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Stories by Stephanie Lyew

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...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Imagine having to consume a meal of cream crackers and plantain, or rice, peas, and chicken - blended. That is the burden that master percussionist and songwriter Denver 'Feluke' Smith had to bear over the past six months.Feluke left Jamaica for...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Celebrations are currently in order for the 60-year milestone of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Band. The year was 1958, in the month of May, when the JCF had its inaugural performance at Fort Charles in Port Royal, Kingston. That same year,...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Marching bands, which have been a source of community strength, face high maintenance costs. There are small fundraisers and inter-community competitions such as Battle of the Bands and, more recently, Clash of the Bands in St James, which offer...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Have you ever been at a stage show that consists of acoustic performances by your favourite recording artistes backed by a band? No prerecorded music, just the sweet melody created by a bass player, drummer, guitarist and saxophonist. Wasn't the...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 7:16 PMStephanie Lyew

For the 11 years that it has been in operation, every year Chilitos celebrates Cinco de Mayo, but this year will be bigger than ever.  Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for ‘Fifth of May’, is an annual celebration observed in...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 2:39 PMStephanie Lyew

With the theme song, "Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica", doing very well for the campaign - speaking about the proper disposal of garbage, and awareness for the environment, environmentalists are calling for similar music. Written and produced by Jeremy...

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

Adjunct lecturer and reggae music aficionado, Alpha Obika, presented the challenge to the students enrolled in Producing Culture: Music, Events and Festivals at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, to plan and execute an event with meaning...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:43 AMStephanie Lyew

Manchester- born and raised recording artiste Denieze Anderson, never imagined that her music would have been aired on international television.  Anderson, who has adopted the stage name Jane MacGizmo, has released three singles; '...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 4:50 PMStephanie Lyew

The Ministry of Tourism, has reported a 14.1 per cent increase in visitor arrivals to Jamaica in the first week of April, ahead of the carnival celebrations, in comparison to the same period last year. Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett,...

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 6:13 PMStephanie Lyew

SUBHEAD: Artistes shares memory of Winnie Mandela Two years ago reggae singer, Queen Ifrica travelled to South Africa to share the Joe Burke Theatre stage with Hugh Masekela, a musician who is proclaimed the ‘father of South African Jazz...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 3:58 PMStephanie Lyew

“It is a formula that has been working,” said veteran producer, Mikie Bennett when The Gleaner asked if doing a cover song makes for an effective promotional strategy or overshadows the talent of upcoming artistes. Often,...

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

Scotland-born tubist and specialist in brass instruments, Fraser Russell landed on the island last Monday night and headed straight into a tutoring session with the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) the next day.According to executive...

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

"We are not the US$200 to US$1,200 carnival," said Julianne Lee, director of Jamaica Carnival.Regardless of preparations to participate as one of the four bands to take the streets of Kingston on April 8, Lee says a lack of funding has immobilised...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 3:40 PMStephanie Lyew

No woes about reaching the big four-zero here! VH1’s Atlanta Exes, TV/film actress and comedian Torrei Hart, is currently in Jamaica and is set to host her birthday celebration tonight inside the Triple Century Sports Bar in...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With the performing arts, music and theatre being the main medium for messages to be delivered, in recent times the Christian community has been crying out for the support of faith-based films.Christian playwrights and filmmakers like Cleveland O....

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...

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