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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

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

Marketing consultant, TV host, writer, and entertainment industry insider Donovan ‘JR’ Watkis has a theory that the ejection of the Noise Abatement Act would allow for greater development of Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall music. Speaking to The...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fairly new on the scenes, singer-songwriter Joby Jay is feeling “proud” as she was recently named JaRIA’s Breakthrough Artiste of the Year. She is known for the single Big Girl Ting, which is more than a saying for the singer. It is a lifestyle and...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With an updated look and a strong cohort of designers, the beloved reggae-inspired apparel brand Cooyah re-emerged at its newly renovated 96 Hope Road location last Thursday to resounding applause. It’s a long-awaited new start that was welcomed by...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The 2022 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards went off with minimal hitches. After a late start, the host for the evening, media communications specialist Roxene Nickle, jumped quickly into the programme much to the...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

President of Martin’s International and founder of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), Ephraim Martin, who has been instrumental in giving reggae recording artistes a platform since 1982 in recognition of their achievements...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is the land of wood and water…oh…and beer, which was a source of the inspiration behind the culinary pairing sessions held at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen (JFDK) for its inaugural Kingston Beer Fest. When that culinary experience is...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As a reggae-dancehall artiste with several hits and a mentionable following in Africa, Turbulence has done his fair share of jetting to the continent; and when one trip ends, the next is already being planned. He recently returned to Jamaica from...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Father of entertainer gains greater understanding of his son’s music With live music performances returning to the spotlight slowly, Yaadcore provided reggae supporters a front-row seat to an engaging night with the first official live performance...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Two and a half months after his passing, James Samuels, a member of The Aces, which was the ska group best known for their work with Desmond Dekker, will finally be laid to rest on April 12. Samuels, affectionately called ‘Winston’, passed away at...

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trench Town, the home of two of Jamaica’s leading Premier League football teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys’ Town, will play host to an action-packed football tournament this Sunday. The event, which is organised by Christopher Ellis, the youngest...

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last Monday’s The Distinguished Awards Luncheon held inside the Montego Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus was full of laugher, empowering energy, the good company of women of diverse personalities supporting the work and sharing their love for each...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For second-time Grammy Award nominee Etana, not hearing her name being called for the Best Reggae Album during the 64th annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony was not a disappointment. “I’m always happy to see others win,” Etana told The Gleaner,...

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the past year, discussions regarding female representation in dancehall and their overall contributions to the entertainment industry have transformed into passionate conversations. Veteran sound system owner and producer Jack Scorpio has added...

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Celebrating the rare distinction of being one of the longest performing harmony trios, the Mighty Diamonds truly personified the saying that ‘diamonds are forever’ with over 50 years in the business. The death of the lead singer of the stalwart...

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fast-rising dancehall artiste Skillibeng has officially signed on to be part of the RCA Records roster and he is not wasting any time said Richard ‘Skane Dolla’ Ford, the senior vice-president of A...

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of the talented siren Sevana singing the words “all for me, do it all for me” over a sultry, jazz-infused rhythm in her latest single, Brand New, could have been an indicator of the next step she was planning to take. Sevana, whose given...

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Since the release of his first studio album, Stage One, in 2000, reggae-dancehall recording artiste Sean Paul hasn’t slowed down. Last year, he dropped the Grammy-nominated Live N Livin. Now, he is gearing up to release his eighth studio album,...

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2022 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Carnival Stakeholders Committee held its first meeting yesterday to discuss possible dates for Carnival in Jamaica 2022. With the events sector seeing some signs of returning to normality, several submissions have been tabled by the directors...

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

International recording artiste Rob Diesel is still pumped about breaking into the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Top 100 Charts after releasing the single Rasta in America (Fly Ras) nearly one month ago. The entertainer held a peak position at number 93 and...

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With a career spanning over three decades, Beenie Man has created an undisputed and unmissable wave. The Grammy Award-winning artiste’s contributions to Jamaican culture are forever etched in history, and he continues to be a guiding force in the...

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Marriage is an adventure. It is a dazzling place Liane Chung never knew she would end up. When she first met her prince, Adam Barakat, on a night out on the town with friends back in 2013, the two never made it past the brief introductions. It was...

Published:Monday | March 14, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Global musical powerhouse, Sean Paul, kicked off his US-leg of the Scorcha Tour inside Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida last Friday. It has been two years since the artiste has toured having spent the pandemic period in Jamaica with his family, who...

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With what can be described as a no-frills restaurant, a short walk from the centre of Falmouth’s busy town and the historic port, Peppers Jerk Centre boasts unexpected flavour and a secret spicy rub that combines to make a fiery menu to feast on....

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The non-fungible token (NFT) wave is booming in the finance sector but also capturing lots of attention across the art, film and music industries, where many creatives are participating in more ways than one, in the digital marketplace. Gramps...

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2022 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Spanning a range of musical genres, including rhythm and blues, soul, classical and jazz, the late Nina Simone was renowned for using her musical platform to send culturally significant messages. Her words empowered women and men alike, as much of...

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