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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"Don't ask me about years. I am terrible with years," Randy Weston told The Gleaner during an interview yesterday in his Pegasus hotel suite. The 92-year-old jazz musician may not have the best memory when it comes to dates, but owns a fountain of...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Puppet shows aren't just for children. Dancehall culture has attracted Belize-born video director Omar Aldana to promote his puppet creation. Aldana is the owner of popular production company Heavy Films.He makes it his duty to explain first that he...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the fashion component of carnival developing rapidly, organisers around the Caribbean have been on the hunt for fresh faces, diverse creations and adding a modern flavour to their traditional celebrations.In a month, the official season of...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The lyrics, "I gave you no roses, no romance, no candlelight and slow dance/That's just how it is, but maybe we can try again" are from the 1983 R...

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Over the past half a decade, the Jamaica Best School Band (JBSB) competition has seen a boom of performance styles and musical concepts. JBSB's fifth season ended on Sunday, with St Richard's Primary copping first place for the third consecutive...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ding Dong's Lebeh Lebeh, Fling Yuh Shoulda, Dweet and Flairy have become part of the must-play list on most disc jockeys' Serato (the most popularly used music software), whether for dancehall sessions, soca parties or corporate affairs.For this...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Soca music, sexy costumes, and the free-spirited people dancing under the warm Caribbean sun. This was the 'mas' movement that Xodus created. Almost on the heels of the road march, it was noticed that the majority of revellers were female.The roads...

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As the soca-themed activities in Jamaica grow rapidly, promoters are digging for more concepts to try out, including silent soca parties. The restaurant and lounge 100 Hope Road opened its doors for Suave: The Silent Soca After-Party hosted by...

Published:Friday | April 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Contrary to what many persons think, soaking your feet in warm water after a carnival road march or 5K should not be the first line of treatment.According to podiatrist at Manuchant Medical Dr Angela Davis, hot or warm water only exacerbates the...

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The American recreational concept of tailgating is being widely adopted in Jamaica, especially in hotels such as Sunset Jamaica Grande and Sunset Beach in Montego Bay. But wait, it is also a part of the Carnival activities in Jamaica.Xodus Carnival...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

D'Angel celebrates her birthday this weekend and although reluctant to share her age, the first lady of dancehall says her philosophy as it relates to ageing, is to be thankful for gaining another year."With age comes growth and maturity, everyone...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Still in therapy for an injury endured after falling through a stage in Bermuda last August, Trinidadian soca artiste Destra Garcia took to the stages for Bacchanal Live on Friday night. The Soca or Die singer, determined to please fans, did surgery...

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Local dancehall songbird Raine Seville speaks frankly about dancehall and the positioning of females in the male-dominated industry.When tallying up her singles, the artiste easily names more than ten collaborations with some of dancehall's leading...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A number of local personalities have already jumped on the 'Wakanda Wagon' by staging parties and private screenings or donating to charitable causes for children to watch the Black Panther movie. Dancehall artiste Popcaan donated $100,000 for...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Aside from Chronixx, who was part of the planning team, Blvk H3ro, Dre Tosh, Naomi Cowan, Kellisa, Tarrus Riley, and other reggae/dancehall artistes attended the Take Me To Wakanda Initiative. Some had already seen Black Panther but were back in the...

Published:Monday | March 12, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"Obviously, entertainers should have a will. By having a will when you die, it helps with the seamless transition of property or for worldly possessions to be transferred to who you want it to be transferred to," said Frankie Campbell, chairman of...

Published:Saturday | March 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Kyann Knight does not want to be labelled as a gospel artiste but as a woman of God singing about her life's journey."Speaking to and about a higher power is not my religion, for me it is about having a relationship with God," Knight told The...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"Exhausting," is how Cedella Marley, the mother of 21-year-old Skip Marley describes watching as he takes the wheels of his musical vehicle. "But it is also enjoyable. When you can live your dream, your life becomes more meaningful."Skip Marley's...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The UWI Carnival recently executed its band launch at the Mona Visitor's Lodge, going bigger and better with the set-up and theme for 2018. This year's 'Uprising' theme is conceptualised off various ethnic backgrounds of Caribbean people, which...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Already, there exist over 10 organizations acting on behalf of local entertainers by either seeking out proper management, the protection of intellectual property rights, preserving the musical heritage among other issues that influence the social being of...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"Forgotten but not gone," is how veteran producer Trevor 'Leggo Beast' Douglas has described Orange Street - a historical location of Jamaica's music that dub, roots reggae, ska and rocksteady artistes, such as the iconic Prince Buster, always...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rockers International record shop at 135 Orange Street is the last of its kind standing on the historical roadway that, over the years, has acquired the moniker, Beat Street.More than 30 record shops once lined the street from Number 23 (where Disco...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As of last Friday, Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp will be a staple for carnival and soca lovers in Jamaica for the next five weeks. Director of Bacchanal Jamaica, Charmaine Franklin, was pleased with the turnout. "It is more than we expected,...

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The deadline for submissions to the Ministry of National Security's Creating a Safer Jamaica video competition is fast approaching. Persons as young as six years old can enter the competition up to Friday, February 23. In keeping with the ministry's...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The events centred on the edutainment aspect of reggae music continues this week one of which is the public speaking competition, conceptualised by the Rita Marley Foundation, to facilitate training among high-schoolers.The topic, 'Cause of and...

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