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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2022 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Former ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ contestant Rosh Reign, who recently changed her name from Rosh Rebel, has places to be. The Montego Bay native wants to create a royal musical empire. Last week, the singer and songwriter returned to the ‘Rising Stars...

Published:Friday | September 16, 2022 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After an attempt to pursue nursing school not going as planned, Nickeil Edwards moved from Manchester to Kingston with a visual map of where she was going and nothing but a dream in her pocket. She scored a job in the telecommunications customer...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With only three episodes left for Season 18 of the ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ competition, the resident judges – television producer Anthony Miller, singer and broadcaster Alaine, and executive director of the ASHE Company Conroy Wilson – injected some...

Published:Monday | September 12, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and reggae recording artiste, Stonebwoy, has officially started the next chapter of his career. When scrolling through the 34-year-old’s social media, one thing is apparent – he has been busy. Even finding time for...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I’m not crazy,” exclaims Israel Harrison, as if declaring from a deep place within that something she was made to believe has now been proven untrue. A few months ago, the model and pageant queen was diagnosed as autistic, a conclusion she already...

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s the first day of fifth form for 16-year-old reggae-dancehall recording artiste Julanda Frater, popularly known as ‘Book Boss’ by her peers, and she is on a mission to “get her names in lights and soaring in her studies to new heights”. She...

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Music lovers were treated to a magnificent melting pot of reggae and dancehall, sprinkled with a bit of Afrobeats on Monday, featuring toasters from Jamaica’s popular contemporary reggae collective, other creative mixmasters and a seasoned...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She may not be recording new music today, but veteran songbird Gem Myers is ambitious in her goals to have her existing catalogue of music and the covers of other songs which she includes in her sets send a message. One of the issues that has been...

Published:Monday | September 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

More than just a pretty face, Miss Giajay Naturals Gift and Body Shop Toshami Calvin walked away with the title Miss Universe Jamaica 2022 last Saturday evening at the AC Hotel Kingston. She will head overseas in the first quarter of 2023 to...

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae trailblazers Jesse Royal and Lila Iké are expected to join In.Digg.Nation principal Protoje on his upcoming US tour. In true Jamaican flavour, the New Wave collective will be sending them off in fine style on Monday. According to Lindsey...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With a selection of viral singles and moments, a successful EP, and a collaboration with reggae artiste and songwriter Skip Marley, Ayra Starr finds herself thriving in a hazy blur of genres, making her mark in the ever-evolving Nigerian music...

Published:Monday | August 29, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The third staging of Dragon Spitfire Month-End Fridays was a success. The street dance, which doubled as a stage show, featured entertainment by popular selectors Bishop Escobar and Jahvvy Supreme, along with a guest performance by First Nation...

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Come September, soca fanatics will be expected to put on their best fête outfit and dancing shoes on two nights for the popular soca party, I Love Soca Cooler Festival. It is a welcomed expansion, as the numbers for the event has consistently...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Roots reggae, art, ital cuisine and cannabis festival Rebel Salute is set to return with a physical staging in 2023 for the first time since Jamaica recorded its first case of COVID-19 two and a half years ago, the organisers announced on Sunday....

Published:Friday | August 19, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainers Laa Lee and Bugle are lending their vocals and recording style to the remix of the catchy Billboard-charting hit, Big Boy, by recording artiste Heph B. According to Laa Lee, the trajectory that his career and music have been...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2022 | 6:03 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Running for five consecutive weeks and bringing several of Jamaica’s top performers to a stage in the corporate area to perform, Thursday Night Live Acoustic Inna Di City hosted a double celebration for its fifth staging and the August 11 birthday...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In accepting another powerful instrument that he has, jazz musician Montgomery Bernard Alexander, more popularly known as Monty Alexander, is speaking into being a decade-long dream to record his first vocal album. All the magic he was certain to...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For its inaugural staging in Jamaica, Best Weekend Ever pulled a kaleidoscope of personalities from the United States, United Kingdom and across the Caribbean. The organisers of the event, which was staged at three different St Ann venues – Grizzly...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There were more calls for love and unity during the Original Dancehall Stylee stage show, part of the Jamaica 60 diamond jubilee celebrations, which featured some of the pioneers who heralded the genre as a way of life. Veteran selector Ilawi of...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Emancipation Day festivities were highlighted by the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade, which commenced at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre and culminated at the National Stadium car park. Welcoming the heat of the sun, parade participants...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

At the beginning of his musical journey, Spanish reggae recording artiste Irie Souljah promised to represent reggae music, deliver relevant messages and deep spirituality. He was only 14 years old when he fell in love with the genre, but pursuing...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Minutes after ordering a cocktail on a Wednesday night at Oceano, it is delivered to the table. It’s the first thing the waitstaff will recommend, and it will leave you adoring the stylish Japanese-influenced restaurant. The one-year-old...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says since the start of the summer, Jamaica’s entertainment sector has been bolstering the tourism industry and that record-breaking arrivals are expected. “This month of July, we are going to break our record of...

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall deejay Masicka is modest when speaking about his songwriting capabilities but from as early as high school, he was recognised for having an exceptional handle on creative writing. He shares that he has written for colleagues but avoids...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In June, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invited Jamaicans to submit designs for the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade which is part of the Emancipation and Independence celebrations. According to the Culture Minister,...

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