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Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:30 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

When art collective dub poetry duo The No-Maddz debuted music from their Heaven on Earth (HOE) album at an intimate listening party in April, there was a feeling that this 11-track project would be an antidote for the mentally broken, a game...

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Being the guitarist for internationally acclaimed reggae singer Jimmy Cliff definitely has its perks – you get to travel the world, perform for royalty, and network with international artistes. However, for Locksley, the inspiration to revamp his...

Published:Saturday | August 17, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Even a year after placing second in the now defunct Magnum Kings and Queens competition, Bad Gyal Jade refuses to fade into the background and be labelled another has-been. She prides herself as the young dancehall queen, adding that there is no...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Deejay Unknown Gringo is curating his debut EP, The Return of the Unknown Gringo, which he hopes will transcend beyond local soil and showcase his talent. For this reason, he revealed that the seven-track set (already four tracks in) will stray...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:17 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Starface has never been one to think inside the box where her style of music is concerned. According to the singjay, “I’m not going to be stuck in one place because at the end of the day, you don’t know where you’re going to get the hits from. That...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The venue is crammed. The lights go down, and excitement permeates the space. The MC announces the entertainer you’ve been dying to see, and low drums, teased by the backing band, add to your anticipation. This is it, this is the moment you got...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Raised in the musically rich environment of Park Lane, Red Hills, St Andrew, reggae singer Quality saw it fit to include his roots and other historical musical sites in his debut music video for the single Stronger. Released on Emancipation Day,...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:21 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Months after releasing his visual album Wicked Walls, lashing out against psychological and physical walls used to separate people, singer Ras Michael Junior says he has been banned from the United States (US) and is asking US President Donald...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Slim Flex’s affinity for Jamaican music is just as striking as his amusing attempts at speaking Jamaican Patois. The Afrobeat act recalled entertaining his village in Ghana as a child with nothing but palm trees, makeshift instruments, and his...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:13 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Since revealing a slimmer physique in 2015, Macka Diamond has received ‘props’ on her transformation and is ready to share her diet and fitness tips in an upcoming YouTube channel dubbed ‘Naturally Happy’. Set to premiere in two months time, the...

Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Though she is primarily known for oozing sultry vocals on a blazing dancehall rhythm or softer ones on a reggae ballad, Ce’Cile cannot be confined to one kind of expression in the artistic discipline. She recently announced an upcoming children’s...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It is often said that a king is never honoured in his own land, and meteoric entertainer Rygin King believes that the expression best fits his experience. Undeniably one of the most talked about and lauded dancehall toasters of 2018, the...

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

You may have Money Fever, Trending, Ohh Lala La or Allergy down as favourites in your Squash playlist, but there is only one song that stands out for Squash of all the ‘bangers’ he has recorded, Overcome. Not his usual party-flavoured or gangster...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:34 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

‘Stop the war on dads’ was the message sent by reggae singer Queen Ifrica in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday. “Give good fathers a chance to be in their children lives, one of the reasons why our men are the way they are is because of us...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

For anyone who has ever had the dream of going to Africa, but is unable to do so for whatever reason, dub poet Ras Takura says he will go on your behalf, particularly to the Pan African Historical Festival (PANAFEST) in Ghana. The event will...

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2019 | 12:25 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Canadian singer, Snow, is not a man who is easily influenced by the noise. His words and actions delineate that he does what he wants to do, when he wants to do it. Interestingly, when it comes to his love affair with reggae and dancehall music, he...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:21 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Kemar Highcon’s sauce seems to contain the perfect ingredients for corporate outfits Digicel and Pizza Hut, as he is now their latest ambassador. A remake of his breakout single, So Saucy, serves as the jingle for Pizza Hut’s Pepperoni Cheesy...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Lighthouse Productions is making their theatrical debut with Behind the Pulpit, a Christian comedy-drama exploring gender roles in the Church, and which the producers hope will spark social change. Coming to Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston on July...

Published:Saturday | July 6, 2019 | 12:16 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Similar to patriotic Jamaicans gathering before their television screens to watch Usain Bolt compete in any race, a packed crowd gathered at his eponymous Tracks...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Lila Ike and Sevana, the two ladies of Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation camp, are on a trip with their leader taking on the United States (US) east coast. For Sevana, it’s her first time in the Big Apple. For Lila, she is in promotion mode following the...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:14 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall has always been identifiable by the accelerating rate at which acts unleash new music. Observing this, gospel artiste DJ Nicholas is trying a new musical approach, already releasing three singles over the past three weeks. The tracks,...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:17 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Five female acts will be tasked to impress the mixed crowd this month at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, and also online courtesy of streaming services. In a line-up of predominantly men, Etana, Spice, Jah9 and newbies...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Failing to make a crowd laugh, or ‘bombing’, is a rite of passage awaiting every comedian. But instead of throwing in the towel or being discouraged, comic Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley says those in the field should “grow” a thick skin and use the...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Ras Michael Junior, also known as Michael Enkrumah, wants to break all barriers that hinder unity on his visual album Wicked Walls. The 10-track set accompanies a documentary and was produced by the reggae singer himself. Although it was released...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:19 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

St Catherine born film-maker Tevin Lennon is using real-life events to bring awareness to serious issues plaguing the country under his K-Base Skyview Visuals production company. His latest movie, Death Do Us Part, tells the story of a husband...

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