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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It appears that dancehall entertainer Unknown Gringo is not the only person inspired by the popular riddim and catchphrase of Skillibeng’s hit, Brik Pon Brik. Thirteen-year-old Julanda Frater says what was just her word play has turned into a...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The annual staging of Hempress Sativa Live will, for the third year, focus on creating a multifaceted experience for established and emerging roots-rock-reggae artistes, poets and selectors whose messages are about consciousness. It is slated for...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

An effortless storyteller with an ability to turn any situation into a valuable lesson, Lady G has an instinctive gift of creating message music, and she has made quite the impression in the dancehall arena since her first foray in the 1980s. The...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The various mediums and platforms to which recording artistes have access for distributing, marketing and sharing their work are countless, since the music has shifted from a product-based business to a service-based one, says Andrew Powell, the...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

JahDon’s refreshingly positive approach to creating message music makes persons want to not only listen to him but watch or, as he says in his catchphrase, ‘Look Ya Noww’ for the next step he is going to take in his career. At times, his voice...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Exchanging handshakes with entertainment executives inside the dub garden of the iconic Henzell home was part of the organic hustle and bustle of the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC). “One of the things that the JMC has been good at doing is...

Published:Saturday | February 15, 2020 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Judging by the turnout of major music industry players – in the audience and on stage – at Kemar Highcon and Friends, it could be said that the future of dancehall is in good hands. The ‘Sauce Boss’ hosted the official listening party for his album...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

An electrifying roster of musical talent lit up the gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Sunday, for The Lions Club of Kingston’s 12th annual XII Musical Delights. Supported by Bare Essentials, reggae-rocksteady-ska band, Althea Hewitt, Leroy...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Picture this: being at the centre of the busy Emancipation Park surrounded by Poinciana trees with the night sky being the only thing looking down at you, decorated with the sound of children’s laughter in the distance, and the voices and music...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As recording artistes, sometimes it becomes necessary to take a step back in order to move two steps forward. That aptly describes the path of Jamaica-born gospel singer K Anthony, who is presently based overseas. His emergence on local grounds...

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2020 | 12:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There has been no slowing down for Koffee after winning the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album last week Sunday. The singer appeared at the inaugural Viewtopia Music Festival in Miami for the Super Bowl two days ago, sharing the stage with top...

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2020 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Volier ‘Maffie’ Johnson performed in his first theatrical production while attending St Andrew Technical High School – a pantomime filled with newsworthy jokes and music. The small-school productions prepared the budding thespian for the next role...

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The idea of filling up a portable music-playing device with carefully selected digital files is probably as distant in some music listeners’ memories as is the Mesozoic era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. These days, streaming services offer a...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Nineteen-year-old reggae singer Koffee can now boast the title Grammy Award winner after walking away with the trophy for Best Reggae Album for the Rapture EP at the premiere ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California,...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer I-Octane is beaming now that his daughter Octavia, an aspiring recording artiste, received the opportunity to perform on a major stage. Last Sunday in the wee hours, the proud father invited his 10-year-old daughter to share...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the genesis of her career, dancehall entertainer Ce’Cile has always sought to break new ground so that she could plant the seeds for success – and she flourished – adding a bit of change that the local music industry needed to see from female...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For the reggae and dancehall fans present at Rebel Salute early Sunday morning who wondered who Akeem Campbell was, their curiosity was satisfied when one of 2019’s breakthrough artistes, Chronic Law, stepped on to the stage as the sun rose in the...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:41 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rebel Salute is a festival that is known for battling the elements – and winning. ‘Saluters’ know by now that a little rain never hurts a soul. Instead, it awakens the spirits of dancehall and reggae music lovers. And this is exactly what it did on...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rap music accounts for a large percentage of music being streamed in the United States, and despite the claim of some local producers that the fusion of that genre with dancehall will not be a successful one, there are artistes like Maryland-born...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tanaania Tracey is steadily becoming one of Jamaica’s most dynamic contributors to Google’s video-hosting behemoth, YouTube, as she operates her page on the platform that now has over 30,000 subscribers. Seeing the young social media influencer and...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From unknowing rookie to dance instructor, Jason Chau’s training in the art of dancehall moves served as an eye-opener for the Australian, who said he was informed that dancehall is a controversial sub-genre of music and a medium for lyricists and...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Today is the 44th birthday of one of the greatest lyricists in Jamaica’s dancehall – Vybz Kartel, the entertainer who exploded on to the scene between 2002 and 2003. Both years were credited as the dancehall entertainer’s period of emergence,...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I want to become an overqualified recording artiste and songwriter,” says Afaya Pollack, an eighth-grade student who has combined her two passions - literature and music. It was in April last year that she won over the judges of the Rita Marley...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:27 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“It was my first real genre that I fell in love with,” Skinny Fabulous told The Gleaner. The Vincentian singer-songwriter said his interest in music was sparked by dancehall, and, in an attempt to start a career as a recording artiste, he penned...

Published:Saturday | December 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Police detained four suspected cell phone snatchers approximately 2:45 a.m. on Friday as they attempted to leave a jam-packed I Love Soca venue in Kingston. The cops apprehended the men at Sabina Park’s North Stand gateway where they recovered the...

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