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Stories by Kimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Long attracted to Jamaica’s natural mystic, international singer Patrice Bart-Williams recently decided to put down roots in the land of wood and water. But like many people all over the world, his plans to really integrate, to be immersed in...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Despite all the bars, theatres, and cinemas being closed and parties postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future, Jamaicans have still found ways to stay communal and connected – while still keeping their distance. Online gaming has long...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

The ASHE Company found its niche in using the performing arts to educate, to entertain, and to send messages of healing and empowerment. So it should come with little surprise that the company has added its voice to the throng of those hurling...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:26 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Chronixx is back. Three years after the release of his debut album, Chronology, the perceived leader of the so-called ‘reggae revival’ has returned to the airwaves with a brand-new single, Dela Move. With the title inspired by Admiral Bailey’s...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:25 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

As the local community spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 begins, businesses are already feeling the negative economic effects. Entertainment events across the island have their permissions revoked, and so all selectors and DJs’ income streams...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:36 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Across the world, they go by many names – night czars, night commissions, night-time ambassadors, night-time economy strategy managers, or night mayors. They are varied titles but function with the same ideal: that while nourishing creative and...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Mix engineering is an essential part of the music-making process. Before any song hits radio – before the CD hits the case or the vinyl hits the jacket – it must be mixed. Essential as the role is, these engineers often remain shadowed in their...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

It was a full house at The Little Theatre last Thursday, as family, friends and a great part of the performing arts community gathered to bid a final farewell to teacher, choreographer and designer, Barry Moncrieffe. More widely and affectionately...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Just before he hits the Jamaica Rum Festival stage later this month, reggae music artiste Indie Allen will ­release Protected, his most spiritual single to date. As special as the song is expected to be, coming from a Rastafarian musician with...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

What do Jamaica’s first professional surfer, a rapper, and a young Tivoli Gardens resident have in common? Well, Elishama Beckford, Bakersteez, and Romar Rose are the stars of OUT DEH: The Youth of Jamaica, a documentary film by Louis Josek. Shot...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

February, or Black History Month – nowadays better known as Reggae Month – is attractive to a much wider audience than Jamaica, inviting visitors from around the world, from outside the diaspora, to come into the island and revel in the righteous...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 9:02 PMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Last November, young Jamaican Kevoy Burton was excited about landing a lead role in Joseph, a feature-length film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Marcia Weekes, blurring the borders between the Caribbean and Africa. At the same time,...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Reggae Month is often associated with music, but February 2020 has much more in store – particularly for local cinephiles. In the coming weeks, the famous Henzell property, 10A (West King’s House Road) – which has been transformed into a...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 1:08 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

FAME FM disc jockey DJ Venom was yesterday laid to rest after a funeral at the Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew, where his family, friends, neighbours, and members of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group came out in support of the ‘on air’...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 1:07 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and designer Barry Moncrieffe, OD, affectionately known by many as Uncle Barry, passed away on Friday following a long battle with cancer. He was 78. Renowned as one of Jamaica’s foremost dance figures, Moncrieffe...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:48 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

“YES!” Young film-maker Deron Douglas could not contain his excitement, when his film, The Tree Speaks was selected as the first-prize winner during the first-ever European Union (EU) Short Film Competition awards ceremony. Douglas’ affirmations...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

At the start of the year, young recording artiste and producer Tessellated, real name Joshua Meeks, has made a major first move. Known for his 2017 hit Pine...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:35 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

This year opened with affirmation that the local film industry is ripe with talent, and its players are steady on the mission to be seen on international screens, by their audiences. It also affirmed that the future is female. Last Wednesday, in...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Since the Best Reggae Album category became included in the Recording Academy’s annual Grammy Awards ceremony about 35 years ago, the handover of the golden gramophone from announcer to winner has never been televised. Being kept off-screen has...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Last year, there was an array of things to marvel at within the local entertainment industry. From Popcaan’s recent traffic-blocking Unruly Fest – a beacon to the east as St Thomas’ new calendar event, to Buju Banton’s history-making Long Walk To...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:30 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

It was the day after Christmas, and all through the night, peals and squeals of laughter echoed around The Jamaica Pegasus Grand Ballroom. It was an evening of delight. It was the ‘sweet 16th’ staging of Ellis International’s Christmas Comedy Cook-...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

American actress Victoria Rowell recently hosted a fundraiser for the Annie Dawson Children’s Home. It was a film screening of Jacqueline and Jilly, written and directed by Rowell, centring on the global opioid crisis. It was an occasion that...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:31 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Word from ‘Cat’ Coore, guitarist, cellist and founding member of the ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, Third World, is that the band is over the moon about their latest album, More Work To Be Done, being nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Reggae Album...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:42 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Young Jamaican film-maker Saeed Thomas has been selected as one of the international producers, with the first Jamaican project, to be pitched at the Euro-Connection 2020 forum, at the 42nd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (CISFF...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:33 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

The pervasive power of reggae and dancehall music around the world need not be defended. It is an inarguable phenomenon that remains affirmed, particularly with the exciting rise of young singjay Koffee. The year 2019 closes with the 19-year-old...

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