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Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Frankie Campbell, frontman of legendary Jamaican band Fab 5, while questioning the inclusion of a sound clash on the stage of the just-concluded roots reggae festival, Rebel Salute, is also calling out emcee Mutabaruka for his “utterances”. For...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Tonight Rebel Salute will witness a glorious Dubplate Display with two selectors who have a lot of sauce – the legendary sound man Jack Scorpio of Black Scorpio fame and Dynamq, the Sudanese Child, also known as the notorious River Nile Crocodile...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Having created a musical blaze in 2019, with ‘Catch A Fire’ as the celebratory theme for what would have been Bob Marley’s 74th birthday, the Marleys have now set the stage to be redeemed. This year’s diamond jubilee of the reggae legend and...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

“Surreal” was the term singer and performer extraordinaire Nadine Sutherland, used to describe her career hitting the big 4-0 in December 2019. This milestone marks the journey from winning the inaugural Tastee Contest in 1979 to the many triumphs...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prominent Jamaican dub poet, broadcaster and social activist Mutabaruka, while pointing out that the media has not made a big enough deal of last year being dubbed ‘The Year of Return’ by Ghana, says he hopes that dancehall star Popcaan will return...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Declaring that “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” Eric Nathan, president of the East Jamaica Conference (EJC) of Seventh-day Adventists, officially launched Instruments 4 Change, the conference’s ambitious crime-reduction...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Bimonthly music soirée, Jazz in the Gardens, is helping to keep live music alive and the performers at Sunday’s 2019 curtain closer – which added cabaret to its offering – made it a point of duty to heap praises on promoters Ken Nelson, Nancy...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Emprezz Golding chose to explore what many would consider a rather taboo topic at the recently staged Long Story Short held on the lawns of Grosvener Gallery, St Andrew. Described by financial adviser and creative entrepreneur Daniel Edwards as...

Published:Thursday | December 26, 2019 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Ruckshon Junction just sounds like exactly what it is – the name of a Pantomime, this year’s, to be precise. When the doors of the Little Theatre are flung wide open later this evening, the cast of the Pantomime will be all set to do what they...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

When Kathy ‘Tan Deh Deh’ Grant takes to the stage to do her comedy routine, she has a way of schooling her audience, whether the lesson is on how to properly show appreciation for an act – via shouts loud and long – or how to act when going...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:46 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

‘Freedom’s Songs’ was the chosen theme for Meadowvale Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church’s inspiring musical extravaganza, staged at the Chancery Street place of worship last Saturday evening. From start to finish, the two-and-a-half-hour-long...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:29 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Hosted at a venue that is acknowledged as the bedrock of Jamaican popular music, ‘Christmas Joy In The Bass’ continued the enduring tradition of the execution of excellent musical productions at the Ambassador Theatre. The ‘Bass’ is the diminutive...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:39 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall has a new queen. Days after her crowning glory at the Miss World beauty pageant in London, 23-year-old Toni-Ann Singh is scheduled to attend Unruly Fest, one of the most anticipated dancehall shows for the Yuletide season. And when she...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Oliver Sacks in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other Clinical Tales states that the “telling of our life stories is perhaps one of the most powerful therapeutic tools available to man.” On Saturday, the courage displayed by some of the...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:39 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Music bible, Billboard, and Honda have joined forces to tell the story of Grammy-nominated Jamaican artiste, Koffee. A three-minute-and-23-second video, titled Koffee Looks Back On Childhood and Early Love of Reggae Music , was officially...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Roots reggae singer Kelissa and DJ Shacia Payne Marley will tomorrow pay homage to the sound-system culture with the staging of Anbessa World Sound System Session at Skyline Levels in St Andrew. Featured on the line-up are Kabaka Pyramid, King...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The carnival at Christmas debate came to the fore at the recent Gleaner Entertainment Forum with guests Boyd James – half of the duo Alrick and Boyd – Tommy Cowan of Glory Music, and his wife Carlene Davis. The carnival season in Jamaica gets...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:45 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was what Miss Lou would have called a boonoonoonoos affair, and the millennials in the crowd no doubt considered it lit. Government ministers feeding each other with cake; performances from Sean Paul, Chi Ching Ching, Richie Spice and Jesse...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With names like Diego the Cross-Eyed Villain, Tan Deh Deh, Duffy and Blakka, it was not surprising that the first-timers in the audience – and there were quite a few – at Saturday’s Laugh Out! Comedy series were a wee bit apprehensive. But it...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Around the world, an integral part of the Christmas experience is the singing of hymns, which are specially crafted to celebrate the holiness and festivity of the Yuletide season. History records that the first known Christmas hymns can be traced...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Expertly accompanied by a band that was strong and kicking, as well as two super-energetic female backing vocalists, reggae singer Wayne Wonder indelibly placed his signature on the open-air venue, Peppa Thyme Restaurant, on Thursday. It was an...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A father who doted on his daughter, the quintessential Kingston College (KC) old boy, a dependable friend, and somebody who you would definitely want on your team was the collective description of the late radio personality and disc jockey DJ Venom...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On Tuesday, December 17, 2020, Grammy nominee, Third World, will have a bona fide Grammy Experience, which they are anticipating will be “really cool”. The reggae ambassadors will be the featured act at the ‘An Evening With’ series, hosted by...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Al Third, who made his name as a member of the reggae trio One Third, has put all speculation to rest and says he has officially separated from the group in order to focus exclusively on his solo career. He revealed, however, that his name remains...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Teacher, businessman, and live-show promoter Simon Brown is quite passionate about nation-building, specifically as it relates to the exposure of creatives. Brown, the chief organiser of the Apollo Series, an event designed to showcase the talents...

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