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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...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The placement of the song, Where Does Slackness Come From, on Shabba Ranks' 1991 album, As Raw As Ever, indicates that addressing the matter of his penchant for salacious lyrical content was a priority.The song is the album's second track,...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow marks 28 years since Hurricane Gilbert struck Jamaica. There has been many a 'breeze blow' (including Hurricane Ivan, which affected Jamaica from September 11-12, 2004) and near miss (Tropical Storm Earl in August 2016) affecting Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

So here I am, going to pour a cup or two of cold water on Jamaica's presence in a couple songs which currently have a Billboard chart presence.For Drake's sampling of Beenie Man's Tear off mi garment in Controlla; the lines from Tanto Metro and...

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There was a time when the sound systems played the Jamaican popular music which radio ignored, before ska became a respected classic Jamaican music genre and some of those who were are now honoured by the state, with capital letters behind their...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Red - the colour of rage and extreme ardour, blood and part of the Rastafarian tri-colour - is utilised in multiple ways in Jamaican popular music. From Super Cat commenting on the levels of violence in the inner city with Ghetto Red Hot, to Beenie...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

An unusual motor sport event will be held on Saturday, August 27, in Montego Bay, St James. With the snarl of finely tuned engines and howl of tyres scrambling for purchase during intricate high-speed manoeuvres is the opposite of a classroom's...

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Last week I wrote the first of a two-part article about the need for entertainment journalists to be trained for a specialised field. Today is the conclusion.Since I have been covering entertainment - overwhelmingly Jamaican popular music - one of...

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Speaking at last Tuesday's launch of the first annual One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett asked the audience to guess the words most associated with Jamaica on social media...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In another two weeks, the FLOW Skool Aid back-to-school event will be held once again. Up to last year, when it was used for the coming-out party of the unified telecommunications company, the combination of a concert, fun park, and preparation for...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Speaking at the official launch of the first annual One World Ska...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In Monday's main STAR entertainment story, producer Gussie Clarke did not say anything about payola we have not heard before, but it is not important to keep talking about it. So it is accepted that in some quarters, it is as Clarke said:"Music...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The ska king, Derrick Morgan, cuts an impressive figure on stage. In his standard opening, the visually impaired Morgan is led to the appropriate spot and positioned to face the audience. Invariably attired...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 5:23 PMMel Cooke

There was a time when Christal Heaven’s father would chase her out of his businessplace, Clifton’s Machine Shop, Montego Bay, St James. That did not curb her enthusiasm for a place of strange looking machinery and pieces of equipment...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Sylvia Browne, matriarch of the family which was honoured last at Saturday night's Tribute to the Greats 19, had the last and defining words in the awards section of the annual event."I am honoured at receiving this citation. I am happy this has...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The invitation to Thursday evening's event at Silver Star Motors on South Camp Road, Kingston, offered those who received them the opportunity to "sip and savour an assortment of fine wines, while exploring a range of 2017 models from Mercedes-Benz...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:25 AMMel Cooke

Evon Vassell of Diplomat Tracking Solutions Ltd has little comfort for motorists using one – or both – of the most popular methods of thwarting motor vehicle thieves. He dismisses car alarms and kill switches (which cut the supply of...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Tuesday, July 26, it will be a decade since the passing of Louise Bennett-Coverley, 'Miss Lou, in Toronto, Canada. Her writing is part of an extensive engagement with the comings and goings of Jamaicans and the Story of the Song retraces one of...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Invariably, I get rather maudlin and morose at the end of my final full day in a country I had not been to before. I get the feeling that I am saying goodbye to a place I will not see again or, if I do, not in the same way as the first experience.To...

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I went to Fun in the Son 2016 on Saturday, not because I am a Christian (far from it) or for work. My sole purpose was to see Papa San, a deejay whose live performances I listened to a lot in the late 1980s on a sound system Creation.Of course, his...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 12:12 AMMel Cooke

I recently visited Venezuela to participate in the 13th World Festival of Poetry and formed a first-hand impression of a country about which there is intense political speculation.In the parts of Caracas I saw three weeks ago, there were no roving...

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 12:07 AMMel Cooke

In May this year the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) outlined its concerns over erosion of the Jamaican currency’s value, noting that “at January 1, 2016, the average rate was US$1 to J$120.24. At May 19, 2016, this had declined to US...

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