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Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

At just six years old, little Ajahne Reid is already a big winner. She won a gold medal in her age group (five to seven) for dance from the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Long Beach, California, earlier this summer.Ajahne...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

With a common notion that art is not valued and the industries maintained in a fashion which closes the gate on young, innovative creators, music producer and restaurateur Alexx Antaeus is working to change that.Since February, he has maintained a...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

When this month's issue of POP Magazine hits newsstands, 18-year-old Saint model Christine Willis will grace the covers. And while it's not uncommon for Jamaican models to hold the title of cover girl, this cover was actually shot in Jamaica. Shot...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Avenues of entrepreneurship are paved with innovation by those who uncover ways to solve problems we didn't realise existed. A new delivery service in town is built into the bar culture and offers comfort to those who would rather party at home."...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Europeans arriving in Jamaica discovered a purple blooming tree they called 'lignum vitae', which translates to 'wood of life'. In archaic medicinal practices, the plant and its leaves were used to treat a variety of illness. Today, the tree bears a...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In 2015, Misty Copeland gained worldwide attention when she became the first African-American principal of the famed American Ballet Company. Tomorrow and Saturday, she will perform in the island for the first time. PliÈ for the Arts, in partnership...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

On September 24, a year to the day of his Healing concert, Denver 'Feluke' Smith will host the launch of his seven track EP - Insight.This anniversary event, is not just a matter of picking up where he left off. "I'd say it's understanding what I'm...

Published:Tuesday | August 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

The Phoenix Theatre on Haining Road is quickly becoming a convenient place for aspirant thespians. Though aged and faded, is functional - and perhaps a perfect venue to flex infantile muscles and begin learning on the curve.Earlier this month, the...

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Richie Loop leapt into the public eye after the release of his wildly successful single, My Cupp (in 2010). Now, nearly a decade later, the dancehall producer and songwriter continues his pursuit of super stardom. Last weekend, Loop found himself...

Published:Wednesday | August 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

During Rototom Sunsplash's Reggae University 2018, reggae impresario Gussie Clarke led a panel discussion titled 'Dub Evolution - Dub's Past, Present and Future', focusing on the release of his Dub Anthology - a box set of over 70 dub recordings.The...

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

In Hollywood or on Broadway in the United States, aspiring thespians ought to find themselves attending as many open-call auditions as possible until they land their role of a lifetime. Though Jamaica is not awash with such opportunities, they do...

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Last year was a rough one for LaTifa Brown, better known as the feisty recording artiste Tifa.Nevertheless, she appears to be making the best of the tumult with the release of her debut album, Curry Goat...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

For the third time in its 16-year history, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas has recruited a Jamaican into its ranks. Darren Young, viola player and musical director of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ), recently wrapped up a...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

"Behold I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth," reads part of Isaiah 43:19. Singer Alaine quoted the verse under the Instagram post in which she announced that she had been baptised. In the image, she stands gleefully along a seashore beside...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

'Edutainment' appears to be the new order of the day for local traditional performance groups.In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the ASHE performance troupe hosted their annual summer school programme. Later this year, they will invite...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Runkus and Royal Blu have similar but still very separate styles and attitudes, and though the duo used to enter lyrical battles against each other during their high-school careers, today, these next-generation 'reggae revivalists' would rather...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

As the world becomes fully immersed with the ubiquitous influence of Jamaican dancehall sounds and culture throughout western mainstream pop charts, the indigenous music form continues to permeate other popular music scenes.Two years ago, local...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

New Wave Jamaica has become known for hosting live music sessions with burgeoning recording artistes. But the vision is much more than that. Fully bent on extracting a wholesome definition of the term 'creative' to include those who sing, play...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Many Jamaicans are familiar with film director Storm Saulter. Since the release of his politically charged and constantly revisited feature film Better Mus' Come, Saulter has enjoyed steady progression in his career, and is poised to break through...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Unlike other competitions that sometimes incite contention, the National Arena erupted with pleasant applause after Team Ultimate was announced winner of World Reggae Dance Competition 2018.Hosted by the perpetually effervescent Jennifer 'Jenny...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Escorted by young civilians garbed in bright colours, flickers of candlelight bouncing from their faces, government leaders and other official representatives were led around the grounds of Seville Great House, St Ann, in a vigil simultaneously...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Alexx Gallimore, better known as Alexx A-Game, has been on a solo mission, pounding the pavements of the local and international music circuit for the past four years. He first came to public attention in 2012 as the lead vocalist for the promising...

Published:Monday | July 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

It is a long-held view that soca music is seasonal and restricted to tropical environments squashed with sequinned, feathered and gyrating bodies. However, the genre has made its debut in the presumably modest Middle East.On July 16, calypso artiste...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

As true musicians, you can only take a break for so long without really getting back into your passion. This is according to Deleon 'Jubba' Whyte, founding member and drummer of the world-famous Dubtonic Kru."Every so often, whether it's a band or a...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Devon House is quickly evolving into a one-stop shop for entertainment options in the Corporate Area. Long accustomed to ice-cream and picnic dates, the historical site now hosts night events, thanks to the establishment of leisure spaces like...

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