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Stories by Yasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

On August 6, when a friend sent Patrick Roberts a simple text that said “congrats”, he had absolutely no idea what the person was talking about. He subsequently learned that his name had appeared in The Gleaner as one of the candidates who would...

Published:Friday | October 18, 2019 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

When Tivoli Gardens High School Track Corporation celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary with a banquet honouring the 50 most outstanding alumni, numbered among that select group will be ’80s deejay Papa Michigan. A student of the institution...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

An incredible young talent with a stupendous set of pipes, the quintessential ‘one man woman’, a sultry singer with music in her DNA, and a band with decades of showmanship under its belt, all converged inside the ballroom of The Jamaica Pegasus...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

The death of Jamaican dancehall artiste and actor Louie Rankin has sent shock waves and made headlines around the world. Rankin’s peers in the entertainment and film industries have since paid tribute to a “cultural icon.” Entertainer and actor...

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2019 | 12:25 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

The first round of voting for the annual Grammy awards got under way yesterday, and the music world is abuzz. As the only peer-recognized music award, the Grammy is viewed as the music industry’s highest honour. Reggae singer Sizzla’s latest album...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:25 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall artiste and Shottas actor Spragga Benz is about to add another feather to his cap. When he performs at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center on Thursday, October 3, he will be the first reggae-dancehall act to perform in its...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:25 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

It was a quietly militant group of entertainment industry players who assembled at the Jamaica College auditorium on Hope Road last Tuesday evening, to discuss a very troubling topic – the Noise Abatement Act. In their midst was People’s National...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Responding to a call from the Jamaica Gospel Music Network, local artistes on Saturday night showed their philanthropic side, as they sang for free at the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Concert, held at the Fellowship Tabernacle in St Andrew. Traditional...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:30 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

The music fraternity is in mourning following reports of the death of In The Streetz music producer and artiste manager, Byron Murray. Reports are that he passed away on Wednesday, after complaining of feeling ill while at home. He was 54. Murray’s...

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2019 | 12:30 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Clearly cognisant of the longevity and immense value of foundation reggae rhythms, singer, Anthony Cruz has ticked off one item on his bucket list – to record on the original Walk Away From Love rhythm. It was in 2004 that British-Jamaican reggae...

Published:Monday | August 26, 2019 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Having completed his latest production, Third World’s just-released album, More Work To Be Done, which has been attracting much critical acclaim, Marley scion Jr Gong is not resting on his laurels. The young veteran, who has collected a floor-to-...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:34 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

As the business of dancehall music meanders, it would seem that the players are making their way back into the splintered past from which it emerged. Dancehall producer Gahlxi made a surprising revelation at The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum on...

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner , this week, hosted an Entertainment Forum exploring the topic, ‘ m ake dancehall music great again’, with some of the stakeholders in the music industry. Over the next three days, we will be publishing the views and recommendations of...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:31 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Finally, the name of the newest Bond film, which had the working title Bond 25, has been revealed – No Time To Die. The producers, EON Productions and MGM, released the official title Tuesday on social media, bringing an end to the long wait and...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

When a young Carey Sayles entered a singing competition at his primary school, it was really because his first-grade teacher had recognised his talent and was determined that he would sing – and sing loudly, too. She even locked him in the...

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

When Etana’s Reggae Forever World Tour leaves the Oland Roots Festival in Sweden, it will see the Grammy-nominated singer heading for Montego Bay, Jamaica, where she has a date with destiny. It’s called Reggae Sumfest, a festival whose stage she...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

“Welcome back Spragga. You were missed.” That’s the message posted by a fan, who identified herself as Khadija, in the comments section of the video for the remix of Spragga Benz’s song, Differ. Done originally with British DJ Toddler T, the remix...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Reggae and dancehall-influenced gospel artiste and minister, Omari, who has not performed in Jamaica for close to three years, makes his return on Sunday at Mission Possible, a charity gospel showcase to be held on the lawns of the Ranny Williams...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Twelve Tribes of Israel member Orthodox Issachar will be one of the performers at tonight’s live acoustic segment to be held at the entity’s Hope Road headquarters in St Andrew. The roots-reggae singer, who divides his time between Canada and...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

For renowned comedian Drew Thomas, humour is serious business. Thomas believes that he is a vessel to be used and if he can make others laugh, then his living will not be in vain. “Life is rough enough, and if I can make you laugh and take the pain...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Big Yard Music Group’s CEO, Robert Livingston, an artiste manager and producer whose list of accolades in the music industry is quite distinguished, has also had his (un)fair share of infamy, ironically from the same persons who he teamed up with...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Big Deal singer Christopher Martin really is a big deal, and believe it or not, he has a measure of humility for which he is not given enough credit. For example, how many reggae or dancehall artistes can truthfully say that the blind genius,...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Souls were filled inside The Chapel at The University of the West Indies Mona Campus on Sunday as patrons and performers celebrated another staging of the highly anticipated calendar event, Classics In June. Staged by the Soroptimist International...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Gareth Stuart is the kind of 10-year-old who you can sit down and have a conversation with for hours and not be bored. Seriously, just choose a topic – from sports to academics to religion to, of course, music, which, right now is his passion – and...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

With Reggae Sumfest one month away, festival organiser Josef Bogdanovich is happy with the way his online ticket sales are moving and is making the bold declaration that he and his team are “totally ready”. “Everything is in order,” a pleased...

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