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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Glacia Robinson is the latest musical minister to be given a honorary degree. Music producer and co-founder of the Glory Music record label, Tommy Cowan, has a Doctor of Divinity from the Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida, while gospel...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Caribshopper is providing a new and improved solution for Caribbean merchants – and homesick shoppers who long to indulge in their favourite treats – just in time for the holidays. Not only will they have the ability to shop for Caribbean goods...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

This songbird flew her way into the hearts of Jamaicans more than a decade ago and is still on a picturesque flight to spread messages of love through her music globally. Multi-genre vocalist Tessanne Chin actually says if she were to have a...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There has been mixed dialogue surrounding the reggae revival scene, with some detractors describing it as a step away from the traditional roots reggae instead of an actual rebirth, because of its fusion of the heavy drum patterns of dancehall with...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

When it comes to male artistes pushing the envelope, Munga Honorable is easily in the top five. The trailblazing entertainer is prominently stamped into Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall culture as the man who boldly says, “You can’t break my...

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2020 | 8:34 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

While Mariah Carey’s quarter-century-old, holiday staple All I Want For Christmas Is You consistently tops Billboard’s Holiday 100 Chart and sits in a familiar position atop the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Top 25...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In a music industry beset with the challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic, the entertainment agency responsible for popular events Zimi Seh Brunch and Zimi Seh Riva has moved into music. “The moment the first case of the novel...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Female dancehall artistes are easing their way into Afrobeats. Among those who have tried their hands and voices in the West African genre are Macka Diamond, Jada Kingdom, Shenseea, Pamputtae and Curvy Diva, among others, and it’s more than just a...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Lesley Hayles is opening a new chapter as a music industry professional by venturing into production. Known in music and social media circles as Lesley Odyssey, the daughter of Bunny Hayles, founder of popular sound system Bass Odyssey, comes from...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Earl ‘Paul’ Douglas, one of the first instrumentalists added to The Maytals, describe the Grammy nomination or best reggae album as “surreal”, even as he still grapples with the loss of a colleague and friend, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert. Toots and...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I’m so tired and hungry,” said Runkus, ready to start mischief. He lets out a laugh, and apologises for the sound of breadfruit hitting the oil in a frying pan. “It has been another long weekend, day and night in studio until 2 a.m. in the morning...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“When you’re a single mother, things automatically change up,” says Eveana Henry, known professionally by the moniker Pamputtae. The dancehall diva tells The Gleaner she has been on a journey of “self-love” and with that, has put a lot of energy in...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 7:57 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The events of 2020 have underscored the ever-present necessity of Life Yard’s mission for the past six years – connecting the youth within the inner city with opportunities to transform their lives through the arts and agriculture. Located smack in...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The second Phillip Fung’s website loads, the eyes are greeted with a colourful palette of the artist’s paintings, inspiring the release of endorphins that immediately provoke a smile. Telling Phil, as he prefers to be called, that this is the...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s always been the arts for Kemaul Martin, known professionally as Yaksta. From writing short verses, sculpting and painting to graphic and clothing design, he has tested the creative waters before committing to a career in music. The recording...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The live-streaming of performances is not a new concept, but until now, the practice has not been a significant alternative to the live show economy in Jamaica and the wider, global entertainment industry. Several key players in the music and...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If music is a universal language, then reggae is widely spoken. The genre has proven itself useful to Waldiney Silva, known professionally as DJ Waldiney. He is the radio personality and disc jockey who pledged to assist 1970s reggae songbird...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Though joking when he compared music to a mistress, some elements hold true in the comparison. The industry, reggae soul singer Cezar told The Gleaner in a recent interview, is very demanding for an artiste. “It requires a lot of attention, and it...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s easy to define a recording artiste by his or her biggest hit, says Genarus, an aspiring singer who hails from Exchange in St Ann and who is trying to break into the industry in a way that, though tried and true, is unique. The 18-year-old...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Yohan Marley is writing another chapter in Jamaican music with his foray into reggae-inspired music with a global fusion. With a legend like Bob Marley for a grandfather, and a father like multi-Grammy Award winner Stephen Marley, who continues to...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Coming off the success of the compilation albums Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica in 2018, and Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica: The Reggae Collector’s Edition this year, Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards is setting even higher standards as he charts...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From designing party fliers to racking up an incredible music video portfolio spanning different genres in the African diaspora, 300K is in high demand. Recently featured by Billboard, the videographer has quickly cut a dash with his grandstand...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Top 10 finalists for this year’s Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant have been selected. Points tallied by a panel of judges from a swimwear photoshoot and video challenge that required each finalists to display...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The line, “I want you to know that I am the man who fight for the right, not the wrong”, stands out in the 1992 classic Bam Bam. According to veteran recording artiste Pliers, it is the reason that the sample of the song could be heard in the...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There are two kinds of reactions to Diel’s Pretty Melanin production: opulent praise and deep criticism. The praise comes from a growing fanbase for the educator, who first left the classroom in 2015 to take up recording music full-time. The...

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