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Stories by Stephanie Lyew

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Janelle 'Jin' Forde, a young Barbadian/Trinidadian designer, won over the hearts of those keeping a keen eye on the costumes at the Xodus Carnival band launch last Saturday. While the main sections of the band's League of Angels its overall theme...

Published:Monday | November 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Dream Entertainment and YUMA served up a slice of heaven during Saturday's Xodus band launch at 36 Hope Road, St Andrew, unveiling their costumes under the theme 'League of Angels'.Kamal Bankay, chairman of the National Carnival Committee, told The...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Denyque has taken on a challenge for 2018: to design costumes for carnival brand Xaymaca International. The singer is founder of swimsuit brand WETswim, so she is familiar with the ins and outs of designing.Her section is Majesty by Denyque, chosen...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) has evolved from a one-day grass-roots conference at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to four days of activity across St Catherine, Kingston, and St Andrew. The organisers have raised the...

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

During a shooting incident on the Port Henderson Road, St Catherine, on October 16, Canadian-based reggae singer Leroy Gibbons (whose given name is Leroy Gibbon) was injured. Having since since recovered, he is taking a spiritual outlook on life."In...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Dat a Gwaan Jamaica reopens at the Phoenix Theatre, New Kingston, on November 17. The fast-moving sketches are written and directed by actress and broadcaster Dahlia Harris.Currently referred to as the dancehall comedy revue for its content and...

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Over the last two weeks, the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) has been busy making arrangements for the new community orchestra location to be opened tomorrow, at the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre, located at the intersection of North...

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Miami's Irie Foundation has extended help to the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys' School) to provide physical and financial assistance to the ongoing music programme. Under the guidance of its founder, DJ Irie, the official disc jockey for NBA...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

November is Drug Awareness Month, and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is working hard to get more of Jamaica's youth as well as public figures on board with the ongoing Youth Ganja Public Education Campaign.Paulette Smith, NCDA's director...

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Once a child enters the pre-kindergarten stages of life, he or she is introduced to music (for some it is as early as in the womb).Nursery rhymes are created from stories recorded over instruments combined to make ear-catching rhythms that even a...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

For over 10 years the Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) has been providing its high-quality out-of-school time, theatre arts programme. It has recruited over 20 individuals each year through the annual Secondary Schools' Drama Festival and has...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:03 AMStephanie Lyew

Rebel Salute has managed to continue under the theme of the preservation of reggae without having a monotonous presentation of the music and entertainment reflecting that part of Jamaica's culture.It began in 1994 in Mandeville as a small concert to...

Published:Thursday | October 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of Randolph Samuel Williams, CD, known more fondly as Ranny Williams or 'Mass Ran'.In honour of his life and work, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of...

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

To the casual dancehall/reggae listener, the name Nyla may not grab their attention as quickly as hearing Brick and Lace. The former girl group member-turned-solo artiste is one-third of the singing trio formed with sisters Tasha and Nyanda,...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School recently hosted a compelling Heritage Day celebration.The event, under the theme 'Embracing Our National Heroes and Heroine in Concert', featured performances from the student body, the teaching and...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Ahead of the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week and the Intercultural Dialogue Conference, co-founder of Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism, Abrahim Simmonds, spoke about a gap in perceiving Jamaica's...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The Tastee Talent Contest judges did not know what was coming their way when 11-year-old Nadine Sutherland performed Peter Tosh's Buk-in-Hamm Palace.The single spoke of music and herb as the healing of the...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Toots and the Maytals has been confirmed as the main act for an acoustic show in New York City today - a concert that is aimed at raising funds for youth education in Jamaica.Non-profit organisation Rockhouse Foundation, now in its 13th year, is...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Professional actor Owen 'Blakka' Ellis is widely regarded as one of the Caribbean's top comedic entertainers. But many are the hats that he wears.The established comedian has been a songwriter, percussionist and backing vocalist for dub poet Oku...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:01 AMStephanie Lyew

Dancehall recording artiste, Kareem Dawkins, better known as QQ, is all about serenading the females and climbing to a new high in the music industry...

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

During Peter Tosh's solo career, the reggae musician contracted with the Rolling Stones Record Label through which his album, Bush Doctor, and singles - Wanted Dread or Alive and Mystic Man - were released.A relationship developed with Tosh and...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Tourists are becoming increasingly aware of activities made available within inner-city communities that span beyond music and dance, and much more than just sun, sea and sand.Life Yard director Shane 'Eyeball' Morgan shares that since the...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Cocoa Tea is synonymous with socially conscious and soulful lyrics. And while this has not changed, the man who sang 18 and Over, Ryker's Island, Come Again, and Israel's King, among other popular songs, has plans to take his music in a different...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

New York-based performing arts group Vissi Dance Theatre held its inaugural show at the Vera Moody Concert Hall at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts recently.The small auditorium was barely filled, but the energy was high...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Not many adventure or theme parks can be found in the Kingston/St Andrew area. In fact, when the Putt N' Play complex owned by Sunshine Amusement Company ceased operations last year, a reopening was not expected due to the state of the equipment at...

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