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Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Donald 'Iceman' Anderson, whose recently released Breadfruit Tree comedy album is being distributed through Tuff Gong, has honed his talents at the School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Still, with an extensive...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With a general election in the air, with only the date to be announced (since it may have already been set by those who have power over such things) come-reds and 'come-greens' have been sorting out their candidates in the particularly passionate...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While they might not put out advertisements with Christmas carols, reindeer, and Santa Claus, it is customary for used-car dealers to cut prices on vehicles at the upper part of the car importation at about...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tee dot Oh dot Kay is not very okay these days. T.O.K, the quartet of Alex, Bay-C, Craigy T and Flexx, has revealed the fissures in their unit of over 20 years public. And, although T.O.K may still work out their differences, when the disagreements...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Carifesta XII, the biannual regional arts and culture gathering, which this year took place in Haiti, has been over for nearly two months. Still, Dr L'Antoinette Stines, founder of the L'Acadco - A United Caribbean Dance Force, glows as she recalls...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Salt fish was involved in the progression of events culminating at Morant Bay, St Thomas, in October 1865, and 100 years later, salt fish was critical to a very young Clinton Hutton in Jericho, Hanover, becoming fascinated with that period in...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Today at the new Morant Bay Courthouse in St Thomas, the dramatic production - The Trial of Governor Edward John Eyre - will revisit in a legal way, the uprising of October 1865, which led to widespread repression in St Thomas. It is a good time to...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Anniversaries can be dangerous things. For one, there tends to be an emphasis on the time that has elapsed rather than on the worth of what has transpired over the period. A few years ago, we were celebrating Jamaica's 50th anniversary of political...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is actually a breadfruit tree in Donald 'Iceman' Anderson's yard. It has long been a scene and source of inspiration. Under its branches, the comedian/singer/actor and briefly radio show host has developed much food for his artistry. And, by...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow is National Heroes Day, a centrepiece of which is the ceremony at King's House in which a number of outstanding Jamaicans will be publicly and officially invested with their awards. There will be...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As he plans the 15th staging of the Extravaganza branded with his name, sound system operator and media personality 'G.T.' Taylor intends to stage what he calls a 360-degree event. With this in place, there...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Two fishermen from Old Harbour Bay will be among those honoured in the Spanish Town, St Catherine, tomorrow when the nation marks National Heroes Day.They will be recognised for deeds on sea and land. Boat Captain Cyril 'Mackerel' Campbell will be...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 11:07 PMMel Cooke

Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Jamaican dealers in Ford, Subaru and Jeep, is a staple along Spanish Town Road. Now they have another St Andrew address; this time a bit closer to the Cross Roads and New Kingston business districts.The new-car...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While there is a consistent slate of formalised entertainment events across the island, the boom from the boxes and bubbling of the booties hit a crescendo during holiday periods. Naturally then, after each peak there is a lull, then the next...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Natural High-produced album Urban Roots is a refreshing reminder that a various-artistes collection need not be a riddim-driven set. Initial expectations of a number of performers trying to eke out diversity from the same musical bed were...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In welcoming all on Wednesday morning to the official presentation of the slate of activities for next month's #theonlinemind conference, Joan Pinkney said, "It is an interesting and challenging time for all in the publishing arena." The Jamaican...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While Jamaica celebrated the tourism industry last week, in Black River, the residents enjoy their tourism week around Christmas Day, when an annual event lures visitors to a sleepy seaside town.Black River, the St Elizabeth capital, pays the...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The story of Jamaican popular music becoming a recorded product is a tale of glorious happenstance. The well-established and often-repeated story is that the earliest sound systems played imported R...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Gordon 'Butch' Stewart beamed as he faced the audience of mostly full white-clad guests at the ATL hangar, Tinson Pen Aerodrome, St Andrew, last Sunday evening. It was quickly evident that the reason for his joy went beyond the Audi Q7, which was...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is a popular - or maybe in the context of today's Music and More topic, it should be once popular - a song introduction and general dancehall vibes-up slang that goes, "lick wood mean rewind and gunshot mean forward".It is about the reaction...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Among a wide-ranging slate of artistic involvement, American actor Danny Glover is a co-founder of the Pan African Film Festival along with Ja'Net DuBois and Ayuko Babu. Started in 1992, this year the festival was rated third among the film...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

An ambitious plan to return Portland to pride of place in Jamaica's tourism sector 'partied off' last Sunday as World Tourism Day was marked in the parish.Organised by a quintet of friends called The Country Hoppers (three of whom are from Portland...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

British Prime Minister David Cameron's peculiar gift of a prospective new male prison facility in Jamaica, at the cost of over £25 million, has caused a major stir in a country where there is not only a significant number of men serving time here,...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are four major annual stage shows remaining in Jamaica, with exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) line-ups. Three of them - the GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza, Sting and Rebel Salute - take place within a month, the first two over the...

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

In the latter stages of Merritone's 65th anniversary programme's official launch, held at Waterfalls, Liguanea, on Thursday evening, Monte Blake gave another set of figures about the world's oldest continuously operating sound system.He said that...

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