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Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

His theatre career, fuelled by his involvement in the local pantomime, brought him several local honours including the Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to the field of culture and the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica in...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The independent artiste sector has been booming globally, as more individuals aspiring to have a career in music are finding simpler avenues to become recognised. Notably, however, the definition of what makes an artiste “independent” is ambiguous...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tahirah Scott-Anderson comes across as quick-witted, philosophical, free-spirited and self-aware in the things she says as much as how she expresses it – whether in speaking or singing. Spending most of her time with her studies in aquatic and...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancers who document their work on paper are continuously trying to teach a language that is not easily written, dance instructor and choreography Latonya Dillon, or Latonya Style, as she is known in professional circles, tells The Gleaner. “Some...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The international KFC initiative ‘Add Hope’ through which franchises of the restaurant giant in various markets across the globe donate both cash and meals to persons in need, has expanded locally to encompass more than feeding programmes. Their...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The rush to move performance courses online is over but there are still educators in the field who are facing challenges with the new norm of distance learning, most of which has to do with fostering self-expression in students virtually, says...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ghetto Youths International has wrapped up 2020 with the fourth instalment of the hits-filled Set Up Shop compilation for reggae lovers worldwide. The label, which is owned and operated by Marley brothers, Damian ‘Jr Gong’, Julian and Stephen...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For just about everyone in the entertainment industry who attempted to start their engines in 2020, there was limited fuel to drive their creative vehicles to the places they wanted them to reach. But for a handful, there was just enough to roll...

Published:Friday | January 1, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Revered by her peers as a go-getter and master strategist, Tameka Chevannes, has used her role as a public relations and marketing consultant to move roadblocks for several entertainers over the past decade. She established her company, ZaZa...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Audio systems engineer and designer Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Aikman has always been one who prides himself on standing on his own two feet — from touring with entertainers to providing expertise to several production companies in the arts and entertainment...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A sign saying ‘Welcome to Trench Town, Home of Reggae Music’ greets persons driving into the community that is credited as the birthplace of rocksteady and reggae. However, if you happen to visit with Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis, the welcome will probably...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Guardian Life held its annual year-end party via Zoom. The generally large celebration – involving key stakeholders, employees, customers, clients and brokers; sumptuous fare; décor; gifts and entertainment – was done differently in light of the...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

While they have definitely celebrated the holidays together as a pair in the past, 2020 is the first year Coppershot Disco’s Daniel Moreno and fiancée, Tanhoi Sinclair, will ring in their first Christmas together as parents. The two entertainment...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The season of Advent has been transformed into a season of inventions as many corporate companies have had to rethink their original plans to fête staff, business clients and customers in order to create COVID-safe alternatives to show their...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Nothing about Leonard Cohen’s 1984 classic Hallelujah speaks to Christmas; however, Jamaican singer and songwriter Khalia said it became a popular tune for the holiday season in the United Kingdom, where she was raised for the major part of her...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The 200.6 kilometres that separate Kingston from Hanover was far from being a deterrent to Nadienne Crossman, the principal of Mount Peto Primary School. “Some persons would say the drive is long, but it’s the least I could do,” she said as she...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Leading a career in the fashion industry, Miqueal-Symone Williams has been in the eyes of the public for a few years. From magazines to international runways, her experiences in the spotlight have helped reinforce the values her parents instilled...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Turning out authentic jerk for the past two and a half years, PeppaThyme has managed to take its customers on a palate-pleasing journey even during a pandemic when Jamaicans are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. It hasn’t been without...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He sings that he could “talk himself into sacred places”, and in fact, this silver-tongued devil of a musician, who goes by the name Masego, did just that with the collaboration with dancehall pop princess Shenseea, spitting lyrics as smoothly as...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta looks set to spend Christmas behind bars, after being charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition yesterday. The artiste, given name Leroy Russell, was charged in relation to a police operation...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Double the talent equals double the success for Richard Nattoo, one of 40 selected awardees for the CATAPULT Consultancy Voucher Programme and a recipient of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards for Excellence in the category of Arts and...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Glacia Robinson is the latest musical minister to be given a honorary degree. Music producer and co-founder of the Glory Music record label, Tommy Cowan, has a Doctor of Divinity from the Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida, while gospel...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Caribshopper is providing a new and improved solution for Caribbean merchants – and homesick shoppers who long to indulge in their favourite treats – just in time for the holidays. Not only will they have the ability to shop for Caribbean goods...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

This songbird flew her way into the hearts of Jamaicans more than a decade ago and is still on a picturesque flight to spread messages of love through her music globally. Multi-genre vocalist Tessanne Chin actually says if she were to have a...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There has been mixed dialogue surrounding the reggae revival scene, with some detractors describing it as a step away from the traditional roots reggae instead of an actual rebirth, because of its fusion of the heavy drum patterns of dancehall with...

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