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Stories by Dave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:13 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Oliver Samuels is celebrating his 70th birthday this year. Many of Oliver’s fans are in awe as to how young, fit and vibrant he looks. In a now viral video on Facebook, when asked about his agelessness, the comedy icon fired back, “Mi nuh walk...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:28 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican theatre icon Oliver Samuels created comedic pandemonium across the New York tri-state region over the past two weekends with his latest production, titled 56 East Avenue. The two-hour production was a continuous bellyful of raucous...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:20 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

The family of international reggae icon Peter Tosh has filed a lawsuit against Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey, for failing to protect and uphold the human rights and the dignity of Tosh’s youngest son – Jawara McIntosh. The 39-year-...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:16 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Veteran music industry trailblazer Sylvia Rhone was earlier this week named chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Epic is a division of Sony Music Entertainment and it is perhaps best known as the label that turned R...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:16 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s former ambassador to the United States, Dr Richard Bernal, was frantically trying to get on a flight from Washington, DC, to Kingston this week, but the normally simple task proved difficult. He was forced to push back his travel by a...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:06 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican celebrity chef and contemporary gourmet guru Patrick Simpson will turn up the heat in New York on Sunday, March 10. The chef’s creativity will be on display at the next edition of Blue...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:16 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

With controversy swirling around criticism that students from The University of the West Indies law faculty have been facing as a result of depicting dancehall outfits as a part of their annual Law Week celebrations in Reggae Month, the dean of...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:20 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Music fans who are passionate about the rhythm & blues genre will immediately recognise the captivating and soulful tones of music legend Teddy Pendergrass. Based on music statistics, Pendergrass’ catalogue of hit anthems is just as...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

New York's popular restaurant brand that serves up nouvelle Jamaican cuisine recently opened its fourth location in Negril, Jamaica.Miss Lily's Negril opened at a boutique hotel called Skylark on Norman Manley Boulevard, perfectly placed on the...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans have had the pleasure of experiencing many different genres of music in generous amounts - at numerous festivals on the island. But next spring, for the first time, a mesmerising five-day house music festival will hit the shores of Negril...

Published:Wednesday | September 12, 2018 | 11:13 PMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

New York-based Jamaican independent singer and songwriter, Urica Rose has made it back on the American Rock/ Alternative Airplay charts.The very confident and bubbly talent, who also plays the guitar, is now sitting at the No. 89 spot on the Airplay...

Published:Saturday | July 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

As sunset fell on the Hudson River in New York last Sunday, hundreds of music lovers scurried to find the perfect spot at Hastings on the Hudson , a sprawling, luxurious riverside venue to enjoy Blue...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Singer Denroy Morgan did the 1981 smash single I'll Do Anything for You. Some of his 32 children are in the Grammy-winning band Morgan Heritage. As a member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America, Morgan is acutely aware...

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said that award-winning television journalist, former CBS News reporter Marlie Hall will be the master of ceremonies for its Caribbean industry awards dinner and fashion show on Thursday, June 7, in New York....

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds is the proud owner of one of the most admired voices in R & B internationally over the last two decades. The 11-time Grammy Award winner performs on Groovin'...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Xaundre Mohansingh, 20, is a Jamaican youngster from Vere in Clarendon. He's a graduate of Glenmuir High School in May Pen and he's currently an outstanding, high-achieving medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.Xaundre...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Groovin' in the Park has announced the addition of a Women Of Reggae segment to this year's event, which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in New York, USA, on Sunday, June 24. The package will now include songbirds JC Lodge, Pam Hall and Marcia Aitken....

Published:Saturday | May 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

New Jersey, United States:The reggae anthem From A Little Cottage in Negril was the backdrop for a promotional party that brought out over 60 of Jamaica's most productive travel professionals in New Jersey to the plush Highlawn Pavilion in West...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Reggae legend Freddie McGregor did his first tour of the United States almost 30 years ago. That first outing was in 1989 with Dennis Brown and Lt Stitchie. With their tour manager being Copeland Forbes, the itinerary covered the four corners of the...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:11 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

In seven short years, Groovin' In The Park has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the fiercely competitive New York City market. This reggae and R...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

At last year's epic Groovin' In The Park extravaganza in New York, a perfect concert day in Roy Wilkins Park was blemished when a number of disgruntled reggae fans left the park before the show ended when the Busy Signal set came to a premature end....

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner has been reliably informed that reggae icon and Grammy winner Shaggy will be among the galaxy of stars who will perform for Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday party, to be held on Saturday, April 21, at the Royal Albert Hall in London,...

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

One of the island's longest serving church organists, Palone Williams, JP, in Westmoreland has died.She served for over half a century at the Savanna-la-Mar Parish Church, bringing untold joy through music to gener-ations of worshippers on the awe-...

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

A group of 25 French-Canadian high school students from Polyvalente La Samere in Quebec are scheduled to leave the island today after spending three weeks attending classes at Ardenne High School in St Andrew.The group, accompanied by three...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Romain Virgo is reggae's first sizzling salvo to be confirmed for Groovin' In The Park 2018, North America's premier reggae and R...

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