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Stories by Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For this instalment of The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum, our panellists peered into the history of Jamaican music in an attempt to rationalise the pervasiveness of sex and violence in dancehall lyrics. The conversation, however, went tangential...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

We know Sevana for her effortless slurs, impressive vocal range and her thoughtful, insightful and usually quite personal music. We also know her for taking a few turns in front of the lens, whether modelling, in her music videos or as the lead in...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:23 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Local sound systems, their selectors, and recording artistes must all be abuzz with excitement for the upcoming Red Bull Culture Clash. For its eighth instalment on Saturday, November 2, the competition will finally make its way to Jamaica – the...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Dancehall artiste Khxos is fresh on the scene, but he was quick to learn that social media is a perfect tool to promote his music. When his latest single, Tambrin, wasn’t picking up as much attention as he would have liked, comedians, dancers, and...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

It was two years ago that the idea to carry the experience he had hanging out with friends high in the hills, down to the flatlands, sparked and lingered in Daniel Edwards. He recalled having the time of his life, and thought it could happen all...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:23 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Standard reactions when Remario Sebastian Thomas crawls into a room are pregnant pauses or squeals and screams. Known as the Jamaican ‘King of Cosplay’, the 29-year-old computer technician will whip his spiky, scary tail and leak ‘acid spit’ while...

Published:Thursday | August 29, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

After a 14-year absence, Reggae Sunsplash, the original reggae music festival, is set to return in November 2020 at Grizzly’s Plantation, St Ann. For many, this revival reiterates Jamaica’s ability to produce unique, exclusive experiences, and...

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

When Supa Dups saw that Too Good was Barack Obama’s No. 1 summer selection, he said he felt like he had won the lottery. “Having the once most powerful black man in the world pick your song as his favourite song on his summer 2019 playlist, for...

Published:Monday | August 26, 2019 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

You know how goosebumps feel, or the feeling when your ‘belly-bottom’ picks itself up and relocates under your ribcage, then down a hill, where every ‘rockstone’ makes it bounce up and tumble again. It can happen when you hear a song that sticks to...

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:24 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

While discussing the local music industry’s current turmoil, in an Entertainment Forum hosted by The Gleaner, on Tuesday, some panellists came at the ready, with their own diagnoses for why contemporary dancehall music, produced locally, has yet to...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Rising reggae star Runkus, has a new song out, and for this project, he goes back to the drawing board. Titled 99%, it is Runkus’ first solo release this year, and it was driven by some self-evaluation which took him back to his roots. “My last...

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

From a local standpoint, the power of Jamaica’s creative and cultural industries is inarguable, but it is not measured. Framework to determine such values, such as the overall monetary measurement of the local music industry, or profits and losses...

Published:Tuesday | August 6, 2019 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Last week’s finale for ASHE’s annual summer school programme was fantastic for two reasons. It showcased some of Jamaica’s next multifaceted talents; and it showed that the children had a willing, engaged audience – which actually spilled out of...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

There was no more room, not even a foothold in the doorway, to house all the bodies trying to get into ASHE’s makeshift Vibez Theatre for their summer school musical finale, Island In The Sun. Some patrons even had to be turned away at the door,...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:25 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

With footballer Kyle Butler as chief executive officer and Leon Bailey as chief financial officer, Craig Butler plans to stand in the background as the advisor behind some serious plans for the latest entertainment brand, Empire Entertainment....

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Performing arts company ASHE was in fine form in Florida last weekend. Ifidel Williams, integrated marketing and communications lead for the ensemble, said the members had their Miami audience in stitches, and later, dancing out of their seats in a...

Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Reggae legacy act Naomi Cowan’s summer is off to a scorching start. Following an appearance on national morning-time television and a performance on the roof top of an exclusive member’s-only club in Soho, New York, she was slated to perform at...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Today heralds a long-anticipated release from In.Digg.Nation-managed singer, Sevana. Her new single, Nobody Man, is different from what fans have heard the songstress do before, because it’s dancehall and she’s deejaying. More so, the song takes on...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Since the Reggae Sumfest brand was acquired by Downsound Entertainment’s Josef Bogdanovich two years ago, the festival format is turning away from having one night branded ‘Dancehall Night’ and another dedicated to reggae. But breaking habits are...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

This is a story of never say never. Reggae artiste Blvk H3ro, and those close to him, would never have anticipated that the scatting, do-wopping, perpetually swankily dressed performer would take on a cover. “I’m not really a cover artiste. I don...

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many thought that when social-media application Vine bit the dust a few years ago, its demise would have brought down with it the popular personalities who had built reputations and fan bases there with often hilarious six-second-long videos. What...

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many Rastafarians do not celebrate personal birthdays. Global reggae music star Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, may fall into that group’s majority – according to the artiste’s long-time collaborator, music producer Donovan Germaine....

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

“That was epic, crazy! Fight all bruk out! People ah fight fi picture! People ah play tug-o-war wid mi shirt! The people at Carib must be upset because we block up the whole of the place,” lead actor Kadeem Wilson excitedly told The Gleaner. The...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Emirates NBD, one of the largest banking groups in the Middle East, is on a fraud-awareness campaign, an admirable and necessary action as scamming rears its formidable head. However, what’s intriguing about this particular campaign is that the...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Online film and television streaming platforms are not new. In fact, they are plentiful. But that isn’t stopping a group of Jamaican entrepreneurs from going after a piece of the steaming streaming pie. Globally, online consumers have developed...

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