Tue | Dec 11, 2018

Stories by Stephanie Lyew

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

When renowned producer and songwriter Mikey Bennett was 35 years old, he resigned from an executive position at the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company and took on the challenge of making a name in the music industry."It was required of me to take a...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

While Jamaica's colourful musical wheel doesn't typically include the blues, Iron Kyte, a blues-rock band made up of four bourgeoning musicians, has dared to colour outside the lines.Iron Kyte (formerly called Skaibrid) is made up of Brendon Wesley...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The name Marcia Aitken may not mean much to the new generation of reggae and dancehall music aficionados, but once the songs I'm Still in Love With You Boy and My Man are mentioned, some of the lyrical history starts to resurface. Both tracks became...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The group of curious onlookers gathered around 32-year-old police officer Andre Gillespie at the Transport Centre in Half-Way Tree. His weapon of choice was the saxophone, and he had those around him swaying from side to side to his rendition of Ed...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Standing tall, confident, and fearless at 15 to 20 feet in the air dressed in vibrant, multicoloured apparel, stilt dancers always have the audience looking up. Intricate dance routines and moves instantly put the spectator in a trance.Stilt...

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:58 AMStephanie Lyew

Royal Palm Estate (along with its spin-off, The Blackburns) is the longest-running television series in Jamaican history, and possibly the Caribbean’s. It was a staple in Jamaican homes on a Sunday night from 1994 until it hit a roadblock in...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Once you start dancing with Member of Parliament for Eastern St Thomas Dr Fenton Ferguson, it's almost impossible to stop.The sprightly politician who is a lover of ska, reggae and rocksteady, is very knowledgeable of the genres, and...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

As we continue our focus on the six candidates vying for the four vice-presidential seats of the People's National Party (PNP), five- term Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western Dr Wykeham McNeill this week takes a seat in the musical chair....

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Behind the conservation and powerful image of Dr Angela Brown Burke is a down-to-earth individual who appreciates speaking about Jamaica's entertainment industry, while openly admitting that she is in no way an entertainer.Brown Burke is the only...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Opposition Spokesperson on Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell has been to approximately 20 carnivals in the past 23 years - essentially the same number of years that he has been involved in politics."I believe in balance. I do not consider myself a...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The life of an acrobat starts in the gymnasium, learning the basics - splits and flips - until they can master the harder, hair-raising stunts. But aerialist Sheinnek Mahabee of Soul Dynamics Circus took a different route.Ten years ago, facing the...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The six candidates seeking to fill the four vice presidential seats in the People's National Party (PNP) have been invited to speak about their entertainment tastes. Damion Crawford is the second candidate to sit in the musical 'hot seat' and to...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The six persons seeking to fill the four vice presidential seats in the People's National Party (PNP) have been invited to speak about their entertainment taste.Mikael Phillips is the first to take a seat in our MUSICAL CHAIR.A radiant smile is...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 3:08 PMStephanie Lyew

Former Third World percussionist Irvin 'Carrot' Jarrett has died at the age of 69. Jarrett died earlier today at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston. He fathered five children and was married to his soul mate, Alisia...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

On Saturday,  Sunnation Jamaica went all out for UWI Chancellor’s Week - hosting an elegant breakfast party at the Oriental Gardens at the University of the West Indies. Dressed head to toe in white, each patron was guested...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Today we close our 10-part series Band Stand focusing on the tradition of Duppy bands.Traditionally, 'nine-nights' or 'dead yard' give people the time to gather and mourn the death of a loved one. There is food bread is baked, fish is fried, and...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With a street dance on nearly every corner almost every day of the week, one would be hard pressed to find a live band performing at one's favourite restaurant, lounge, or any such venue. While it might have been easier in the past to find live...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With a live band keeping recording artistes on their toes on tour, it becomes a long series of negotiations getting them to travel together, when a promoter is not quick to agree to pay for the entire team to travel and perform as a unit.According...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Before there was ska, rocksteady, reggae or dancehall, there was mento - traditional folk music with African and Europeans influences.Some musicologists and veteran musicians may even argue that without the prevalence of mento in the 1940s, all...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With the eighth instalment of Groovin' In The Park officially over, the promoters have already started planning and marketing for the ninth. Partial inspiration for the event, which has now matured into the premier reggae and R...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

If you are not familiar with steel pan music, all you may need to know is that the instrument, made from a 55-gallon metal drum, is played with rubber-tipped sticks, and the sound that is produced is monumental.The steel pan is fairly new compared...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Zahra Warner was only eight when her father - Bajan theatre director and writer Earl Warner passed away but she remembers their primary relationship and grew up on the knowledge of his work in the Caribbean.The 27-year-old drama therapist says that...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Crafting an image to accompany their sound has largely become the focus for contemporary musicians. But the only signature image some will ever own is a silhouette behind bright stage lights. The world's most fanatical music lover attending numerous...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Amid the sounds of car horns, reggae music blaring from nearby speakers inside Life Yard on Fleet Street, and the enthusiastic screams from children at a nearby school hinting at its dismissal, flute-maker and musician Andre France emits rich...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With only one year under their belt, the promising all-male band, 8, whose music while staying true to the traditional sound of 1970s reggae combines an edgy, organic sound that is all their own. The young men have garnered the attention of industry...

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