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Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Prior to taking on the role of marketing director, Dream Entertainment’s Carlos Philpotts was overseeing the activities on digital platforms that involved management of social media promotion and purchases. So, it can be stated that it is not an...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Hervin ‘Blvk Hero’ Bailey and Jason ‘Written’ Wright, two members of tribute group The Wailers Trio – which also comprises Abijah Asadenaki Livingston, son of Bunny Wailer – were not prepared for the encore performance that was demanded by guests...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Chauntae Pink is shaking things up with her style and lyrical flow. The New York (NY)-born entertainer, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film and Television, fuses Afropunk, poetic pop and a modern twist...

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

Zouk, the popular dance music of the French Antilles, and reggaeton, which found its success in the urban areas of Latin America in the early 2000s, are the two genres to which Grammy winner Sean Paul compares reggae and dancehall music. “There is...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cast a brief look at the music video for Addi Right Size by Vybz Kartel and Lolaa Smiles, and then take a peep at the visuals for Konshens’ Don’t Worry and Sexin’ tracks. The one thing these three videos have in common is attractive females...

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...

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