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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | November 23, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“When you’re a single mother, things automatically change up,” says Eveana Henry, known professionally by the moniker Pamputtae. The dancehall diva tells The Gleaner she has been on a journey of “self-love” and with that, has put a lot of energy in...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 7:57 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The events of 2020 have underscored the ever-present necessity of Life Yard’s mission for the past six years – connecting the youth within the inner city with opportunities to transform their lives through the arts and agriculture. Located smack in...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The second Phillip Fung’s website loads, the eyes are greeted with a colourful palette of the artist’s paintings, inspiring the release of endorphins that immediately provoke a smile. Telling Phil, as he prefers to be called, that this is the...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s always been the arts for Kemaul Martin, known professionally as Yaksta. From writing short verses, sculpting and painting to graphic and clothing design, he has tested the creative waters before committing to a career in music. The recording...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The live-streaming of performances is not a new concept, but until now, the practice has not been a significant alternative to the live show economy in Jamaica and the wider, global entertainment industry. Several key players in the music and...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If music is a universal language, then reggae is widely spoken. The genre has proven itself useful to Waldiney Silva, known professionally as DJ Waldiney. He is the radio personality and disc jockey who pledged to assist 1970s reggae songbird...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Though joking when he compared music to a mistress, some elements hold true in the comparison. The industry, reggae soul singer Cezar told The Gleaner in a recent interview, is very demanding for an artiste. “It requires a lot of attention, and it...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s easy to define a recording artiste by his or her biggest hit, says Genarus, an aspiring singer who hails from Exchange in St Ann and who is trying to break into the industry in a way that, though tried and true, is unique. The 18-year-old...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Yohan Marley is writing another chapter in Jamaican music with his foray into reggae-inspired music with a global fusion. With a legend like Bob Marley for a grandfather, and a father like multi-Grammy Award winner Stephen Marley, who continues to...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Coming off the success of the compilation albums Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica in 2018, and Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica: The Reggae Collector’s Edition this year, Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards is setting even higher standards as he charts...

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

From designing party fliers to racking up an incredible music video portfolio spanning different genres in the African diaspora, 300K is in high demand. Recently featured by Billboard, the videographer has quickly cut a dash with his grandstand...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Top 10 finalists for this year’s Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant have been selected. Points tallied by a panel of judges from a swimwear photoshoot and video challenge that required each finalists to display...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The line, “I want you to know that I am the man who fight for the right, not the wrong”, stands out in the 1992 classic Bam Bam. According to veteran recording artiste Pliers, it is the reason that the sample of the song could be heard in the...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There are two kinds of reactions to Diel’s Pretty Melanin production: opulent praise and deep criticism. The praise comes from a growing fanbase for the educator, who first left the classroom in 2015 to take up recording music full-time. The...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Live-streaming an event or performance might feel cumbersome in a culture that thrives on social interaction, but it is not wholly impossible, says Michael Campbell, co-founder of online ticket sales and event execution company, First In Line...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With Jamaica’s shining stars lauding his skills, Iotosh Israel Mykal Geister Poyser, or simply, iotosh, is a proven young talent with some of the most uninhibited, imaginative and idiosyncratic sound productions. It could be because he doubles as a...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Music producer and one of the founding members of Reggae Vibes Radio, Marlon Folkes, recently collaborated with presenter Wayne Hall, of The Wayne Hall Show in Atlanta, to host a discussion on the importance of a mixtape DJ in the current era of...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Millennial French artiste Naâman is helping to reshape the music scene in France. He joins the likes of other artistes, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Bruno Blum, Tonton David, Raggasonic and Lord Kossity. All are born in the Western European country...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If three years ago someone had told Jaz Elise she would be sharing a frame with Govana or the likes of Chi Ching Ching and Protoje for an epic music video in 2020, she would probably have said, “No way”. Born Jasmine Taylor, the fast-rising...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With Florida museums going through a phased reopening across the state, Island SPACE, a non-profit organisation, is preparing to raise the shutters of a new cultural establishment, dedicated to the rich history of the Caribbean. “The exhibitions...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trained as a classical musician, Aaron Nigel Smith’s path in music was set. “If someone put a drum or a guitar in my hand and told me to ‘jam out’, I couldn’t do it,” Smith told The Gleaner as he recalled his childhood. “All my knowledge was...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“The feminist in me was able to express myself as a powerful female and not feeling downgraded from a male perspective.” These are the words of dance choreographer and performer Kimiko Miller in the introduction of episode three of the Netflix...

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...

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