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Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Like Dorothy down a psychedelic yellow brick road, shining gold with each step, 18-year-old reggae singjay Koffee is charting her own path in the music industry. In almost a year, she has already become a local household name, with a steadily...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

If you're without a ticket to this weekend's Rebel Salute, don't worry; you won't miss out on one of the highlights of this year's festival - The Herb Curb Conference. This year's instalment of the Herb Curb...

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

A two-year-old partnership between the upcoming Rebel Salute reggae music festival (January 18...

Published:Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Described as transformative and a visionary, Laura Facey has created monumental artwork that will undoubtedly remain prominent in the hearts and minds of Jamaicans for decades to come.Regardless of the controversial unveiling of 'Redemption Song' in...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

British film documentarian Fritzroy Smith is back at it - and is currently in the midst of producing the second in a string of series inspired by Jamaica's motto, 'Out of Many, One People'. Now, he is extrapolating the history of Jews in Jamaica.In...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Animated videos are the new trend in music, and Sean Paul is on it. Relishing in sustained popularity from a string of successful international collaborations, the dancehall star is doing his best to pull-up young creatives in the entertainment game...

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

As many persons come to terms with the new environmental order (the banning of single- use plastic bags), others are picking up the pace on practices they have already employed in life and business. Having seen growth in their fledgling clean-up...

Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Patrick 'Tony Rebel' Barrett chose Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions (DPP), as guest speaker at last Thursday's 2019 Rebel Salute launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The prominent litigator is not a moonlighting musician, nor is she...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Koffee's year started with a life-changing appearance at Rebel Salute earlier this year. Veteran artiste Cocoa Tea, invited the teenage singjay to the stage, in a toast that shifted the gear in her journey.On the weekend, the entertainer ended the...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Last weekend was an exciting one for live music in Jamaica. Between Popcaan's inaugural Unruly Fest at Lyssons Park, St Thomas; Gyptian's Gypy Winter Festival in Stony Hill, St Andrew; and the return of Protoje's sold-out Live From Kingston in Jacks...

Published:Thursday | December 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Next spring, the 'festi-vacation of a lifetime' returns to the original hippie seaside town - Negril, Jamaica. Entering its third year, the 2019 Tmrw. Tday Culture Festival will again take over multiple venues alongside the famous seven-mile beach...

Published:Wednesday | December 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Maybe you've have never heard of Yaksta. That's because he has been 'quietly' building his clout, tucked away in the hills of St Mary. All the same, a quick glance at his social-media profiles reveals surprisingly strong connections with major...

Published:Wednesday | December 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Eighteen-year-old reggae singer Koffee only has three songs in her catalogue. Nevertheless, the rising star proves that all it takes is a few good songs and some gratitude. For the season, she is back in Jamaica - taking over stages both large and...

Published:Saturday | December 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Rising roots reggae singer Giark (pronounced ghee-ark) is the son of famed Jamaican producer 'Bobby Digital'. Needless to say, that with such a foundation, much is expected from the young musician. Even so, Giark follows his own curious path. With...

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

On January 1, Jamaicans can celebrate more than just the start of a new year. They can also rejoice because the country will have it's very own independent film and television-streaming distribution platform called Vueture.Developed with the...

Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Last weekend, the award-winning Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) celebrated 10 years of growth in friendship, music, and imagination at its concert, Lux Aeterna - A Christmas Special. Held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, and also in...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

For the past 20 years a quiet cultural exchange has been taking place between Aubagne, France, and Rockfort - an east Kingston, Jamaica, community wincing through pangs of gang violence. Despite the occasional 'criminal' flare-ups, a group of French...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Each December, art fairs pop up in Miami, Florida, for a week. Art Basel, a contemporary fair which invites celebrities from all over the world, is the most popular - and this year Jamaican fine artist Ebony G. Patterson was the premier fair's...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Since Kumar Bent split from the popular reggae band Raging Fyah, the former frontman has been toiling in studio. And today, December 14, fans can finally get a listen to Kumar's first solo release, called It's Alright. In addition to rolling out new...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican culture has once again taken centre stage, this time at the world's largest contemporary art fair, Art Basel.For the second consecutive year, the popular artists convention included the 'Let There Be Reggae' exhibition.Local photographer...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

For the next instalment of Live From Kingston, entrepreneur Jason Panton and reggae artiste Protoje, have curated a line-up like never before. On December 22 at Skyline Levels, Koffee, Lila Ike, Naomi Cowan and Yanah will headline the concert that...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

On Saturday, December 1, the Red Fashion Film Festival invited designers and film-makers to the Courtleigh Auditorium to recognise World AIDS Day in a fashionable and cinematic way - building awareness and sensitivity around the issue.The programme'...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

It's an easy assumption that when tourists visit Jamaica they are seeking to immerse themselves in the lively music culture. Five years ago, the RJRGLEANER Communications Group Kingston Music Week (KMW) festival concept arose from a want for more live music events...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Even if his delicately smooth falsetto has not been a constant on the local reggae-music scene, I-Wayne has never slowed down. In today's edition of 5 Questions With, the vocalist, known for his romantic melodies, reveals that he is constantly on...

Published:Wednesday | November 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Boston-based Mighty Mystic, real name Kevin Holness, is gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album - Enter The Mystic. As a member of one of the most prominent families in Jamaica, the reggae singer has dedicated his entire career to...

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