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Published:Friday | December 21, 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:Thursday | December 20, 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:Friday | December 14, 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:Sunday | December 16, 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:Thursday | December 13, 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:Friday | December 14, 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:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 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:Tuesday | December 11, 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:Thursday | November 29, 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:Sunday | December 2, 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:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 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:Wednesday | November 28, 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:Tuesday | November 27, 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...

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Tami Williams nabs Prime Minister's Youth Award - reveals Hollywood dreamsCurrently the only Jamaican model listed on Models.com top 50 in the world, last Saturday, Tami Williams collected the Prime Minister's Youth Award for International...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Kingston Creative continues their crusade this Sunday, at the monthly Artwalk and Market Street activities in downtown Kingston, this time under the theme, 'Digital Meets Art'. Included will be digital exhibitions, an augmented reality experience...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Over the past two years, four entrepreneurial Wolmer's Boys' School past students have proven that cleanliness is vital, particularly on the party scene. From their experience on the dancehall and concert scene, they conceived a business idea, which...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

When Destiny hit the local silver screen in 2014, it enjoyed an unprecedented run. Written, directed and executive produced by Jeremy Whittaker, the film's local success promoted the idea that the industry is ready to expand. Fours years later,...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In spite of last year's mishaps, in 2019, Bacchanal Jamaica will celebrate their 20th year on the road in the spirit of the undefeated. Last Saturday night, the veteran band declared themselves unconquerable as they moved from their Mas Camp home...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

The first step in local actress Kimberly Patterson's career was a big one, and the others that follow have not diminished in size.While she maintains a full-time job as an aesthetician, Patterson is well on her way to becoming a full-fledged...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Fortified by commitment and embroiled in passion, the Company Dance Theatre celebrates its 30th season of dance this weekend with Umcimbi. Umcimbi is a Zulu word, meaning a gathering or an event.The company's reputation of staging simultaneously...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

A Touch of France 2018 was a smorgasbord of Francocentric activities. The expo invited international chefs, world-renowned musicians, and haute couture fashion designers for cultural exchange with various local industry players and aspirants. One...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

After 50 years, the Tallawah Dramatic Arts Festival continues to serve as a springboard for young Caribbean nationals into the professional theatre world.Hosted at Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on the University of the West Indies,...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

The Carnival season has officially kicked off, and Xaymaca International is the first through the gates when they unveiled their section at Sabina Park on Saturday.Previously tagged as the 'smallest band with the biggest heart', the three-year-old...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In the wake of American comedian Mike Epps' recent headlining bomb on the island, local comedian Chris 'Johnny' Daley is steadily pressing along the path to integrating stand-up comedy culture into regular recreational programming in Jamaica.The...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In the modern-day music industry, artistes must com-pound the count of physical album sales with streaming numbers. Knowing this, it would be in any recording artiste's best interest to digitally distribute their music via a streaming platform,...

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