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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | July 25, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Gimmicks, fashion, bold statements and tributes befitting a musical era that has propelled Jamaican culture and its practitioners on to international stages elevated the second and final night of Reggae Sumfest. It was off to a good start with...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Currently in the middle of a Caribbean-wide launch of the Grammy-nominated album, Positive Vibrations, reggae artiste Gramps Morgan is having a good time. The 46-year-old entertainer performed at the 19th annual ‘Let Freedom Sing!’ show in Music...

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

From serving as a bar to providing the mammoth speaker set-ups with a platform, and also for moving portable bathrooms, the trucks and the manpower that moves them have one of the biggest roles on road march day. Without trucks, carnival would not...

Published:Monday | July 11, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Thousands of people revelled for the summer edition of the annual Carnival in Jamaica celebrations on Sunday, marking a slow return to normality after the pandemic put playing mas on pause for three years. The 2020 carnival festivities, which...

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Attorney Bert Samuels is calling the Jamaican Constabulary Force’s (JCF) most recent statement about his client Popcaan “slanderous”. A statement from the JCF, released on Wednesday, stated that Popcaan, whose given name is Andre Sutherland, was...

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The month of July is when we have the most intense sun and highest ultraviolet rays. The higher the level of radiation the greater the potential for damage to the skin. With the Carnival in Jamaica 2022 road march a few days away, many are zooming...

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On the heels of the Recording Academy’s announcement that an award category for poetry has been added for the 65th Grammy Awards in 2023, reggae recording artiste Skip Marley has accepted an invitation to act in the role of youth ambassador for the...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2022 | 12:37 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Vuvuzelas blowing, phone lights high in the air, cameras flashing and the voices of some of dancehall’s leading acts echoing into the streets were the sights and sounds coming from the National Stadium last Saturday as supporters of the genre came...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Richard Chin plays many roles standing backstage, as a father, motivator, inspiration, and cheerleader of Tessanne Chin. He was recently spotted at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, watching intently as the songstress hit the...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rum purists may argue that the spirit is best served neat or on the rocks, but Appleton Estate’s Senior Blender Dave Morrison stimulated a new sense of purpose for ‘Cocktails...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Official Spirit of Jamaica 60, J Wray...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Highlighting the growing scope of gastronomic offerings in Jamaica, a new Mexican-themed bistro and bar appropriately named Tacbar recently opened at Devon House, the historical property synonymous with food, fun, and now fiesta. Business partners...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Billboard-charting recording artiste OMI was spotted having the time of his life in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival last Saturday. Naming Romain Virgo as one of the headliners he came to see, the Cheerleader singer said...

Published:Monday | June 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

An overflow of rum and innovative cocktails, food for the picking, branded cups (plus other novelties), interactive activities, and live entertainment, all combined to make the Jamaica Rum Festival (JRF) a sensational experience. A celebration of...

Published:Monday | June 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In 2020, dancehall hitmaker Alkaline was forced to postpone the New Rules concert in Jamaica due to the global coronavirus pandemic. It has had the entertainer’s fans on their toes awaiting the return of the event to Jamaica, which is slated for...

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was go hard or go home for the entertainers that reported for duty at Thursday night’s Acoustic Inna Di City this week for its Sumfest Edition. With headliners like the prince charmer of dancehall D’Yani and the fashionable, smooth ‘skanker’ Big...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With its move to Jamaica’s proclaimed ‘tourism capital’, Montego Bay, St James, the organisers of the Jamaica Rum Festival and its partners are envisioning a premium rum experience for spirit lovers worldwide. “As the first event of its kind...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The telephone line opens, and Runkus is heard gelling words to a syncopating rhythm. Once he runs out of rhymes, the recording artiste pauses and acknowledges that he answered a call and immediately, laughter pours out. “I’m actually building a...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Along the Hellshire main road, Jermaine Morris has created a street-side eating venue. There the menu stimulates all your senses, and the main ingredient is crabs. The crab farmer and chef, more popularly known as ‘Crabby, Out A Road’, or ‘Indian...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last year, Sharon Marley did a rendition of Rita Marley ballad, Just One More Morning from the classic 1988 album We Must Carry On, after being absent from the forefront for approximately 20 years. “Everything started happening very quickly after...

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After one and a half year of intense research and travelling, Epican Medicinals, on Wednesday, unveiled new strains to the local cannabis market. The launch event took place at its Market Place location, and was supported by the company’s...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tessellated’s rise and success has been a swift one. The producer, songwriter and recording artiste can lend his creativity and flavour to any sound or concept and not just his own music. The single Pine and Ginger was ample proof of this. It was...

Published:Thursday | June 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Grammy Award-winning dancehall artiste and songwriter Sean Paul is dipping his hands into the culinary pot with two spicy collaborations. A lover of all things Jamaican, the entertainer knew that a marketing concept around the Scorcha album...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I wonder if this [decision] was made for me,” said Eric Donaldson upon hearing that the Jamaica 60 Festival Song Competition was back on. The veteran singer-songwriter applauded the efforts of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport...

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Secretly, Shanique Bethune had always wanted to settle down with a drummer. A creative artist and dancer, she was always dancing to the beat of her own drum when it came on to love, but little did she know that there was a rhythm in the making that...

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