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

Dorraine Reid wets her feet as director in good form, marshaling the Omaall 'Maja Bless' Wright script over two weekends at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. She has multiple theatre roles (...

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

Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert had a year of contrasts in 1966. As a member of The Maytals, he won the Festival Song competition with the enduring Bam Bam, but he was later imprisoned for marijuana. It has taken half a century, but today, Toots and the...

Published:Friday | March 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Speaking about Una Marson, one of a quartet of women whose lives and work will be analysed over two weekends at the Institute of Jamaica starting on Sunday, Herbie Miller uses the present tense and then pauses."To my mind, these people are in the...

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

In its beginning as Gospel on the Beach in 2002, what later developed into Fun in the Son, was literally and figuratively set smack in the middle of the spring break activities. At the time some of the celebrations of a deluge of mainly U.S.,...

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

Moiika Stanley danced her way to the Dancehall Queen title at Pier 1 in Montego Bay, St James, in 2008 and eventually made moves - literally - in over 60 countries, teaching moves to persons who have caught the Jamaican music beat. However, for the...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There is a mind-blowing thing about a plantation society, like Jamaica. Those who earn the most do not have to work much - if at all. Now, there are those will be saying "dat a blow him mind at dis ya late stage inna 'im life?". Yes. I remain...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Singer Myrna Hague will be back on very familiar ground tonight when she performs at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. It is where her annual Simply Myrna, Myrna Hague in Concert was first staged, before moving outdoors for the past two years...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

For the four Sundays in February, Marcus Garvey's connection to the arts was a consistent theme of the 2018 Grounation series at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), East Street, Kingston. So it was fitting that on the series' last day, the final...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:09 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

For approximately the last quarter of each year, Michael Holgate attends as many of the annual cycle of Jamaican dance company seasons as he can. The founder and director of Jamaica Dance Umbrella is not the only person connected with the festival...

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

At tomorrow's 2018 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, outstanding contributors to a wide range of the multifaceted entertainment business will be recognised at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. With a standard position...

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

With tomorrow's Jamaica Reggae Industry Association Honour Awards signalling that Reggae Month 2018 is almost over, as usual, I wonder what has been accomplished.Or, more to the point, what has been transferred from one generation of music makers to...

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,...

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