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Stories by Kimberley Small

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Though confined to a wheelchair, Dr Jean 'Binta' Breeze rose to her feet to collect her silver Musgrave Medal at the presentation ceremony at the Institute of Jamaica on East Street on Wednesday.Breeze was among 10 individuals awarded the Musgrave...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Walshy Fire, a member of the popular EDM and dancehall-reggae-influenced group Major Lazer, has expanded his scope with the release of his latest project. Walshy Fire and The Expanders Present Thanks For Life, which was launched on Friday, is a...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

The Jamaican film industry has been experiencing a rapid ebb and flow in recent years and seems poised for a huge wave of possibilities. Over the next six weeks, our new feature, The Reel, will explore the industry, highlight the players and the...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Passers-by on East Street may not even look twice at the empty parking lot on Water Lane. The lot is controlled by Earl 'Chinna' Smith - the man whose guitar riffs and runs have been immortalised in the music of reggae's global ambassador, Bob...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Damian Jr Gong Marley has another feather in his producer's hat as he will be the executive producer for the next album of the accomplished Third World band.Last Friday, the stalwart reggae band released Loving You Is Easy, the first single from the...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Elecia Gordon from the rural community of Spring Mount in St James is now living her dream.Fresh from appearing on the catwalk for Giorgio Armani's Spring/Summer Ready-To-Wear 2019 collection at the Milano Linate Airport in Milan last Thursday night...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Grammy award-winning Canadian band Arcade Fire has recruited a plethora of Jamaican talent for their latest project. They have enlisted local producers Nicholas 'Bobby Blackbird' Deane and Jordan 'Time Cow' Chung of Equiknoxx Music and Jeremy...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

As the film festival season kicks into high gear, Jamaican filmmakers have made a notable contribution to the content pool and begun taking steps towards international fame.Some of these filmmakers had the support of programmes like JAFTA PROPELLA (...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

The United Kingdom's interest in reggae music has existed for decades. In February 2017, Toddla T visited the island with BBC 1Xtra and organised a freshman cypher with upcoming local artistes. Shenseea, Lila Ike, Leno Banton, and Blvk H3ro were...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small

It takes a lot of energy and resources to turn a hashtag into a movement. It takes even more to turn that into an economically viable, culturally contributing entity. For Kingston Creative, the wheels have been oiled and the sails...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

There are very few indigenous cultural performance groups in Jamaica today that retain the essence of the nation's African ancestry. The Charles Town Maroons have sustained this for over three centuries. Kumina groups emerged in the post-...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Eric Donaldson could be called the king of the Jamaica Cultural Development Corporation (JCDC) Festival Song Competition. More than 50 years after the competition's inception, he retains the record of most wins at seven. "I was singing before the...

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

The Hertford Folk and Cultural Group has been regularly invited to perform at the annual Seville Emancipation Jubilee in St. Ann. This year, the group returned to the Seville Great House with a full complement, which still includes four foundation...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

As this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) celebrations get into high gear with the approach of the Grand Gala and other celebrations surrounding our independence, songs such as Eric Donaldson's Land of my birth and Roy Rayon's...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

A round of applause erupted at the arrivals patio of the Norman Manley International Airport as the purple-clad members of deCarteret College Choir emerged. Parents, teachers, and schoolmates had gathered to welcome the award-winning group home from...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

The grand finals of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival Song competition takes place tonight after a one-year hiatus, but one aspiring artiste will be out of the running for the top prize after being previously selected in...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 1:44 PMKimberley Small

It was announced this morning that the effervescent, consistently contributing local jazz talent Suzanne Couch has succumbed to stage four breast cancer in Mexico. As a result of her persistent, palpable good nature, the singer's death...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

As the adage goes, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree'. But if there are two trees, the harvest from the orchard is bound to be bountiful.In almost every sector of the local music industry, many will be familiar with the name Peter Ashbourne...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

In 2010, then Prime Minister the Hon Bruce Golding was incensed at the appearance of graffiti defacing premises in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens in west Kingston. The affront triggered a chain reaction, which eventually led to members of the...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

As the United States celebrates the genius of persons like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, Jamaican popular music history also boasts its own arsenal of visually impaired or blind musical successes.As Fab Five and Unique Vision bands carry on in this...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

A team of six lawyers from three law firms, were recently in the island at a Gleaner's Editor's Forum representing Michael May, more popularly known as Flourgon.Stephen Drummond and JoAnn Squillace of the law firm Drummond and Squillace were...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

The ultimate goal of filmmaker Toni Morgan Haye is to show the world all the breathtaking stories Jamaica has to tell, and it seems her chance is coming much sooner than anticipated. Last year, Morgan Haye became the first Jamaican director to debut...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

"My Jesus walks on water. My Jesus calms the sea. He's a healer and a restorer - just take one look at me. Just look at me!"This is a line from one of the songs from Minister Marion Hall's upcoming album. Formerly known as 'Lady Saw', she has taken...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

"How do I get it all done? No skylarking! Just get it done."To understand Sezi is to know that she does everything she wants to do. With a music career that seems to have stopped and restarted, singer-songwriter Sarah Silvera has always been on the...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 5:36 PMKimberley Small

For those seeking to dive headfirst into film production with a chance to win J$25,000, Go Jamaica 2018 — Film Rush is coming up next weekend.  Frame of Reference, in association with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (...

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