It's been two years since I decided to throw away the combs and conventions and embrace my nature... in hair, body & Spirit!
Still loving the journey.
It's funny when I meet people that have only known me with locs.
It's pleasing when the people who knew me before can't remember a time when my hair was not knotted.
It's exciting to see how long they'll grow.
It's challenging keeping the lint (and bugs) away.... I am a human tree to them :)
I will cut them one day. But I will never waste my time grooming something that sheds.
by leaving them be your ANTENNA's will be at its upmost BEST!
Peace. Love. LOCS!!
Throw back to 2018!
I actually loved my locs at this length - and I embraced the process of watching hair transform :)
Katugende… the TITLE
As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve read my past reviews, I like to think of myself as a free spirited, lateral thinking being that doesn’t need boxes or titles to define me…
Then, contrarily I talk about titles of Albums, Products, Plays and TV shows, and how they are the single and clear premise that quickly identifies what the thing I’m reviewing is about.
I blame my monolingual, boxed English only speaking self.
And so, as predicted, the first thing I did when listening to the latest album by Kalungi Fresh is ask....
Although it didn’t have a direct answer [it’s boxed to] - I found this.
As well as artist David Lutalo
A Ugandan artist - the same place Kalungi was born!
David has a song called Tugende too..
[Tungende is red marked in Word as it too is boxed]
And so - at the start line of my investigation of the (partial) title (KA)Tugende
- I was led back (g)round to this –
Tungende - the means of transport in the capital city Kampalaa (Kampalaa is the capital of UGANDA)
And there it is!
What about the KA – I hear you ask?
Now… like I said,
I only speak English... [and that definitely limits me!]
Maybe alongside this, is the arrogance of thinking my thoughts make things fact
I acknowledge this…
and so I think that the KA in the title is simply Kampalaa (capital of Uganda)
But I guess
Either way - the title, like it should sign posts me straight towards the Kampalaa experience I’m about to tune into.
Immersed through sound into Kampalaa, ooh lala (track 2)
a place only visited through the vibrations of this album - Kalungi’s new and exciting 8 tracks
Spiced up my life?
[Detach from the Spice Girls and think of actual flavour]
It isn’t simply and afro beats album but a fusion of Kalungi’s personal journey – born in Uganda, growing up in London and influenced by a host of genres including hip hop, RnB, and afro beats all evident in the mix!
But It's its London undertones that hooked me, and Kalungi’s word play reeled me in, with his eclectic ability to rap, sing and speak another language all making me crave for more!
It's important to highlight that Kalungi Fresh is also an Actor and Writer as well as a Musician, all of which contributes to the density of Katugende –
and therefore requires its listener to let go of music being a [genre],
a new sound.
Track 3 - Hold you Down ft Georgina sums it up
"When I dive in your loving just let me drown… don’t save me"
As I went on the back of Kalungi’s boda boda
- we drove down the hills of loneliness and
I let go
Although Google didn't have the answer... Kalungi did.
KATUGENDE = LET'S GO!
Listen to and let go to Katugende - HERE
Because some words my [boxed] self didn't know
I look forward to reading your comments :)
As mentioned above I'm trying out new ways to combine both Vlog and Blog styles on Sharla Reviews, and to kick start this merge what better way than to review a music album.
I've been playing Kano's Hoodies All Summer this fall, whilst away working in Nottingham and as always the mash-up of London and Jamaica grounds me in confidence and powere wherever I may be. (Click the link to buy CD including merchandise).
I went on for long enough in the above video, so wont write too much here... but here are my favourite 3 from the album - alongside their music videos for your entertainment!
Good Youtes walk amongst Evil
*Track 2 on the album*
2) Can't Hold WE down. Featuring Popaan
*Track 5 on the album*
Kano will next be performing in London at the Drumsheds on 7th February 2020 - Kano Concert
Want more music reviews?
Comment below to let me know which one you'd like :)
Above is a short collage of photo's and vids to celebrate reaching a year loc'ing my hair! I celebrated this milestone on Monday 5th August 2019, and it represents commitment, natural living and natural beauty, self love and my continuous journey of sifting out negativity when and where I can. HERE IS TO MANY MANY MANY MORE YEARS of unconventional, unique living!
As I write this I'm 11 month loc'd and I'm still really loving my journey! Here I discuss my every day struggle with lint but lint or not, the locs must stay!
Products still using:
Shampoo - Mane and Tail and Design Essentials
Conditioner - Paul Mitchell, Aloe vera juice and purified water
Oils - Olive Oil mainly but also Vitamin E, Jojoba and Castor Oil.
So it's 9 months and a few weeks and, to be honest, the process has shifted from -
What my hair looks like?
What's my soul looking like?
My hair has loc'd, that's for sure and the theory of antenna connection is becoming more of a reality as my world (my relationships and work) shift.
Although the journey of self discovery has alsways been something I've been interested and involved in my faith level has been less than the required mustard seed. And I take away any religious basis of the word faith here - and simple mean the complete belief in life. The complete and utter confidence that whatever is for me I shall have. And the utter assurance that what I need over what I want is by design.
At 35 (3+5=8) New beginnings and change is something I yearn for. Up until this time I have lived quite a comfortable life, and (not to discount this blessing and privilige) I think comfortable living stunts your growth. My hero's and heroines are people that have survived but refuse to live in survival mode.
It's so simple but not easy.
Mooji helps :)
Ok.. so my current routine consists of washing my hair every two weeks - alternating between clarifying shampoo one week and a moisture shampoo the next wash. I've made my own concoction of a moisturiser - which is Paul Mitchell, The conditioner; Aloe Vera Juice; Purified Water and LOVE!
I spray with this weekly and seal in with an oil - olive oil or jojoba oil.
I was spraying with warm water, and putting a plastic cap over my hair every morning and let sit whilst a bathed... but the locs started smelling damp and I wasn't feeling that at all, so I now just spray (without steam) every couple of days rather than every single day!
Of course, I wear a satin scarf to sleep, and I recently purchased a satin pillow case should I get lazy.
But as usual - here is my vlog in two parts on youtube
I've made quite a few youtube posts now about my hair journey, but thought I would show another perspective this month from someone I really admire!
Check out Mayowas freeform journey below
Still want to see my 7 (number of completion) month journey?
Check it out here - and my youtube channel for my thoughts about 'the ugly stage'