Sun | Nov 18, 2018

Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Dr Myrna Hague makes it clear that her late husband, Cecil 'Sonny' Bradshaw's arrangement of Jamaica's National Anthem is not a reggae version."He positioned four bars of reggae rhythm at (the lyrics) 'justice, truth, be ours forever, Jamaica land...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Monte Blake of Merritone, the oldest continuously operational sound system in the world, was pleasantly surprised when a radio DJ called him to say that Cynthia Schloss's song Surround Me With Love was among listeners' top 10 songs for Valentine's...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the accustomed scheme of things, Reggae Month ends and the multiple day Kingston Book Festival begins, the throb of drum and bass succeeded by the rustling of pages.Last year, though, the artistic cycle was broken, as the Book Industry...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The theme of last year's Reggae Month was 'Reggae Mek Yah', emphasising Jamaica as the point of origin for not only reggae, but of all the Jamaican music forms reggae has become a catch-all name for, among them ska, rocksteady, dancehall and dub.The...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In his 1986 song She Boom, Mallory Williams sings about a woman called 'Poochie Lou', whose dancing sets the Rae Town Sunday night oldies session alight, so much so that "dem tun off de soun' fi she sekkle down/Coulden sekkle down she come fi mash...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:30 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow's first Reggae Icons Concert on the Waterfront, Kingston, in celebration of Dennis Brown is free in more ways than one. For not only is the public invited to turn out...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In its simpler, handheld form, the catapult immediately conjures images of a hard object being propelled at high speed in order to have maximum impact - and, in most cases, inflict damage. However, for their songwriting competition, the Katalys Crew...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Shalom did not write the lyrics to Baby I've Got News For You, the late 1990s song of a man moving on emotionally after the break-up, heartache and mentally spurning of the woman who he would like to be in his good graces again. Those credits go to...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:05 AMMel Cooke

  June Isaacs, widow of the ‘Cool Ruler’ whose lovers rock classics include Top Ten and Night Nurse in a catalogue that also includes the defiant One Man Against The World and possibly the confessional Hard Drugs, smiled a lot...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It took a long time before June knew that the man who introduced himself to her as 'Tooth' at Randy's record store, North Parade, Kingston, was the singer whose song she dropped her coins and selected on the jukebox in Portland. It took a concert at...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

At a time when a major quibble with the Grammy Award in the Reggae category is that it is not presented during the live television broadcast, it may be difficult to imagine the euphoria that there was a reggae category in the first instance.Mallory...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Only one letter - the last - has changed in the initialism for the broad-based organisation represents persons involved in the business of music in Jamaica. However, it indicates a new leadership as singer Karen Smith has replaced long-time...

Published:Thursday | January 25, 2018 | 12:06 AMMel Cooke

As I read through Shaun Cain’s Reggae Larger Than Life: The Ultimate Reggae Music Fun and Games Book, I fought – successfully – to push the word ‘trivia’ from my mind. For while that is the accustomed terminology for...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:55 AMMel Cooke

At Studio One, 13 Brentford Road (now Studio One Boulevard, St Andrew), Kingsley Goodison saw the process of recording many songs which would eventually be deemed special in the unfolding of Jamaican popular music. A standout among them is...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is not a hard and fast price scale for an artiste to voice a dubplate for a sound system or selector. However, Garfield 'Chin' Bourne of Irish and Chin, which stages the annual World Clash sound system battle, last held in Canada last October...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It is standard to see persons running or walking as briskly as they can along the jogging trail inside Emancipation Park, New Kingston, sweat dripping and sinews taut as they look outwards to a fixed image of their target distance. If the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Close to the end of Pimento and Hot Pepper: The Story of Mento Music, the connection between Elephant Man's Chaka Chaka and the melody of Sammy Dead is clearly illustrated, even before the documentary's narrative reasserts a point made close to the...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) turns the corner into its 15th year, chairman Frankie Campbell identifies the death insurance...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While Fab Five's hit soca song, Ringroad Jam, was literally centred on the road march centerpiece of carnival annually at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, it took a confluence of circumstances - and lots of time - to have it eventually...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The cause - supporting the Bustamante Hospital for Children - and line-up, from Police rocker Sting, through to dancehall young gun Dexta Daps, for Shaggy and Friends 2018, were outstanding.And so was the setting, as the lawns of Jamaica House, St...

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Premium placement did not translate into premium display of enjoyment at Shaggy and Friends 2018, and rapper Wyclef Jean let his irritation known in no uncertain terms on Sunday morning on Jamaica House's lawns.After doing his 911 and Buju Baton's...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

At the December launch of Rebel Salute 2018, which takes place on January 12 and 13 at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, St Ann, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, put some figures to the festival which has grown...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tony Rebel recorded Fresh Vegetable to satisfy an insistent Penthouse Records producer, Donovan Germain. And although Germain pressed him for a quarter of a year to put vocals to a rhythm on which Beres Hammond had done the enduring ode to a man's...

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 12:49 AMMel Cooke

Willie Brown returned to Christianity along the broad dual carriageway of a professional comedian and ventriloquist. Brown, who performed at the Boxing Day 2017 Comedy Cook-up at the National Indoor Sports Centre along with his doll pals - Uncle...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:15 AMMel Cooke

About midway through his performance at Tuesday’s Comedy Cook-Up, Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis defined the fusion of Christian worship and laughter which was playing out to a large audience at the National Indoor Sports Centre...

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