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Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The much-anticipated carnival road march is about 12 weeks away, and the calendar has become jam-packed with fetes that already have soca lovers feeling ‘sweet fuh days’. However, there are a few spirits that have been dampened as...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There's no debate that music videos have always been a vital part of the industry. With the continuous transformation of digital media and social networking, animated video creation is now very popular.As the technology becomes more accessible, and...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Unlike the Cayman Islands, Barbados, St Lucia, and the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica never had a carnival tradition before the '90s - first introduced on the University of the West Indies, Mona campus by students coming from these...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If there was ever a theme to dominate the stage over the past year, it is female dancehall and reggae entertainers preaching the importance of banding together - whether by sharing the spotlight on stage or a public show of support for each other....

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He introduces himself as Desmond Williams first instead of sharing the fact that he is the recording artiste Gawvy.Though he does not consider himself a hero of any kind, Williams celebrates the work of national heroes, like Marcus Garvey (from whom...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Contrary to popular belief, dancehall makes a wide cross section of people happy. One of those is singer and cast member of VH1's Love and Hip Hop: Miami, Amara La Negra. This she says is the case, as opposed to it being seen as a genre that...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Amid the activities in downtown Kingston on New Year's Eve, the Victoria Pier was lit up - literally and figuratively - with scores of persons seeking a spot to watch the fireworks on the city's waterfront.One of the spots to be was Ribbiz Ocean...

Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Commitment has long been part of Third World's musical agenda, and four reggae entertainers collected Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Third World and Family Committed 45 Years concert on Saturday at the Liguanea Club Golf Academy. Reggae veterans...

Published:Saturday | December 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Like the rise of a phoenix from the ashes, the owner of the acclaimed Reggae Sunsplash trademark is shaking off the dust and flying into the New Year with a plan to reincarnate the festival.In light of the genre's success and recognition, including...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican reggae-fusion band Third World has had a remarkably long and accomplished career. One of the longest-surviving reggae bands of all time, it has lived through changing musical trends as well as some of its original members dying throughout...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Although Jamaicans do not have a tradition of carolling through the streets at Christmas-time, groups such as the Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) and The University Singers, as well as a wide cross section of churches and educational institutions still...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Entertainment awards usually mark great accomplishments in an entertainer's career, showing that his or her contributions to the industry is appreciated and valued.However, the number of local awards shows has been on the decline in the past five...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Although given the title of King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man's versatility as an entertainer has afforded him the privilege of being added to various carnivals across the Caribbean. The featured entertainer for the launch of One World Rebellion's...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Mark Anthony Myrie's children have a lot of lost time to make up for. Speaking to his daughter, Jodian Myrie, weeks before his release, she reiterated how special it would be for each of his 17 children.Having been separated from her father for 10...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The opening charity night for the Annual Concert Season of Dance has fanned the flame that the Movements Dance Company has dubbed 'Candlelight', an evening of music, movements and worship.Candlelight, a charity event, being staged by Movements, will...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Raymond 'Lil Ray' McKayle, promoter of the longest running free house music event in New York City, Clubhouse Jamboree, is on a mission to change Jamaica's view of house music's origin as he moves to introduces a new festival called Jamaica Frenzy....

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whether it is in a club in London, at a local stage show or on a university campus, recording artiste Romario 'Laa Lee Ranks' Ricketts told The Gleaner, "By now, the listeners of my music must realise the way I create my projects and my music means...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Minutes after Dalton Harris was declared winner of the 2018 edition of UK talent show 'The X Factor', Prime Minister Andrew Holness congratulated the Jamaican singer on Twitter, sharing, "The entire Jamaica is proud of you. Your phenomenal talent is...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It is not unusual to find a disc jockey who also produces the music he plays. More and more, local disc jockeys are also identifying as producers. ZJ Liquid, Y Rush, Kurt Riley, DJ Nicco, Boom Boom, ZJ Chrome, and a host of others have contributed...

Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Carnival in Jamaica took on a global flare last Saturday for the launch of Xodus' 'Cosmopolitan - The World in One Band'.This year the designers were tasked with producing costumes that meet and exceed the expectations of the increasingly demanding...

Published:Saturday | November 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The hours before and after school as well as holiday breaks provide opportunities for children to engage in activities that build confidence. This includes not only academics, but the creative arts both within the school grounds and community-based....

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Being confident was not always a strong suit for actress Camille Davis. The Jamaican actress known for her roles in the plays Saving Alligator High and Class of '73 says she struggled to find her self-worth and the courage to enter into film,...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trinidad and Tobago soca songstress Fay-Ann Lyons makes it her duty to continue the legacy of her father - veteran calypsonian Superblue. Having been exposed to music from childhood, her passion to create and share that love for her culture came...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was the financial group's first attempt to meld the social and cultural history of Jamaica along with its own story, in the form of a live show. The chorale De Cho-R'us, which opened the show, definitely set the pace for its theme, 'Celebrating...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A steel orchestra that can make it past five years in Jamaica has a chance at long-term survival. After a decade, you become a bona fide franchise. Such is the story of Silver Birds Steel Orchestra, which celebrated it 11th anniversary over the...

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