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Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Closing in on two years since its release, recording artiste Afro B’s breakout afrobeats hit, Joanna (Drogba), is still making its way around the world. The ‘afrobeats’ sound is undeniably the wave. But in the Internet era when attention spans are...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Following her well-deserved Grammy nomination, reggae and dancehall singjay Koffee is taking no breaks. Jamaica’s latest singing and rapping songwriter is back with a brand new track, W. Tuning into millennial and Gen X sensibilities, the hook’s...

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For the sake of preserving Jamaica’s history, expertly captured on film by the late, great Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste, his family members, students, mentees, and colleagues have been left with a mission – they must band efforts and walk, if they...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For the past two years, the Jamaica Stock Exchange has been recognised as the best-performing stock market in the world, and to Herbet Hall, vice-president of investment banking at the National Commerical Bank, that simply means that money is here...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

EarthKry is Jamaica’s busiest self-contained reggae music band. At the end of September, the band wrapped up this year’s touring activities, counting 76 performances, declining some dates to complete work on their upcoming album. In 2018, the four-...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Fans will recognise Kevoy Burton as the lead actor in Right Girl, Wrong Address for the play’s final few weeks at Centerstage, or as the intense financial ‘coach’ on Victoria Mutual Group’s iSave campaign. Now, with pending feature film premieres...

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The latest kerfuffle in Kingston’s nightlife is a brewing intellectual property war. Fridays At The Devon is a weekly event held at Reggae Mill Bar, which quickly settled into the entertainment calendar as a staple offering for those looking for a...

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

David Rodigan, Rory Stone Love, and Delano and Jazzy T from Renaissance Disco headlined a groovy reggae party last Saturday night at a pre-opening event at Kaya Herb House on Lady Musgrave Road. Organisers aimed for an authentic dance hall, and...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many worry that American reggae bands are stealing the spotlight from local stars. This is not necessarily always the case. For the Texas-based drum-and-bass duo, The San Antones, their love and knowledge of our music got deeper because celebrated...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As it continues on an arduous journey to develop from fledgling to full-form, eyes have been trained on the local film industry. For the next few weeks, those eyes will be set alight with entertainment, and in the future, film buffs will be able to...

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In a time when technology allows the layman access to high-end cameras and cell phones, playwrights, directors and their actors often suffer the pains of piracy. Bootlegging is a common ailment plaguing the theatre and film spaces, and has cost...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

British radio disc jockey and celebrated sound clash champion, David Rodigan has sounded off on an uncomfortable conversation, with an unsettling conclusion. As veterans and newcomers struggle to find ­common ground between the classic,...

Published:Saturday | November 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

It’s a woman’s world. That’s the view of renowned British radio disc jockey David Rodigan. Last year, when the internationally respected sound clash champion celebrated his 40th anniversary in the music business with Dubwise Jamaica, he opined...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:27 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Last year’s top prize for the International Reggae Poster Contest took the winner to Jamaica, gifting an untravelled visual artist with a first plane ride, a first opportunity to see the sea, and a previously inconceivable visit to the home of...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:24 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20 vision. In the case of Babylon (1980) which is now – four decades after its first screening – acknowledged as a certifiable classic, the adage applies. After its release in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:25 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Hailed as a colossus of Caribbean filmmaking who revolutionised the industry, Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste passed away yesterday, the last take of a career that set high standards and scaled new heights. St Juste died at the University Hospital of...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Even as some patrons left the National Arena disgruntled that their crew didn’t take the win, the skilful selections and deejay stylings of this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash Kingston contenders – Team Romeich Entertainment, Team Riddimstream...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

By design, Red Bull Culture Clash is shrouded in mystery. But something we do know is there is one entity earning its piece of the energy drink brand’s presumably enormous pie. Unsurprisingly, as a team that has dominated the live-show production...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Rising reggae artiste Ras-I, real name Immanuel Kerr, is feeling good and excited about his upcoming debut album, Tsojourna, scheduled for release in the third week of November. The young singer said surely that the work would yield a positive...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Normally, it is the featured who celebrates being a magazine cover star. However, in the case of local film-maker Kia Moses propped atop a high iron chair on the cover of the United Kingdom-based publication Pitch, it’s the editor-in-chief Sherry...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Local film buffs have much to get excited about. The upcoming instalment of Cinema Paradise 2019, more affectionately known as Portie Film Festival, will feature a diverse collection of brand-new short films, facilitated by the Jamaica Film and...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

United Kingdom-based recording artiste Doktor manages to be simultaneously deliberate and unintentional in the presentation of dancehall culture in his music. Action, his brand-new single, rings reminiscent of the old school with visuals set in a...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Sound system culture finds itself quieted in the Corporate Area, but the boxes are booming loud and proud on the other side of the world. Local players, like The Gleaner Entertainment Forum panellists Big Ship captain Freddie McGregor, Delano...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Thematically relevant, considering this year’s spotlight on the Windrush generation, Cinema Paradise 2019 will mount its bridge between film-makers from then and now, from the United Kingdom and Jamaica. The three-day film festival will open on...

Published:Friday | October 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Though Bermudan EDM DJ and producer Noise Cans’ perpetual masquerade is a direct cultural reference to the Gombey tradition of his home island, his musical motivations and impressions remain deeply rooted in Jamaican soil. And so, long attracted to...

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