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Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:39 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Music bible, Billboard, and Honda have joined forces to tell the story of Grammy-nominated Jamaican artiste, Koffee. A three-minute-and-23-second video, titled Koffee Looks Back On Childhood and Early Love of Reggae Music , was officially...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Roots reggae singer Kelissa and DJ Shacia Payne Marley will tomorrow pay homage to the sound-system culture with the staging of Anbessa World Sound System Session at Skyline Levels in St Andrew. Featured on the line-up are Kabaka Pyramid, King...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The carnival at Christmas debate came to the fore at the recent Gleaner Entertainment Forum with guests Boyd James – half of the duo Alrick and Boyd – Tommy Cowan of Glory Music, and his wife Carlene Davis. The carnival season in Jamaica gets...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was what Miss Lou would have called a boonoonoonoos affair, and the millennials in the crowd no doubt considered it lit. Government ministers feeding each other with cake; performances from Sean Paul, Chi Ching Ching, Richie Spice and Jesse...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With names like Diego the Cross-Eyed Villain, Tan Deh Deh, Duffy and Blakka, it was not surprising that the first-timers in the audience – and there were quite a few – at Saturday’s Laugh Out! Comedy series were a wee bit apprehensive. But it...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Around the world, an integral part of the Christmas experience is the singing of hymns, which are specially crafted to celebrate the holiness and festivity of the Yuletide season. History records that the first known Christmas hymns can be traced...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Expertly accompanied by a band that was strong and kicking, as well as two super-energetic female backing vocalists, reggae singer Wayne Wonder indelibly placed his signature on the open-air venue, Peppa Thyme Restaurant, on Thursday. It was an...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A father who doted on his daughter, the quintessential Kingston College (KC) old boy, a dependable friend, and somebody who you would definitely want on your team was the collective description of the late radio personality and disc jockey DJ Venom...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On Tuesday, December 17, 2020, Grammy nominee, Third World, will have a bona fide Grammy Experience, which they are anticipating will be “really cool”. The reggae ambassadors will be the featured act at the ‘An Evening With’ series, hosted by...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Al Third, who made his name as a member of the reggae trio One Third, has put all speculation to rest and says he has officially separated from the group in order to focus exclusively on his solo career. He revealed, however, that his name remains...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Teacher, businessman, and live-show promoter Simon Brown is quite passionate about nation-building, specifically as it relates to the exposure of creatives. Brown, the chief organiser of the Apollo Series, an event designed to showcase the talents...

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In addition to her age, the other elements that take the euphoria of 19-year-old Koffee’s Reggae Grammy nomination up a few notches are the fact that she did it on her first-ever attempt, and her submission is not a full-length album. Reggae...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Recording Academy will announce this year’s Grammy nominees tomorrow and, as expected, there is much speculation about who will make the final five in the reggae category. Multiplatinum-selling, double Grammy-winning DJ/producer Wayne ‘Native...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Kyisha Patterson and Arabesk Dance Collective have been in rehearsal since June for the third staging of Transcendence, which unfolded on Sunday at the Philip Sherlock Centre, UWI, Mona. Dance, music, art drama and poetry were all delightfully...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Double Grammy-winning DJ and producer, Wayne ‘Native Wayne’ Jobson, has joined the swelling chorus of voices having their say on the retarded growth of dancehall music in the ecosystem. Jobson, who is part of the not-so-newly-formed Trojan Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dimensions, the eight-song EP from Grammy-nominated reggae singer Etana, had its official release last Friday, and when The Gleaner spoke to her on the eve of the release, she was full of exuberance. “This EP is really highly anticipated. There are...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

United Kingdom-based Afrobeat producer Benjybwoy says that dancehall’s overused themes of slackness and violence are becoming “stale”, whereas, Afrobeat, which borrows the best of dancehall, is seen as happy. Out of an abundance of concern, the...

Published:Saturday | November 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The promised fire could not have been many degrees hotter at Sky Dweller Ultra Lounge Thursday night when Capleton and Jah Vinci unleashed their artistry. Capleton had made a pre-show promise to thrill fans, and when he entered centre stage dressed...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae singer Mikey Spice is not hiding how he feels about what happened on Saturday night at the Twelve Tribes of Israel HQ on Hope Road, at the official celebration of the 89th anniversary of the coronation of Haile Selassie I and his wife,...

Published:Tuesday | November 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae warrior Richell Bonner, better known as Richie Spice, has made many a trek through various parts of the world on his intriguing musical journey, and his several experiences have led him to fully contemplate the theme of unity on his upcoming...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Billboard-charting producer Jah Snow Cone is excited about this weekend’s Red Bull Culture Clash and says it “shows that dancehall has come a long way”. “It is a good look and excellent promotion for Jamaican music and culture. And the fact that...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It will be a veritable Rastafest on the grounds of the Twelve Tribes of Israel HQ on Hope Road tonight, as adherents gather for one of their important annual pilgrimages. As they do every year, the Rastafari group will recognise the anniversary of...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For those who are experiencing a special tinge of excitement in the air, as if Christmas is about to pop up a bit earlier than usual, it’s not the red-nosed reindeer that’s about to make an entry, it’s the Red Bull Culture Clash. For the first time...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For some, royalty is an accident of birth, but for the 14 women in the entertainment industry who were conferred with the title ‘queen’ on Saturday evening at the Courtleigh auditorium in New Kingston, their newfound status is definitely by design...

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

After an impressive, award-laden four and a half decades in the music business, the original ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, Third World, have presented an album that is as fresh as their 96 Degrees in the Shade was scorching hot. Last Thursday, a crowd...

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