Rhea Prendergast, a 22-year old Jamaican woman, is the mastermind behind “No Long Talk,” an electrifying event series that’s spotlighting Jamaican music and entertainment culture in NYC.
The series takes over popular East Village hotspot Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe & Rum Bar on a bi-weekly basis. Attendees can expect the spirit of Dancehall, promised with all the riddims, rum and dancing needed for the perfect midweek pick-me-up!
Beyond hosting Brooklyn-bred resident DJs Khalil & Sounds of Reality (both coming from Flatbush, home to one of NYC’s largest Caribbean populations), No Long Talk invites special guest performers across their events.
This week’s event (on Wednesday, February 8th) will welcome Grammy-nominated reggae artist Blvk H3ro (pronounced Hero), guaranteed to keep up the vibes all night long. The artist credits his “spiritual upbringing and lifelong dedication to service” for his modern and uplifting lyricism.
His feature on the Grammy-nominated single “Neva Bow Down” blends the genres of pop, dub and reggae, while pulling inspiration from Jamaican and African cultures to create what has been deemed as “a global roots anthem.” Catch him on the last leg of his Grammy tour at Miss Lily’s 7A this Wednesday, following his first NYC show at “BLVK H3RO: Bob Marley Birthday Celebration!” at S.O.B.’s.
After graduating from New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program, Prendergast wanted to showcase Jamaican culture by fostering a safe space for both Caribbean people and Caribbean music lovers. Upon creating No Long Talk, she’s able to build up Caribbean representation in NYC, while pursuing her passions in the music and entertainment industry.
Stay up to date on all of their bi-weekly events that you don’t want to miss through their Instagram here.
When: Bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 9pm
Where: Miss Lily’s 7A