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Stories by Yasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A four-letter word best describes the display of musical mastery that unfolded on the Instagram Live battle, Verzuz, on Saturday night: EPIC. It will be days, perhaps weeks, or even months before everybody ceases talking about the showmanship of...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was on the eve of the birthday of Sugar Minott, the Godfather of Dancehall, that the highly anticipated Verzus clash featuring dancehall gladiators Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, splendidly showed off Jamaica to the nearly half a million persons...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

One of the last projects on which legendary music industry producer Bobby ‘Bobby Digital’ Dixon worked was Buju Banton’s newest album, to which he contributed two tracks. Bobby Digital, who passed away early Friday morning, had been on dialysis for...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For his birthday on April 13, reggae singer Capleton was forced to do a Facebook Live session rather than his usual celebration, which always sees the birthday boy treating family, colleagues, and members of his Cassia Park community in St Andrew....

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

When Skip Marley linked up for a collab with multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning artiste H.E.R., little did he know that in the week of May 17, 2020, he would be dominating music headlines with a history-making feat. It goes something like this: “...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Fans of singer Mikey Spice will be happy to know that he has seemingly ended his hiatus and is ready to make a statement in a huge way. The multi-instrumentalist and consummate performer has a defining, digital musical experience in store for fans...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The family of Sugar Minott, the late reggae and dancehall legend who gave the world anthems such as Herbsman Hustling, No Vacancy, Mr DC, and A House is Not a Home, and who exposed many young artistes through his Youthman Promotions, will again...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

If there are any expectations that classically trained, Seventh-day Adventist musician, desmond, will entertain any debate about his reason for releasing a reggae- and dancehall-infused project, forget it. He is living his best life, as he extols...

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

As the world races to find a vaccine that many hope will eradicate the dreaded COVID-19 disease, several singers and players of instruments have injected musical shots, in an attempt to help heal the virus-stricken world. Papa Michigan, of the...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The expression ‘third time’s the charm’ certainly holds true for 2019 Actor Boy Award Best Actor in a Lead Role winner, Earle Brown. On Saturday, a surprised Brown, who had been nominated in the category for three consecutive years, finally hit the...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Grammy-nominated reggae singer Etana isn’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic cloud her vision nor direct her path. She is using this time of postponed concerts to bond with her children and also to make more music. “Besides being all over my kids,...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

From the comments on the Facebook live stream of the Actor Boy Awards on Saturday evening, it was clear that theatre practitioners were out in full force to cheer on their favourites, and their comments provided quite a chunk of the evening’s...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 9:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Last year, popular online music magazine Pitchfork listed three Jamaican artistes on the Top 200 Songs of the decade between 2010 and 2019 (inclusive). Popcaan, Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim held on to the number 161 slot with their summer blockbuster...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

IN THE midst of Marley75, a year-long celebration in 2020 of what would have been the 75th birthday of Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, there also comes the day that many would rather not have happened – May 11, the day Marley died. But, just like the...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite its best efforts, COVID-19 will not be allowed to steal the joy of Mother’s Day this year. An array of the island’s top singers and musicians have pledged to infuse the accustomed specialness into the day dedicated to mothers with a concert...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:51 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

BEFORE MILLIE Small became the ‘lollipop girl’, she was a ‘sugar plum’. Not only is it a term of endearment, it is also the title of her first song – a duet as it was called back in 1960 – with singer Owen Gray. This collab was born out of the time...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:25 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

By the month of May in any given year, the many and varied events and competitions staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) islandwide would have been in high gear. Each year the JCDC rolls out its much-anticipated menu board...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

IT IS said that every cloud has a silver lining, and that could still hold true, even in the midst of a terrifying global pandemic. Despite COVID-19, the cycle of life continues, and out of it has sprung forth an inspiring poetry competition,...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Long before the existence of the Internet and going viral was a thing, reggae singer Jacob Miller, back in the ‘70s, coined a term that went viral – under heavy manners. Ian Lewis of Inner Circle band, the Bad Boys of Reggae, recalled that his...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE NOMENCLATURE ‘roots reggae artiste’ takes on a whole new classification when referencing singer Winston McAnuff. An elder statesman who has a fixation with an instrument which retains its genesis in the Church – the accordion – McAnuff, also...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

FOR HER milestone 40 years in the music business, it’s only right that Nadine Sutherland should celebrate with a new album. However, while that is in the making, the sultry songbird has dropped a new single, along with an accompanying music video....

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae Sumfest, the premier dancehall and reggae festival in the world, has a history of acknowledging royalty. In July 2009, ‘the Doctor’ Beenie Man was crowned King of the Dancehall at Sumfest, and in 2012, at the 20th staging of the event at the...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The entertainment industry globally continues to reel from the massive blow inflicted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As it relates to live entertainment, the new normal is postponements and cancellations, and where possible, hosting online...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Although ‘ Toast’ is recognised as Koffee’s signature breakout song, the commotion-causing ‘ Raggamuffin’, which calls out gun violence and Government’s neglect of the youth, wrapped up in a must-listen, friendly, spitfire flow, is rated by some...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Last month, before the world went awry, roots reggae singer Chronixx made his second appearance on the Tiny Desk Concerts, this time as a special guest of US group, The Free Nationals. The session was officially released on Monday, to great reviews...

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