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Stories by Mel Cooke

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

Michael Holgate, director, choreographer and songwriter of GARVEY The Musical, had intended to include Marcus Garvey in Riot Act, a 2015 theatrical production which presented his fellow Jamaican national heroes, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is nothing wrong with the zone of special operations (ZOSO) approach which the security forces are currently undertaking in Mount Salem, St James. However, although the immediate results - we continue to look in morbid fascination at the 'long...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With 10 albums to his credit, the most recent being Urban Poet (2015), in a career propelled by the 2000 hit single Love So Nice, followed by an album of that name, Junior Kelly performs overseas a lot. His birthday on September 23 was special just...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:11 AMMel Cooke

In 2015, poet Malachi Smith visited a Confucius Garden in Tainan, Taiwan. He took a number of pictures there, one ending up as the cover art for his latest album, Wiseman.The connection is not lost on Smith, who suggested a number of album titles...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Ka'Bu Ma'at Kheru has a good chuckle as she recounts some young people being asked if blue drawers are worn or eaten, the youngsters guessing that it is a garment rather than a meal.There is no joking around in the title of her new poetry collection...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In 1989 Junior Tucker was at a pivotal moment in his life. He had just returned to Jamaica from the US, where he had been working on an album with Ray Parker (which included Mr Telephone Man), but felt that the Warner label was not putting...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are two outfits which she has worn at her annual Simply Myrna event which are especially outstanding for singer Dr Myrna Hague. One is black and white, the top made from black lace and her favourite fabric in the rest."It is made of antique...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:03 AMMel Cooke

As I sat in the auditorium at the Carib 5, Cross Roads, St Andrew, earlier this week and watched, It, I was repeatedly struck by the incongruity of children cursing 'F's and derivatives thereof during the outstanding film. Think about it; the movie...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Leslie Tucker Jnr is known mostly as Junior Tucker for two reasons - he has the same Christian name as his father, and 'Junior' as has been part of his stage name in a career which has spanned 45 years - and counting.Twenty of those years have been...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Glen 'Titus' Campbell is a theatre favourite who treads the boards especially frequently at the Centrestage Theatre, New Kingston, before thousands of persons in Jambiz's productions. However, in addition to learning new scripts, doing intense...

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:05 AMMel Cooke

Professor Mervyn Morris says the earliest poems in his most recent publication, Peelin Orange, The Collected Poems of Mervyn Morris (Carcanet), were written in about 1960. And while he did not write with the specific objective of a particular poem...

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Peelin Orange, The Collected Poems of Mervyn Morris (Carcanet) does not lay claim to being 'ultimate', 'best of', 'definitive' or any other terminal point often (and just as often, mistakenly) used in writing or music. However, in the case of Mervyn...

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 12:07 AMMel Cooke

Four days of recorded and live music at the Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, anchor Merritone's 67th anniversary celebrations from October 8-16. That extended weekend at the all-inclusive, ending on National Heroes Day, caps off the...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Audrey Reid makes her entrance a few seconds into the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, pushing a cart laden with drinks and other items for sale over a slope towards the camera, then to her spot in the competitive bustle of informal Jamaican street...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

David 'Ziggy' Marley is writing a storm song. He is in Los Angeles, United States (US), so he did not experience Hurricane Irma. However, he called his brother Stephen in Miami, Florida, and says that "we talk bout it", leading to the lyrics in...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The iTunes listing of top 100 reggae albums is not, it seems, the stomping ground of new releases, which end up breaking the upper echelons only to quickly fall off the chart. It tends to be the preserve of the tried and proven, and those new albums...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Last week's column was about musicians having an identity outside of being the 'so-and-so guitarist' (or keyboard player, or musical director, or 'bassie'). However, there are those players of instruments who, collectively, have an identity as a...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

BIRTHDAY WISH: Health and strength so you can do what you do. I have been to see people in the hospital, and I have been to nine nights, and I just want the health and strength.In a world without Hurricane Irma, actress Audrey Reid would have...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It happens almost every time singer Gem Myers says it. And it has been happening for more than 30 years, since she recorded One Man Woman in the mid 1980s.As she performs the upbeat affirmation of a woman's commitment ("Every day man a check me/Tell...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, The Jamaican Folk Singers staged its 50th anniversary season at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, St Andrew. It was a weekend when rain caused by Hurricane Irma soaked parts of Jamaica, but...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As the second week of the 2017-2018 academic year drew to a close, some significant figures came together in a small room at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew.Those 'figures' were not only...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Ernie Smith recorded I Can't Take It as a ballad at Federal Studios in 1967. Eight years later, Johnny Nash did it over as a lovers' rock track, naming it Tears on My Pillow. It was, for Smith, an unfortunate title change, as that was the name of a...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Luciano sang his wish for a One Away Ticket and Dennis Brown sang about the glories of the promised land Damian Marley adding details of the vision for Africa in Land of Promise, his remake of the reggae track with Nas featuring Brown's voice.Close...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Duppy Gunman, has got a deejay touch from Agent Sasco on Ernie Smith's most recent multiple song project, an EP of collaborations on previously released songs, as well as new tracks.In addition to the Duppy Gunman, remake, there is also a refreshing...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

If ever there was a case of a songwriter starting a song with the opposite of the real life situation which inspired it, it is Ernie Smith and Duppy Gunman.Written one Saturday night in 1974, recorded the following Monday at Federal Studios,...

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