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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...

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

Larry Henriques, organiser of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club Rally Jamaica 2015, which takes place next weekend, announced a highly competitive field of drivers at Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, St Andrew, on Thursday...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The person at the microphone makes a point (a 'speech', not in the extended form, but a compact, emphatically expressed opinion in street parlance), an appropriate song is played with precise timing to support the speech, the crowd roars.The music...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the stereotypical Jamaican traffic scenario, there is always an 'eediat drive' on the road. Other motorists and their passengers, as well as pedestrians, can see the vehicle which has offended 'road sense' (if not...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A measure of the attention Jamaican popular music has paid to marijuana is that the various artistes' Hi Grade Ganja Anthems albums themed around the topic reached volume four last year. And remember that these are songs solely about marijuana - its...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As the silent disco makes its debut in the general Jamaican party market, it is stacked up against a culture of music consumption at high volume in a country which continues to produce vast amounts of its own popular music.While it (high volume) is...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With longer loan terms being offered on new vehicles, and financing going up to 100 per cent, purchasers could end up owing more than their comprehensive insurance coverage payout if the vehicle is written off early into the repayment period.

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

"Don't blame my people for the guns in the ghettoA yu bring dem dung deh, bring dem dung dehYes these guns my people use to take the life of one anotherA yu bring dem dung deh, bring dem dung dehWe no have no Smith and Wesson gun factory in the...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Monday evening, the Caribbean's first digital publishing conference, #theonlinemind, officially opened at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, the brief ceremony signalling the beginning of a slate of panels and presentations.Organised by the...

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