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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | October 26, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The first round of Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) eliminations was an emotional one for applicants and the franchise holders, who set out to select 10 prospective contestants for this year’s competition to make a total of 15 with the regional queens....

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With beauty pageants and related activities barred under existing COVID-19 protocols and quarantine rules, Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) franchise holders are taking the necessary steps to find this year’s queen, and the response has been second to...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From May 13 to July 31, two free online programmes – A French for the Arts and A Technical Training – were offered to 50 Caribbean creatives, who were selected to be Integrate French as a Language of Exchanges (IFLE) and Visual and Performing Arts...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Kabaka Pyramid is one of the next generation of players in the reggae narrative dubbed ‘reggae revival’. Even if you don’t have your finger on reggae’s pulse, the rhythmical heartbeat that is signature of the subgenre pervades his music. And, if...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:17 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For many, the word ‘salad’ conjures up a lifeless plate of green, leafy vegetables with dressing on the side. But, if the testimony of British-born chef and cookbook author Harriet ‘Harry’ Eastwood is anything to go by, a salad is quite the...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Miami-based entertainer Popeye Caution continues to merge his love for music and fashion — working his way on to mainstream radio and fashion runways — with collaborations like Shoes Off, Hollywood, Good Ting Dem and Clothes Can’t Done. Vocal...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall music – its ‘hardcoreness’, spotlighting graphic references to violence, power, and sex from both male and female recording artistes – oftentimes pushes the boundaries of artistic expression, which internationally acclaimed music producer...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Chart-topping musician, singer-songwriter Maxi Priest, producer and mixing engineer Livingstone Brown, and ‘70s rock guitarist Robin Trower, all uniquely and directly influenced by soul and gospel, melded their ideas to present a United State of...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On Saturday, Denver ‘Feluke’ Smith’s friends, family and colleagues, at least those that could be present, gathered in the historic town of Port Royal, and over 1,000 persons joined in virtually, to remember the talented musician’s life and say...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

F. Profile Tifa talks celibacy and survival in a sexualised genre Sexologist applauds artiste’s conscious decision Her wardrobe sometimes consists of figure-hugging, revealing outfits. Her music videos are sexy and her lyrics consist of...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

New York-born Kamaal Burrowes, better known as Klassik Frescobar, is a rapper-singer who has been creating a stir with his lawless, high-energy type of ‘soca-hall’ (a fusion of dancehall and soca). His growth can be attributed, somewhat, to the...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The youth-driven streaming and music discovery platform Audiomack is on the hunt for recording artistes and they are pulling away the blinds to display the rich musical tapestry of the Caribbean. As one of the very few platforms available in...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Singer and percussionist Feluke will finally be laid to rest this weekend but the exact location will not be disclosed, said Crystal Campbell, his friend who acted as his caretaker throughout his illness. “I know once the location is announced we...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

GeOo is on a mission to be a better version of himself for the advancement of the music industry. A stout-hearted newcomer on Jamaica’s dancehall fusion scene, he’s also tipped to be one of the artistes who will be next to cross over to the...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2020 | 6:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The music industry is primed for a reckoning and, according to Sophia Brown, practitioners will have to take a more structured approach to the business. The pandemic gives a whole new meaning to the idiom ‘save for a rainy day’, and this reggae...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The art of collaboration may not be as simple as dipping a paintbrush into paint, but when Blvk H3ro (pronounced Black Hero) and Wayne J found themselves staring at the same canvas, more than once, the lyrical artistes decided to aim for a musical...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“The interpretation of who a dancer is and what a dancer does is not particularly good,” said Latonya Dillon. The seasoned dance choreographer and founder of Dance Jamaica Academy, who is more popularly known in the performing arts circle as...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With full lips and a go-getter attitude, Joby Jay demands the attention of a star. She is currently securing her place in the music industry as a creative force to be reckoned with. Her mood might very well be filtering over from 2019, like she...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A quiet breakout singer from St Ann, Timuna, has her eyes set on being the next flower to blossom from the Garden Parish. While her appreciation of Afrocentric style makes her a fit in today’s reggae landscape, it’s her ‘switch-it-up’ prowess in...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last year, Cliff Manswell’s fingers were busy adding to the melodies of Jamaican roots-reggae trio the Mighty Diamonds with his bass guitar on their US West Coast tour. This year, the Trinidad-born guitarist’s is focused on reviving his label while...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Supporters of the annual Jamaica Carnival celebrations were left in limbo earlier this year when the announcement that 2020 carnival events would move from the original date in April to Sunday, October 25, due to the continued spread of the...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2020 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Justin Bieber did it for Beauty and a Beat in 2012. The following year, Portland, Oregon-based Latin indie band Y La Bamba did it for Ponce Pilato, and Ariana Grande, who was inspired by the concept, employed it for her collaboration with Big Sean...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There are pros to being the son of a recording artiste, but Jahazeil Myrie, son of Grammy award winning reggae-dancehall entertainer Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie, says it’s not always an easy road. And, the young artiste is not asking for it to be...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

This singer says she is not here to make any trouble, but already, Nordia Mothersille is stirring up a lot of talk as the first female to be signed officially to NotNice Records. Discovered by the record label’s owner, Ainsley ‘NotNice’ Morris,...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Exactly one year ago, Abijah, the conscious reggae singer identified as a lyrical peacemaker, emerged burning a fire with his single, ‘ The Rootsman’. Like a book that is worth reading, the words combined to make a track that informed listeners of...

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