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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'...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Dr Erna Brodber explained the title of her new book Nothing's Mat, published by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Press, to a near full audience at the main library's multifunctional room last Thursday.It is deeply connected to personal family...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With the proliferation of cellular phones in the country, it seems hard to believe that less than 15 years ago, the mobile handset was only for the very few. The privileged few at that - needless to add. Then came Digicel, and in short order, all...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 12:38 PMMel Cooke

The 2015 Kingston on The Edge (KOTE) Urban Art Festival starts on Friday, June 19, with a mix of film, music and art at Redbones Blues Café, New Kingston. It is the first of 10 days packed with activities easily calculated by some other...

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

During the recent Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference in New Orleans, USA, Dr Keith Nurse made a case for a collective approach to the distribution of films from the region. Nurse, who chairs CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD),...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

So far, Stefhen Bryan has had as far-flung an experience presenting Doodu Boy as his life. Which is appropriate, as the one-man show is autobiographical, Bryan using the production's three acts to relive on stage distinct phases of his life in...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

If two words can summarise the renowned form of Jamaican indigenous music called reggae, they could be 'one drop'. And they could also be 'Bob Marley', so it is appropriate that he has a song of that name.However, Bob Marley is only one of the many...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

WARNING: This edition of Music and More with Mel could be particularly dangerous to your sense of well-being. You will find yourself either overly irritated or enthusiastic, maybe concurrently. You will find yourself cheering or booing, maybe...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Nature's debut album is named Life's Journey and, as he performed at its official launch of the Downsound Records set on Tuesday at Redbones Blues CafÈ, New Kingston, the singer took the large audience on a trip to the first time he held a...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Just over a mere half-decade ago, in Jamaica, this time period meant solely a national focus on projects that involved physical exertion, each collective effort meant to benefit a geographic community or a community of persons. Then there was the...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I think about Dr Earl McKenzie’s exquisite poem, ‘Against Linearity’, quite often as I encounter what seems to be the national tendency to avoid order. One of those instances is coming back to Kingston through Miami (though I have not done it that...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the days before the significant effect of climate change hit the world, the opening lines of HD Carberry's poem Nature would have resonated even more with Jamaicans than now. The words would have been familiar to every child who went through the...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Last Tuesday, there was a gathering on the grounds of Studio One at 13 Studio One Boulevard (formerly Brentford Road), which continued what is now an established tradition of supporting a young musician.For the third consecutive year, a donation was...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Jamaica has had a spotty relationship with bootleg CDs and videos: from the era in which compact discs were the medium of choice to distribute pirated music and movies up to now when it seems that everything is available online.In at least one...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Since his death on April 30, Ben E. King's longstanding connection with Jamaica has been extensively noted. However, while he performed in Jamaica from the 1960s until a show at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, in May 2013, as an R...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Today, The Gleaner starts two features in its Saturday publication that will focus on the international scope of the island's popular culture. They are On The Road, which notes some of the overseas performance dates by Jamaican-based artistes...

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Editor's note: This is the first publication of Music and More with Mel on a Thursday. The weekly column, which was started in December 2014, was formerly published on Saturdays. Its primary focus is Jamaican popular music, with an occasional...

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Donovan Watkis has organised an event for tonight at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in The Marketplace, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, as he reflects on his past and thinks about the future he intends to chart.Standing by itself, the show's name...

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