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Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Carnival in Jamaica took on a global flare last Saturday for the launch of Xodus' 'Cosmopolitan - The World in One Band'.This year the designers were tasked with producing costumes that meet and exceed the expectations of the increasingly demanding...

Published:Saturday | November 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The hours before and after school as well as holiday breaks provide opportunities for children to engage in activities that build confidence. This includes not only academics, but the creative arts both within the school grounds and community-based....

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Being confident was not always a strong suit for actress Camille Davis. The Jamaican actress known for her roles in the plays Saving Alligator High and Class of '73 says she struggled to find her self-worth and the courage to enter into film,...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trinidad and Tobago soca songstress Fay-Ann Lyons makes it her duty to continue the legacy of her father - veteran calypsonian Superblue. Having been exposed to music from childhood, her passion to create and share that love for her culture came...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was the financial group's first attempt to meld the social and cultural history of Jamaica along with its own story, in the form of a live show. The chorale De Cho-R'us, which opened the show, definitely set the pace for its theme, 'Celebrating...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A steel orchestra that can make it past five years in Jamaica has a chance at long-term survival. After a decade, you become a bona fide franchise. Such is the story of Silver Birds Steel Orchestra, which celebrated it 11th anniversary over the...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In Jamaica, it is easy to get lost in the mix of street dance, especially for a dancer who is trying to introduce new styles or create a merger between dancehall and other genres.For this reason, Red Bull has selected 16 dancers across the island to...

Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Admiral Bailey gave all the instructions for the dance move called the 'butterfly' that Carlene Smith is credited for popularising in 1992. Anyone who knows the '90s dancehall track Butterfly will not be able to resist mouthing the lyrics as they...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Four weeks ago, 71-year-old reggae icon Bunny 'Jah B' Wailer suffered a minor stroke. But according to his manager Maxine Stowe, "despite the situation, the entertainer is not showing any signs of dismay", she told The Gleaner.Stowe told The Gleaner...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

While conferences usually take place in a formal setting, the organisers of the Jamaica Music Conference have decided that this year's event will be "more of a treat" to the participants."It is public information that the nature of the local...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If ever a reggae band had a significant beginning and an even more powerful story, it is Chalice - a seven-member reggae group that began in 1980. Its origins are in Gibraltar Hill, St Mary. Two years later, their debut album, Blasted, produced two...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The openers for the first staging of One Night Stand at the Hope Zoo on Saturday night were the up-and-coming 8 band, who said that they felt privileged to have warmed the stage for veteran band Chalice. They also got great feedback from the...

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whether painting a beautiful landscape, doing the choreography for a dance, or writing the lyrics for the next hit single, a career in the creative industry is emotionally driven and time-consuming.For painter Afyah Prendergast, being able to create...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The launch of Rastafari Rootzfest 2018, which took place at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road on Wednesday, was filled with informative and passionate speeches, as well as captivating performances by reggae singers Richie Spice and Lila Ike - two...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Lila Ike describes her performance at last year's Rastafari Rootzfest as mediocre. Not because she did not have the best lyrics or sound, but she was overcome with anxiety."It wasn't my best performance - I allowed myself to get nervous. As a young...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

One Third has re-emerged from the shadows of the entertainment scene with the launch of their five-track EP, The Journey."It is not a return. Never classify it that way because we never left; we were still doing music in one respect or another,...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the Government's announcement of a ban on single-use plastic such as straws and styrofoam, many event professionals are taking on the challenge to develop more environmentally friendly setting for their parties.Local parties create a large...

Published:Friday | October 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae singer Conkarah, gets inspiration randomly. Once he has his guitar to play the notes, he will create a rhythm, record it, then begin jotting down lyrics. But in addition to creating music that has afforded him the opportunity to travel the...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The choreography prepared for dancers as young as four years old on to those in their 20s, made for a delightful season of dance that ended with Sunday's performance of From the Arts with Love: Decennium.It was especially exciting for us - having a...

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As a contestant in the Digicel Rising Stars competition, one of the weekly tasks for the contestants in the top 10 is campaigning for votes. For Diel, visiting secondary schools was part of his strategy to not only increase his chances of moving on...

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Bushman, who on Thursday night walked away with the Stepping Razor Award at the Peter Tosh Awards Gala, says he plans to use the accolade as motivation to continue making good music."When I entered the music industry 23 years ago, it...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Niambe McIntosh was five years old when her father, reggae icon Peter Tosh, was shot and killed. For her, his memory lives on in the stories her mother and nine siblings shared with her as a child."Being his youngest child, I don't have many...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The voices and instruments at the Revival Time Music Festival (RTMF) could be heard from the streets - blending secular sounds with the uplifting, rhythmic yet traditional revivalist message inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday....

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"How is it so difficult for the Government of Jamaica to build a place that is adequate to present reggae music as how it is supposed to be presented?" That is the question being asked by Mutabaruka, noted dub poet, musician and social commentator....

Published:Friday | October 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

When Minister Joan Flemmings walked on to the stage of the first concert she was booked to perform at some 20 years ago, the music stopped and her microphone was switched off as she sang the first verse.At the time, she was the lead singer of Joan...

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