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Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As Heritage Month ends, the Story of the Song's revisiting of National Heroes in Jamaican popular music closes with a look at Derrick Morgan's Independence hit, Forward March, in which he names two politicians who went on to become officially heroic...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It is the last Sunday in October and already there are advertisements on radio about Christmas sales and there has even been a New Year's Eve ball announcement. In the business of buying and selling cars, a transaction is not as easy as walking into...

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

French and English were cheek and jowl in the Multifunctional Room at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, on Wednesday evening at the 2016 French Animation Festival's opening. This was the case not only for the audience members,...

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It has been 40 years since the various schools which compose the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts were brought together at 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew,...

Published:Monday | October 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

For three hours on Saturday night into Sunday morning, the music of Winston Hubert McIntosh, OM, simply Peter Tosh as a member of The Wailers or a solo performer, was presented to a large appreciative audience at 38 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston.The...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Throughout the month, 'The Story of the Song', has done a revisiting of songs involving Jamaica's national heroes. This week, the lyrics under examination are from Queen Ifrica's, Times Like These...

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 12:10 AMMel Cooke

Before singing at the House of Dancehall on Saturday night Frankie Paul told The Gleaner that he is "always looking forward to a performance." - even if it was his first time singing from a wheelchair, as the 'Alive and Well' concert was a fund-...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Sunday Gleaner continues to revisit songs about Jamaica's National Heroes in October, ahead of National Heroes Day 2016.Third World's 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade) is especially relevant, bearing in mind the government's determination to have...

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In addition to the twists, twirls and twinkly toes, singer Ken Boothe threads a near standard narrative through his set. Part of his patter is connecting the songs to the personal history of audience members, saying that some persons grew up on...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I must admit that I have done Chalice's album A Song great disservice in my listening for review purposes. After I listened through three or four times, I have ended up playing from track nine (Youth Man) through to the closing track 14 (A Song)...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the month when Jamaica honours its national heroes, Story of the Song revisits four songs which speak about them. The first is Chalice's Heroes, which is part of the band's new album, A Song, which adds new voices to some of the group's all-time...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tarik Kiddoe, organiser of the Back to Basics Motorcycle Safety Workshop, is happy with the recent expression of support given to the Jamaican programme by US-based motorcycle safety expert Keith Code. "He showed support for the process of where...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Speaking at the launch of the first One World Ska and Rocksteady Festival, which takes place at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre next month, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, mentioned the recognition of entertainment events' economic value. The...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 12:11 AMMel Cooke

It took less then five minutes for Magna Motors’ Andrew Channer’s ‘make-sure-Elantra-is-in-motion-before-motoring-with-thy-mouth’ approach to my drive of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra to make perfect sense. You see, we journalist...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

At Thursday night's launch of the first Merritone Reunion and Family Homecoming since Winston Blake's death in February this year, naturally there were numerous references to him.However, it was the famed Merritone man's brother, Monte Blake, who...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As Hurricane Matthew seems sure to affect Jamaica extensively between today and tomorrow, even if there is not a direct hit, 'breeze blow' tunes come to mind.Of course, there is the famed Wild Gilbert by Lloyd Lovindeer, which is about the category...

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Earlier this week, the Conscious Reggae Party School Tour made a stop at St George's College on North Street, Kingston. Warrior King, Isha Blender and Xylophone (who is a youth ambassador for the Conscious Reggae Party concert series) performed for...

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There were patent connections between the late Prince Buster and performers at Saturday's tribute concert which followed his interment at May Men Cemetery, Spanish Town Road, St Andrew.Some links crossed generations; the leader of the Mystic...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Before Saturday morning's funeral service for the late Muhammad Yusuf Ali, the Muslim name of Cecil Bustamante Campbell, who performed as Prince Buster, it was made clear that it would end quickly.And it was, with the actual service at the...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As a martial artist, Chuck Norris has loomed large in the movies and on television. There are those who would remember him from classic martial arts flick, Way of the Dragon, directed by and starring Bruce Lee. It was released in 1972, a year after...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Some things have remained the same about the annual Roy Hall Memorial Scholarship fund-raiser, but at least one critical thing has changed. For this year's effort to raise funds for the scholarship's 16th disbursement, the venue remains The Deck on...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 12:13 AMMel Cooke

The two songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in which United States performers do a snippet of a Jamaican recording are Torey Lanez' LUV and Fifth Harmony's (featuring Fetty Wap) All in My Head (Flex). LUV has lines from Tanto...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I hope that the lead story in last week's Sunday Gleaner, about the high rate of men being abused by women in Jamaica, made some impact on how we view adult intimate relationships, especially when they go awry.Abuse goes...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Sam McKenzie, head of business, Honda Jamaica, is confident about the 10th generation's success in the Jamaican market. And well he might. Ahead of Wednesday's simultaneous dual launch at ATL's Kingston and Montego Bay offices two shipments had...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Cricketer Dwayne Bravo, recording as DJ Bravo, says the word 'champion' over and over again in his infectious song centred around sporting prowess (including in the game he plays to the highest level) and music success. So Chris Gayle is identified...

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