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Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly two decades after it was first released, Shark Attack, a single by veteran roots reggae group Wailing Souls, has been given a makeover, in more ways than one. Not only has Sicilian reggae singer Alborosie been added to the classic 1992 track...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Gender and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, is in disbelief as she mourns the death of her driver, Raymond Roman, who served in that capacity for decades. Reports are that Roman, who had been hospitalised with an...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It’s not unusual for persons to say “Kuku who” when the name Kukudoo is mentioned. Sometimes it is because they have genuinely never heard the name before, and at other times, they are just trying to be funny. His name may not be as readily on the...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In a September 4 article titled, ‘Fans pick Bounty Killer vs Beenie Man as the best ‘Verzuz’ battle yet’, Billboard magazine announced that the Jamaican legends came out on top in their polls. In fact, Bounty and Beenie, both of whom Billboard...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It is known as music’s biggest night, and according to the Recording Academy, the 63rd Grammy Awards will be happening on January 31, 2021, “rain or shine, COVID-19 vaccine or not”. With Koffee’s history-making win in the reggae category still...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The entertainment fraternity is sending up prayers for legendary reggae singer Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals, who remains in a medically induced coma at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). He is...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

B lack Panther star Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer at age 43 and Jamaican entertainers have joined the world in paying tribute to T’Challa, “a righteous king, noble avenger, and fearsome warrior”, who ruled over the fictional land...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In the music business, the name Clive Hunt carries its weight in gold and platinum and the super producer, while offering constructive criticism, is eager to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with all those who want to learn. A multi-...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

These days, veteran reggae singer and musician Mallory Williams is no longer crooning about the exciting dancing skills of a girl named Poochie Lou; he prefers, instead, to chill and Smoke it like a Marley. That is actually the title of his latest...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Linton Kwesi Johnson, the man who has been bestowed with the title ‘the world’s first reggae poet’, celebrates his birthday today. He turns 68. The Jamaican dub poet and activist, who was born on August 24, 1952 in Chapelton, Clarendon, has...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The funeral service for veteran Jamaican singer, Highland ‘Dobby’ Dobson, will be held this Saturday, August 22, 2020 in Florida, where he resided. His brother Colin Morais confirmed to The Gleaner that the thanksgiving service will start at 11 a.m...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Gospel singer and songwriter Joan Myers is a woman with a passion for music. A dynamic performer, Myers has toured the Caribbean, Canada, the British Virgin Islands, and the United States as a backup and lead vocalist with celebrated gospel group...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie had threatened the entertainment sector at a town hall meeting recently that he would drop the hammer if the non-compliance with the rules and regulations set out for the reopening continued to be...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

There was nothing that could have prepared veteran deejay Papa Michigan for a call from a manager at the National Housing Trust (NHT) in New Kingston with a somewhat curious request. The Jamaica Festival Song Competition finalist – and eventual...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Grand Gala, that annual feel-good, makes-you-proud-to-be-Jamaican curtain closer of the island’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations, came under attack from COVID-19, but the virus was clearly no match for the resilience of the Jamaican...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Currently in Europe, where he has been since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, reggae troubadour Anthony B is quite busy making music and even doing a few real live shows, not the virtual-reality offerings which have become the new...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

When Khamara Wright was crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019, she made history when her win brought to an end a 29-year drought for the parish which she represented, St Catherine. In 2020, Wright is again in history-making mode. Interim...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The lyrically potent Sister Carol, also known as ‘Mother Culture’ and the ‘Black Cinderella’, is holding on to the belief that in this COVID-19 era, it is best to look for the good. “I’m here in Jamaica now on quarantine. I’m very grateful to be...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Mere hours after dropping her second single in as many weeks, Koffee was trending on social media, and the single, titled Pressure, made its debut at No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 Singles chart. It also racked up 326,000 views on YouTube up to press...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On Emancipation Day, August 1, the nation stops briefly to commemorate the African ancestors who fought valiantly for freedom while reflecting on the many cultural and other contributions of the people of African descent who were taken from their...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For reggae artistes, the name Uppsala rings a loud bell that says touring and music. However, this year, the reggae festival, which takes its name from the place in Sweden, is embarking on a history-making trek from that Scandinavian country to...

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

Coming off a three-and-a-half-year sabbatical, dancehall artiste Ricky Rudie, aka ‘Bling Dawg’, is proclaiming that God is amazing, and also that he is definitely ready to elevate. A new single, video and a soon-to-be-released album are the fruits...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Following Sunday’s final show, the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition album has cracked the coveted top 10 of the iTunes Top 100 Reggae Albums chart, and Buju Banton’s winning song has also surged up the singles chart. The album, which entered...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Marley matriarch, Rita, celebrated her 74th birthday on Saturday, and rather than wait until what is usually considered a milestone, the 75th year, to have a grand shebang, Tuff Gong International has kick-started a yearlong celebration, dubbed the...

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Eleven years after winning the Digicel Rising Stars competition, Mitsy Campbell, better known as Shuga, has embraced another musical challenge. She entered the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition and has been selected as one of 10 finalists. For...

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