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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Levi Roots may take comfort in getting to do twice as many songs on Friday night at Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, as he did the previous week.However, since the first time around Music and Food was staged on Friday, October 20, he got to do a...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

When the turntable duo of Alric and Boyd was formed, the reverberations of radio divestment were still being felt on Jamaica's media landscape, with IRIE FM all of two years old, there was still a JBC FM Stereo and the voices of persons like Buju...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Cherine Anderson sings Kingston State of Mind with a riveting intensity, whether she is giving a face to the murder toll ("Another man lose him life tonight/babymother she a bawl Jesus Christ") or, in a higher pitch, questioning the existence of the...

Published:Saturday | October 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A couple days ago I was reading an interview (published in February) with selector David Rodigan in The Guardian, about his autobiography, My Life in Reggae.The article ends with Rodigan saying "I'm just waiting for the Jamaican artistes to start...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Somewhere during the shooting of the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, someone asked a then 13-year-old Cherine Anderson if she was going into acting or singing. Co-director of the film about how a higgler by day, Marcia (Audrey Reid) became a dancehall...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Singer Lymie Murray says that on his birthday, Tuesday, October 24, he maintained his commitment to his art just like any other day."If it is Christmas, Easter or my birthday, we are true to the cause of music," Murray said. So, throughout the day,...

Published:Thursday | October 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The strength of Natalie Corthesy's poetry collection, fried green plantains (2017, Nasara Publishing), lies in its reframing of the familiar to vividly convey the poet's opinion, while nudging the reader from accustomed viewpoints.However, it is not...

Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As he speaks about the fourth annual Heritage Fest, which takes place this Friday in Kingston, centred around the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) on East Street, the organisation's executive director, Vivian Crawford, says "it is just memory, memory,...

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

About a year ago, Hezron sang at a friend's wedding in the city he is from - Montego Bay, St James. He met a lady there, and during a lively conversation, she suddenly got serious. The talk took a turn towards rising crime in the city. That, in turn...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With Peter Tosh's birthday being celebrated on Thursday, October 19, on Friday, a symposium was slated for the University of the West Indies and yesterday was the date for the 2017 Peter Tosh Music Festival. In 2011, the symposium was titled 'Peter...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Lewis intends to develop The Incursion into feature documentary"I just keep remembering that it is my little sister and because she was black, we use to curse her and tell her that is because she black she give so much problem. I don't know what I...

Published:Saturday | October 21, 2017 | 12:58 AMMel Cooke

Argentina's ambassador to Jamaica, Ariel Fernandez, is very enthusiastic about Jamaican popular music.

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Chevaughn got out of bed on his birthday last week Saturday. Although that may be taken as a given for any day, he put it in the context of deciding to meet the day and wherever it brought."It is a powerful decision every day, not to be just alive,...

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The first few times Ian 'Ity' Ellis sat in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) class last year, some fellow students were scanning the room for a hidden camera, believing it was yet another prank for the Ity...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:22 AMMel Cooke

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I do not really like basketball, but in the 1990s, I hardly missed a televised game with Michael Jordan. It was not that the Chicago Bulls were 'threepeating' in the NBA - if tuning in to winners was the objective, I would have gone on to watch...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Merritone, at 67 years, the oldest active sound system in the world, ventured into new territory for this year's resort segment of its annual Homecoming and Family Reunion week-long celebration. Normally, the all-inclusive hotel stay is three days,...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Although there was heavy rainfall across Jamaica from Hurricane Irma, so far this year the country has not had a direct hit in a season rife with tempests. However, it does not take a hurricane to prompt Charles Hyatt Jr's memory of being given yet...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are some numbers that stand out about Argentina, one of the perennial football World Cup contenders for many a Jamaican (in addition to that other South American nations). It is home to Ushuaia which, at over 54 degrees south, is widely...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With the month's focus on cancer, The Sunday Gleaner revisits the tale of a man who put its effects into song.Richard 'Influential' Powell's 2009 song, Cancer, reverberates from his parents' graves, the idea germinating as he rode a bicycle away...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

From the loader man hustling passengers into cars they would probably have taken anyway to the market vendors enticing people to buy their produce in Coronation Market, Jamaica is full of theatrics.However, there is a formal part of the...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Hezron has never had a birthday party. It is his wife, Christine Rochester Clarke, who often has to remind him that the date is coming up - as she did ahead of last Thursday.They planned to go out on the town, but with rain and traffic jams, it...

Published:Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There was a time when Marlon Samuda helped provide meals for homeless people in Cross Roads, St Andrew, and downtown Kingston. Then a Hillel Academy student, Samuda told The Gleaner he...

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:04 AMMel Cooke

The Drawing Room Project was started as a 10-day workshop in 2008, and, in 2014, its annual master's level retreat began at Country Thyme in Highgate, St Mary. The fourth retreat is slated for Good Hope, Trelawny, from November 10 - 13, with...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The hook of Junior Kelly's Love So Nice came to him through the combination of a domestic dispute he was observing through the peephole of his apartment in Boston, Massachusetts, and Bob Marley's Stir It Up, which was accompanying his cooking.At a...

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