‘Skill & Steady’
Think: Rhythm and booze; melodies and cocktails. These descriptors remind us of the intricate connection between music and beverage. Indeed, they are critical parts of the entertainment sphere and often the beverage of choice becomes intertwined in the lyrics these artistes create. This week, Kevin “Kevynv” Blair, one-half of Voicemail, visited the Academy of Bartending to demonstrate that he is not only musically talented, but his cocktail creation skills are aligned with his new mantra of being skilled and steady. We have no doubt about his ability, as during the early phases of the lockdown, Kevynv entered a bartender mixology challenge. While we were unable to taste, the cocktail sure looked good! To provide support, the academy assigned bartender/mixologist Fabian Black to Kevynv’s mixology quest.
What’s new for Kevynv?
Kevynv described his latest project, a new single released on Friday, September 25, 2020 called Skill & Steady. He was abuzz with excitement as he shared how well the track has been doing. Deejays as far away as Dubai and Turkey have already begun to play the single with great rotation. The Skill and Steady track was added to the
Spotify playlist and is now ranked within the top four dancehall and afrobeat hits. He is elated about the quick successes being reaped and looks forward to the continued support of his friends and family. The conversation could not come to an end without Kevynv sending a shout-out to his wife and two beautiful girls.
Cheers to making more beautiful cocktails and, of course, music, Kevynv!
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Dr Debbian Spence-minott An Alumna of the US Sommelier Association CEO of the Academy of Bartending, Spirits & Wines President, Jamaica Union of Bartenders and Mixologists (JUBAM) Limited
Maestro Kevynv presents his Skill & Steady collection of five cocktails! Kevynv (left) and mixologist Fabian Black exchange elbow bumps on a job well done!
Kevynv shakes the Stay Ready cocktail with gusto! Kevynv pours his Stay Ready cocktail.
The White Liver cocktail shot He checks the colour variation.
Kevynv demonstrates the accurate pour for the Cherry Brandy.
Ready Up & cocktail
Strawberry syrup is added.