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Stories by Stephanie Lyew

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

The Dance Society of Campion College, in its seventh season of dance in July 2017, used the art to convey the message of having national pride by accepting the experiences and talents that have made Jamaica stand out on the international stages....

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The demand for mento bands skyrocketed during the Christmas season, leaving the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to conclude that there is still life in this style of Jamaican folk music that influenced ska and reggae."Mento was a...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Sting is very jovial and even more happy to be back in Jamaica. It is the second time that the artiste is on the island, and he remembers the beauty, the energy among other things as he asks, "if The Gleaner has arrived to meet"."The newspaper kept...

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:03 AMStephanie Lyew

Prior to rehearsals for tonight's Shaggy and Friends concert, entertainers Wyclef Jean, Sting and the man himself, Shaggy, took some time to tour the Bustamante Hospital for Children, leaving the international recording artistes, further in awe....

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

FamFun Entertainment, organisers of Funfest: The Unique Family Festival, always knows how to put the fun in family. However, the event that is staged with an open-door policy for all, remarkably seemed to have caught the attention of more fathers...

Published:Tuesday | January 2, 2018 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew

There was surely no long talking as ticket holders docked their vehicles at downtown Kingston's waterfront last Friday for their inclusive premium drinks and copious amounts of soca music, chased with other genres, at The Gift of Soca....

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew

"Women should never allow two words or any word that speaks about size to define who they are," says Hollice 'Mr Killa' Mapp, Grenadian artiste who became popular for his 2013 soca hit, Rolly Polly.When the artiste released the song approaching...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Like most great ideas, Genesis Praise-Fest was inspired by friendship, history and the desire to create a meaningful experience when first held at the Karram Speid Auditorium on the Merl Grove High School grounds in 1986.The inaugural staging marked...

Published:Friday | December 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

There's something that is awe-inspiring about a recording artiste that can write music, play more than one instrument, understands production and also assume the role of a disc jockey if needed.Craig Parks, son of legendary bass player Lloyd Parks,...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

From the looks of the Christmas Eve staging of Yush, anyone could logically conclude that the crowd was predominantly made up of females in their late 20s. And although not many in attendance attempted to dress in accordance the era that the party...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 1:08 AMStephanie Lyew

  High off his stellar performance at the recent Prime Minister’s Youth Awards, Ding Dong is the headline act for today's Family Extravaganza at the Hope Botanical Gardens. “Everybody know me a mad people and it...

Published:Monday | December 25, 2017 | 12:28 AMStephanie Lyew

It’s not an official holiday like Independence Day (August 6), but the Flag Fest Group has started its on the road and social media promotions for party-goers to get their flags ready for March 2018. But it’s not only about...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

For more than 30 years the Dr Lloyd Cole Children's Christmas Treat, exclusively funded by the physician, has been a staple event for the residents of Standpipe, St Andrew.Families take to the holiday get-together, but there is even more special...

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:03 AMStephanie Lyew

A Saturday in downtown Kingston is not as busy as individuals may think it is. At least, that's what event coordinator and entrepreneur Maelle Johnston has observed.Johnston has acquired...

Published:Thursday | December 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

In 2018, Rebel Salute will celebrate 25 years of building and unifying the reggae community. Members of the government, local industry players, and members of private sector gathered at the Montego Bay Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel for the show...

Published:Thursday | December 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The Little Theatre Movement (LTM) is warmed up for the big and small challenges of dancehall life as they near the end of the last rehearsal week for this year's national pantomime, which opens on Boxing Day at the Little Theatre.Dapper Dan the...

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The Rebel Salute Foundation has partnered with the British Council to provide educational opportunities for three Jamaican students."The idea is that the young people will have opportunities to have hands on experience and training in sound...

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Getting a jump on the jingle bells, concerts and night-life sessions to start over this week until the new year, Dorothy Satchwell, founder of the MistyBlue Cancer Care Foundation, has garnered the support from her own multiplicity of reggae stars...

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Many of the newer Jamaican music talents are focused on crossing over' (getting recognition in major, mostly English-speaking markets) to advance their music careers beyond the local scene. Hence the market is flooded with songs or collaborations...

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

In this year's fourth staging, the annual Kingston Music Week has seen growth beyond the expectations of the organisers and patrons. For 2017, the aim was to host a series of original events that captured the influence of music as an attraction to...

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Amindi K. Fro$t, Tessellated and Valleyz' mindlessly catchy lyrics and addictive music may have had people dancing to their almost one-year-old single, Pine and Ginger, rather than analysing its lyrics.Last December, Valleyz, a young producer from...

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Unlike other Caribbean countries such as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, where soca music is deeply rooted in their culture, carnival in Jamaica portrays only a fraction of what the celebration represents....

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Compared to other start-up events masking a similar concept to Hitz at the Mill, hosted by Hitz92FM, the live reggae party, shows potential to grow into something of a larger nature - even outside of Kingston Music Week.It is the first time that the...

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Germany-based non-profit organisation, HELP Jamaica is seeking new partners and projects to benefit inner city communities in the new year. Over five years ago, its first HELP Jamaica Educational Centre (recently branded the Cassava Piece...

Published:Tuesday | December 5, 2017 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew

Going beyond the simple measures for raising funds for school development and transformation, the Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) hosted its annual fair last Saturday with an artiste-filled show under the theme, Millennia - The Iconic Era....

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