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Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Christmas Day, traditionally associated with family get-togethers, is no longer reserved for such activities, say several event promoters. The season has, instead, become synonymous with non-stop parties, with all kinds of celebrations taking place...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:28 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is only one way to describe the Let Live Music Live concert Tarrus Riley hosted at the Emancipation Park last Wednesday – an example of professionalism at its finest. Not only did the performances begin on time, but the set-up of the stage,...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tarrus Riley’s Let Live Music Live concert returns to Emancipation Park this evening, after a one-year hiatus. Riley, who consistently promotes the idea of a crime-free Jamaica, told The Gleaner that he has used the concert as a platform to spread...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If Germany-born singer and songwriter Jackson Browne was hired to serenade the winner of Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh, the most fitting track from his catalogue would be the 1980s single That Girl Could Sing. Although lyrically the song...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fab 5’s Christmas in the Sun single was in rotation three years before the hugely successful album of the same name – produced and recorded by the band – was released in October 1992. The thought of not being able to relate to the European...

Published:Saturday | December 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The final Tracks Live Sessions for the year featured a strong showing from some of Jamaica’s talented musicians, seasoned and new. Headliner Tanya Stephens opened on a high note with Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet even though, on the contrary, the raised...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I find a little house pon di avenue it look good from outside, but I never know 19 other people live inside, it is an uptown tenement yard,” sings Carey James in his latest lyrical conversation piece. The rising star has already opened the ears...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall-fusion singer Rre can now add beauty entrepreneur to her résumé. Rre, who wears many hats as a strategic key account manager with Digicel Group Limited, partnered with long-time friend Kristalle Chin to make her dreams of creating a...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The stage, set front and centre of the Caymanas Golf Club on Saturday, came alive as celebrity guests of Coppershot Music delivered performances worthy of a 25th anniversary celebration. Coppershot Music’s dynamic duo of Marc Chin and Cutty...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Songs like We Wish You a Reggae Christmas by Yellowman, The Night Before Christmas by Eek-A-Mouse, Silver Bells and Natty No Santa Claus by Jacob Miller and Ray I, and I Saw Mommy Kiss A Dreadlocks by Barrington Levy all have one thing in common –...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To say that Annalecia ‘Unruly Squid’ Sutherland is a no-nonsense businesswoman may be somewhat of an understatement. In the public eye, she often wears a serious face, which may be misinterpreted as her not wanting to be bothered, but really, it is...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Andron Cross, a Grammy-nominated reggae music producer who is making strides in the genre from the streets of Miami, emphasises that establishing a respectable name in music production does not happen by chance. The producer of Koffee’s debut...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Work hard, play hard” were the words of advice Andrew Bellamy, Xaymaca International’s co-­director, had to give subsequent to the ­reveal of the band’s 2020 carnival ­costumes last Saturday at 1 a.m. inside the National Indoor Sports Centre....

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Eleven years ago, reggae-rocksteady lost its godfather, Alton Ellis – the man that sang the 1967 hit I’m Still in Love – but his son, Christopher, is determined to preserve the legacy. As a pioneer of rocksteady music, Alton managed to keep the...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A new comedy series is coming to town, with plans to kick up a storm for its first staging. Organisers of Laugh Out!, which is slated for tomorrow at the Sts Peter and Paul Conference Hall on Old Hope Road, have put together a programme that will...

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the growth in the local film industry, more and more persons appear to be interested in exploring their creative side. However, Fabian Thomas, executive director of Sankofa Arts...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The life of Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste, a master film-maker who has influenced many within the entertainment industry, will be celebrated today at The University Chapel on The University of the West Indies, Mona. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. His...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Six weeks ago, recording sweetheart Tosh Alexander was celebrating her latest single, Games, officially being added to Pandora’s ‘Women in Reggae’ playlist, and now she is preparing to be part of one of the most prominent panels, the Caribbean...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

One of the pleasures of a life surrounded by dance is the ability of it to move a person, whether physically or emotionally, to smile then to tears. It is safe to say, this is the way Tony Wilson, artistic director and founder of the Company Dance...

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In an effort to share her opinion about the inappropriateness of Jamaica’s carnival celebrations, radio personality Ramona Samuels posted comments under The Gleaner’s Instagram post about Xodus Carnival’s band launch. She expressed: “Time to...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The first band to unveil its costumes for the carnival 2019 season was Xaymaca International, executed in an unforgettable showcase of intricate design details and music for its ‘Iconic’ theme. The presentation of its ‘Dancehall Queen’ section...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Those schoolgirl days of telling tales and biting nails are gone. But in my mind, I know they will still live on and on. But how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn’t easy but I’ll try.” These are the...

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

Xodus Carnival is the second of three bands to launch for Jamaica’s 2020 carnival season, raising the bar even higher with its extravagant production held last Saturday. A rope dancer in silver, moving against the dark sky on a riser, was the first...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of meditational chants and drums, beating like a healthy heart, echo from the suburban roadway of Hillcrest Avenue in St Andrew. It serves as an invitation to passers-by to follow the pounding to a circle of positive energy at the home...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As soon as music plays, the mind and body of a dancer or choreographer starts to move. There is no denying the rhythm, and while each region may have its own genre of popular music, it is almost unnatural to find dancers, whether on the local or...

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