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Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Monte Blake of Merritone - the oldest continuously active sound system in the world - is clear about his objective for the outfit formed by his father Val, and continued by his sons in the next 24 months. "My goal is to get Merritone to that magic...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Clarence 'Count Prince' Miller, particularly renowned for his humorous song Mule Train, is ill in England. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, former Jamaican high commissioner to England, made the revelations Monday evening, as she addressed the gathering for...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Last week, Raging Fyah band's lead singer Kumar Bent announced that he is quitting the group, which earned a Best Reggae Album Grammy nomination in 2017 for Everlasting. The band is slated to perform next Saturday at Reggae Sumfest's Reggae Night,...

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Since JC Lodge's performance at Rebel Salute earlier this year and then the reports of her not-so-pleasant experience at the recent Groovin' in the Park in New York, my thoughts about the connection between Jamaican music and the telephone have...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In a summer season of longer daylight hours, there may just still be a glow in the sky when Donnie McClurkin speaks at National Heroes Park, Kingston, tomorrow evening. He is scheduled to bring the word to the throng expected for Jamaica Fun in the...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The big stage performances, which begin at 4 p.m. with the Young Ambassadors and go through to closing performer Papa San for a slated 11 p.m. end, will naturally be the focal point of the large audience expected for Saturday's Fun in the Son 2018....

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Kingsley 'King Omar' Goodison, who stages the annual Tribute to the Greats, says that "at 21 you are of age. You can leave your parents' house and be a man or woman. You are mature". Not that the combination of an awards ceremony, concert and dance...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

After straddling the risks of insurance as branch manager of Globe Insurance Co, Montego Bay, and the risk of theatre in the Montego Bay Little Theatre Movement (MBLTM), director and actor Douglas Prout has lived in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, for...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Singer Bushman's first album, Nyah Man Chant, was produced by Steely and Clevie and released on Greensleeves. Among the songs on it are Call The Hearse, the multi-artiste Remember the Days and Grow Your Natty. Seven years later, the Signs set, put...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

'Accurate' is Kabaka Pyramid's watchword, which sometimes punctuates his performances (and there was the Accurate mixtape of 2016, produced by Walshy Fire of the Major Lazer outfit ). And it could apply to the extension of his vocal skills in...

Published:Saturday | July 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Sometimes the do-overs can have hilarious unintended side effects, although they may not be funny to some of the people involved. Many years ago when Many Rivers to Cross was well established as the signature song of one particular Rising Stars...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There are any number of songs about the physical dancehall experience (regardless of which genre of music is being played there at a given moment) and, from that perspective, Asadenaki and Aza Lineage's single Rockin' goes over well covered ground....

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There is no escaping the World Cup, and for those who actually watch the matches - or even the highlights - there is no escaping the advertisements associated with it (has anyone else wondered if the moving car on Hyundai's digital pitch-side...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In Meaning of Life on his debut album, Kontraband, Kabaka Pyramid deejays about not so much an individual's life cycle, but the cycles that lives go through as there is death and rebirth. He references the Bible and also wryly includes romance and...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

For his recently released Conquering Lion album, singer Bushman did a set of T-shirts with the album's cover art across the chest - his Burning Bushes label utilised as a signature on the right of the lower front. After this initial foray, he...

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The biography singer Aneil says her first recording - the love song Let Me Be - was released in June 2015. Three years later, it is the title track of her debut EP - four songs that do double duty. One is an introduction to her ability to pen lyrics...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:11 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Football has meaning beyond the television screen for Kabaka Pyramid. In the week and a half he had in Jamaica before hitting the road for yet another US stint, 'the beautiful game' was part of the physical preparation, along with rest - and, of...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Kabaka Pyramid's self-sufficiency extends to recording most of his vocals alone in his base studio off Half-Way Tree Road doing the audio engineering himself. It is consistent with his initial 2004 foray into committing his voice to posterity,...

Published:Tuesday | June 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In a scene from Young & Wreckless, now playing at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston, Teeta (Daniela Gordon) stretches a long arm upwards to illustrate the level as she tells Tiana (the name Crystal Fletcher...

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Having been to the opening and a few events at Famous, including an excellent showing from Sanchez before he returned to the big stages in Jamaica, I have some thoughts on that Famous flop which are related to the staging of events - mostly...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Singer Dwight 'Bushman' Duncan's 2018 Conquering Lion album, is a musical statement of self-sufficiency. Not only is it on his own Burning Bushes imprint, but much of its production was done at his studio in Duhaney Pen (commonly called Berlin -...

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

On July 1, International Reggae Day (IRD) will be observed globally, this time around being the special half-century celebration of reggae as a genre of Jamaican popular music. Tracing the movement from rocksteady to reggae, Andrea Davis of Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Dr L'Antoinette Stines, founder and artistic director of L'Acadco - A United Caribbean Dance Force, was "so shocked" when she learnt of being nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Canada.Of course, it was a pleasant shock, and she is intent on...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Actress Karen Harriott closed off her latest stage role as Pam in Something Fishy, written by Angela Jarrett, on Father's Day at the Little Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, on Sunday. During intermission, The Gleaner saw an appreciable number of...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As a committed non-football fan, the next few weeks of World Cup 2018 frenzy mean very little to me. Sure, there will be the moments that make an impression - the spectacular free kicks, the hot girls in the stands who stretch the names of the...

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