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Stories by Kimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

For the third time in its 16-year history, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas has recruited a Jamaican into its ranks. Darren Young, viola player and musical director of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ), recently wrapped up a...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

"Behold I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth," reads part of Isaiah 43:19. Singer Alaine quoted the verse under the Instagram post in which she announced that she had been baptised. In the image, she stands gleefully along a seashore beside...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

'Edutainment' appears to be the new order of the day for local traditional performance groups.In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the ASHE performance troupe hosted their annual summer school programme. Later this year, they will invite...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Runkus and Royal Blu have similar but still very separate styles and attitudes, and though the duo used to enter lyrical battles against each other during their high-school careers, today, these next-generation 'reggae revivalists' would rather...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

As the world becomes fully immersed with the ubiquitous influence of Jamaican dancehall sounds and culture throughout western mainstream pop charts, the indigenous music form continues to permeate other popular music scenes.Two years ago, local...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

New Wave Jamaica has become known for hosting live music sessions with burgeoning recording artistes. But the vision is much more than that. Fully bent on extracting a wholesome definition of the term 'creative' to include those who sing, play...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Many Jamaicans are familiar with film director Storm Saulter. Since the release of his politically charged and constantly revisited feature film Better Mus' Come, Saulter has enjoyed steady progression in his career, and is poised to break through...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Unlike other competitions that sometimes incite contention, the National Arena erupted with pleasant applause after Team Ultimate was announced winner of World Reggae Dance Competition 2018.Hosted by the perpetually effervescent Jennifer 'Jenny...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Escorted by young civilians garbed in bright colours, flickers of candlelight bouncing from their faces, government leaders and other official representatives were led around the grounds of Seville Great House, St Ann, in a vigil simultaneously...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Alexx Gallimore, better known as Alexx A-Game, has been on a solo mission, pounding the pavements of the local and international music circuit for the past four years. He first came to public attention in 2012 as the lead vocalist for the promising...

Published:Monday | July 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

It is a long-held view that soca music is seasonal and restricted to tropical environments squashed with sequinned, feathered and gyrating bodies. However, the genre has made its debut in the presumably modest Middle East.On July 16, calypso artiste...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

As true musicians, you can only take a break for so long without really getting back into your passion. This is according to Deleon 'Jubba' Whyte, founding member and drummer of the world-famous Dubtonic Kru."Every so often, whether it's a band or a...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Devon House is quickly evolving into a one-stop shop for entertainment options in the Corporate Area. Long accustomed to ice-cream and picnic dates, the historical site now hosts night events, thanks to the establishment of leisure spaces like...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Followers of Sevana's social-media profiles would have had their fill of the sultry songstress' teasing of the release of her next single - Sometime Love.Tucking away previously ingrained images of playful modesty and irie reverence, Sevana's flirty...

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

For the 70th anniversary of the founding of the University of the West Indies, the Chancellor's Week has taken on a new life, and is sure to be one of the highlights of the institution's year-long celebration of '70 years of service: 70 years of...

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Heather Robinson-Foreman is jump-starting her career in the theatre. The 'first-time' playwright make her local theatrical debut with the premiere of Jumpstaat on August 24. Though she has penned plays before, this marks the first time Robinson-...

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, beer giant Red Stripe has taken on the tag-line 'Stand Up For Your Stripe', with the release of the Journey With Stripe EP chronicling the history and development of Jamaican music from mento to dancehall.The...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Great Huts Resort in Boston Bay, Portland, is positioning itself to become the Mecca of recreation and wholesome entertainment for both local and international visitors.The last such activity in that thrust was the Jamaican Arts Odyssey - a three-...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

The organisers of Kingston Creative Art Walk are dedicated to continuously providing free guided tours in the developing art district of downtown Kingston. Meant to keep rhythm as the heartbeat of the city, the aggregation of artists and their wares...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born, London-based filmmaker Adjani Salmon has been enjoying an overwhelmingly positive response to the release of his web series, Dreaming whilst Black. "The response is good, better than I thought. You don't really think of the impact...

Published:Tuesday | July 3, 2018 | 12:14 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Like the recording academy which has a nominations cycle, and Hollywood with their string of summer blockbusters, it seems the local theatre scene also has its cycle.For those who are looking to hit the theatres this weekend, there are currently no...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Those who have caught on to the wave, know that 100 Hope Road is the place to be on Tuesday nights to grab a drink and a bellyful of laughs.Well-known comedian Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, produces Johnny Daley's Comedy Bar - a weekly presentation of...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Throughout their careers, the Pablo siblings, Addis and Isis, have steadfastly payed homage to the legacy of the family patriarch - Augustus. To celebrate their father's recent birthday (June 21), the melodica player, alongside his disc-jockey...

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

The mission of the GATFFEST Film Festival is to produce content that has the potential to galvanise underdeveloped communities and encourage disenfranchised youth to action. This year's submissions produced just that and then some - with genres...

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican producer Jon FX, real name, John Crawford, is making major moves in the music industry, particularly in the international music market. Last year, he was the producer behind Sizzla Kalonji's charting success I'm Yours, which entered both...

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