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Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A few days ahead of the Entertainers Against Crime and Violence concert in Montego Bay on December 4 and the 40th anniversary celebration of the Smile Jamaica concert - both of them free events - I am reminded of a misconception about efforts at...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As US President Barack Obama conducts his global farewell tour in the position of his country's 44th head of state, it is a good time to revisit Jamaican popular music songs that reflected the joy and optimism that accompanied his 2008 campaign and...

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There seems to be some consensus about the time periods of the various genres of Jamaican popular music's emergence and their dominance. Texts which give a chronology of Jamaican popular music such as The Rough Guide to Reggae, third edition (Barrow...

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Sunday evening, the Undercroft of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, resounded with drumming and song to cap off the launch of a double volume on Price Emanuel. Written by Ionie Matthews Wallace, The Black Christ Unveil: The Biography...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

This year, the date of Gregory Isaacs' death (October 26, 2010) was close to when he was awarded a posthumous Order of Distinction in the 2016 edition of the annual ceremony at King's House, Old Hope Road, St Andrew.Isaacs, the Rastafarian who cut...

Published:Thursday | November 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I got a rather humorous age check a couple of weeks ago through Alkaline's song, Champion Boy. However, as personally funny as it was, I was reminded about divisions in our popular music that do us a great disservice.So, after getting five-gallon...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The 2016 French Animation Film Festival was held over two weeks but still managed to span two months, after the official opening on Wednesday, October 26, screenings later that week, and then in early November.The festival, organised by Alliance...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The death dates of Gregory Isaacs (October 26, 2010) and John Holt (October 19, 2014) passed recently without much musical fanfare, although Isaacs was accorded a national honour at the 2016 ceremony on National Heroes Day.This is unlike the...

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...

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