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Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Excerpts from Patrick Brown’s laugh-a-line play, Windscream Posse, will be one of the treats on offer for 20 windscreen cleaner boys who will be hosted by several corporate, civic and religious leaders on Father’s Day at the Aspiring Dads of...

Published:Monday | June 14, 2021 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For dancehall and Jamaica to be represented on US prime time TV with slots on ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ and ‘ Wendy Williams’, mere days apart, is being hailed as epic and calls for a ‘catawampus’ celebration, complete with Go...

Published:Saturday | June 12, 2021 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

At least 18 residents of The Golden Age Home in Kingston will now enjoy sweeter dreams, thanks to the donation of several brand new mattresses from reggae singer George Nooks. Cluster supervisor at The Golden Age Home, Morelene Moncrieffe, told The...

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Emerging artiste Iotosh has released his third single, and with a title like Fee Fi Foe (with an ‘e’), it is near impossible not to hear the terrifying roar, Fee-fi-fo-fum, of the giant – some call him Gogmagog – in the classic English fairy tale...

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2021 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Event promoters in Clarendon, armed with the belief that unity is strength, have formed an association with the aim of securing a seat at the table to air their grouses. Denton Atkins, president of the group, which calls itself the Clarendon...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The week-long party series, Mocha Fest, which was recently mired in controversy, will be back in Jamaica next year and early bookings are now open. The organisers on Monday announced May 26-31, 2022, as the dates for the Jamaica leg of the ‘The...

Published:Tuesday | June 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

They call her Mama Carmen, and all who know her are aware that she is an amazing singer who is always singing, simply for the love of it. So it is not really surprising that Carmen ‘Mama Carmen’ Farquharson, the mother of crooner Richie Stephens,...

Published:Monday | June 7, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae ambassadors the Mighty Diamonds were nominated in 1982 at the 25th annual Grammy Awards in the category Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, for their album Reggae Sunsplash ‘81, A Tribute To Bob Marley, but in an incredible twist, the...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rastafarian singer Fantan Mojah was once hailed as one of the new wave of contemporary reggae singers whose songs were infused with positive lyrics and themed with praises to Jah, respect for women, and a desire to stay away from all that is...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Last week, the King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man, was told by the judge in the St Elizabeth Parish Court that not even the king is above the law. Beenie Man was then slapped with a $150,000 fine after pleading guilty on April 19 for breaching the...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Melessa Vassell is a 25-year-old theatrical, commercial, voice-over and film actress with a great, big heart. The founder of Building Blocks, an early childhood education programme that delves into “creating, establishing and building a solid...

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Emphasising that any kind of collaboration will be for the benefit of both organisations and the music industry as a whole, the heads of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians...

Published:Tuesday | May 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A sum of US$1,471 has been already collected by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), representing royalties from the historic 2020 Festival Song Competition, which, for the first time, saw the album available on major digital...

Published:Saturday | May 22, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Songwriters will agree that the title of songs can sometimes come from unexpected places or situations. Take, for example, saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Fraser’s latest offering, Flat Bridge, named after the bridge in St Catherine that crosses...

Published:Friday | May 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Soulful reggae crooner, Etana, is now the owner of two Billboard plaques, and the girl from August Town is justifiably proud of the mementoes which shout out her achievements in the music industry and which have secured for her a spot in an elite...

Published:Thursday | May 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall artiste Spragga Benz has recently been teasing and exciting fans with pictures of a script and seconds worth of behind-the-scenes clips of a new movie project titled Second Chance. Filmed recently in Florida, USA, the movie wrapped up on...

Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

At the end of March, dancehall deejay Mavado vented on social media about the slow pace of his case against now-disbarred real estate attorney Jennifer Messado, who was allegedly given $30 million three years ago by Mavado’s lawyer for a property...

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae and world music’s biggest night unfolded with a dazzling array of stars on Sunday, with the staging of the 39th IRAWMA (International Reggae...

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

There will be no virtual staging of Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s premier reggae and dancehall festival, this year. However, if the entertainment sector opens up “enthusiastically”, the organisers are ready to claim the Heroes Weekend in October as...

Published:Friday | May 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, could not hide her glee at Wednesday’s official signing of an agreement between the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) and the SMC Group, a global...

Published:Thursday | May 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Some three months after his passing, pioneering toaster Ewart ‘U-Roy’ Beckford will finally be laid to rest. Daddy U-Roy, the Godfather of Toasting, passed away on February 17. His burial will take place on Wednesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the...

Published:Thursday | May 13, 2021 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Panamanian reggae artiste Karims, who recently released a single and music video with singer Jah Cure, is feeling particularly filled with purpose. Wanting to “get it right,” he travelled to Jamaica to shoot the visuals for Propósito, produced by...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On May 11, 1981, Colin Leslie, then the managing director of the Tuff Gong Group of Companies, was at the Island Records office in New York when he got the news of the passing of his friend, employer and reggae superstar Bob Marley. For Leslie, who...

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican music is as rich in originality and brilliance as it is in fascinating stories, some less happy than others, but no less blockbuster-worthy. One such is the life and times of renowned and revered trombonist and composer, Don Drummond, who...

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 12:28 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born American film-maker and novelist Julian ‘Jingles’ Reynolds, CEO of the New York-based Fiwi Productions, said the global demand for the Jamaican culture not only remains, it is growing stronger. Reynolds is celebrating a recent deal...

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