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Stories by Yasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

On September 11, 2020, the music-loving world paused to come to grips with the announcement that beloved Jamaican singer, songwriter and frontman of the ska and reggae band Toots and the Maytals had died. The reggae pioneer, who had toured...

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB), Howard McIntosh, says that despite the bleak outlook for the creative sector, which is currently under a prescription of curfews and lockdowns, he is waiting on the science as he looks forward to...

Published:Saturday | September 4, 2021 | 2:27 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Music producer, Claude Sinclair, is better known as ‘Big Stone’, and just for the record, the moniker is not a reflection of the condition of his heart. Actually, his heart, which is literally bigger than normal, is made of pure, refined gold. A...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 9:20 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

On Monday evening, the widow of dub pioneer Scratch Perry spoke publicly for the first time since his sudden death and dropped a bombshell, implicating nameless persons in her husband's demise. In a social media...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

A telephone conversation with a friend who encouraged him to apply for a student visa to attend university in the United States was a major turning point in Tarik Holmes’ life. Unbeknown to him, the friend subsequently went ahead and contacted the...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

In the middle of an on-the-go interview last Wednesday with Freddie McGregor about his recent award, the reggae singer jumped into a taxi and asked the driver to take him to JFK airport, but he was cut off mid-sentence by an excited cabbie. “Hey!...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

It may sound a tiny bit bizarre, but reggae icon Peter Tosh is an emoji. Dubbed by one writer as “perhaps the most enigmatic emoji of all”, the levitating man emoji, which depicts a cool guy dressed in a business suit, standing tall and slim, with...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 8:51 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

The much-anticipated Part two of Vybz Kartel's interview aired on Fox 5 NY Thursday night. From his jail cell, Kartel spoke about the haters being an influence, not knowing he would ever be rich, gratitude and...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

In the history of reggae music, slick-singing groups have always been a big thing, and so, too, has been the revolving door that has seen members come and go at will, but one group solidly bucked the trend and has proven that diamonds are indeed...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

A diamond jubilee comes around after 75 years, and today, Dr Rita Marley is shining like a diamond as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Much has been written and said about Rita, the singer and songwriter, member of the I-Three, mother, grandmother...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Songs that speak to healing, the resilience of the human spirit, and the Christian belief of life after death will echo throughout the St Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Vineyard Town on Wednesday, August 4, at a thanksgiving and candlelight...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:17 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

One would perhaps have to know a bit about rocket science to accurately guess what disc jock Lenworth ‘DJ Squeeze’ Samuels has been up to in the last five months. In real life, the master of old-school jams has been involved in a history-making...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:16 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

The people of São Luís in Brazil are proud that their city is known across the globe as ‘the Brazilian Jamaica’. And the reason for that designation is the fact that reggae music is the heartbeat of São Luís. The folk are so enamoured with this...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Exactly twenty-two years after his July 1, 1999, passing, and on the day that is celebrated as International Reggae Day, Dennis Brown commanded the spotlight at the Little Theatre, with the world première of the docufilm, Dennis Emmanuel Brown: The...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Nigerian Afro-dancehall artiste King Perryy, listed as one of the fastest-rising acts in the genre, had a double celebration last Wednesday: it was his birthday and also the day on which he dropped his début album, Citizen of The World, on all...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:27 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Producer Leroy Scarlett, whose early life revolved around Music Mountain Studio, owned by his cousin Chris Stanley, has enough material to write volumes about the flamboyant personalities who have been part of the fabric called reggae music. He has...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

The name Alpha Boys’ School is synonymous with music, and during its 140 years of existence, the Sisters of Mercy have played their well-documented role in churning out singers and players of instruments who have gone on to perform exceptionally...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Ghanian reggae artiste Blakk Rasta, who is a household name in his homeland, has the distinction of dining with presidents and not losing the common touch. The year 2009 is one which Blakk Rasta will always remember in a special way. He says that...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, while announcing that April 1 is actually his father’s birthday, which he has been “consciously and subconsciously” celebrating, also revealed that he has completed a new album, for which he drew on the marketing...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Some 16 years after his death, the last will and testament of pioneering Studio One producer, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, is still waiting to be actualised, as the case remains at the Office of the Administrator General. One of his heirs, his...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Everyone knows Norma Brown-Bell as a broadcaster extraordinaire and a Wolmer’s old girl who doesn’t stop repping for the maroon and gold. But the dynamite of a lady is also a record producer. It doesn’t matter that she has produced only one record...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s rich musical heritage, not only in the popular genres, but also in classical music, is nothing short of astounding. The classical music tradition dates back to the 18th century, with reports that the “first oratorio written in the...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:28 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

O’Neil Scott, better known as ‘Nazzleman’, won the 2016 and 2018 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Festival Song Competition and in 2020 he is back again on the hunt for the title. This time around, things are a little different, as...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

LUST has a reputation for being the kind of talented, fun group, that is able to effortlessly pull in its audience and take them on a fantastic journey on any day of the week. This evening, they will be harnessing those skills, and much more, like...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Three-time Festival Song winners Toots and the Maytals could very well notch up a fourth victory if their song in this year’s contest secures the most votes from a very discerning public. But, honestly, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, the frontman for...

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