of Guadeloupian music with residents as well as tourists. Gwo ka, zouk and dancehall are the dominant and popular genres of music here, and they represent Caribbean island culture so well.

It is fascinating how one can become so adapted and used to a place after a few weeks of exploration and discovery. I know my way around the island, I feel somewhat adapted to its culture, I have been to most of the hot spots and also frequented areas hidden from tourists. I feel not like I have visited Guadeloupe but that I have lived here.

The best part of traveling for a month in each island has been the learning. Once I feel like I’ve settled down, I leave and explore a new environment. Many may not see the appeal in this but I love the thrill, the fast pace, and learning how to adapt quickly and open-mindedly to everything which is exposed to me in each and every discovery. I enjoy the fact that I have just started to settle down in Guadeloupe and that I am leaving on Monday to Martinique. Four weeks will be my time limit to consume as much of this last island as I possibly can, before writing my final Tropicalove articles…

Leaving to another island..

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Mele Kaliki Maka!

Time is flying by and these are my last days in Hawaii. Whether it be in Maui or in Oahu, I have been made to feel at home since day one and for that I will miss Hawaii very much. Of course, it is certainly easy to get used to being here on these beautiful and bountiful islands.

I am making the most of my last days by soaking in the sun, walking across the shoreline daily, swimming alongside the tropical fish, sipping fruit juices, meeting people and listening to ukuleles. I try as much as possible to practice the Aloha Spirit. I am very fond of this culture and will take this state of mind with me wherever I go now.

Hawaii has taught me to be happier person. Perhaps because I have taken the time to travel and discover what I love – music music music – but both Maui and Oahu have added so many surprisingly heart warming things to my travels so far: brave, genuine people, places rich with beauty and grace, tranquility, healthy lifestyles and much talent.

Both islands are heaving with rich creativity whether it be in music or other forms of art. What a discovery… Every concert I have been too has woken up some inspiration in me. Granted some were more skilled than others, but all musicians I have come across have demonstrated passion and originality which I didn’t know was going to be so prevalent before arriving.

At home, we have the habit of seeing our usual street buskers, listening to our favorites, sharing music with friends perhaps, going to concerts hosted by familiar artists or genres and styles we are used to – it is rare that we venture off in unknown musical territory purposely, and even less so in different countries or geographical regions. And honestly, when you do, it opens your musical mind and it is truly worth it. I recommend paying more attention to foreign art forms when traveling, this will definitely enhance anyone’s stay.

I can’t wait to see what I discover next in Tahiti and in the Caribbean. Who knows what musical treats are lying there, and also what their cultures have to offer in terms of state of mind and mentality? It is exciting, and I’m also looking forward to simply exploring and continuing my tropical travel adventures.

Mahalo Hawaii, and Mele Kaliki Maka to everyone!

What I’ll be up to..

Update from yesterday’s first introductory session with Ras from 4Pm to 6PM:

Boy, there is a *lot* of work to be done! He has recently moved into his new home in Paia, so he is in a bit of disorganized mess at the moment. My role will be to help him out, act as a sort of agent, help him re-organize. This means taking all his contacts (festivals, musicians, fans, promoters, radios, blogs, etc), getting back in touch with them, sending them promotional material, organizing some concerts, getting people to buy his mp3s online…

I will also be assisting him when he does shows around Hawaii. There is a very exciting special festival he has been invited to, scheduled at the beginning of November, which, fingers crossed, I will be able to assist as his agent. It is called the Awesomeness Fest, and costs about 12,000$ if you want to attend as an outsider! There are 200 to 300 incredible speakers, artists, musicians which attend, and it supposed to be one of the best experiences ever. The author of ‘The Secret’ will be there. It will be hosted in Maui this year, and is only for exclusive invitees. So I’m counting on your positive thoughts, and hopefully I will be able to be part of this festival of awesomeness!! http://www.awesomenessfest.com/

Awesome Fest 2011

I have downloaded this program called Band Manager, which will help me get all his contacts sorted out. This will also be a good addition to my professional experience. Also, getting in touch with all these musical contacts will be great and will hopefully enable me to become more familiar with how the music biz functions.

There is certainly a whole bunch of productive work awaiting me – yay!! It seems I will be able to work from my room here in the Yoga Shala, which is great because it is such a calm, quiet and beautiful spot to work from. I will also be able to couple all this day time activity with yoga classes and exploring the island principally on the Maui bus, which I have got a schedule for. There is a lot to learn and be visited!