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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | February 6, 2023 | 1:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With a name like EarthKry, this band must have certainly shared a few tears and according to its keyboardist Phillip McFarlane, “a whole lot of laughter” throughout the years. Comprising four multi-talented musicians, who firmly believe that ‘a...

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2023 | 12:50 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She has not yet set foot into one of the island’s international airports, but Floda Graé has her trip to Jamaica mapped out mentally and musically. From the street dances to the white-sand beaches, the emerging R...

Published:Friday | February 3, 2023 | 12:55 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is fast becoming a stomping ground for carnival costume designers from the United Kingdom, Miami, and the Caribbean region looking to spread their wings. At the recent launch of YardMas Carnival’s ‘Reign of Goddesses’, several creators...

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2023 | 12:48 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Writing stories about love and lust is second nature to K, Sean Harris, but he never suspected that Kiss of Death, one of the books the author published in 2010, would have reawakened a new sense of romance and unlocked a connection with a reader...

Published:Monday | January 30, 2023 | 7:19 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The newest band on the scene for Carnival in Jamaica 2023, Yard Mas, promised to make a strong debut of its ‘Reign of Goddesses’ and did not disappoint. A collaboration among Jamaican brands, namely I Love Soca, Fete Republic, Broadtail, Zarmak...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2023 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

French singer and musician David Cairol is back on the island. Ever since making the first trip to Jamaica in 2017, the reggae lover and Bob Marley aficionado has made the island a regular stop in his travels but the last two years saw the pandemic...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2023 | 12:56 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ghanaian reggae-dancehall and Afrobeats star Stonebwoy might be in need of a real estate agent in Jamaica to source a new place of residence or vacation home. In a recent conversation with The Gleaner, Louisa Ansong Satekla, the artiste’s wife,...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2023 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Didn’t make it to the 29th staging of Rebel Salute last weekend to get high off the performances of some of Jamaica’s top reggae-dancehall acts and to experience the revolutionised Herb Curb? Though there is nothing like seeing your favourite acts...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 12:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Singer, songwriter, and producer Da’Ville is evolving and is more driven than he ever was when he first journeyed into the world of music. Da’Ville, who celebrates his 47th birthday today, told The Gleaner that now is the time he should have been...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2023 | 12:53 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Award-winning soca collective Kes The Band, led by vocalist Kees Dieffenthaller, is celebrating the return of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival following its absence for the past two years. Kes The Band, which was formed in 2005, is comprised of Kees...

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2023 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Grammy Award-winning recording artiste Shaggy is set to participate in Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival festivities next month, and is slated to make a guest appearance at Kes The Band’s IzWE 2023 concert on Valentine’s Day. The two artistes have...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2023 | 1:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the new festival marketplace at the waterfront in Kingston announced for February’s Reggae Month activities, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is hoping to create a cultural epicentre for residents, members of the diaspora and...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2023 | 1:01 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Toshami Calvin’s performance at the 71st staging of the Miss Universe competition has ignited immense pride among Jamaicans and has generated a lot of feedback locally and internationally, and it is not over just yet, said Karl Williams, co-...

Published:Monday | January 16, 2023 | 12:44 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Singer, songwriter, actor and dancer Aisha Davis, who is currently based in London, has been flexing all her muscles and now, her quads are becoming more noticeable as she stands out in several major roles acquired in the past six months. Last...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2023 | 12:44 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Producer, songwriter and artiste iotosh has only been getting a few hours of sleep daily; on average, five hours, he says. It’s a sleeping pattern he has become accustomed to since his music career kicked off and he is sure that all the time spent...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2023 | 12:48 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the course of composing his upcoming album, Yaksta wrote and recorded 444 songs. The recording artiste told The Gleaner he knew it would take a lot of time to narrow down the tracklist. “It’s a total of 18 tracks,” he said of the songs that made...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2023 | 1:03 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the midst of preparing for the Easter school term, one 11-year-old girl is busying herself with finding the right harmonies for a song she hopes will earn her the attention she needs to launch her an early expedition into the world and career of...

Published:Monday | January 2, 2023 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Veteran dancehall hitmaker Mr Lexx is looking forward to a fresh start after what he called a “rough rollercoaster” year. Almost a year ago, the Billboard-charting deejay and songwriter was rushed to Andrews Memorial Hospital, where an emergency...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The dancehall community has been singing Pamputtae’s praises for her performance at Sting 2022, but after stepping on to the stage all “dolled up” down to the box, the diva who appeared on the platform for the third time in her career, believes...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2022 | 12:30 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Kingston’s Waterfront will be lit and alive this New Year’s Eve. In addition to Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) Fireworks on the Waterfront, Marquee Entertainment also returns with its premium event, Midnight at Bal Harbour, after a two-year...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2022 | 12:51 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the entertainment sector reopened in full force, there is a greater need for venues that can host musicians, artistes and their supporting bands for live music, and several industry professionals have answered the call. A month ago, Minister...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2022 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I literally feel like my year is done,” says Serani. But don’t misinterpret the music professional’s statement as an expression of dissatisfaction with the way the year progressed because 2022 has been an eventful time in his career. “It has been...

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2022 | 12:34 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican actress and co-franchise holder of the Miss Jamaica World (MJW) beauty pageant, Dahlia Harris, is singing the praises of Toni-Ann Singh and Popcaan, following their debut performance at the recent Burna Boy concert. Harris, who secured...

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2022 | 1:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There were mixed feelings when Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Burna Boy culminated the Caribbean leg of his Love, Damini album tour on Sunday night at the National Stadium. The African giant and featured acts Lila Iké and Popcaan, and their guests,...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2022 | 12:48 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The promoters of Six.Five.Eight held at Marketplace Entertainment Centre for the Arts Limited (MECA) on a Friday night can claim bragging rights for being an event that provides a signature and premium Jamaican experience with international appeal...

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