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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...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Band leader of Ruff Kutt, Donovan ‘Benji’ Belnavis, says that providing the musical support to a huge festival like Reggae Sumfest comes with a lot of weight, but it’s a journey that he and the other band members thoroughly enjoy. “It’s a matter...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The hypnotic, melodious, yet powerful voice of Yeza is about to hit the speakers. Consider it a warning. Once she sings –militancy in excess – and teases with a little twist of her hips, there will be no way to resist facing the stage as the roots-...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It wasn’t the typical movie night with popcorn or nachos and cheese but the Jamaica Film Night 2, hosted at the Bob Marley Museum in St Andrew last Saturday by the GATFFEST Film Festival and Bob Marley Foundation, made sure the theatre ambience met...

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As reggae and dancehall enthusiasts get ready to converge on the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay to watch the dynamic talents of some of Jamaica’s best entertainers, they will also be witness to some of the most kaleidoscopic...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:28 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Safia Cooper, renowned marketing professional and daughter of business mogul and executive chairman of Pulse Investments Limited, Kingsley Cooper, could say that she learnt from the best in the business. “As the pioneer of a now global business,...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The classic saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is not particularly true for parents, especially those who are trying to find activities to keep headstrong teenagers occupied throughout the summer holiday. Outside of summer school and the various...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Not only has Mr Vegas experimented with a wide range of music genres – from the Caribbean’s frequently played dancehall, reggae and soca to the international tones of Afrobeat and R...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Make no mistake, disc jockey Russell ‘Russ Buss’ Gordon, the youngest official member of Coppershot Sound, is not the most predictable in the field. The son of a Christian mother, this graduate of Campion College, who is currently preparing to...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The seventh annual GATFFEST Film Festival kicked off last Friday evening at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, with videographers and photographers jostling to get the best shots of the carpet arrivals, among them distinguished guests...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tafina Wilson chuckled when she recalled the first time her mother, reggae vocalist Pam Hall, realised that she knew the lyrics to all her music. “I was 15 years old when I told her I wanted to do backing vocals for her. It was for Reggae Sumfest...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 2:22 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae and dancehall entertainers are oftentimes mentioned for having a competitive nature, whether by their attempts to surpass previous musical achievements or to outdo peers. And over the years, the platform that has thrived off that spirit of...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

June is the month when Pulse presents its Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) for local and international fashion houses to showcase their latest collections in fashion capital Kingston. When one thinks of the runway, the vision is most often of models...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Skateboarding has been popular since the ‘80s, when it spawned its own culture labelled the ‘skate punk’ culture, with prime influences riveted in art, fashion and music. Though it has been portrayed as a rebellious form of recreation firmly tied...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A dimly lit path leading to a garden filled with aromatic perennial flowers and picturesque water features welcomed guests into the Pavilion Garden (Hope Gardens) for an evening of frolic and reflection called Toast. It’s for good reason that the...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Don’t get it twisted, Nia Orea is not a cookie-and-cream type of girl. And while the music trailblazer cannot explain the origin of her chosen stage name, she is certain that there is no affiliation with the popular cream-filled snack. “It is...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Like Labour Day projects, gospel is participatory, and a gospel concert has more to do with galvanising the audience than with the individual entertainers or songs. Last Thursday’s Praise and Worship Concert, presented by the Ministry of Culture,...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To watch Shady Squad’s Conray Richards caper and bounce in the middle of a party will probably leave a non-dancer awestruck. His movements are effortless, his energy booms louder than the heaviest bass speaker, and his face always has the brightest...

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