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Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:09 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Ska and reggae icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, who passed away in Jamaica at the University Hospital of the West Indies on September 11, continues to make strides in the USA with his huge catalogue of hit songs. His classic, Pressure...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2020 | 12:09 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: Jamaica’s music ambassador Richie Stephens is one of several leading acts tapped by the Government to perform at the funeral of reggae legend Toots Hibbert, as final preparations fall into place. “It will be an honour for me to help to give...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:15 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Irwine Clare was hit hard by Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie’s comments about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The New York radio host told The Gleaner that while the dancehall superstar’s utterances by no means surprised him, they were tough to...

Published:Monday | October 5, 2020 | 12:11 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: Kingston-born Elaine Wallace Buck, who migrated to the USA 19 years ago, is today beaming with pride, given that on Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, her 16-year-old daughter, Tayler, will hit the silver screens, starring alongside award-...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, who passed away over 39 years ago, continues to loom large in the United States. The reggae king’s voice is featured in not one, but two current, mainstream television commercials in the US, which may give him...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2020 | 12:08 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New York: The passing on 9/11 this year of reggae legend Toots Hibbert, born Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert, sent shock waves through the music world. His death was reported by international networks and publications like NBC TV, Rolling Stone, TMZ...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: Self-taught chef and event promoter Omar Walters, who was born in New York to Jamaica parents Maxine Greaves and Paul Walters, brought visibility to Brand Jamaica. He was prominently featured on ABC TV Channel 7 last Friday evening and...

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2020 | 12:18 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Peter Tosh’s youngest son, Gamal Jawara McIntosh, aka ‘Tosh1’, 41, was recently cremated in the US, Dave Tosh, one of Peter Tosh’s son confirmed. A devout Rastafarian, Jawara was mercilessly beaten at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

Brooklyn, NYC: Jamaican gospel singer and songwriter Joan Myers was recently tapped to lend her voice to one of two musically engaging public service announcements (PSA) for the 2020 United States census. The PSA songs, one reggae and the other...

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2020 | 12:13 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New York: Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington, whose mother is Jamaican, has expressed delight that her Netflix drama, American Son – a Broadway-to-screen adaptation of Christopher Demos-Brown’s play of the same name – is...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New york: ON SUNDAY, June 29, 2014, Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths was celebrating 50 years in the music business and she had brought along a powerful army of veterans from Jamaica to help her mark this musical milestone at Groovin In The Park 2014...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:18 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: JAMAICA’S GRAMMY kid, Koffee, is enjoying a new lease on life with her single ‘ Toast’, which is now featured in a new Life Water (LIFEWTR) mainstream TV commercial, which premiered on television stations nationally in the USA. LIFEWTR is a...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:19 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

Bronx, NY: New York-based Japanese producer, Eisaku ‘Selector A’ Yamaguchi, says the idea for his latest compilation, Reggae Loves Unity, came to life after vibing to a Bob Marley classic – War. “That is what inspired me to do this compilation...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:24 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New York: New York-based Jamaican reggae singer, Marcia Aitken, burst on to the scene in the mid ‘70s with her single, I’m Still in Love with You Boy, which climbed to number one in Jamaica and the United Kingdom (UK). The song was sampled by DJ...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:17 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: Jamaica-born author director, producer, and actress, Sandy Daley waited with bated breath with her family on December 3 to see if she would win one of the coveted spots in the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival. The festival, which was founded in...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:22 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: Veteran vocal harmony reggae group, The Meditations, which last performed on Jamaican soil with Bob Marley at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978, is confirmed for Rebel Salute 2020, which unfolds at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St Ann, on...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:09 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Skip Marley, the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, was on schedule when he and his team arrived at Hot 97 FM in Manhattan recently for his 10:30 a.m. interview with morning co-host Shani Kulture. The Gleaner and TVJ’s Entertainment...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:41 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: At Buju Banton’s historic Long Walk To Freedom official after-party in March, New York Chef Omar Walters of Omar’s Kitchen, was flown to Jamaica to fête celebrities and fans attending the shindig at Liguanea Club in St Andrew. Later this week...

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New York: WBAI, a listener-supported radio station and a member of the Pacifica chain of radio stations, which provides original programming to listeners in the Metropolitan New York City region and worldwide, was abruptly shut down Monday...

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2019 | 12:10 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NY: Lt Stitchie, who made the transition from dancehall music to gospel, after a near tragic motor vehicle accident on his way to Reggae Sumfest in 1997, was overcome with emotion when he reunited with his long-time sparring partner, DJ Ricky...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:21 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New York: History was created on Monday, September 30, with the official launch of My Turn Radio, an all-female disc jocks radio platform. The station, whose playlist includes reggae and dancehall music, is the brainchild of New York-based...

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

Bronx, NY: At a time when some of the stakeholders in the music industry in Jamaica are complaining that their livelihood is under threat with the enforcement of the Noise Abatement Act, New York rolled out the red carpet for some of the biggest...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:16 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: After being off the airwaves for almost eight months, Kirk Nelson, aka ‘Captain Kirk,’ the renowned ‘bad boy’ of radio, has taken up residence at Supa Jamz radio in Palm Beach, South Florida, hosting the Captain Kirk Show. ‘The...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

Mt Vernon, NY: Hip hop superstar DMX and dancehall artiste, Serani brought the heat to CityFest last weekend in Mt Vernon, New York. The outdoor street festival featured performances from several American and local reggae-dancehall acts and...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMAnthony Turner/Gleaner Writer

New York: Recent comments by female dancehall DJ D’Angel comparing herself musically to Koffee and demanding respect from the entertainment industry have put the spotlight on females in the reggae/dancehall space who are making strides or on the...

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