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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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