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Published:Sunday | September 18, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Comedy King Oliver Samuels has had a storied career, and he has a lot of stories to tell of his 50-plus years in the business of making people laugh, but many of the stories that shape him are those that lay bare his softer, less carefree side. A...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

When it comes to the enigmatic Tanya Stephens, the best maxim is: Expect the unexpected. An exciting bundle of unfiltered – and one can supply any noun of choice right here – quirkily sprinkled with some kinda madness awaits when sharing the same...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2022 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It was as much a sonic as it was a visual experience inside the National Arena last Thursday as carpenters, artisans, technical teams, and creatives were singularly focused on putting together the final pieces of various floats to mount the...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2022 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Actress Sandra Lee knows her way around live theatre, having starred in her very first production while a student at the Vere Technical High School in Clarendon. That opportunity ignited a passion for the arts, which would later see the then...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Vatican flag was flown at the Seventh-day Adventist’s (SDA) 61st General Conference (GC) Session in St Louis, Missouri (MO) on June 11. While some church folk are okay with it and have offered stout defence, other members of the church are...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The decision to produce a Jamaica 60 commemorative album for 2022 instead of hosting the annual Festival Song Competition was not one which was taken lightly. Penthouse Records CEO and veteran producer, Donovon Germain, a member of the judging...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Last Thursday, at the UBS stadium in Long Island, New York, a beaming Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin, co-founder and president of VP Records, dressed in academic regalia, graciously accepted York College’s Presidential Medal from President Dr Berenecea...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

(For this special Mother’s Day celebration during the year of Jamaica 60, the Entertainment Desk is featuring some of the women who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of music and culture) The story of VP Records is one defined...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Name and face recognition are two things that BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and presenter Seani B enjoys in Jamaica, where his respect is large within the reggae and dancehall community. When Seani B is in the island and calls on an artiste, he or she shows...

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Under the stars and an almost full moon, Jamaicans representing every sector of society joined Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the lawns of Jamaica House last Wednesday evening as he officially launched the Jamaica 60 celebrations. Also present...

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2022 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

News of the death of Fitzroy ‘Bunny Diamond’ Simpson of reggae trio, the Mighty Diamonds, on April 1, considered April Fool’s Day, sounded like a joke. But it was all too real. It was only three days before, on the night of Tuesday, March 29, that...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It has taken Bianca Anderson two years to arrive at a place where she can feel comfortable talking about her father, veteran reggae singer and prolific songwriter Keith ‘Bob Andy’ Anderson. A ‘Daddy’s girl’, who has cherished memories of her lunch...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac with the word ‘Legend’ and the letters’ DM’ boldly inscribed on the gate is the house where pioneering ska and rocksteady star, Derrick Morgan, resides in Clarendon. By design, the road is named Derrick Morgan Close....

Published:Sunday | March 20, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

When up-and-coming singer Knixx Taylor met saxophonist extraordinaire Dean Fraser at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Awards launch at the end of February, he told her that her talent was giving him some strong Koffee vibes....

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Optimistic is how Richard Delano Forbes Jr, the man at the helm of Phase Three, is feeling about the creative industry as it emerges out of the doldrums brought on by the pandemic, and he is ready to play his part in its rebuilding. Forbes’ gaze is...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Rastafarian reggae singer, Denroy Morgan, father of 30 biological children, grandfather to 104 and great-grandfather of 15, exuded greatness of biblical proportions. Little wonder that he was known as a patriarch, a term that has its genesis in the...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

History was created inside the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday when reggae artiste Sizzla Kalonji lived the words of his now-classic song, Rise to the Occasion, as he was expertly accompanied, for the first time ever, by a 35-piece...

Published:Sunday | February 20, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Singer, Romain Virgo, readily admits that he never had any intention of becoming a vlogger, a project which sees him generously sharing a slice of his life each week with his fans, who are dubbed ‘Virgonation’. However, not only is he enjoying it...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2022 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It was a grand celebration of everything reggae – the music, Reggae Month, Bob Marley, Bunny Rugs, Dennis Brown – in the City of Hollywood in Florida last Sunday. Reggae band Third World was even presented with the Key to the City, prompting...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A quick scroll through the Instagram page of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, Kenneth Richards, says a lot about the measure of the man. From pictures of him smiling with parishioners; cutting his birthday cake with his mother, Holdroyd...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Members of the entertainment, culture, and creative industries have wasted no time in submitting their applications for a share of the $90 million special support package announced on December 18 by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Last Tuesday, December 21, marked 33 years since Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing everyone on board, and it is a catastrophe that resounds with several Jamaican artistes and musicians who were booked to travel on that...

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, closed the chapter on an era in reggae music brought to life by the wickedest drum-and-bass duo in history – Sly and Robbie. On that day, Robbie Shakespeare, one half of the dynamic duo, took his final breath, and as a...

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

The final round of voting, which will determine the recipients of the annual Grammy Awards, opened on December 6, and Grammy-nominated producer Cristy Barber is ready to go. “There is no better art to have in your home than a Grammy,” she tells The...

Published:Sunday | December 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In Rastafari, the touching of the ‘groun’ signifies the unification of the body and the Earth, and when the element of rain is added to that synergy, the showers are hailed as blessings. For that reason, the rain did not mark the end of the...

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