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Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The picture Joy Fairclough painted of music writing competence in Jamaica, was overwhelmingly bleak as she pointed out the deficiencies of skilled persons to the audience at the JAMPRO building, Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, on Monday morning....

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

What a difference a week makes, when music which originates in Jamaica is being put out fast, furiously and spiritually. The last is because the new number one is Original Love by Christafari the US group which announces its blend of faiths in its...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

With humour, audience member engagement, audiovisuals and his obvious passion, Pierre Lemaire, dean of the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, engaged participants yesterday morning, as he explained three...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

While matters of intellectual property are relevant year-round, to a country with Jamaica's prodigious creative output, this week there will be an especially strong focus as the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) marks Intellectual Property...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:05 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Drum Festival made its Emancipation Park debut last year, and as music development specialist Avory Crooks-Campbell puts it, "we had such a good time we are back this year". And today's event will...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The name of the album in its entirety - I Am Integrity - and the beat to which a number of vocalists mate their voices - the Integrity Riddim - make the intention of the recently released project clear. Along with the Big Woman Tingz album, I Am...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As the organisers of Carnival in Jamaica 2018 revel in the record number of visitors it attracted (over 50,000 arrivals have been connected to the season by Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett), I am looking at the calendar of large-scale entertainment...

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As far as the annual round of celebrations for dead Jamaican singers goes, Hugh Mundell does not even get off to a start. And, apart from a line from Junior Reid ("Hugh Mundell, he was shot by the gun") does not get the repeated mention in songs...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:06 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

With the first quarter of 2018 over, and the business of making and presenting music cranking up for the summer season, the new releases are flying thick and fast. With that flurry of discs and digital formats comes, of course, fits and starts on...

Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 12:04 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There is drama in the everyday Jamaican phenomenon of interpersonal conflict that escalates unnecessarily and publicly. Then, there is the drama of theatrical arts in general, and the very serious, thought-provoking kind in particular. While he has...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In their 10-minute set at tomorrow's final of the 2018 Jamaica's Best School Band Competition, each of the six sets of high school musicians will be required to do a remix. Putting the songs they choose to another beat of the same type is not enough...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

On the face of it - literally - singer Bushman's early 2018 album on his Burning Bushes imprint is as straightforward as a roots reggae album can get.It is called Conquering Lion, Bushman is Rastafari, the cover art is a lion's face fused with a man...

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

Sherie-Ann Anderson is unequivocal about the visitor accommodation service's role in facilitating the bumper crowd of visitors to Jamaica for last weekend's Road March climax to 2018 Carnival in Jamaica. "If it were not for Airbnb, they could not...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Sultan Ali traces his life in music back to bottles. Red Stripe bottles, to be precise. And empty ones, too, as the child named Donald Campbell and his brother picked them up off the floor of Forrester's Hall on North Street, Kingston, and put them...

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Glen Campbell is able to give audiences at the Centrestage Theatre, New Kingston, Jambiz base - and further afield - a laugh a minute (or at even shorter intervals).But although he was smiling when accepting the award for Best Actor in a Supporting...

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There is a music producer who has said to me more then once that nobody can make a hit song. All the people involved in creating a song - composer, lyricist, vocalists, engineers, producer, graphic artist, video director, manager, and more, can do...

Published:Friday | April 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Michael Barnett pin-points three reasons why the 31-year-old Startime concert series is coming to a close in Jamaica on Saturday, May 5, with one last blast at the Mas Camp.Two of the issues - drying up of cash sponsorship and a dwindling pool of...

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

At 11 years old and "90-something" pounds, Marcia Griffiths was nicknamed 'Toothpick'. The dress she had made for her Easter Monday performance at the Carib Cinema, Cross Roads, 54 years ago emphasised that slenderness. She liked close-fitting...

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Carlene Davis was enjoying a laid-back Easter Monday morning when she learnt that Winnie Mandela had died, and her day changed. "I did not know that she was ailing. It came as a shock," Davis told The Gleaner. "The news sank in, and I was travelling...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

"There is a lady we paid to get sponsors and nothing happened. The agent just said she can't get any sponsors and gave us back our money," Dunkley said.Having staged the event from 2016 out of personal funds, without corporate backing, Dunkley said...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As important as they are for income generation, attracting visitors and selling products from liquor to shirts, events are such fleeting. As hard as it may be to grasp for those of us who went to Sting year after year for an extended period, unless...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

One of the unfortunate things about being connected to a seminal moment in popular culture is that while a place in history is assured, there is a distinct tendency to restrict the person or entity's creative output to that one moment and, rightly...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Even as the final tally is being settled, Alex Morrissey is confident that Saturday's Earth Hour Concert at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Old Hope Road, St Andrew, enjoyed the largest turnout the Jamaican leg of the global environmental...

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In Ugly Girl, Singer Ikaya asks a very serious question, and she does so in a beautiful voice too. After establishing the scene for encountering her man in sexual action with another woman, she describes seeing a situation where "he was on his back...

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Tonight, as it has for the past four years, the Earth Hour concert at the Ranny Williams Centre on Hope Road, St Andrew, coincides with the final day of Boys and Girls' Championships. On any night when there are events at the two venues, the lights...

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