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Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: AS THE world mourns the death of late superstar Kenny Rogers, producer of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival Walter Elmore remembers the American singer-songwriter as a fabulous human being to work with. Elmore worked with Rogers,...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

A full slate of England’s elite, headed by Queen Elizabeth, braved coronavirus fears and crammed inside London’s historic Westminster Abbey last week to witness the pounding of ancestral African drums and the melodious fanfare of a steel band to...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In a book that soars with poetry, American author and journalist Ross Kenneth Urken metaphorically describes his Jamaican nanny’s past as being “a fortified city”. But it was one he felt compelled to explore. This I learned when he and I chatted...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“SCIKRON ENTERTAINMENT Big Yard Studios, how may I help you?” says the man who answers the phone at one of the busiest recording spaces in Kingston. On making a query if the studio was taking any bookings at this time, he quickly informed that “...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Kirk ‘Kirkledove’ Bennett is the most prolific drummer and producer you’ve never heard of. Humility takes up a chunk of Kirkledove’s personality, but that fact hasn’t hindered the musician’s overwhelming accomplishments or in any way muted his...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

There is an atmosphere of doom and gloom currently blanketing the globe as the coronavirus continues to spread. With entertainment and sporting events coming to a complete halt in many countries, quarantine and chill have become the new norm. As...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Despite all the bars, theatres, and cinemas being closed and parties postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future, Jamaicans have still found ways to stay communal and connected – while still keeping their distance. Online gaming has long...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

As officials work to contain the virus that the World Health Organization has labelled a global public-health emergency, anti-Chinese and discriminatory messages have continued unabated. COVID-19 and news surrounding its outbreak have sparked...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The arrival of coronavirus on a global scale was the catalyst that prompted a tsunami of cancellations of entertainment events worldwide, and in Jamaica, it started intense conversations about the staging of two major calendar events: carnival and...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

The ASHE Company found its niche in using the performing arts to educate, to entertain, and to send messages of healing and empowerment. So it should come with little surprise that the company has added its voice to the throng of those hurling...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Female singers in Jamaica’s reggae-dancehall sphere like Queen Ifrica, Yeza Rebel, Jah9, and Etana have embodied their African heritage by embracing the kaleidoscopic patterns of the world’s second-largest continent – explicit in their style and...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop has died.He was 81.Rogers had hits such as 'Lucille', 'Lady', 'You Decorated my life' and 'Islands in the Stream' and embraced his persona as '...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall artiste, musician, producer, and actor Benzley Hype has a plan to assist those persons who are facing boredom as they are confined at home for long periods in an effort to combat the deadly novel coronavirus. He will be providing...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Amazing things are happening amid the pandemic the world is experiencing. That is the message entertainers Alaine and Tessanne Chin want to send, and they highlight two Jamaican teenagers who have taken on the challenge to compete in the televised...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Legacy: 75 Years A Legend, the first episode of the promised cinematic odyssey that delves into the life of reggae icon Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential figures, was released on his official YouTube...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced entire populations to embrace necessary but isolating choices like quarantine and social distancing. While there are some who thrive on social interaction and may feel like they’re at their wits’ end because they...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall deejays Rygin King and Elephant Man have pledged to stay in self-quarantine for the next 14 days and are imploring that other entertainers, and persons travelling overseas, exercise social responsibility during the global pandemic. Both...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In 2019, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) Lucian Grainge was ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Power 100 chart, and the magazine, long regarded as the ‘bible’ in the entertainment industry, also selected Grainge as its ‘Billboard...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As a choreographer, singer, actor, dancer, and writer, Michael Holgate epitomises what it means to be a jack of all trades. The award-winning writer wears many hats, including that of artistic director of performing arts group, Ashe. But even as he...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:06 AM

Online Parties Tune in via social media to your favourite DJs and personalities as they host online parties. Movie Time Make it a movie night, every night, as you catch up with the films you’ve been dying to see, but didn’t have the time....

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 6:57 PM

Inspired by Europeans, quarantined but gathered on their balconies to keep company with music, the Music Unites Jamaica Foundation has put out a call for Jamaicans to follow suit in a show of solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Since last week’s announcement by the Government of a 14-day suspension on all entertainment events, due to the arrival of the coronavirus in the island, the industry has been sent into a downward spiral, with events being cancelled left, right and...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The reggae and hip-hop genres are musically inextricable, with one birthed from elements of another. Putting that fact on full display are Jamaican rapper Third World Don, also known as Mike Beatz, and reggae star Kabaka Pyramid. This Friday, the...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer-songwriter KipRich says that he has been busy reinventing himself. KipRich, who entered the local music scene with dramatic lyrical content, told The Gleaner, “A lot has changed.” “Is modern times now, so you have to come...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Music industry insider Donovan Watkis believes that now more than ever, artistes should start strengthening their social media and online presence. As the entertainment industry continues to grapple with the stifling effects of the coronavirus,...

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