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Stories by Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

This is a story of never say never. Reggae artiste Blvk H3ro, and those close to him, would never have anticipated that the scatting, do-wopping, perpetually swankily dressed performer would take on a cover. “I’m not really a cover artiste. I don...

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many thought that when social-media application Vine bit the dust a few years ago, its demise would have brought down with it the popular personalities who had built reputations and fan bases there with often hilarious six-second-long videos. What...

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many Rastafarians do not celebrate personal birthdays. Global reggae music star Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, may fall into that group’s majority – according to the artiste’s long-time collaborator, music producer Donovan Germaine....

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

“That was epic, crazy! Fight all bruk out! People ah fight fi picture! People ah play tug-o-war wid mi shirt! The people at Carib must be upset because we block up the whole of the place,” lead actor Kadeem Wilson excitedly told The Gleaner. The...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Emirates NBD, one of the largest banking groups in the Middle East, is on a fraud-awareness campaign, an admirable and necessary action as scamming rears its formidable head. However, what’s intriguing about this particular campaign is that the...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Online film and television streaming platforms are not new. In fact, they are plentiful. But that isn’t stopping a group of Jamaican entrepreneurs from going after a piece of the steaming streaming pie. Globally, online consumers have developed...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Controversial 6ix Boss, Squash, makes a call to Murda People in one of his biggest hits. But Squash isn’t a believer. In murdering people, that is. He says that he’s a nice guy. However, he truly believes that the violently outrageous and...

Published:Saturday | July 6, 2019 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Heeding the call of their customers, SPF (Summer. Playground. Fantasy) Weekend promoters have added an entire day, complete with a brand-new culture and cannabis-friendly concert, and reintroduced a beloved DJ music festival to their usually highly...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

With the advent of streams and light-speed downloads, music ages much more quickly than it used to. So 2017 stunner Pine...

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2019 | 12:26 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Under the leadership of a pair of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts graduates, Edith Dalton James High School is poised to become one of the island’s performing arts powerhouses. Boasting more than 50 awards and medals in...

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Lila Ike and Sevana, the two women in Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation label, are on a trip with their fearless leader, taking on the US east coast. It is the first time for Sevana in the Big Apple, and for Lila, she is in promotion mode following the...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The synergy between cannabis and Jamaican music; the relevance of radio in the advent of social media; the technical art of sound engineering; the question of appropriation or misappropriation and the correlation between music and violence are all...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Neo-roots reggae singer, Samory I, is as busy as his forebears. With no ambition for accolades, the soulful singer wishes instead to push his message of equality for all. As he jets off for a European summer tour, with stops in seven countries,...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Possibly an attempt to satisfy the curiosity of eager fans waiting to hear the fate of their favourite MI5 agent, the producers of ‘Bond 25’ have released ‘first look’ or behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled film. Curiously,...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

There is a perception, that life after incarceration is arduous – often paved with pathways leading back into the belly of stately restraint. To change that, particularly for the musically inclined inmates at both the Tower Street and St Catherine...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Natural High Music are hitmakers, who have been tolling tirelessly out of their Half-Way Tree based studio for over six years, and are seeing the fruits of their labour. Comprising Jordan ‘Tallman’ Armond and Blaise ‘Binghi’ Davis, the music...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:40 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As musical director for both the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jamaica and the University Singers, Franklin Halliburton has an intimate working knowledge of the theatre spaces available in the island. And he is also acutely aware of their inadequacies...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Famed gospel singer Kevin Downswell is gearing up to grace multiple stages for the third instalment of his Realignment tour – Realignment Chapter 3. More than a caravan of evangelists performing at multiple locations across the island, the tour...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

When Seattle-based frontman Davin Michael Stedman first came to Jamaica, he wasn’t sure he would find a connection. But when the musician landed in 2016, in the midst of Reggae Month, he got much more than he bargained for. On his very first day,...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

“Everywhere I go now in the streets, they say ‘DJ Naz! Sound killa!’” a very elated DJ Naz told The Gleaner. She won the first matchup in this year’s season of Guinness Sounds of Greatness, held recently in Ocho Rios. The victory has left the...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As Father’s Day approaches, the conversations about the seeming prevalence of ‘deadbeat’ dads comes up. Reacting directly to the notion that most fathers fall into that category, entertainer Wayne Marshall and director Mykal Cushnie have come...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:14 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The smalleR of the two performance spaces at Phoenix Theatre on Haining road, The Blue Room, is the perfect choice for a production that demands the audience to get intimate. When Faithy Lynch staged her one-woman show in the miniature playhouse,...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:30 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Tomorrow, Third World shares the stage with Air Supply and Koffee at Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, St Ann, at the For the Children concert. Presented by the Issa Trust Foundation (ITF) and Couples Resorts in association with the RJRGLEANER...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Music videos have been a cornerstone of music consumption for decades. Local productions are frequent and numerous but often very similar – until now. With its international premiere on TheFADER.com on Monday, young rising reggae entertainer Royal...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Clish Gittens is a visual anthropologist. That means he applies his skills and education in fine arts to communicate his passion for people, culture and environment. The young film-maker from Barbados has taken a deep dive into advocacy for the...

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