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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The seventh annual GATFFEST Film Festival kicked off last Friday evening at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, with videographers and photographers jostling to get the best shots of the carpet arrivals, among them distinguished guests...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tafina Wilson chuckled when she recalled the first time her mother, reggae vocalist Pam Hall, realised that she knew the lyrics to all her music. “I was 15 years old when I told her I wanted to do backing vocals for her. It was for Reggae Sumfest...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 2:22 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae and dancehall entertainers are oftentimes mentioned for having a competitive nature, whether by their attempts to surpass previous musical achievements or to outdo peers. And over the years, the platform that has thrived off that spirit of...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

June is the month when Pulse presents its Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) for local and international fashion houses to showcase their latest collections in fashion capital Kingston. When one thinks of the runway, the vision is most often of models...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Skateboarding has been popular since the ‘80s, when it spawned its own culture labelled the ‘skate punk’ culture, with prime influences riveted in art, fashion and music. Though it has been portrayed as a rebellious form of recreation firmly tied...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A dimly lit path leading to a garden filled with aromatic perennial flowers and picturesque water features welcomed guests into the Pavilion Garden (Hope Gardens) for an evening of frolic and reflection called Toast. It’s for good reason that the...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Don’t get it twisted, Nia Orea is not a cookie-and-cream type of girl. And while the music trailblazer cannot explain the origin of her chosen stage name, she is certain that there is no affiliation with the popular cream-filled snack. “It is...

Published:Saturday | May 25, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Like Labour Day projects, gospel is participatory, and a gospel concert has more to do with galvanising the audience than with the individual entertainers or songs. Last Thursday’s Praise and Worship Concert, presented by the Ministry of Culture,...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To watch Shady Squad’s Conray Richards caper and bounce in the middle of a party will probably leave a non-dancer awestruck. His movements are effortless, his energy booms louder than the heaviest bass speaker, and his face always has the brightest...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For the last decade, Kelly Dudley has been running a race to compete with digital music-distribution services worldwide. With the launch of 21st Hapilos Digital in 2009, sparked by the idea that dancehall music was seeing improved growth on the...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whether you choose to pass or play, there is no escaping the fact that as technology advances, many of the popular means of entertainment will soon cease to exist. As a result, there is a growing market for traditional games recreated for the...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s one of those songs that’s so familiar, it’s hard to ignore it when it starts playing, but outside of its impact, I’ve Got News For You may just be one of the most cherished songs of Stephen Harper’s solo career thus far. Most roots-reggae...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In 1979, Jamaican reggae group Black Uhuru released a song titled after the famous 1967 movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. It was reintroduced last year by Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Dean Fraser, who produced a version that allowed Tarrus...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The ‘Now Trending’ chart on the Audiomack streaming service’s home page remains one of the most active and frequently updated charts in the digital realm – on-the-hour updates to be exact. The chart is created from a diverse list of artistes, both...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trinidadian recording artiste Fay-Ann Lyons, in her song Girls, sings, “Carnival is woman, carnival is girls, girls, girls”. But, masquerades across the globe have harvested greater support and interest from men with each staging. Many men are...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 1:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Rather than controversial, the choice in topics and titles of my music are more on the provocative side,” explained Kristofer Madu to The Gleaner, during an interview that would later unearth the Kingston-raised rapper’s true mission. Madu has a...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was the simmering dancehall hit, Who Am I (Sim Simma), that introduced dancehall sensation Anthony Moses Davis, or as many would know him, Beenie Man, to the world. Recorded and released in 1997, the playful confidence of the deejay is showcased...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Rita Marley Foundation has, since 2013, held annual essay competitions for high-school students. However, this year, secondary-school students will be able to submit entries for the first songwriting competition. Although the I-Threes singer...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Of the multitude of musical influences that have an effect on Jamaica’s musical styles, American rhythm and blues music has, arguably, left the most lasting impact. Reggae music has been widely regarded as a variation of rhythm and blues, although...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Visually-impaired producer, Poye ‘Buka’ Robinson, is a strong believer in the power of music and its role as an inspirational tool that may be used to elevate individuals facing challenges in the same way it helped him to overcome the tragedy of...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Visually-impaired producer, Poye “Buka” Robinson, is a strong believer in the power of music and its role as an inspirational tool which may be used to elevate individuals facing challenges, in the same way it helped him to overcome the tragedy of...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bescenta is an example of slow and steady wins the race. The reggae singer emerged in early 2000 with strong ambitions that manifested through socially conscious lyrics primarily focused on motivating youths. He received his first breakthrough...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Music and business have always been combined passions for Tyler Chung, more popularly known as DJ Tyler. There’s no saying that the affable son of popular entertainment and business mogul, Brian ‘Ribbie’ Chung, has not used his father’s industry...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the usual Saint International and Campari style, the Jamaica Avant Garde Designer of the Year event, ‘The Red Glamour Celebration’, brought out the perfect mix of fashion industry executives and influencers to its finals held at the Courtleigh...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Nineties dancehall entertainers Errol ‘Jigsy’ King, Mr Easy, Mega Banton, and Lushy Banton will soon embark on a city-hopping tour across the eastern American states. The deejays are kicking things off on Memorial Day weekend in May, in North and...

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