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Stories by Mel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | February 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

From solo vocalists Dusty Springfield to Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, the duo Wham!, the Spice Girls quartet and One Direction quintet, self-contained outfits like The Beatles and Rolling Stones (whose Salt of the Earth is a staple toast...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

On Saturday, the Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS) on West Avenue, St Andrew, will move into the mood of Reggae Month 2018 with a symposium themed, 'Caribbean...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In 2015, Kingston was declared a Creative City of Music by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the organisation's website www.unesco.org saying "legendary musicians, world-famous recording studios and...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Dem know 'bout Carib now true dat a de only one Dem no know State or Regal and Odeon"- Agent Sasco, History BookIn my younger, less patient - and hence less practical - days, I attended a church service in Cross Roads, St Andrew. The building was...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner continues its series on the persons who died in Reggae Month after making a significant contribution to Jamaican popular music. So far, we have focused on William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke, former lead singer of Third World band, and Wayne...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Singer Samory I, had a choice in doing what became the penultimate track on his debut album Black Gold, released in 2017. Producer Rorystonelove did not present him with a choice of songs, but two versions of the same song, Is It Because I'm Black....

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

During the brief interactive session which followed his address on Marcus Garvey's influence on the youth, poetry and contemporary popular music at the Institute of Jamaica on Sunday afternoon, Steven Golding was asked about the bust of Garvey at...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Using audio recordings of Garvey's own words, visuals on big screen and the live performances of Jahiti, Isha Bel and Keith Campbell, Steven Golding presented the strong connection between National Hero the Rt Excellent Marcus Garvey and the...

Published:Saturday | February 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Professor Ralston 'Rex' Nettleford would have turned 85 years old on February 3 this year. He passed away in the United States in 2010, a day before his birthday, and so while the annual tribute staged by the Rex Nettleford Foundation marks his date...

Published:Thursday | February 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There are elements of the video for Samory I's version of, Is It Because I'm Black (a song originally done by Syl Johnson from the USA, with Jamaica's Ken Boothe doing a superb rendition) which are familiar. However, the detailing of a video which...

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The last of three letters identifying the subject of Monday evening's listening session at Gussie Clarke's Anchor Studios turned out to have a double meaning.As a mathematical symbol, the 'X' added to 'EP' meant multiples, as those gathered in the...

Published:Tuesday | February 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The theme of this year's staging of the Grounation series each Sunday in February at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), East Street, Kingston, is 'Garvey's Ghost: Muse, Cultural Arts, Aesthetics, Freedom Sounds'. Although a part of all aspects of the...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There is a strong association between Bunny Rugs' death and the American football season climax, Super Bowl, for Cat Coore. He was watching the game at a friend's house when Third World's bass guitarist, Richie Daley, called him from Rugs' Orlando...

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

While Bob Marley's and Dennis Brown's birthdays on February 1 and 6 respectively dominate Reggae Month, there are some standout creators in Jamaican popular music who also died in the month. One of them is former Third World band lead singer,...

Published:Saturday | January 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

"Call de police for me Tell dem it's a state of emergency." John Wayne, mid-1980s on the Sleng Teng riddim I look forward to Reggae Month each year, not least of all because there tends to be a number of discussions during which persons who have had...

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Kingsley Goodison, who for 20 consecutive years has staged Tribute to the Greats honouring standouts of Jamaican popular music's earlier years, saw a lot of famed performers during his long association with Clement Dodd's Studio One. While many of...

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

On Saturday night, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange was the guest speaker at a concert by reggae singer Spiritual, and she used the performer's similarity to another Jamaican artiste, as a starting point to...

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Singer Spiritual reserved his most flamboyant foot movement for the encore song, Give Thanks of Praise, of his approximately one-hour performance at Pulse's Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, headquarters on Saturday night. After Tommy Cowan's...

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

From accustomed usage, the letters GPA would automatically represent grade point average, which measures a student's overall academic standard. However, for Conroy Wilson and Michael Holgate, co-authors of Your Empowerment GPA, the letters stand for...

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Just ahead of February, Reggae Month 2018, the long process of the music genre being officially inscribed as originating from Jamaica is at a critical point.Speaking at the Pulse headquarters, New Kingston, on Saturday ahead of singer Spiritual's...

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Last weekend's staging of Rebel Salute, the 25th anniversary of deejay Tony Rebel's birthday celebration which has grown into a globally significant two-day music and lifestyle festival, and the proposed Music Walk of Fame outside Emancipation Park...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

By its very nature, the dubplate - a personalised recording for a sound system or selector by a vocalist, should signify a connection of some sort between the person or entity whose name is being called and the person singing or deejaying it....

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

I have told this story in this space before, so those who have read about a trip to the Bob Marley Museum in the mid-1990s when I shouted out "lie!", skip to paragraph three.So there I was, in the courtyard of 56 Hope Road, St Andrew, among a group...

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Singer Freddie McGregor, who counts So I'll Wait For You, Big Ship, Push Come to Shove and Prophecy among his decades of popular recordings, knows a thing or two or more about Rebel Salute.He told The Gleaner he performed on the first one in 1994...

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The house lights go down and an audience waits in darkness to be enveloped in the theatre's magic. Soon enough, the stage is lit and, to go with the sights, sounds in sync with the actors' and actresses' dialogue and actions. There is someone off...

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