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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

His campaign to market new music to the Jamaican audience got off to an uneventful start due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but Canada-based reggae artiste Davaki MyLaud said that he wants to rekindle a relationship with the land of his birth. He was...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The outbreak of the coronavirus has forced the world into uncertainty, and news about the number of cases and deaths feels relentless. In Jamaica, an island known for myriad entertainment options, the citizens are adjusting to the silence or...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Despite not being able to visit the area, reggae singer-songwriter Jahmiel on Wednesday donated snacks, non-perishable food, diapers, and other needed supplies to communities in Bull Bay. The area was declared a quarantine zone by Prime Minister...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is no specific season or reason for soca music, said Erphaan Alves, who has been pushing the ‘No Seasons’ campaign that promotes the release of soca music all year round. A true ambassador of the genre of his birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago,...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

DOROTHY CUNNINGHAM, Deon Silvera, Audrey Reid, Dahlia Harris and the late Elva Ruddock are just four of many women who Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, the frontman of Johnny Live Productions, continues to ‘big up’. “It’s not just about celebrating...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Theatre is a potent art which combines light, sound and action and connects them with mind, body and soul to create intense expressions. And, no two shows are alike, but all come to life by the spaces and places in which they are presented. In...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

BRONX-RAISED SINGJAY, HOOD Celebrityy, has made a statement that she wants to ‘run di road’ with her new release sporting that title. The Walking Trophy entertainer said she was always confident her recording career was going to take off, “because...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“SCIKRON ENTERTAINMENT Big Yard Studios, how may I help you?” says the man who answers the phone at one of the busiest recording spaces in Kingston. On making a query if the studio was taking any bookings at this time, he quickly informed that “...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Amazing things are happening amid the pandemic the world is experiencing. That is the message entertainers Alaine and Tessanne Chin want to send, and they highlight two Jamaican teenagers who have taken on the challenge to compete in the televised...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall deejays Rygin King and Elephant Man have pledged to stay in self-quarantine for the next 14 days and are imploring that other entertainers, and persons travelling overseas, exercise social responsibility during the global pandemic. Both...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer-songwriter KipRich says that he has been busy reinventing himself. KipRich, who entered the local music scene with dramatic lyrical content, told The Gleaner, “A lot has changed.” “Is modern times now, so you have to come...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival in Jamaica will be rescheduled until October 2020. The road parade is now set for Sunday, October 25, which, according to the chairman of the Sports and Entertainment Committee, Kamal Bankay, should not...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Lyrics of the transform-ational track We Are The World, recorded by pop icon Michael Jackson, his siblings and the remaining USA for Africa artistes, such as Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and Cyndi Lauper, come to mind in this time of...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cordel ‘Skatta’ Burrell is an acclaimed music producer, audio engineer, musician, songwriter, and marketing strategist – widely respected as one of the entertainment industry’s most vocal characters. He has invested time into creating an impressive...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Organisers of major music festivals across the world are not the only ones postponing or cancelling events, or at least considering that course of action. Fantasy Mecca Fêtes, the owners of the Frenchmen, have cancelled all Easter Weekend and...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The song A Whole New World may not have a thing to do with this artiste, still anyone who is a fan of Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin would be familiar with, “a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view, no one can tell us no or where to...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He’s the dancehall entertainer that deejayed, “you want a proper fix, call me” and a celebrity father who has been put on the spot more than once by persons questioning his role in his children’s lives. But Beenie Man has never allowed criticism to...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It has been a meteoric year for Tessellated. The Kingston-born musician, like the shooting star that he is, soared with the Pine and Ginger collaboration with Amindi and Valleyz. He also co-produced the track, which is nearing six million views on...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Rum Festival, sponsored by Appleton Estate, is gradually earning bragging rights for being a must-attend event in the Caribbean, and, indeed, the world. Culinary delights and limitless carafes of rum to savour aside, day one of the second annual staging of the...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

An iconic character of the ‘80s and ‘90s dancehall scene, Carlene Smith or – as she is popularly known, Dancehall Queen Carlene – has embarked on a major project for the leap year. Alongside Whirlwind Entertainment International, founded by Michael...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Them say life come with pain, sunshine after the rain,” are the lyrics that start the chorus of Quada’s one-month-old single, Pain. It serves as a testimony to what is happening in his life, said the hardcore dancehall entertainer in a short yet...

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The instrumentalists of the Fusion Band play an uplifting, vivacious set that has its audience grooving non-stop at SR Live on the weekend, inviting passers-by on Greenvale Road, off Molynes Road, into a whole new world of reggae music. And there...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It appears that dancehall entertainer Unknown Gringo is not the only person inspired by the popular riddim and catchphrase of Skillibeng’s hit, Brik Pon Brik. Thirteen-year-old Julanda Frater says what was just her word play has turned into a...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The annual staging of Hempress Sativa Live will, for the third year, focus on creating a multifaceted experience for established and emerging roots-rock-reggae artistes, poets and selectors whose messages are about consciousness. It is slated for...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

An effortless storyteller with an ability to turn any situation into a valuable lesson, Lady G has an instinctive gift of creating message music, and she has made quite the impression in the dancehall arena since her first foray in the 1980s. The...

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