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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...

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

At the recent launch of Academic Writing for Creole-Influenced Students, author Dr Vivette Milson-Whyte included her experiences as a student in establishing the book's context.The launch was held at the Undercroft at the University of the West...

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

In giving details on next Sunday's Jamaica Off-Road Navigation Rally and Obstacle Course, Jamaica Off-Road Challenge (JORC) executive Craig Powell made it clear that the four-wheel-drive event is for fun.He was speaking at the official launch of the...

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

The King James Version of the Bible was ready for the colonisation project of the Caribbean. By the time the British, through Admiral Penn and General Venables, took Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, the King James Version was ready for introduction...

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

Sitting in a bus and listening to the guide en route to a first-hand look at the Pacific Ocean end of the Panama Canal, it sounds as if there is a Panama BC (Before Canal) and a Panama AD (After Domination, with the handover to Panamanian control in 1999)...

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

At Calabash 2009, held in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, when Kwame Dawes read the bios of writers in a particularly popular session, Anthony Winkler's name was last. The other persons were Staceyann Chin and Edward Seaga, as Calabash followed the...

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

Bass guitar player Taddy P and singer Lord Laro were the performers advertised for Friday's Bassline at Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, but several vocalists also contributed to a night where there was a strong sense of community. In that vein,...

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

There is no shortage of biblical references in Jamaican popular music, where the sacred and the secular are cheek and jowl, most times comfortably. Toots and the Maytals list from Genesis to Ruth in Six and Seven Books of Moses, The Melodians use...

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

Sponsorship woes are not new to Sting, and the 2015 staging is following a familiar pattern of uncertainty. Three months before the event, Supreme Promotions' Isaiah Laing, Heavy D, and DiMario McDowell tell The Sunday Gleaner that there are no...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 11:06 PMMel Cooke

It is that time of year when the new car dealers present their 2016 models. Naturally, then, it is time for Automotives to get behind the steering wheels of the freshly introduced, upgraded and redesigned models and have a whale of a time tootling...

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

There was a time when I was able to literally touch the music which moved me at will. Not the sound, of course, but the aural experience was accompanied by the opportunity to hold the medium that carried it to me.It started with the vinyl records in...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Joseph Emanuel's 17-track Christian-gospel CD, Born Again, breathes sincerity and its attendant enthusiasm throughout. Within its first two tracks the album also shows the variation in pace and delivery which mark the set.Emanuel opens singing the...

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

With tussles over candidate selection, the two major political parties assessing their respective readiness (one publicly more put together than the other) and the third party excusing itself from the poll, the time for national...

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

There was a 2016 Q7 just inside the entrance, four on the showroom floor, and for good measure, one upstairs at the Audi Santa Maria dealership, Panama City, Panama, on Wednesday night, as the fully redesigned large luxury SUV was introduced to...

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

Tomorrow is yet another anniversary of 11/9 (the month and day out in the order to which I am accustomed, not because the English of our major colonisers is superior to America's, but because the date has significance outside of the Trade Centre...

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

The flooring is steady and the lighting adequate inside the Old Harbour Bay Fisherman Co-op building in the seaside St Catherine community. Boat captain Cyril 'Mackerel' Campbell is calm as he goes back 22 years and 18 nautical miles offshore to the shifting, treacherous surface of the deep waters on a gloomy May night...

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

"Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts," Paul Simon sang in The Boy in the Bubble. While the numerous charts in Jamaica are notoriously flawed - as in lacking any shred of authenticity - the cycle of popular entertainers remains an...

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