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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...

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

While the family and schoolmates of Rovene Charles continue to mourn, reggae/dancehall artiste Marlon 'Dotta Coppa' Morsby has taken it upon himself to write, record and release a song dedicated to the eight-year-old boy, who succumbed to the...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In previous years, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has given financial support for Reggae Month which, according to its executive director, Dr Carey Wallace, amounts to over $8 million.Dr Wallace explained that according to records the TEF has...

Published:Saturday | January 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From Waterford in Portmore to the Kingston 12 community of Craig Town, Javal Matthew Paul Lewis has been chasing his dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.Lewis, 22, is presently one of the few actively practising ballet dancers with the...

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fan-proclaimed dancehall princess Shenseea is not sitting around waiting for opportunities to land in her lap. Like in the game of ludo - or 'loodi' as Jamaicans would call it - the artiste is throwing double sixes and making moves for the win on...

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

At a time when most Americans have been exposed to a more pop-influenced style of reggae music, New Kingston (a band comprised of a father and his three sons out of New York), is dedicated to the preservation of Jamaican reggae and its message.Even...

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Over the years, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) and its partners have managed to establish February as the official month to celebrate reggae music and its practitioners. With taglines such as From di Root, to di World in 2011; Reggae 50...

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In celebration of its three-year anniversary, the InPulse Art Project launched an exhibition on Saturday at Studio 174 in Downtown Kingston with live entertainment provided by The pH5 band.The visual art learning and creation platform for expression...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Alpha Institute remains grateful to Corporate Jamaica for the support given throughout its 138 years in existence, and is especially touched by persons who reach out individually to donate time, energy, and money to assist with the various...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The commercialisation of carnival bands and high cost of costumes has not affected the sales. Directors of Xaymaca International, Xodus and Bacchanal Jamaica, have expressed that the interest has grown not only locally, but also from overseas...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

While many female artistes in Jamaica are focused on climbing to the top, and doing so quickly, none of that seems to matter to the reggae-rocking old soul that is Joelle Clarke, or, as most people know her, Jovi Rockwell.The reggae genre, with its...

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Members of Boys' Town have long been convinced that Trench Town and surrounding communities are in need of a library and museum dedicated to its history.The long wait is nearly over. Well, so says Junior Lincoln, president of the Boys' Town Old Boys...

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

From Fly Away, released in 2011, to Picture in 2017, Rebel Salute patrons can be certain that reggae soulstress Ikaya will have an entertaining selection of songs from her catalogue for them to sing along with and rock to tomorrow night.But as...

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