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Published:Sunday | August 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Everyone Falls in Love literally made the duo Tanto Metro and Devonte the 1997 Billboard-charting single, solidifying a bond of friendship which had made the Penthouse Records single possible in the first place. After that success, they have been a...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

THERE IS a very cruel, cynical saying among some of those who bring children into the world with no intention of providing for them financially (which means that these parents have no plans of taking care of their offspring's emotional or any other...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The microphone man for Japanese sound system Barrier Free, one of the overseas guests on Saturday night's Jamaica Sound System Festival at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, made full use of his heavily accented English-Jamaican in engaging...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Unlike the slew of new Vybz Kartel songs since his 2011 arrest and eventual life sentence for murder in 2014, as well as the recordings singer Jah Cure made while serving eight years on firearm and rape charges, there has not been striking Buju...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

When there is a strong connection between audience and live performer, the atmosphere figuratively crackles with electricity. The strength of the bond created by music varies with the stature of the artiste on stage, as well as the overall mood of...

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I once heard Herbie Miller, curator of the Jamaica Music Museum in the Institute of Jamaica, give an impassioned, caustic take on what he has observed about longevity in Jamaican popular music. His last four words, said from the floor in a public...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There were many words about the awardees at Saturday's Tribute to the Greats 18, held at the Chinese Benevolent Association, Hope Road, St Andrew. As moving as the citations, read by Norma Brown, were, it was the musical tributes - including...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Each citation at Tribute to the Greats 18, held at the Chinese Benevolent Association, Hope Road, St Andrew, on Saturday night was a compressed tale of the life of someone who has contributed to Jamaican popular music. Apart from what was written...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While there is a distinct pleasure in reading poetry, there is also the joy of hearing the writer read his or her work. Often during a reading, the poem is given a context within the writer's personal experiences or the general social circumstances...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Before getting into the tale of the new Toyota Noah, there is one difference from the images which needs to be noted - those light-coloured seats are covered in black by the company at the purchaser's discretion. If my tastes, dubious as they are,...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Howard Foster, sales and marketing manager at Toyota Jamaica, smiles as he says "finally", emphasising the sense of achievement in getting the Noah into the Jamaican market, something the Jamaican arm of the Japanese car maker had been pressing for...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 11:06 PMMel Cooke

With a number of current songs and riddims going back to the 1990s, deejays Beenie Man and Louie Culture are among those who have been honoured with covers of their songs by the next generation of performers.For Louie Culture, it is Nesbeth who has...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Just in case anyone who read last week's column on my writing about entertainment in Jamaica for 15 years thought it was a brag or statement of outstanding achievement, I consider myself a mere lad, a stripling, a babe in swaddling clothes, in the...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:06 AMMel Cooke

UNTOLD STORIES is a standout song on Buju Banton’s ’Til Shiloh album, which was released in July 1995, this month marking its 20th anniversary. Guitar and gruff deejay vocals combine to create a song which not only lasted, but has become an inconcert singalong down to the last repeated “the full has never been told”....

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It has been 20 years - plus a day - since Buju Banton's fourth studio album, 'Til Shiloh, was officially released through Loose Cannon (an Island Records subsidiary) on July 18, 1995. It was three days after his 22nd birthday.Much of the album's...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Two weeks ago, I went to the 2015 staging of the International Reggae Day celebrations at Countryside Club, Half-Way Tree. It was a sound system style performance, with Ken Boothe, Andrew Tosh, Cherine Anderson, Denyque, Beenie Man, Bushman, and Ras...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

After the fisticuffs and surrender by Richard 'Frog' Holmes' corner, the distribution of prizes, and Kemhal Russell's smile to savour his $2 million top prize, it was time for the Contender after-party at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Arthur...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Sometimes, it seems, the making of Jamaican popular music is a reverse of what obtains elsewhere. So, since the Sleng Teng established not only the digital sound but also the process of music mass production in 1985, our accustomed approach is to...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As she spoke at the launch of her second poetry collection, The Way Home, published by Peepal Tree, Millicent Graham noted the serendipity of the launch at the National Gallery last Sunday.The gallery had up the exhibition Explorations 3: Seven...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 12:14 AMMel Cooke

Confession: I have not paid as much attention to film in general and Jamaican film output in particular as I should have. Sure, in the latter category, I have seen undisputed classics like The Harder They Come, Countryman and Rockers, then the batch...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Last week, I included the links to three online responses to the previous week's column, 'Bye Bye, Boom Bye Bye', hoping that a wider audience would read them before I addressed sections this week.I respond under certain parameters. One, this...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Saturday, analysis of the Chinese impact on the Caribbean continued at the inaugural Confucius Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. The conference's theme was 'Dragons in the Archipelago - The Chinese-Caribbean...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Burning Spear's Foggy Road was first released by Clement 'Sir Coxson' Dodd and then, like so many reggae songs of the time, reworked in the 1970s to emphasise the bass and horn lines. Sizzla's Solid as a Rock appears on his standout 2003 album, Da...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While the connection between Rastafari and reggae is now so commonplace as to be taken for granted, at the recent Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference in New Orleans, USA, Dr Michael Barnett traced the link back to pre-Independence."I...

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Singer Billy Ocean had as many microphone changes and adjustments as a busy model at Sunday's closing day of runway shows at Caribbean Fashion Week 2015, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew.But while the models'...

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