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Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Of the numerous outstanding moments for Jamaica in the IAAF World Championships in China, two were especially stirring. In the order in which they happened, there was O'Dayne Richards' bronze medal in the shot put and Novlene Williams-Mills' final...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Yesterday morning, the voices of Winsome Benjamin and Phillip Frazer were among those in studio at KOOL FM, Braemar Avenue, New Kingston.While there is nothing remarkable about performers' voices in a radio station, it is noteworthy that the two...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Today, Automotives continues its series about the achievements of the persons after whom some of the country's roads are named. In this season of world-class track and field, we began last week with Herb McKenley Drive and now move on to a road with...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There have been many chuckles and imitations of Justin Gatlin's break from form at the track and field World Championships in Beijing, China, at the end of the 100m and 200m sprints. With a hand coming up and over his shoulder as Gatlin follows...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Numbers are notoriously hard to come by in Jamaican popular music - not that the avoidance of public accounting is specific to music related to the land of wood and water, but when the unstructured nature of the business is combined with a general...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The saying 'free paper bun', is especially popular at this time of year as the long summer holiday period draws to a close and preparations for the new academic year peak. The figurative burning of the 'free paper' (certification of manumission in...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I would hope that my stance on Jamaican beauty competitions has been somewhat established, although there is a whiff of arrogance to my believing that anything I have written on the matter is significant enough to be remembered. If it has been, a...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tanto Metro and Devonte are approaching 20 years as an official duo after solidifying their musical bond with the Billboard-charting Everyone Falls in Love, recorded in 1997. It was also the name of their first album, done for Donovan Germain's...

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...

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