As a Brooklyn born and bred woman with parents from Guyana and Barbados, I grew up being exposed to and falling in love with Caribbean culture — the vibe, the food, and of course the music.
On Saturdays, my sisters and I hated having to get up at the crack of dawn to clean our East Flatbush home, but we worked reluctantly and twerked joyfully to the sounds that emanated from the radio, which was always tuned to a Caribbean station like WLIB on Saturday mornings. Years later, when I was liberated from my mom’s strict Saturday AM regimen and was out in the world working for wages, I found myself employed in the promotions department of WLIB, one of the very Caribbean stations I had grown up listening to. Eventually, I got to meet and work with Dahved Levy, an internationally renowned radio personality who has brought Caribbean music to the masses in a big way with this trademark catchphrase, “Rockin’ you! Rockin’ you!” I’m dating myself here, but although that was almost 15 years ago, when I heard that the “Original Rude Boy” himself Dahved Levy was going to be co-hosting a show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill with “Mr. Lover Lover” Shaggy, I knew that was a show I wanted to attend.