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Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

One week after releasing a video in which he outlined his wide-ranging plan to fight crime in Jamaica, outspoken veteran deejay Admiral Bailey is claiming success, while giving props to the under-fire minister of national security, Dr Horace Chang...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

African dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has become the first Ghanaian to appear on the Canadian Billboard charts, and his message is “dream, and you will see miracles happen”. Titled Dream, the song is one of the tracks on the Contractor Music-...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With Reggae Month one week away, and the official launch scheduled for next Sunday, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is in execution mode to ensure that this year’s events will certainly shine bright like diamonds. Jamaica is this...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The video for Lick, the highly anticipated collab featuring three-time Grammy Award-winning rapper Megan Thee Stallion and MOBO award-winning dancehall star Shenseea, sees them both in an ultra sexy mode, and has drawn comparisons to WAP, the...

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Christine Byles, the older of two daughters of foundation singer Kenneth ‘Junior’ Byles, wants it known that she has power of attorney over everything to do with her father and is inviting all those who want to assist him in any way to get in...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A clinical psychotherapist, consultant and life coach, Shane Mark Tull is a Caribbean man who is “committed to improving the psychosocial development of humanity as it relates to individuals and communities everywhere”. Tull recently launched his...

Published:Thursday | January 13, 2022 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Embarrassing, defamatory and scandalous is how Bert Samuels, the attorney-at-law for dancehall artiste Popcaan, described the deejay’s travel woes which sees red flags against his name which result in him being held in immigration whenever he...

Published:Monday | January 10, 2022 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rastafarian film-maker Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah wears many hats – journalist, festival organiser, cultural consultant, and author. Blake-Hannah, whose work has distinguished her over the years, has an armful of trophies and awards to show,...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Planet Earth, ecstatic to see the back of 2020, ushered in 2021 with fervour. The creative sector was chanting freedom from lockdown and ready and eager to embrace the staging of live, legal events, and “eat a food”. Unfortunately, that didn’t...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

From cultural icons to poets and reggae and dancehall pioneers, the year 2021 marked the end of a legacy-filled journey for several stalwarts in the entertainment fraternity, and many tears were shed at their passing. Today, we pause to remember...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans and reggae music have long had a love affair with country music, and it is this kindred spirit that Gramps Morgan taps into with his Grammy-nominated set, Positive Vibration. “On a Sunday when yuh a cut up the scallion and the thyme for...

Published:Monday | January 3, 2022 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

When Sharon Marley stepped out with Just One More Morning, it was the first time fans were seeing her in real singing mode since her Melody Makers days. Clearly, it had to be something of great importance for her to carve out the time to make her...

Published:Friday | December 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It is really not hard to see why Ralston Barrett is affectionately called ‘Big Rallo’, and it is a moniker that the Westmoreland-based entrepreneur has embraced. Over the last three decades, he has proven his strength as a publicist, music producer...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Multi-instrumentalist, musical arranger and record producer, Mikey Chung, passed away Tuesday night at the University Hospital of the West Indies, his brother, Chalwa ‘Charlie’ Chung, confirmed. He was 71. Chung was reportedly ailing from myeloma...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Foundation singer Leo Graham, who began his recording career as the lead vocalist of the Jamaican trio known as the Bleechers, has died. His son, Daweh Congo, told The Gleaner that Graham, who was being treated for cancer, passed away on December...

Published:Monday | December 27, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On the Jamaican theatre landscape, Boxing Day is synonymous with the premiere of the annual pantomime, which has been produced by the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) for decades. On Sunday, despite entertainment still on lockdown, panto continued it...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 6:51 PMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

From Johnny Reggae to Reggae Son, and now Rebel K, the LTM pantomime has evolved, and this evening at 6 o’clock — COVID or not, lockdown or not — 'panto' will have its annual Boxing Day premiere. The only difference is that it will be in the...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Some registered members of the entertainment, culture and creative industries will get their $60,000 COVID-19 grants from the Government’s $90-million special support package in time for Christmas. Chairman of the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In a COVID era when entertainment, locally, remains on lockdown, the virtual space continues to fill the void, and even a simple church service with powerful singing takes on a whole new meaning. Such was the case last Saturday afternoon at the...

Published:Monday | December 20, 2021 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican jerk chicken can be found on menus across the globe and has been described as many things – spicy, fiery hot, well-seasoned, smoky – but never as a dance. That is, until Brutus Perry ‘Thorny’ Thornapple, the main character in the popular...

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Popular actor and director Garfield ‘Bad Boy Trevor’ Reid and Stede ‘Jookie Jam’ Flash, who made his name in the Shebada plays, have brought more than their fair share of drama and laughter to the theatre scene. But, it’s not all fun and games for...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Disappointment seems to be the name of the game for the contestants and all those involved in this year’s 70th staging of the Miss World competition, and there is also a bit of déjà vu. Last year, the decision was taken to postpone the competition...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The celebration of life ceremony for Dr Carlton ‘Pee Wee’ Fraser will be held this Saturday, December 18, in Florida, not Jamaica, as many of his Twelve Tribes of Israel brethren were hoping. The venue for the service will be the Forest Lawn...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

“The story of legendary bass player Phil Chen is perhaps one of the greatest untold stories of Jamaican music. This little Chiney boy played with the most famous singers and musicians in the world. Think Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Peter...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Four decades after it was first released, the track, through VPal Music, is ensuring that a whole new generation will be impacted. In 1981, when Tommy Cowan wrote and composed the song, he knew he was on to something, but he didn’t quite predict...

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