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Stories by Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

CONTEMPORARILY, THE blend of hip hop and reggae sounds is popular and highly sought after. But that wasn’t the case when Edley Shine first entered the music business decades ago. Born Jamericans, a ‘90s duo comprising Edley and Norman ‘Notch’...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Big Deal singer Chris Martin was the first famous face to hit home screens in support of the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia Grange’s fundraising initiative, Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand. Named after Richie...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In this time of crisis, all film productions have come to a halt. Nonetheless, the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) Propella programme is still a go. The short-film programme, designed to take film-makers on a capacity-building...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

FESTIVALS ACROSS the world have been postponed or cancelled, but Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival has decided on a third option – to take it all online. Instead of flocking to Seven Mile Beach, Negril, for a weekend of yoga, green eats, reggae, dub and...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

At the end of the Bull Bay quarantine comes some more good news for residents, especially the young and spritely. Freedom Skate Park, a massive undertaking that has been years in the making, is finally now very near its own end. Kevin Bourke, one...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Music fans can rest thankful that even with the requirement of social distancing, they can still stay connected with their favourite artistes. On Monday night, emerging deejay Matt Camps executed his first, self-branded online radio show, dedicated...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The Kingston Creative brand is bold and will persist in its promotion of downtown Kingston as a cultural, artful hotspot even as citizens are asked to keep off the streets in the continued effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 viral spread....

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For the time being, there are no stages on which to perform or parties to attend. But that doesn’t mean that the music industry activity has come to a sudden halt. Entertainers are getting more creative with online concerts, parties, and podcasts....

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For this newest addition to reggae music’s visual library, the polymath Jason Panton gets behind the camera as co-director for Heavyweight Rockaz and Jesse Royal’s latest release, ‘ Sweet Sensation’. Set on the streets and beaches of Portland, the...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the COVID-19 crisis carries on, entertainers keep coming up with clever ways to keep engaged, despite having to keep their distance. So while online concerts and parties abound, perhaps it was only a matter of time before there came an online...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The local entertainment industry is currently said to be comatose, which makes it the perfect time for entrepreneurs to buckle down and come up with innovative ways to keep the otherwise bustling scene relevant and profitable. As artistes,...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH MANY Jamaicans are stuck at home, they still find ways to make waves across the globe. The latest feat begins with Forever Entertainment, a group of local millennials spending five euros for an online radio station package to host a...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In the quiet caused by COVID-19, where the entertainment industry lodges itself temporarily on social media, there is much to ponder about what happens when everything does get back up and running. Unfortunately, for the reggae music industry, as...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced entire populations to embrace necessary but isolating choices like quarantine and social distancing. While there are some who thrive on social interaction and may feel like they’re at their wits’ end because they...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The reggae and hip-hop genres are musically inextricable, with one birthed from elements of another. Putting that fact on full display are Jamaican rapper Third World Don, also known as Mike Beatz, and reggae star Kabaka Pyramid. This Friday, the...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:25 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

It’s not only partygoers who will be affected by the new rules put in place to combat community spreading of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Thespians and their fans will suffer the brunt, too, with some playhouses taking as many precautionary...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Latoya HD is a familiar voice in the local gospel music community, because of previous work with household names The Grace Thrillers. But this year, the vocalist took a leap, striking out on her own to release her debut album, Your Way. Fans...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:22 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In a bid to democratise the global music marketplace, international music star Wyclef Jean is putting his money where his mouth is. With US$25 million to start, Jean’s new music publishing company, Carnival World Music Group, is currently seeking...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

New releases don’t always mean recently recorded, written or even that they will be ‘available on all digital platforms’. In his recent work, young label executive Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell has shown that music is timeless, and there is freshness to...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For the latest addition to the short film library, local film-makers get supernatural. Written and produced by Sosiessia Nixon, and directed by Rickroy Williams, Your Day Is Tomorrow follows a plot laced with extortion, the unspoken plight facing...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Following in the footsteps of past fellows like film-maker Danielle Russell, creative writer Joel Moder, photographer Ishaka Shango and marketing professional Carlyle Grant, eclectic fusion artiste Janine JKUHL is on her way to the vibrant,...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Graciously hosted by Denys Wibaux, the ambassador of France in Jamaica, French reggae ­artiste David Cairol headlined a groovy, invitation-only concert on the lawns of the embassy at 13 Hillcrest Avenue. In light of the celebration of Bob Marley’s...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the revitalisation of downtown Kingston takes form with development and activity being fed by serial artwalks, popular restaurant and confectionery franchises, and even the recent soft opening of Port Royal Pier, the Kingston and St Andrew...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Coming soon … Jamaicans will finally get to see Joseph, the emotional, transnational feature starring Jamaican actors Kevoy Burton and Christopher McFarlane, Ghanian actor Mawuli Gavor, and Barbadian entertainers Alison Hinds ( Roll It Gal) and...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For their latest pop-up on Valentine’s Day, Xaymaca International took the vibe in a completely different direction. Ditching the usual outdoor lawn spaces that require worn-in sneakers and sandals for all the gyrating set to take place, Sweet Soca...

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