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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....

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The promoters of the Rastafari RootzFest, at the Long Bay Beach Park in Negril, are stepping up the promotion of the three-day-into-night ganja festival by inviting more prominent names from the local and international scene.Member of the board of...

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Gospel music has in many ways influenced other forms of music and vice versa, including reggae, dancehall and alternative, which has resulted in a relationship between the genres known as contemporary gospel. However, it is a genre that is often...

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:03 AMStephanie Lyew

Many would think having a family name that has a legacy attached to it and even reckoned as royalty in some countries would make one feel high, but it's quite the opposite for Alex Marley."I didn't like that it (the Marley name) was the first thing...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

After purchasing a costume to jump in one of the popular bands and attending all the pre-carnival fetes like J'Ouvert and the Bacchanal series, one may find their personal finances have dwindled or receive a credit card statement requiring hours of...

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

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: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: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...

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