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Stories by Kimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:36 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

On his re-entry into in the wild world of the Internet, a space powered by social media, local superstar entertainer Buju Banton takes it back to basics. Last Friday, the entertainer released the brand new track, Trust, produced by highly respected...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Once considered Perry Henzell’s only feature film, The Harder They Come is hailed as a classic by film lovers and critics all over the world, across generations. Now, old reels that were lost have been found, and over 40 years after its start,...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Last month, as part of the Business of Sustainability for Studios (BOSS) programme, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), with support from the World Bank, led a second delegation with eight...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

While Jamaica struggles to establish effective entertainment zones and argues around the development of a performing arts centre or the restoration of existing theatre spaces, the United States (US) West Coast is a region ripe with real roots-...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 1:30 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Starting this week, two beloved music events will join forces for a new kind of Wednesday night. Collaborating with Gabre Selassie’s scenesetting event, the groovy, multigenre musicians responsible for the Thursday night open-mic jam sessions at...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 1:29 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

With the influence of big-name producers like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Sprinter got the Hollywood treatment on every level, including music. Recently, the motion picture soundtrack hit the shelves with a line-up featuring Jamaican and...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:26 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

For the upcoming Red Bull Culture Clash, which will be hosted in Kingston, Jamaica, for the first time, the general consensus among the participants is that the event may turn out to be much more than just a clash. As the brand puts energy behind a...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

At just about two years old, King Remo Sound System is saddled with the responsibility of being San Antonio, Texas’ first point of reference for reggae and dancehall culture. Built from scratch by Mexican-American reggae artist, Sgt Remo, the irie...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

“Any word and every word can make lyrics. As long as you can talk it, it can come inna lyrics.” Artiste manager Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser made this observation during The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum recently. Though it is an obvious one – that...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music, but California has maintained a dominant space for the genre, with multiple annual roots and reggae music festivals that pull thousands of fans. The organisers regularly invite local stars like Chronixx,...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:14 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Red Bull is ready to take its biggest musical event to Jamaican soil, and The Sunday Gleaner caught up with one of the losers, who was happy to have participated in one of the brand’s epic Culture Clash face-offs. Based in New York, Max Glazer is...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

There was a chance that Noel Dexter’s musical legacy of leading and composing would have ended with him, but his family seemed to have little choice but to sing or play. By both accounts, from his daughter, Carol Dexter-Dwyer, and only grandson,...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

It is a universally accepted idea that reggae music is freedom music, that the essence of the genre is founded in our people’s ­resistance to oppressive empires and colonial ideologies. For some, that idea is a bit restrictive because ­resistance...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Last summer, controversy-laden American rapper XXXTentacion was gunned down by a group of young men in an apparent robbery, but his death has not stopped the artiste’s domination of the rap music charts. Since his passing in June 2018, a number of...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:22 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

At 30 years old, Mikhail Morris has compiled an impressive repertoire, one that continues to stun even him. A street dancer, his career officially took off when he competed on talent show Dancing Dynamites and placed second on his second attempt...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:24 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

From its inception, reggae music has characteristically been associated with Rastafarians, the tropics, and spliffs sending up plumes of cannabis smoke. Acknowledging this everlasting connection to music, Clyde McKenzie, organiser of the upcoming...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

A quaint, rustic, small square structure nestled in Devon Bradshaw’s backyard acts as the home base, central meeting spot, rehearsal and hangout spot for The Jolly Boys mento band. This is Axx recording studio in Norridge, Portland. “There can’t...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

In grade seven, Jade Brooks decided to join his high school band playing the drums. “But I heard somebody else and took a U-turn then started playing to playing the recorder. But a sugession by his music teacher Dacham led him to the bass. Brooks...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Last weekend, Richard Nattoo invited his peers to the Blank Space at the Trade Centre on Red Hills Road to see his art exhibition, Fragility, and to listen to the artwork’s accompanying songs. Along with the symmetrical, colourful presentation of...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

With many major entertainment events, there comes the issue of waste. Earlier this year, carnival bands campaigned about reducing plastic consumption by walking with your own party cups and providing biodegradable lunchboxes for the thousands of...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Jamaican film-makers Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald have been enjoying the type of exposure amateurs dream of. Their 13 minutes-long short film, Flight, produced as part of the JAFTA Propella Short Film Initiative, is making its way to the biggest...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

When choosing her moniker, Shanique Brown faced an identity crisis. Her first choice was her birth name, Shanique, but people immediately assumed that her style would be similar to Denyque, known for her song Supergirl. She then switched to Dakota...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:14 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

As most musicians are focused on growing their Spotify, Apple Music, or Deezer libraries, there are still those who prefer the analog ­approach to music distribution. Behind the advent of MP3 ­players, compact discs, and cassette tapes, there were...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Origins, one of five in the first JAFTA PROPELLA cohort, caused a stir in the local industry following its premiere screening in 2016. Though it has only been screened locally a few times since, the short film has a following that will be...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

CEO of Gemagination Studios Gemmar McFarlane suffers from a touch of imposter syndrome because despite pre-conceived notions of film directors, the young film-maker readily admits that he is not very good at handling cameras. “I didn’t go to film...

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