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Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With smoke from the fire at Riverton dominating life in the capital and parts of St Catherine, as well as the brutality meted out to two pregnant 14 year-olds, it is a good time to revisit one of the standout songs about sparking a flame."A big man...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It is that time of year again when four students from a Jamaican high school huddle together, listen intently to a question, sometimes consult each other, and then fire an answer as rapidly as they can - if they can - all...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

One of the longstanding characters in the Twin of Twins Stir It Up music and comedy series is poet and broadcaster Mutabaruka, who utilises his distinctive voice in numerous poetry recordings and two radio programmes on IRIE FM. On Saturday evening,...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The structure of Saturday night's Simply Myrna at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, was as uncomplicated and effective as the sole backdrop to the performances, a rectangle of white with the event's name in cursive. Supported by a crack band,...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

From an opening group reading by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis' former students to his closing delivery of the popular Gateman (which he promised would be the poem's final outing), Tuesday's launch of Ellis' Riddim and Riddles was chockful of emotions. Among...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Equal weightings of poetry and prose, as well as gender, started off Kingston Book Festival 2015 yesterday, a substantial audience turning out at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, for Love Affair With Literature 4.The poets, Professor...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

For Reggae Month 2015, The Sunday Gleaner revisited stories about songs by persons who have a strong connection to February. There were songs by Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Wayne Smith and William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke. However, the story of Sleng Teng...

Published:Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As he hosts events during Reggae Month celebrations, as well as others outside of February, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) Ibo Cooper never fails to give context to Jamaican popular music's importance. He does it in at least three...

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The weekly 2015 Grounation series ended on Sunday with the calm of Dr Kenneth Bilby's voice and, centred on Larry McDonald, drumming ranging from finessed fingering to furious flurries at the Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston.Bilby...

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In half-hour, the documentary Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey traces Perry Henzell's quarter-century journey to his second feature film, No Place Like Home. The tale of serendipity and tenacity, determination and despair, debuted at the Louise...

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It has been eight years - and an album in between (Black Gold, 2010) - from Duane Stephenson released From August Town (2007) to his current Dangerously Roots (released September 2014) set. Still, the St Andrew community, which borders the...

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is an inherent common weakness to the two singing music competitions which have enjoyed media dominance in this country, one since the early 2000s and the other in 2013 when a Jamaican came out on top. They are 'Rising Stars' on the local...

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Sunday Gleaner continues to honour deceased Jamaican popular music standouts whose births or deaths are connected with Reggae Month, February, by revisiting their stories of standout songs. William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke has two links to February...

Published:Saturday | February 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A few, years ago, my first (and to date, only, though hopefully that will change one day) poetry collection was released by Blouse and Skirt Books. The title is 11/9, an inversion of the accustomed date and perspective on 9/11. One of the poems in it is about how the history of America's involvement in war is remade in Hollywood, where Uncle Sam always wins, and is especially relevant now as American Sniper comes under scrutiny.

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 3:32 PMMel Cooke

References to the qualities of the Lignum Vitae tree, from the sturdiness of its wood to the beauty of its leaf, ran throughout last Tuesday's launch of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards at the St Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston.The...

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow evening, Countryside Club will host its first Valentine's Day Dinner and Party since reopening in November 2013. Dubbed Shades of Blue, it is a combination of a three-course meal (with a complimentary glass of wine), performance and party...

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

For the rest of February, The Sunday Gleaner will honour three Jamaican music performers who are connected with the month by birth (Dennis Brown and William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke) and death (Wayne 'Sleng Teng' Smith) by revisiti...

Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Where there is One Love, the syrupy Bob Marley and the Wailers (with a helping hand from Curtis Mayfield) song utilised as a sonic

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Sunday, at 2 p.m., the Grounation series for 2015 begins at the lecture hall, Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston.

Published:Sunday | January 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is no shortage of pro-marijuana songs in Jamaican popular music.

Published:Saturday | January 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I have seen the transformation of an open field into a mini-village for the primary purpose of presenting Jamaican popular music on a big

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

After a full day's programme, tomorrow's first Festival of Religious Freedom ends with a two-hour live music experience.

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While there was lots of song and dance at Rebel Salute 2015, held last weekend at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, in a long-es

Published:Friday | January 16, 2015 | 12:01 AMMel Cooke

Rebel Salute 2015 begins this evening at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, and media and communications officer for the organise

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