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Stories by Kimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In 2018, Ackera Gowie gave up her 9 to 5 in chase of the Jamaica Festival Queen dream. As she prepares to hand over her crown tomorrow, Gowie maintains that she has no regrets about that decision. In fact, she shared with The Gleaner that taking...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:40 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Whether they realise it or not, many Jamaicans are familiar with Nicholas Anglin’s artwork. At the start of the summer, a wall along Hope Road, St Andrew, became an easel for the Corporate Area’s next mural sensation, specially commissioned by a...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:33 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

The cannabis industry has grown and has been inextricably woven into the fabric of reggae and dancehall culture. As more dispensaries emerge, so too have consumers and ambassadors, like 4th Genna frontman Aidonia. Earlier this year, the Hot Tool...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Keida has beaten writer’s block, and is back in the game. She has partnered with the multifaceted producer and artiste Roe Summerz, and intends to make a splash on May 10, with the release of the baile-funk/reggaeton inflected...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:24 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Le’Dor Milteer is a politician from Atlanta. But you probably wouldn’t know it just by looking at her. Milteer, along with her close friend Sarah, was among the thousands of ecstatic fans who gathered to welcome Buju Banton to the stage for the...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Gargamel fans can rest assured that the reggae artiste is truly back and in full form. Like those who got to hear his vocals live for the first time in eight years on Saturday night, patrons of the remaining dates for the Long Walk To Freedom tour...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Reports of heavily booked hotels and a surge in motor vehicle rentals were on the tips of many Kingstonians’ tongues last weekend. More than the euphoric welcome back of Buju Banton to the performance arena, the excitement surrounding the historic...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Forty-eight hours before Buju Banton hit the stage for his first performance after being released from a United States prison, Markus Myrie launched a tirade against his celebrated father on Instagram. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was in...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

British actor Aml Ameen is on his way to Jamaica, with more than one reason to celebrate. First, he is one of many diaspora derivatives on their way to the island to attend the most highly anticipated live-music event of the year. Second, on...

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Last year, one vital member of Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation team harnessed her strengths in organisation and communication to execute the first-ever INDIGGO Conference. Jamila Pinto is at it again, venturing into the second instalment on Saturday,...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

It is upon Garth Fagan’s insistence that The Lion King on Broadway repeatedly visits Jamaica to source talent to include in their astronomically successful, perpetually touring, award-winning theatrical production. The Jamaican choreographer has...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Like Dorothy down a psychedelic yellow brick road, shining gold with each step, 18-year-old reggae singjay Koffee is charting her own path in the music industry. In almost a year, she has already become a local household name, with a steadily...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

If you're without a ticket to this weekend's Rebel Salute, don't worry; you won't miss out on one of the highlights of this year's festival - The Herb Curb Conference. This year's instalment of the Herb Curb...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

A two-year-old partnership between the upcoming Rebel Salute reggae music festival (January 18...

Published:Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Described as transformative and a visionary, Laura Facey has created monumental artwork that will undoubtedly remain prominent in the hearts and minds of Jamaicans for decades to come.Regardless of the controversial unveiling of 'Redemption Song' in...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

British film documentarian Fritzroy Smith is back at it - and is currently in the midst of producing the second in a string of series inspired by Jamaica's motto, 'Out of Many, One People'. Now, he is extrapolating the history of Jews in Jamaica.In...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Animated videos are the new trend in music, and Sean Paul is on it. Relishing in sustained popularity from a string of successful international collaborations, the dancehall star is doing his best to pull-up young creatives in the entertainment game...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

As many persons come to terms with the new environmental order (the banning of single- use plastic bags), others are picking up the pace on practices they have already employed in life and business. Having seen growth in their fledgling clean-up...

Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Patrick 'Tony Rebel' Barrett chose Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions (DPP), as guest speaker at last Thursday's 2019 Rebel Salute launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The prominent litigator is not a moonlighting musician, nor is she...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Koffee's year started with a life-changing appearance at Rebel Salute earlier this year. Veteran artiste Cocoa Tea, invited the teenage singjay to the stage, in a toast that shifted the gear in her journey.On the weekend, the entertainer ended the...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Last weekend was an exciting one for live music in Jamaica. Between Popcaan's inaugural Unruly Fest at Lyssons Park, St Thomas; Gyptian's Gypy Winter Festival in Stony Hill, St Andrew; and the return of Protoje's sold-out Live From Kingston in Jacks...

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Next spring, the 'festi-vacation of a lifetime' returns to the original hippie seaside town - Negril, Jamaica. Entering its third year, the 2019 Tmrw. Tday Culture Festival will again take over multiple venues alongside the famous seven-mile beach...

Published:Wednesday | December 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Maybe you've have never heard of Yaksta. That's because he has been 'quietly' building his clout, tucked away in the hills of St Mary. All the same, a quick glance at his social-media profiles reveals surprisingly strong connections with major...

Published:Wednesday | December 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Eighteen-year-old reggae singer Koffee only has three songs in her catalogue. Nevertheless, the rising star proves that all it takes is a few good songs and some gratitude. For the season, she is back in Jamaica - taking over stages both large and...

Published:Saturday | December 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Rising roots reggae singer Giark (pronounced ghee-ark) is the son of famed Jamaican producer 'Bobby Digital'. Needless to say, that with such a foundation, much is expected from the young musician. Even so, Giark follows his own curious path. With...

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