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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Live, David White’s lively production, was illuminated by an astonishing dominant performance from international guests Don Dada and Seed Under from South Africa and Bonafide, a Jamaican reggae band based in Las Vegas. White also graced the...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sound of Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh Days chimes in, and then, almost instantly, the ‘pumping’ of White Chocolate’s waistline starts. Persons may question the name ‘White Chocolate’, but Josh Butler welcomes the moniker and is, in every sense, a...

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For an island that has a small-town culture, the meal options in Barbados are copious. From street-side cookshops to elegant fine-dining establishments, the food offerings are extensive across authentic Afro-Caribbean, European and Asian cuisine....

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Son of musical legend Bob Marley and Barbados-born Lucy Pounder, Julian Marley devoted the early years of his career in Jamaica studying under celebrated reggae veterans, including Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo, and...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is a checklist that is created each time a playwright pens a new story. It includes finding the right actors to fit the characters, getting sponsors to foot the production bill, and finding the theatre which may double as the rehearsal...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

One of dancehall’s long-standing supporters, Whitfield ‘Witty’ Henry, says that his prediction that dancehall will be taught as a subject in secondary and tertiary schools is becoming a reality, slowly but surely. “Dance classes, disc jockey...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bridgetown, BARBADOS: The Crop Over season in Barbados was one of the busiest periods for six-time Soca Monarch winner Rickey ‘Lil Rick’ Reid, best known for his enviable ‘wuk up’ energy, earning himself the infamous moniker ‘Hypadawg’. It has...

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Nestled in one of Barbados’ nightlife areas, Lawrence Gap, or The Gap as Bajans would say, is an exquisite dining facility that is a clever fusion of serene ambience and contemporary design known as Cocktail Kitchen that is redefining Caribbean...

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bridgetown, BARBADOS: The recurring message of Crop Over was “play more local soca”. Barbados’ music industry professionals, from recording artistes and producers to disc jockeys, were encouraged to promote what belongs to them, and, for the...

Published:Monday | August 5, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bridgetown, BARBADOS: The euphoric and literally breathtaking experience of playing mas before the dawn can be found at any J’Ouvert, or as they call it in Barbados, Foreday Morning March. If you are not a fan of marching in the mid-afternoon...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bridgetown, BARBADOS: The sounds of Pluto Shervington’s I Man Born Yah echoed through the speakers of the catamaran on which the The Gleaner set sail early on Emancipation morning on our first get-together to celebrate Crop Over, the most popular...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After 47 years in the music business, Anthony Richards, also known as ‘Chips’, is still spreading Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall genres on the global scale. The former marketing and promotions manager of Trojan Records, the British record label...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Prior to taking on the role of marketing director, Dream Entertainment’s Carlos Philpotts was overseeing the activities on digital platforms that involved management of social media promotion and purchases. So, it can be stated that it is not an...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Hervin ‘Blvk Hero’ Bailey and Jason ‘Written’ Wright, two members of tribute group The Wailers Trio – which also comprises Abijah Asadenaki Livingston, son of Bunny Wailer – were not prepared for the encore performance that was demanded by guests...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Chauntae Pink is shaking things up with her style and lyrical flow. The New York (NY)-born entertainer, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film and Television, fuses Afropunk, poetic pop and a modern twist...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Zouk, the popular dance music of the French Antilles, and reggaeton, which found its success in the urban areas of Latin America in the early 2000s, are the two genres to which Grammy winner Sean Paul compares reggae and dancehall music. “There is...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cast a brief look at the music video for Addi Right Size by Vybz Kartel and Lolaa Smiles, and then take a peep at the visuals for Konshens’ Don’t Worry and Sexin’ tracks. The one thing these three videos have in common is attractive females...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:34 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Life We Living is the latest in a string of collabs by internationally acclaimed dancehall artiste Sean Paul, and 6ix boss, Squash, is the artiste chosen for this track. “I knew I wanted to do a song with Squash after hearing a few of his releases...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dance and music are deeply rooted in Chicago-born Stacy Letrice’s life. Her father, who she says is a lover of all types of music, is the person responsible for exposing her to music of African and Caribbean origin. “As a little girl, my dad...

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Before the second season of Ring Games premiered on TVJ last Saturday, July 13, the production team thought it important to host a private screening with sponsors and specially invited guests. The television studio at TVJ was on Friday transformed...

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Besides directing a story in a powerful way to stimulate a wide range of emotions in the target audience, a screenwriter and producer must know how to win the approval of potential sponsors to not only fund the production, but drive long-term...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Depending on who is being asked, the food, the rum, the beaches, the reggae and dancehall scenes and Jamaica’s nightlife are all good reasons to take a trip to the island. But for long, there has been an interest in Jamaica’s marijuana and, more...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

This Jamaican artiste spiced up his reggae music offering with personable lyrics and memorable hooks, and with a name that signifies his love for the environment, Nature – or Nature Ellis as he currently goes by – has used elements of nature as...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The music industry has proven that it can be tough and unfair. For many, staying ahead of the game means being in the public eye, even through stressful personal challenges. But music industry professionals agree that refusing to take a timeout is...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Grief is something every individual will have to contend with at one point or another in their life. Until now, the only grief that Oraine Frater was familiar with had come from dancing – a result of long hours spent practising to point his toes...

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