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Stories by Stephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

What does it take to create a new genre or sub-genre? The answer, according to producer Dale ‘Dizzle’ Virgo, whose multifaceted career has broken ground from this small island, “is a change of one’s entire outlook”. Whether working from the comfort...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“We are all alike,” said Yaksta to the room full of men from the Windsor Farm training programme as part of the Dragon Be The One campaign. The recording artiste, in a reasoning session which was held at the Twickenham Park Training Centre on...

Published:Sunday | October 24, 2021 | 2:29 PMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Against the backdrop of losing loved ones, reggae-dancehall entertainer Nesbeth has continued to make music rich with positivity for over a decade. “I am always that type of person to be thankful for whatever I am blessed with. I really think if...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Saudi Arabian-Jamaican actress Sharea Samuels is sharing the pain she feels after having two unsuccessful pregnancies. The Bullet Boy actress, model, dancer and professional surfer would have given birth last August had the first pregnancy gone as...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Prominent Jamaican musicians and entertainers who have transformed the way our local reggae and dancehall genres are transported to the ears of listeners worldwide will be recognised in the 2021 National Honours and Awards. Ernest ‘Ernie’ Ranglin,...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

There are many facets to Sophia Dias, but globally, she is known as the innovator of the futuristic, full-coverage, unisex designer sunglasses GOA-Warp, with its latest collection hand-made in Italy. Born to a Portuguese father and East Indian...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Gold chains and bling are a dancehall deejay’s best friend. Nothing completes the look like the right jewellery. Many of Jamaica’s male artistes have found unique ways to shine, from Shabba Ranks wearing eight gold rings and four thick gold chains...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The life of Vanessa Ford is one of adventure. Of Jamaican parentage, and born in Toronto, Canada, this beauty and brains finds herself channelling childhood lessons into her latest project, as she takes on the role of chief operating officer (COO)...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Naomi Cowan is out and about with her mixtape called Star Girl. The Paradise Plum singer-songwriter said that 2021 started with her pretending as if everything was okay when really, it was filled with anxiety. “Coming off a year of uncertainty,...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Jermaine Edwards is in no hurry. His calm attitude, youthful enthusiasm, and sincere respect for time are manifested in different ways, and for the past year, he has put his own time to good use. In March, the award-winning gospel artiste released...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Jesse Royal calls his sophomore album Royal his “most vulnerable project to date”, and with good reason. “All the tracks were me having conversations with me and whoever else me choose to talk to within a specific song,” he told The...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The 2006 hit single These Streets has endured as a millennial sing-along, with videos of international hip-hop superstars like Cardi B paying homage to the track making a viral impression on social media up to three years ago. So it is no surprise...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A former student of dance, Joshua Craigie, who is going by the name Tai-C, finds himself taking a different leap than what he is used to. One into the music and entertainment industry not long after earning his UAL Level Three Extended Diploma in...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Fashion is one of the Miss Universe Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams’ favourite things, and the wardrobe put together for her ‘Journey to the Crown’ could possibly have her singing to the tune of Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music: “...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Miss Universe Jamaica Organization is tooting its horn after Thursday’s parade of the national costumes on the 69th Miss Universe pageant stage. Miqueal-Symone Williams has made Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora feel proud as they watched...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In an era when the reggae scene is focused on a rebirth of the core sounds of the genre, singer-songwriter Wesrok is staying true to himself. “Being different comes with a lot of challenges,” he told The Sunday Gleaner. “I actually love challenges...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

She was guided by a beat, propelled by passion and went in search of the knowledge that would one day help her to build a brand — Lady Rennae — the voice and personality that morning radio listeners would hear. Often tasked with the tricky...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Undeterred by the effect of the ongoing global crisis on their education, the future tastemakers theatre continue to zoom innovative productions into people’s homes. Since March 2020, the students of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:27 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“A lot of people leave their homes to seek better opportunities, and so many do so, not knowing if they will return,” singer-songwriter Kahris shares. Her family moved from Jamaica to Canada in 2013. It brought with it a new environment, a...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Kimberly Nain has been keeping herself busy, more than one can imagine. But it’s not just music that has the singer-songwriter flipping through her notepad and checking her schedule. She is the policy director of International Health for the...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Reggae crooner Beres Hammond and dancehall hitmaker Popcaan sent chills down the spines of many by performing their God Is Love single for the Love From A Distance livestream concert, and earlier this week delivered the full project, which included...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In an industry where emerging recording artistes are pressured to put out music to fill a party playlist, Gabriella Kochella is defying expectations by taking her time. She’s been quietly uploading her signature reflections on love and life to...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“Mankind have to act now, not later … mankind need to see what is happening and where it will lead to. We haffi mek the necessary steps and mek the changes, now, not later, fi the better, and the change starts within yuhself, yuh nuh.” These...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Bob Marley Museum may be one of Kingston’s must-see sights for more than three decades - sitting in the middle of the well-trafficked stretch of Hope Road against the noisy urban lifestyle. However, a tour of the legendary grounds where one of...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

From a timid trier in high school, experimenting with the sounds of his peers, Mario ‘Dunw3ll’ Dunwell was dropping coins to determine how far the sound waves of a music career could spread. Being a producer in the reggae and dancehall landscape...

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