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Stories by Sade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

For dancehall doyenne, Patra, titling yourself ‘queen’ should supersede ego or trend. Her 1993 single, Queen of the Pack, (also the name of her debut album) was born not only out of self-awareness, but also her desire to empower women across the...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

Say what you may about singer Egg Nog, the fact remains that he boasts a dancehall classic with Danny English, the feverish Diwali track Party Time (Meet Me At the Party), released in 2002. The single and music video catapulted the crooner to...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:22 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

With Afrobeats and dancehall among the top genres up for experiment by heavyweight pop artistes in recent years, more Jamaican toasters are on the receiving end of big royalties, as their work is repurposed. Most recently, American rapper Nicki...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:21 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

A live band smoothly transitions from Chronixx’s Legend to Freddie McGregor’s I Was Born A Winner, and a sense of pride and accomplishment pervades the air. Then comes a remake of Busy Signal’s Stay So, quite the jump but still fitting to the...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

The celebratory air that champagne fosters has been witnessed on the football field over the years, as the deluxe wine spews from the hands of players toasting to a victory. Olympe Rosé champagne in hand, former national football player, Ricardo ‘...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

Just as weather forecasters tussle with predicting when it will snow, it is difficult to know when dancehall superstar Snow will return to the music scene. “On an ordinary day,” was his vague response while chilling in a hammock at his Canadian...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:16 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

By the year 1997, dancehall toaster General Degree was already established with a signature style of fusing wit and sexual ego exuded on tracks like When I Hold You Tonight, Mr Do It Nice, and his breakout hit Granny. That year, Degree would...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

Elephant Man is a music junkie, period. A saunter through his mansion in Havendale, St Andrew, revealed stereos blasting local radio station ZIP 103FM near the poolside while music from a flatscreen TV filled the halls of the main floor. Ele...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

For decades, artistes, tourists, and music lovers have passed through the venerable King Jammys Recording Studio at 38 St Lucia Road in Waterhouse, west Kingston. All things being equal, the establishment will be home to a museum by the end of...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:16 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

Today, we present the final of our seven-part series Chune Een, focusing on key aspects of the Jamaican sound system industry from its roots, dubplate and clash cultures, international spread, survival in an evolving digital era, and its role in...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

The return of the free Dennis Brown Tribute Concert on Sunday night attracted double the crowd at the Kingston waterfront than the tribute concert staged for the icon last year. Brown’s cousin, Prynce David Royal, sang the organiser’s praises,...

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