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Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Gramps Morgan of the two-time Grammy nominated reggae band, Morgan Heritage, believes the recognition paid to Jamaican reggae musicians in this Grammy cycle is a testament to the quality of production.Morgan Heritage has been nominated in the 60th...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Last Friday at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, two out of three prizes were announced for the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. There are three categories in the awards: the Una Marson Prize, awarded for adult fiction or adult creative...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Chronixx and Ghanian recording artiste Fuse ODG have united in an attempt to raise £500,000 for one Ghanian and one Jamaican secondary-level school. With powerful assists from filmmaker Donisha Prendergast and social activist Chaka Clarke (aka...

Published:Tuesday | November 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

One more locally produced pilot has premiered on national television. On the heels of giving airtime to the grassroots, stoically comical Losing Patience, TVJ recently showed Savannah. Shot over three days between the lush...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Earlier this year the shores of Negril were awash with yogis and reggae fans, who came to the island to enjoy the inaugural TmrwTday Culture Fest from May 17 to 23.The presence of reggae legends like Lee Scratch Perry, reggae revivalists such as...

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small

JohnEli DaCosta started off his creative career as an architecture student at the Caribbean School of Architecture, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). Affirming the fears of parents the world over, DaCosta's interests shifted into a lesser...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Each year, celebrities, fine artists and art aficionados flock to the shores of Miami Beach for the extensive Art Basel exhibition.For the first time this year, a piece of sound system culture will be put on display by veteran sound system Irish...

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

It has long been the practice of politicians to use the music of entertainers as a means of injecting energy into their campaigns and political rallies, but according to Chronixx, he does not take kindly to the use of his music for political...

Published:Thursday | November 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Michael Sean Harris is breaking the moulds of music making, by deconstructing folks songs that Jamaicans know and love, and introducing new technologies into the recording process to ultimately construe the old familiar sound into one that the...

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

In light of the global political atmosphere, where news pervades that groups of people around the world suffer persecution because of the circumstances of their birth, Father Richard Ho Lung's latest production boldly presents Queen Esther, as he...

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

On Saturday, Yaadcore, founder of the prolific Dubwise series, managed to congregate the majority of those performers we have come to know as the Reggae Revivalists - and then some.The promise of Chronixx as the evening's toastmaster galvanised the...

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Gavin 'Gavsborg' Blair, Jordan 'Time Cow' Chung, Shanique Marie, Bobby Blackbird and Kemikal Splash make up Equiknoxx Music. These contributors share an ideal - that dancehall music is potently universal from its roots to branches, and that real...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Noise Cans' sound system's sartorial style is so vibrant, it will bring to memory the bombastic style of Lee 'Scratch' Perry, or perhaps images of Junkanoo dancers and stilts-walkers.It is reminiscent of Junkanoo, because the story behind the mask...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

By all appearances, the television series adaptation of Marlon James's beloved, Man Booker prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings is in worthy hands.Following the recent announcement that Melina Matsoukas will sit in the director's chair...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

A relief ship full of supplies recently left Jamaican shores and is making passage to the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica.Continuing on this charitable track, but with a more local focus, some musicians have banded together for a cause closer...

Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

It was unfortunate, for a moment, that Mikayla 'Koffee' Simpson was not called back for sixth form at Ardenne high school. Her mother told The Gleaner that her disappointment was momentary, and her pride proven in just a matter of months. With hopes...

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

The Peter Tosh Music Festival extended itself from celebrating the man, to become a McIntosh family affair, demonstrating an apparently undying legacy.While the festival pulled the support of many local music industry greats, the celebration also...

Published:Monday | October 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Last Thursday night, Peter Tosh's estate holders and museum curators hosted a gala event at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tosh's birthday. Following the format of the tribute concert held last year, Kingsley Cooper used the opportunity...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

From his introductory mixtape In Comes the Small Axe and breakout single Modern Day Judas, Jesse Royal has developed to the recent release of his debut album, Lily of Da Valley. The album is the top set on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, and Jesse...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:03 AMKimberley Small

Wearing the hats of director, producer and screenwriter, Toni Morgan Haye has begun her career with a running start. On October 6, with the premiere of SYN on Amazon Prime Video, Toni Morgan Haye became the first Jamaican filmmaker to debut on one...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

Parents across Jamaica will be familiar with the required recorder text book, Caribbean Beginner's Workbook for Soprano or Tenor Recorder.Author of the music work and practise book, which had many prep- and primary-school children tooting scales for...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

This summer, Jesse Royal hit the promotional trail, tilling soil in preparation for the October release of his debut album, Lily of Da Valley. The long-awaited 14-track production re-positions hits the 'Small Axe' has become known for, like Finally...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

New Zealand is one such country that has experienced an increase in tourist activity since the revelation that the sprawling, majestic shots of the terrain in The Lord of the Rings were captured there. Between Oregon and Vancouver, the Twilight...

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