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Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The best things in life are not always free, says Evel Mante, director of the Eastern Rangers Marching Band. The almost five-year-old music organisation is home to approximately 85 members, inclusive of dancers, choreographers, aspiring composers...

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Veteran singer and producer Glenmore Brown, whose roots reggae rhythms inspired several musicians in the 1970s, from Big Youth to Gregory Isaacs, has died at the age of 75. Brown, who was known as “God Son” and “Rhythm Master” by colleagues, passed...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Little Theatre stage served less as a setting and more as a state of mind when the Wolmer’s Dance Troupe took centrestage last weekend for their 29th Season of Dance, aptly named ‘Sense of Peace’. The production, an 18-piece repertoire of dance...

Published:Saturday | September 28, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Seventeen years have passed since he migrated, but the London-based comedian who goes by the alias, White Yardie, still speaks patios as though he is walking through the streets of St Elizabeth, the parish where he was born. His accent, also as...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Wolmer’s Dance Troupe is less than one year away from celebrating 30 years of delivering productions that contrast with Jamaica’s rhythmic culture and character. It’s that time of the year when dancers, as young as four years old, get to...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In addition to playing an influential role in the global impact that Jamaican music has made, sound systems –comprising disc jockeys, audio engineers, emcees, sound technicians (oftentimes referred to as ‘box men’), and, in some cases, burgeoning...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was certainly a special Friday the 13th when The Gleaner Company took over the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston to celebrate the company’s 185 years of dedicated service to print media in Jamaica. Swaying to the tune of the Eastern...

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

DJ Kurt Riley has shown that he is not just another disc jockey who shouts catchy phrases on the microphone at parties and feeds off the energy of females going wild for soca and dancehall. Riley has been building up a solid résumé in music...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The musical styles in Dr Peter Phillips’ playlist are all over the place, from the nostalgic sounds of Bob Marley and The Wailers to new-era reggae and dancehall. Chronixx, Koffee, Dre Island, and Teejay +re not hitmakers who the People’s National...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ikaya, whose given name is Kadian Blair, radiated a bright soulfulness when she burst on the local scene in 2001 as a featured vocalist on Capleton’s hit single, Fire. The singer demonstrated dynamic vocal range and showed impressive songwriting...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It has been scientifically proven that music has the ability to stimulate the body and mind; to catapult a person from one mood to the next in mere seconds. Music, whatever the genre, also acts as a relaxer – to reduce tension and anxiety – for...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:31 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It is normal for someone to tell a person to go listen to this song or that album because it is worth a few minutes of their time, or to listen to this group because they have amazing chemistry. What people hardly discuss is song titles. For...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bob Marley’s 11th studio album, Survival, centred around the themes of Pan-Africanism and the upliftment of African people. However, the album’s theme could not be determined from just one song, says Julian Marley, “It was a movement; I don’t think...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:28 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Reggae is experiencing a revival in South Africa,” says Zimbabwe-born Menelik Nesta ‘Don Dada’ Gibbons, an artiste whose popularity has seen him being nominated as Zim Hip Hop’s Best in the Diaspora and branded the official Mandela Artiste of 2017...

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...

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