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Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A project that came with a bar set so high that even the record holder would have had a challenge scaling is now boldly and proudly stamped ‘Mission Accomplished’ in black, green, and gold. To achieve this designation, powerhouse reggae and...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

When the third official staging of the Jazz on the Duke concert series unfolds, among the elite performers will be proud Alpharian, singer Tony Gregory, and vocal powerhouse Keisha Patterson. For both performers, this concert represents a moment....

Published:Sunday | May 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Even as the family of the late Bunny Wailer continues to make appropriate plans for his funeral, they paused on Monday to mark one year since Saturday, May 23, 2020, a day that has more questions than answers. It was on that fateful day that Jean ‘...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In March of the year 2020, excited about their mission, Samuel Clayton Jr, son of Samuel Clayton of the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, and Brain Damage left France for Jamaica. The two producers had a project with Big Youth on their radar and were...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Artistes representing Jamaica, Belize, Trinidad, Argentina, USA, France, and Mexico were all brought together by Manatee Records President and CEO Calvin ‘Doc’ Flowers for a musical renaissance incorporating the iconic Satta Massagana riddim....

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In January 2021, hours before demitting office, former US president Donald Trump cleaned house with a sweep of more than 100 pardons and commutations, some more controversial than others. Among those that came up for media spotlight was the...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

From Garnet Silk to Vybz Kartel to Teejay, reggae and dancehall artistes have dedicated songs to their mothers, and even the grimiest artistes acknowledge that there is that one person who has their heart – mama. Mama Christie (Shabba Ranks); Miss...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In a perfect world, populated by perfect beings, every child has a mother who must be celebrated on Mother’s Day. But the opposite is sometimes the unpalatable reality. Dancehall artiste Chuck Fenda, born Leshorn Whitehead, has slowly been sharing...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

An exhilarated “I did it!” just about sums up singer-turn-actress Jovi Rockwell’s reaction to making her acting début in Traytown, a film that explores relationships with quite a bit of politics, passion and drama thrown in. Its synopsis states, “...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

During the decade of the 80s, among the dancehall songs that jockeyed for dominance was Modern Girl by singer Courtney Melody. Rising to anthemic status over the years, it is the artiste’s signature song, and even today, it is guaranteed to take...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:25 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Even as Bunny Wailer’s children have called for her to cease all engagements on behalf of the family, his manager, Maxine Stowe, has vowed to carry out the wishes of the late reggae icon. “I wish to repeat my intention to honour the last wishes...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A romantic love song with Vybz Kartel on what she calls a “sexy Afro-pop rhythm”; a Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley collab, on which he drops the “wickedest verse ever”; a dancehall-Afrobeats fusion with Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall-reggae singer, Stonebwoy...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

On the final day of Reggae and Black History Month, controversial US rapper, Kanye West, will be honoured with an award named in honour of Jamaica’s first national hero and the leader of the pan-Africanism movement, which sought to unify and...

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

In the same way that plans for a simple scrapbook of treasured memories somehow morphed into a 212-page hardcover, with 220 photos and illustrations, the story of VP Records, the world’s largest distributor of reggae music, bears a striking...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

New author, Denroy Morgan, is thrilled that his book, From the Cross to the Throne, is on the shelves, readily available for Rastafarians and even those who are simply curious about the religion. He points out that there is a dearth of such...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Fulbright global scholar and history professor, Dr Harcourt Fuller, is a non-traditional academic who is as fascinated with money as he is with music, and has found a way to merge his loves. His love for money has absolutely nothing to do with its...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2021 | 8:53 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Calliel Campbell has been jotting down sermon notes ever since he mastered the art of reading. The youngster was given his first opportunity to preach for his congregation at the Pondside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hanover last August, and his...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Ten years ago, not many persons could articulate what exactly was a ‘Grounation’, nor could they boast of having had such an experience. But, Grounation is now an integral part of that Reggae and Black History Month experience, courtesy of the...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The energy of his dub-poetry-chanting, Black-conscious grandfather pulsates through the pores of up-and-coming reggae singer Yungg Muta, who took on the moniker in honour of the man who has moulded him. And, also, his middle name just happens to be...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 1969, not long after Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart started out in business, his graphic artist, Leroy ‘Artist’ Brown, went to his then Graham Heights residence in St Andrew to paint the ATL (Appliance Traders Limited) and Fedders air conditioning logos...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

There seems to be something uncanny going on between ‘Mackas’ and cucumbers. Before dancehall deejay Macka Diamond did her cucumber song and questionably salacious video, ‘The Big Rastaman’ from the United Kingdom, Macka B, also did an ode to the...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

If 50 years of writing, producing, and playing great music could be summed up in 10 songs, what would be featured on that list? That was one of the tasks for Fab 5 band leader and bass player Frankie Campbell during a recent interview with The...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With less than two months to go before a virtual event which will be spread over three nights, and which will have much interaction and engagement with prospective patrons and brands in the run-up, the organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 2010, musician, beat-maker, and producer Michael ‘Askelle’ Fairman was a final-year student at The University of the West Indies, pursuing a first degree in liberal studies while getting his feet wet in the music industry. After a decade of...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:14 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

United Kingdom-based vinyl collector and re-presser Alex Caramellino, also known as Jah Fingers, is lamenting the fact that Jamaica seems to be in a deep sleep as far as the viability of the vinyl records industry is concerned. “In the ‘60s, ‘70s,...

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