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Stories by Kimberley Small - Staff Reporter

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...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Designing a framework to support an industry or to connect structures operating in isolation into one healthy, functioning ecosystem where one didn’t exist before is undoubtedly a monumental task. As one sector of the local creative, or Orange,...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

There are no words to aptly describe the year Julian Marley has had. Bittersweet may be one, but it certainly does not encapsulate the grief that comes with losing a child just a few months after a cancer ­diagnosis, then closing a frantic, fervent...

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...

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