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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...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Trinidad-based artist, Keegan Simon returned to Jamaica recently to host Arty, at Chillitos Jamexican Restaurant. Simon, who is a past student of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (EMC), says, "It has been a long-time initiative...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:27 AMStephanie Lyew

  Trinidad-based artist, Keegan Simon, returned to Jamaica recently to host Arty, at Chillitos Jamexican Restaurant. Simon, who is a past student of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (EMC) says, “It has been a long...

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

Dubbed the dancehall diva, reggae/dancehall artiste Tifa has overcome many challenges - including criticism due to deformity of her legs - thus breaking the stereotype of how a successful female in the music industry should look....

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremony (QORIHC) has added a celebrity charity auction to kick off the 2017 staging. All proceeds go towards providing a tertiary-level scholarship to a girl living in a place of safety in Jamaica.The auction...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The element of surprise has remained at a high for nine seasons of the popular Sunday night Ity and Fancy Cat show on TVJ, produced by Ellis International Limited. Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Alton 'Fancy Cat' Hardware had to learn to balance performing pre...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

As you enter the gardens of the Afya Studios, Liguanea, St Andrew, the home of Jason Lee Worton's Wednesday evening Roots Rock Yoga class, you quickly feel the positive energy taking over.Worton, a guitarist known for his association with some of...

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

BIRTHDAY WISH: "I'd like to see the artistes live together as one. When many artistes were starving them stay friends. Now everybody get successful is like them never know one another"Oneal 'Elephant Man' Bryan, the high-spirited Virgo, celebrated...

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

One of the most well supported elite Friday night events to be held in clubs in Kingston for over five years, Uber now finds itself in a more intimate location at 100 Hope Road.The event moved from the Club Privilege in New Kingston in 2016 to...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Entering its fifth year, planners of Jamaica's Best School Band (JBSB) competition, Jorja Events Media, is now accepting entries from secondary schools for the 2018 staging.The competition will have four rounds islandwide and various workshops...

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