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Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the COVID-19 crisis carries on, entertainers keep coming up with clever ways to keep engaged, despite having to keep their distance. So while online concerts and parties abound, perhaps it was only a matter of time before there came an online...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The local entertainment industry is currently said to be comatose, which makes it the perfect time for entrepreneurs to buckle down and come up with innovative ways to keep the otherwise bustling scene relevant and profitable. As artistes,...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH MANY Jamaicans are stuck at home, they still find ways to make waves across the globe. The latest feat begins with Forever Entertainment, a group of local millennials spending five euros for an online radio station package to host a...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In the quiet caused by COVID-19, where the entertainment industry lodges itself temporarily on social media, there is much to ponder about what happens when everything does get back up and running. Unfortunately, for the reggae music industry, as...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced entire populations to embrace necessary but isolating choices like quarantine and social distancing. While there are some who thrive on social interaction and may feel like they’re at their wits’ end because they...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The reggae and hip-hop genres are musically inextricable, with one birthed from elements of another. Putting that fact on full display are Jamaican rapper Third World Don, also known as Mike Beatz, and reggae star Kabaka Pyramid. This Friday, the...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

It’s not only partygoers who will be affected by the new rules put in place to combat community spreading of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Thespians and their fans will suffer the brunt, too, with some playhouses taking as many precautionary...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Latoya HD is a familiar voice in the local gospel music community, because of previous work with household names The Grace Thrillers. But this year, the vocalist took a leap, striking out on her own to release her debut album, Your Way. Fans...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In a bid to democratise the global music marketplace, international music star Wyclef Jean is putting his money where his mouth is. With US$25 million to start, Jean’s new music publishing company, Carnival World Music Group, is currently seeking...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

New releases don’t always mean recently recorded, written or even that they will be ‘available on all digital platforms’. In his recent work, young label executive Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell has shown that music is timeless, and there is freshness to...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For the latest addition to the short film library, local film-makers get supernatural. Written and produced by Sosiessia Nixon, and directed by Rickroy Williams, Your Day Is Tomorrow follows a plot laced with extortion, the unspoken plight facing...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Following in the footsteps of past fellows like film-maker Danielle Russell, creative writer Joel Moder, photographer Ishaka Shango and marketing professional Carlyle Grant, eclectic fusion artiste Janine JKUHL is on her way to the vibrant,...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Graciously hosted by Denys Wibaux, the ambassador of France in Jamaica, French reggae ­artiste David Cairol headlined a groovy, invitation-only concert on the lawns of the embassy at 13 Hillcrest Avenue. In light of the celebration of Bob Marley’s...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the revitalisation of downtown Kingston takes form with development and activity being fed by serial artwalks, popular restaurant and confectionery franchises, and even the recent soft opening of Port Royal Pier, the Kingston and St Andrew...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Coming soon … Jamaicans will finally get to see Joseph, the emotional, transnational feature starring Jamaican actors Kevoy Burton and Christopher McFarlane, Ghanian actor Mawuli Gavor, and Barbadian entertainers Alison Hinds ( Roll It Gal) and...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For their latest pop-up on Valentine’s Day, Xaymaca International took the vibe in a completely different direction. Ditching the usual outdoor lawn spaces that require worn-in sneakers and sandals for all the gyrating set to take place, Sweet Soca...

Published:Saturday | February 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the memories were rolled back on Thursday evening at the dance and thanksgiving farewell service at The Little Theatre, Dr Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart choked up as he tearfully recalled the larger-than-life shadow cast over him by late noted...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) turns Reggae Month celebrations on to itself for its highly anticipated Honour Awards on February 25, at the Little Theatre, The Gleaner sought out some honourees to put in this spotlight – to take...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Reggae Month activities are not just focused solely in the corporate area. Thanks to Kumar Bent, live music lovers of the breadbasket parish of St Elizabeth, the musician’s home parish, are invited to lace up their boots and join the trek on Kumar’...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Hailing from France, independent curator Sebastian Carayol is one of the three collaborators behind the newest exhibition, covering the ground floor of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Together, the triumvate of Herbie Miller, director of the...

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In anticipation of the 13th iteration of Reggae Month, industry professionals, executives, and advisers were gathered for The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum to seek to determine the importance of dedicating an entire month to reggae. The panel...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

“It always comes from the margins,” said Lenford Salmon, senior advisor to the Minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, who admits that the nation has been late to the party - in recognising and attempting to harness the power and...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Pressure Buss Pipe is on a upful mission. Today, he will stand at the centre of a gathering of contemporaries, fans and well-wishers, to celebrate the official Jamaican launch of his latest album, Rebel With A Cause, at Dubwise Jamaica. “I hope the...

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Congratulations continue to roll in for Koffee, the teenager who made history as the first woman to walk away with the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. On Sunday night, at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Koffee walked away with the...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Jamaica Live was designed to showcase live, original Jamaican musical content to audiences across the world and it has all the right ingredients – reggae and dancehall stars, excellent musicianship from multiple local bands and vivacious hosts. But...

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