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Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In 1786, the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns almost came to Jamaica to live and work on a slave plantation. However, even as he prepared to come to work as an overseer/bookkeeper, Burns finally got a deal to publish his first book: Poems,...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tony Rebel reflects on effect before exemptionThere was mirth at the launch of Rebel Salute 2016, held earlier this month at the Marriott Courtyard, New Kingston, when Justice Minister Mark Golding handed over a letter of marijuana exemption for the...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Sting 2015 came to an abrupt end just past 6 a.m. yesterday at Jamworld, Portmore, St Catherine, with Beenie Man and Elephant Man among the billed headline acts who did not perform, in addition to a touted Ninja Man, Gully Bop and Merciless 'three-...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Admiral Bailey at Jamworld for Sting and Bounty Killer in Black River for Extravaganza (as well as Galliday Bounce in Ewarton tomorrow) are among the performers who would have stepped out to entertain the crowds this holiday weekend. They are among...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In two to three days, we will know how Sting 2015 has fared, with a line-up that is a far cry from what has been served up in recent years. The date - Boxing Day - is the same. The venue - Jamworld in Portmore, St Catherine - is the same. But the...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The late postponement of a concert with Sanchez and Half Pint at Club Famous, Portmore, St Catherine, originally scheduled for Saturday, may have significantly reduced the audience on Sunday. However, fewer numbers meant that a higher percentage of...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Poet Mutabaruka said "dem invade Angola again", Robert 'Bob' Marley, the father, and Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, the son, referred to Angola briefly in song, while Jah Bouks made it central to his song which became popular in 2013, but was first...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Speaking at the launch of Rebel Salute 2016, slated for Grizzly's Plantation Cove, St Ann, on January 15 and 16, the event's founder noted the passing of the years."This evening, we gather because of the 23rd staging of Rebel Salute. Anything over...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

REBEL SALUTE 2016, which will be held at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory in St Ann, on January 15 and 16, has been declared an exempt event under the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015. It will be the second event held in Jamaica which has been...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Outside the US Embassy at 142 Old Hope Road, St Andrew, is not known for voluble, happy Jamaican chatter, as tense visa hopefuls wait their turn to enter the building for a chance to enter Uncle Sam's land.On Tuesday afternoon, though, the situation...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Financial problems are a major cause of contention between couples, leading to friction, break-ups, and issues of all and sundry. The late Ruddy Thomas and Gregory Isaacs were wrong when they sang Loving Pauper and All...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On the second night of the 2015 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise's first leg, which started on Monday, November 30, in Miami, USA, a duo came on the main stage. They were introduced to the audience as Chris and Rob, and the former was handed the...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 1:00 PMMel Cooke

The 30th anniversary staging of Sting on Boxing Day 2013 was built largely around a rare Jamaican performance by deejay William ‘Super Cat’ Maragh, also widely called the Wild Apache and Don Dada among dancehall enthusiasts. Two years...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

So, there I was sometime last week, at a window in a dining area on the upper deck of the Norwegian Pearl eating fruit (yeah yeah, so me a gwaan like me neva get whe pon de whole heap a food, buffet style, too, so yu coulda go as much time yu want...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Ahead of the 2015 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, which is now into its second consecutive round trip between Miami (United States) and Jamaica, the quartet TOK had well-publicised unity issues. Still, they made the trip on the Norwegian Pearl and...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley was as much a gracious host as a standout performer as he closed last Thursday night's concert segment of the 2015 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise.Anchoring the penultimate night of live performances aboard the Norwegian...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It is amazing how many women get - and stay - involved with men who do not care about them.Similarly, it is fascinating how many women dismiss a decent man with whom they are involved and move on to a single life or a singularly...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Dancehall was the order of Wednesday night on the Norwegian Pearl as the 2015 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise sailed along the North Coast en route to Ocho Rios, St Ann, after arriving in Montego Bay,St James, that morning.Dancehall did not mean...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 12:03 AMMel Cooke

Gramps Morgan was at the keyboard while his son Jemere embraced Morgan Heritage lead singer 'Uncle Peetah' on stage. And live concert closer, Stephen Marley, also presented generation next in his son Jo Mersa to an enthusiastic audience on the open-...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As the general election draws closer, although the date is yet to be announced as the prime minister awaits a divine whisper, music is a significant part of the campaigning. Although popular Jamaican performers have appeared on political platforms...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has been here before parties like Electronic Dance Xposed at Caymanas Estate in December 2013 (for which Australia's DJ Tydi, Vika Koneva from Russia and DJ Lema from the US were billed) and the upcoming Paradise Lost...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It has not taken long for Jamaican popular music to take on Adele's tearjerker hit, Hello, as singer Alaine has done a reggae cover and deejay I-Octane has inflicted upon us an absolutely horrible remake into a tune about (what else?) bad mind,...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The printed advertisement for Startime, which takes place on Saturday, January 9, 2016, declares it to be for 'One Night Only'. When the concert (which is also billed as 'The World Famous Original') was launched at Spades Lounge, Phoenix Avenue, St...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Women have such a short time to organise their romantic and reproductive lives that, even as a man observing them going through the stages, it is frightening. For those who want to have children and a stable male partner to go...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It is one thing to be commissioned by one of Jamaica's two major political parties to do a song specifically for the organisation ahead of a major election campaign, or to be approached by the party to have an already popular song utilised in their...

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