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Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The ‘Poor People’s Governor’ Bounty Killer has told The Gleaner that his soon-to-be-released album will be “a definite treat for dancehall fans”. And, as if to prove it, on Thursday he gave a sneak peak of a scorching-hot collab with longtime...

Published:Saturday | March 13, 2021 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Palace Amusement Ltd’s decision to close Carib 5 and Sunshine Palace cinemas was in direct response to the new COVID-19 protocols announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. However, the padlocking of the New Kingston Drive-In had nothing to do...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Not even COVID-19 can keep a festive girl down. Ms Legendary, Ishawna, has continued to carve out her niche in the dancehall space. During 2020, in between releasing songs, she performed on Reggae Sumfest, secured an ambassadorship with...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Following a family meeting last week, the children of reggae icon Bunny Wailer have released a joint statement about their focus moving forward, who is authorised to speak on behalf of the family, while also making a case for the return of their...

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Frankie Campbell, frontman for the musical aggregation Fab 5, is hailing the start of Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, noting that the vaccine seems to be the best way out of this predicament the world has found itself in, and “the sooner...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Claudette Kemp is one of the few female managers in a music business dominated by males at every level. And not only has she held her own for close to two decades, but she has received the respect and admiration of many along the way, even being...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dreamland Farm, the 142-acre estate located snugly on the border of St Thomas and Portland, will be the final resting place for reggae legend Bunny Wailer, who passed away on Tuesday, March 2, at the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew. This...

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jazz, blues, ska, reggae-fusion and more lit up the virtual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival stage on Thursday as the winners of the Band Quest competition raised the bar high on a glitch-free opening night, with performances that will long be...

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will this year hand out the first-ever Toots Hibbert Award for the category Best Album/CD, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and the U-Roy Award...

Published:Wednesday | March 3, 2021 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Bunny Wailer, the original Blackheart Man, who made his transition on March 2, would want to be remembered as a warrior, a man who stood out there to fight for what is right in the music and the development of black people, his long-time friend...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

‘Superstar’, a term that publicists attach to entertainers with three songs, is used so loosely nowadays that it seemed to be on the verge of losing its meaning. But on Sunday evening, the last day of Reggae Month, acclaimed reggae singer and lover...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

What does the release of a new dancehall/reggae EP and the description “newly baptised Christian” have in common, other than the word ‘new’? Alicai Harley. The proud ‘yard gyal inna Britain’, born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in London,...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The body of legendary toaster Ewart ‘U-Roy’ Beckford will not lie in state at the National Arena as reported in some sections of the media, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport confirmed to The Gleaner. “There will not be a...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A snazzy play on words accompanied by the storied footprints in the sand of time are some of the elements that comprise the graphics for Calabash 2022, scheduled to be held from May 27 – 29. ‘For Word’, the theme for the Calabash International...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 10:37 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Total disbelief was the reaction from Jamaican reggae artiste Damion Darrel Warren, best known as 'Teacha Dee', when he was advised that his song, Rastafari Way, had been chosen for use in the new James Bond flick, No Time to Die. Rastafari Way was...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Birthday girl Carlene Davis is certainly festive as she pauses to celebrate her birthday today, and makes the point that somehow the birthdays of the women in the industry who are born in Reggae Month, February, are not acknowledged. But that...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The reggae-loving world awoke Thursday morning to the news of the death of pioneer and innovator, Ewart ‘Daddy U-Roy’ Beckford, the entertainer who took a simple sentence, “Wake the town and tell the people”, and transformed it into a rallying cry...

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was back in 1976 that reggae singer Max Romeo waged war against Lucifer with a song titled Chase the Devil, which was composed by him and respected producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. “Lucifer son of the mourning, I’m gonna chase you out of earth! I...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2021 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

If you happen to see a Rastaman with locks reaching up to the sky, and it’s not David Hines from Steel Pulse, chances are it may very well be Blvk H3ro (pronounced Black Hero). The singer and songwriter readily admits that his conversation-starting...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:53 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Palace Amusement’s New Kingston Drive-In cinema will have to close its gates, at least until Ash Wednesday, as the new curfew hours announced by the Government are proving to be completely at odds with their schedule. “The picture scheduled to...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:27 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite Reggae Month 2021 being held against the background of a global pandemic which has forced the lockdown of the entertainment ecosystem for nearly one year, and with no signs of relief any time soon, as the number of COVID-19 positive cases...

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In 1964, when the Jamaica Tourist Board and record label owner and producer Edward Seaga arranged for band leader, Byron Lee, to take a ska group to the New York World’s Fair to showcase Jamaica and its music, band manager Ronnie Nasralla was very...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gramps Morgan released a “healing song”, People Like You. It was in May that he lost two persons who were very close to him, one of whom had succumbed to the coronavirus. That led Gramps to go in a friend...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Engineer Rorey Baker is beyond excited about being singled out by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) as one of the recipients of its 2021 Honour Awards. He will be officially handed his award at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday,...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For one hour on Tuesday, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival held the attention of music industry players and sponsors as they used their official launch event to cement the festival’s return, after a five-year hiatus. All the various elements of...

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