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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | June 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is exploring alternative means of “rallying the nation” after announcing that the Jamaica Festival Song Competition...

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

CH4SE is one of over 130 recording artistes offering a unique take on Ed Sheeran’s romantic ballad Perfect, in hopes that the cover will provide exposure and represent his ability and range as a singer. A performer coming from a dancehall beginning...

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

The Caribbean is so much more than sun, sand, and sea, says Dominic Christopher, co-founder of Deh Abroad Village, a New York-based organisation focused on creating a network for wealth creation and cultural awareness. “Our region is flavourful –...

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the reopening of the entertainment sector, Aidonia is looking forward to a jam-packed schedule for the summer. The recording artiste delivered a high-powered performance on Saturday at the Campari ‘Respect The Bitter’ campaign launch, held at...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Close friends of DJ Smoke are grateful for the support a GoFundMe created to fund the noted disc jockey’s heart surgery has received thus far. They hope the campaign will hit the target of US$35,000 so that DJ Smoke, whose given name is Ryan...

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) is gearing up to take the show on the road with ‘Back Pan Di Street’. Returning to its traditional format, the 14th staging of the popular sound clash competition has high expectations for the battles between the...

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Milli Music has released a complete dancehall riddim compilation in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT). The project has been introduced as an album and artwork in collaboration with MarvmentNFT Marketplace, which not only provides revenue to...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

(As Jamaica marks its diamond jubilee, the Entertainment Desk continues its weekly ‘Jamaica 60’ feature in celebration of the island’s rich musical heritage). Deteriorating ligaments and eyesight, along with all the changes that come with ageing...

Published:Monday | May 30, 2022 | 12:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In an interview with The Gleaner, I Swear recording artiste Chuck Fenda opened up about getting older, “wiser”, and his plans to “light more fire” for his big 50th birthday anniversary celebration. “Really and truly, I want to turn up the torch a...

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2022 | 12:40 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The inaugural staging of Thursday Night Live, held last Thursday at The Cove Restaurant in collaboration with 8Rivaz, featured a dynamic mix of entertainers and provided an intimate live music experience. Far from the busiest night inside the...

Published:Friday | May 27, 2022 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If the music of roots-reggae star Chronixx does not give it away, the dedication that he has put into participating in righteous causes at the national and global level shows that he is on a mission of upliftment. To write, sing, produce and...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer Ding Dong feels he is no expert on the education system and how another person parents, but says that there is a way to be tough with children without laying a hand on them. Ding Dong is the father of two sons and is also a...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The inaugural Reclaiming Wellness and Reproductive Health Tour was launched on Monday. Aimed at promoting holistic well-being and educating Jamaicans on maintaining their immune system function and restorative male and female health, the public...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Her passion for reggae and dancehall music was ignited in her pre-teenage years and Amel Rachedi has never found another rhythm that lights a fire in her heart, quite like the Jamaican genres. The songs recorded on the popular Bookshelf and...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican theatre industry, in the first half of May, is mourning the loss of two legendary figures, Trevor Nairne and Barbara Gloudon, whose contributions, like their shoes, are immeasurable. Last Friday, the news of Nairne’s passing hit the...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A chorus of mothers took advantage of a night out, put on their best outfits, and showed up for ‘Mummy Mingle’ at the Hyundai Showroom last Friday, for an evening of ‘mumosas’ and conversation, courtesy of Young Mummy Diaries. Held under the...

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2022 | 2:10 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Barbara Gloudon, writer, journalist, actress, and all-round evangelist for the performing arts in general, took her final bow on Wednesday night. Gloudon, 87, passed away only 11 days after her husband, known food technologist and orchid...

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

Local master of the turntables Ryan Williams, more popularly known as DJ Smoke, has called for the entertainment sector to join hands and hearts in aid of raising funds for an urgently needed angioplasty procedure. DJ Smoke first noticed he was...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fifteen-year-old Leon Vassell was crowned SunCity 104.9 FM’s 2022 High School Disc Jock Competition champion last Saturday. The Anchovy High School student, who goes by DJ Leon, says that Delingy of Bass Odyssey has made a great impression on the...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

(Today, the Entertainment Desk begins a weekly ‘Jamaica 60’ feature in celebration of the island’s rich musical heritage.) Proclaimed ‘Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz’ Myrna Hague was out and about on International Jazz Day, April 30, celebrating...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Prior to performing Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes for the audition round of ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ reality series, which was televised recently, singer-songwriter Lenya Wilks bravely shared the story of being involved in a home invasion and also...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Craig Jackson has spent the last two decades navigating one of the world’s most demanding environments. But whether people identify him as a recording artiste named Qraig or by his voice and personal style, one thing he knows people are unlikely to...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of the Jamaican street dances call to Yemi Alade all the way in Nigeria, she says. As soon as a dancehall rhythm plays the singer-songwriter transforms into a dancer. She has a lot to say about the culture and for her it is about making...

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

Call him a mixtape assassin, call him a staunch advocate for reggae music, Rory Cha, more popularly known as Yaadcore, has earned numerous titles since emerging as a selector. Championing the combined power of conscious lyrical narratives embedded...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ornella Smith’s talents are not limited to the catwalk or being captured by a camera lens. She also collaborates with musicians like Sangie Davis and roots bands like Binghistra, led by Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. She entered the public eye as a model in...

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