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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

Published:Thursday | January 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's Set Up Shop, he encourages entrepreneurship in a number of Jamaican communities, with a distinct propensity

Published:Saturday | January 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I fell asleep at Sting 2014.

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In a little less than two weeks, it will be Miller time in St Ann at Rebel Salute 2014.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 2014 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The importance of reggae to Sting 2014, held at Jamworld, Portmore, St Catherine, from Boxing Day into Saturday's daylight hours was unde

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:01 AMMel Cooke

On this final Sunday in 2014, as time marches inexorably on it is a good time to remember some dancehall songs that have marked particula

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the ongoing tussle between new- and used-car dealers for the limited purchasing dollar, a major difference between them is the length

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