Tuesday, 31 March 2015


It was a heart warming, exciting and breathtaking experience rolled into one visiting the incredibly impressive SLAM. The Sports Leadership and Management Charter school which Pitbull helped to build in his own old neighbourhood and for which Mr 305-Worldwide is also an ambassador.

A place which binds together a partnership between sports and education where youngsters can grow, follow their passion for sports and learning is made fun through the school's engaging and entertaining curriculum. A revolutionary seven-story first ever school in Florida to offer sports related broadcasting, management and medicine middle and high school education program.

Walking through the corridors and peeking into classes where children were working attentively and at class switch over times just the sound of enthusiastic, happy and motivated students was music to my ears. It's also a fact that Pitbull too is known to make surprise visits and peek into classes at times and walk around the school.

Approaching the entrance of the SLAM gymnasium, I was greeted by an excited group of students pouring out in crowds and running out of the gym from the opposite direction. Brushing past with joy and sounds of excitement having just finished a class. A memorable moment and feeling of many during my visit to the magnificent school that brings a glowing smile and feeling from within each time I think about. 

This is the breath taking, iconic fully equipped gym with the globally recognised windows and views where Pitbull spends his birthdays with the students and where this year Pitbull was named as Ambassador of the Arts for Florida. Where his birthday January 15th itself was declared as Pitbull Day by Mayor Tomas Regalado. 
As announced on Pitbull Day this year, it was amazing to catch a glimpse of an untouched, raw and 'before' view of the area nearby where the SLAM school is to be extended and I am excited to share this with the fellow fans especially and cannot wait see is the complete 'after' version (below)

A dance studio (below) was very inspiring and a pleasure to meet and tell the teacher how I wish I was young enough or whether they would make an exception and allow me to join the school dance program.

A roof top of SLAM gave an abundance of spectacular views of the neighbourhood where Pitbull grew up, downtown Miami and a glimpse of the Marlins Ball Park. It is also the roof top where images of Pitbull have been shot such as promos for his fragrance.

Being a fan and admirer of all his achievements inside and outside of music, Being aware of Pitbull's struggles as he grew up, how his very own teachers inspired him and directed him on the path towards changing his life and how today Pitbull is here giving the the kids the a place to learn, grow and enjoy education by making it fun, cool and providing the opportunity through a strong, experienced and dedicated team of inspiring teachers giving their everything along with the equipment, technology and hands-on approach was a proud, grateful and emotional experience.

A very special thank you to Ana of the Slam Shop Team for showing me around the outstanding school. It was also a pleasure to meet some of the other teachers, Principal Alex Tamargo and members of the SLAM Board and Team Pitbull. It was an absolute honour and pleasure to be able to visit the school and see all the wonderful facilities and things that everyone involved in the school does. Thank you for having me. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Thank you Pitbull for investing in education and giving back.

Pitbull fans please check out  more images from the day and the links below to explore more about SLAM and remember to get your SLAM shop gear! Thank you.

Dale EeeYAW!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Both Circle House Studios and Circle Village Studios, situated in North Miami have a welcoming, relaxed ambience where the touch of Jamaican influence can also be felt. Each studio in separate buildings located opposite each other which can easily be mistaken for beautiful homes have multiple studios and rooms within.

Apart from state of the art equipment, the studios also feature superb detailed music influenced artwork, decor and ornaments throughout whilst clearly providing an inspirational, comfortable and a professional environment. Extending to outdoor pools with waterfalls to lounging areas, areas where artists can refresh to providing in-house chefs to cater to an artists needs.

The concept and ownership of these impressive studios belong to the legends of reggae, the band Inner Circle. Sweat (A La La Long) by Inner Circle was the infectious global hit, which reached No. 3 here in the UK singles chart and it's also these 'Bad Boys of Reggae' who also have the catchy number Bad Boys as featured in the film Bad Boys starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. 

To name but a few, it is a place where global hits are recorded by artists from Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Mary J Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Uncle Luke's 2 Live Crew, Rico Love to Maffio who I was fortunate to bump into as he was entering Circle House Studios for a session. 

Circle House Studio also has the famous Circle House Wall signed by artists from Justin Beiber to Pitbull of course! 

Surrounded by impressive plaques from Trick Daddy and Trina. My eyes are drawn to the numerous Pitbull plaques placed in both studios. At the Circle House Studio I was taken in particular by a plaque of where the  journey took off, Pitbull's very first studio album and still very much a personal favourite, M.I.A.M.I. 

Filled with emotions of awe, excitement and admiration to be able to see the M.I.A.M.I plaque but to also visit the iconic studio, a 'mecca' for old school Pitbull fans like myself who followed the Lil' Chico from the beginning where Pitbull history was made. That is the studio where Culo was recorded and remixed.

Amazing, remarkable and breath taking studios with so much detail and thought given to the artists. Thank you Circle House Studios, Circle House Village, The Bad Boys of Reggae Inner Circle, Abebe and Cindy for such an incredible experience.

Without further a do, I will let the photos speak for these astounding studios.


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015


The annual Calle Ocho 2015 Latin street festival was one big party. Full of Latin pride even I got whirled into the vibe feeling like an honorary part Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican for the day!

Vibrant, colourful Cuban and Puerto Rican flags everywhere, an array of food flavours in the atmosphere, drinks flowing in every direction with the temperatures soaring luckily I had my Voli cap to keep the sun off (Cheers Voli!).Chef Teach Creates also had a stand, mac cheese not to be missed! Unfortunately I did miss it so I'm currently nursing my bruises from kicking myself for it! 

Initially accompanied there by the official Pitbull impersonator Mr Pimpbull 305, I later parked my culo outside the Kiwani's stage where Mr 305 Inc artists were due to perform.

Apart from the sensational Sensato, there was one act in particular I had travelled to see Live, that is the extremely talented Papayo. Screaming at the front row "Papayo!" He came towards my end of the stage and said "Besos..!" with a gesture to match. Thank you, I caught it! Right back at you Papayo! Listening and watching Papayo Live was a dream. Dressed in a slick black jacket, shirt and loafers Papayo worked the stage and got the crowd going. A natural performer 
with great stage presence and live vocals spot on. 

The biggest treat however was yet to come as Sensato and Papayo performed together their hit Que Lo Que, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Earlier Sensato sent the crowd wild and performed alongside El Tal Mickey hits such as Watagatapitusberry, Booty Booty Booty and other personal favourites Bello and Taxi. Known for his unique style and for me his shoes is something my eyes always get drawn to in vibrant animal print with just under the knees but worn over the tracksuit cream socks. Only the Del Patio can pull that look off 'bello!' Later I challenged Team Sensato's El Tal Mickey who can do the 'bird sound' better check it out below along with more videos and images of the day.

Mr 305 Inc's Fuego also performed some of his hits and was a pleasure to see. 

Elsewhere while Space 305 was busy taking shots of the acts on stage, local Pitbull Girl Michelle Dennis and I were busy taking shots if him. Amongst others, Space 305 is also responsible for many of Mr 305 Inc's Jamie Drastik exceptional music videos such as The Decision from Jamie Drastik's latest album Jump.

Jason Cerda (below right) in particular was an act that was a breath if fresh air. All singing, dancing with 'the body' and such a delight to meet. An extremely talented artist. Thank you Jason for stopping by to talk to me it was an honour-say hi to your lovely mum too who was with Michelle and I watching your performance with pride.

Elsewhere breakdancing, Miss Carnival Miami to twerking contests were in full flow to entertain the crowd.

As the day and performances went on it was Flo Rida brought to Calle Ocho 2015 by Mr 305 Inc who was closing the show, crowd surfing, stripping off his top (no complaints from me) and gathering footage for a new video.

A great experience and fun day all round later heading off to Mango's with Mr Pimpull where it was lovely to meet Team Pitbull's DJ Africa.

Calle Ocho 2015 was in it's 38th year of celebrating Latin culture and music. Where proceeds from sponsorship of which Mr 305 Inc participates, goes towards the Kiwani's Of Little Havana Foundation.

On the way home walking through Calle Ocho and feeling the moment and reflecting on the day amongst the hustle and bustle of excited, happy crowds brushing past, I come across a a great 'Fresco' murial by Artistes Pumariega of Pitbull which was the icing on the cake to the end of a perfect day.

Check out the photos and video's below. Let me know if I can get close enough to Team Sensato's El Tal Mickey's signature scream!)  

Thank you, enjoy and dale!


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