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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Arguably, the biggest and most talked-about concert of the year is Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom, which takes place tomorrow at the National Stadium. Music lovers are not the only ones anticipating the big concert; Airbnb operators, car-rental...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s tourism industry can benefit from the addition of the Jamaica Rum Festival (JRF) to its annual calendar of events, and the inaugural staging seems to have put it right in the travel agent and tourist spotlight. According to Valon Thorpe,...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Day two of the Jamaica Rum Festival has earned the reputation of being a diversified portrayal of the island’s culture that not only includes a celebration of rum, food, and local musical genres, but also for its strong spirituality. For many...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:47 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To the uninitiated, a spirits festival, especially one focused on rum, might seem like an excuse to partake in drinking alcoholic cocktails and fall into an inebriated state where all inhibitions are dismissed. As appealing as that may sound to...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Entertainment minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be applying to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for World Heritage designations and inscriptions of other genres of music. UNESCO,...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To select only 50 contributors to the development and evolution of reggae music was probably an extremely challenging task for the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and its committee for the Reggae Gold Awards, says Copeland...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:43 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Michael Nicholson, one of Jamaica’s top local actors, who has been branded primarily as a comedian, has taken on the role of a father in the 30-minute television drama Real Friends, which has returned for its second season on Television Jamaica (...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It seems to be a habit to recognise persons posthumously, but it is one that is not easily avoided, Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange admitted to The Gleaner while attending the Reggae Gold Awards at the National Indoor Sports Centre, on...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tickets for Protoje’s ‘A Matter of Time’ live concert, which originally reserved the bandshell inside Hope Botanical Gardens were sold out, not once, but twice before Saturday night. With a larger number of patrons anticipated to attend, the...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tarrus Riley, Peter Lloyd, Richie Stephens, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, and Pam Hall are among the recording artistes who have contributed to Journey – Break Every Rule, the documentary film on the life and work of the nation’s first female prime minister...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Senior FAME FM presenter DJ Denvo Thombs has made training persons in the art and craft of mixing a part of his daily schedule. A decade ago, he launched the Play It Loud Professional DJ Training Course, Dub Jamaica DJ Academy, and the Kidz Mix DJ...

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The much-anticipated carnival road march is about 12 weeks away, and the calendar has become jam-packed with fetes that already have soca lovers feeling ‘sweet fuh days’. However, there are a few spirits that have been dampened as...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There's no debate that music videos have always been a vital part of the industry. With the continuous transformation of digital media and social networking, animated video creation is now very popular.As the technology becomes more accessible, and...

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Unlike the Cayman Islands, Barbados, St Lucia, and the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica never had a carnival tradition before the '90s - first introduced on the University of the West Indies, Mona campus by students coming from these...

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If there was ever a theme to dominate the stage over the past year, it is female dancehall and reggae entertainers preaching the importance of banding together - whether by sharing the spotlight on stage or a public show of support for each other....

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He introduces himself as Desmond Williams first instead of sharing the fact that he is the recording artiste Gawvy.Though he does not consider himself a hero of any kind, Williams celebrates the work of national heroes, like Marcus Garvey (from whom...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Contrary to popular belief, dancehall makes a wide cross section of people happy. One of those is singer and cast member of VH1's Love and Hip Hop: Miami, Amara La Negra. This she says is the case, as opposed to it being seen as a genre that...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Amid the activities in downtown Kingston on New Year's Eve, the Victoria Pier was lit up - literally and figuratively - with scores of persons seeking a spot to watch the fireworks on the city's waterfront.One of the spots to be was Ribbiz Ocean...

Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Commitment has long been part of Third World's musical agenda, and four reggae entertainers collected Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Third World and Family Committed 45 Years concert on Saturday at the Liguanea Club Golf Academy. Reggae veterans...

Published:Saturday | December 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Like the rise of a phoenix from the ashes, the owner of the acclaimed Reggae Sunsplash trademark is shaking off the dust and flying into the New Year with a plan to reincarnate the festival.In light of the genre's success and recognition, including...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican reggae-fusion band Third World has had a remarkably long and accomplished career. One of the longest-surviving reggae bands of all time, it has lived through changing musical trends as well as some of its original members dying throughout...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Although Jamaicans do not have a tradition of carolling through the streets at Christmas-time, groups such as the Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) and The University Singers, as well as a wide cross section of churches and educational institutions still...

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

Entertainment awards usually mark great accomplishments in an entertainer's career, showing that his or her contributions to the industry is appreciated and valued.However, the number of local awards shows has been on the decline in the past five...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Although given the title of King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man's versatility as an entertainer has afforded him the privilege of being added to various carnivals across the Caribbean. The featured entertainer for the launch of One World Rebellion's...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Mark Anthony Myrie's children have a lot of lost time to make up for. Speaking to his daughter, Jodian Myrie, weeks before his release, she reiterated how special it would be for each of his 17 children.Having been separated from her father for 10...

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