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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Friday the Alpha Institute (a development on the Alpha Boys' Home) marked 137 years with dance. One of the persons who was once a resident is Yellowman, who told The Sunday Gleaner, how his longing for a family came out in a song.It was about a...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It was not so long ago that dancehall gospel had its run-in with the section of the church which frowned upon the secular beats being used to transmit the Word of God. While I expect that there are still some who look askance at persons such as...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Singer Paul 'Frankie Paul' Blake often performed in white outfits, including his last Jamaican stage appearance during Alive and Well, held last October at House of Dancehall on Cargill Avenue...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Among the many steps in the vinyl record's trajectory from cutting edge music storage and playback technology, speculation about its relevance in the digital age is (as stated on vinyl-record.co.uk) RCA Victor making the long-playing vinyl record...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A connection forged in earlier years of Jamaican popular music continued on Wednesday, when the Bob Marley Ensemble Room was officially opened at the Alpha Institute, South Camp Road, Kingston. After saying that last year the Bob Marley Foundation...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The 2017 Jamaica Ocho Rios International jazz Festival is now on. Myrna Hague, who is central to the festival, told The Sunday Gleaner about her first foray into reggae.Myrna Hague's Melody Life album is an unusual project for the lady who is much...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Although the Alpha Institute offers a range of training options to its students, including landscape and barber programmes, it is especially famed for music. So it is natural that the South Camp Road institution will celebrate its 137th anniversary...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In January 2015, when Tanya Shirley's poetry collection, The Merchant of Feathers (Peepal Tree Press), was officially presented to the public, music played a major role in the function at Lecture Theatre 3, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

After ESPN reported last week that Nico Marley was signed by the Washington Redskins football team as an undrafted free agent, general manager of the Bob Marley Foundation, Marie Bruce, is reminding the public about the family's history of exercise....

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With rain on just about everyone's mind, when it does not end up in floods, it captures the artistic imagination in especially amorous ways. There are many images - lovers walking in the wet, oblivious to or even relishing the rain drops. A couple...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I was impressed by the discipline that was displayed at the second Jack Ruby Festival, which was held on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann, last Friday. Before the event (to celebrate the life and work of Lawrence 'Jack Ruby' Lindo, who operated the...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As word of singer Frankie Paul's death at the University Hospital of the West Indies spread across the globe yesterday, sadness flowed at the loss of a remarkable talent. He passed away just over a week after singer Arthur 'Bunny' Robinson, who died...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 11:05 AMMel Cooke

Veteran reggae/dancehall artiste, Frankie Paul, died earlier this morning. The Gleaner, reported on Monday that the singer, whose popular original recordings include Kushumpeng, Alicia, Worries in The Dance and Big and Ready with rapper Heavy D and...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

One week from today, the Musgrave Medal awardees for 2017 will have their citations read and medals presented in this year's edition of the annual ceremony in the lecture hall, Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), East Street, Kingston. Among those to be...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

One of the more telling signs of just how much Friday's second Jack Ruby Festival: The Black Experience was a street festival was a green suitcase with wheels pulled through a section of the large crowd on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann.The luggage...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Garnet Silk recorded Like a Mother to Me, at producer Robert 'Bobby Digital' Dixon's St Andrew studio after he returned from his sole trip to the UK. It was an eventful journey, as after doing shows in London, Birmingham and Luton, Silk was held up...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Under ordinary circumstances, tomorrow would have been another great music business day for singer George Nooks. He would have gone to perhaps the most well-attended Mother's Day 2017 concert in the country and, most likely, moved the crowd with his...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Today's second Jack Ruby Festival, subtitled The Black Experience, is slated to run just short of 24 hours.The festival starts at 6 a.m. with radio station IRIE FM's Wake Up Call show with DJ Amber and continues all day through to a live outside...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Bob Marley's commercial breakthrough in the US was Rastaman Vibration of 1976, certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies. According to Billboard's website, it was the first Bob Marley and...

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Jamaica Sound Fest 2017 will take place at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, on August 12, rain or shine, sponsors or no sponsors. However, its subsequent development depends heavily not on the weather but the sponsorship climate.Yaniq...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Later this month, Freddie McGregor will receive a Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. One of his many enduring hits is Big Ship, which was written from something he saw.One morning in 1982, Freddie McGregor went up to Stony Hill, St...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I thought I had seen or heard of, if not every type of music entertainment event, then certainly everything that could surprise me. Then a couple weeks ago, I saw a flyer that caused me to make the classic involuntary 'Oh!' of surprise - and it was...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:16 AMMel Cooke

Sunday’s Musical Rhapsody at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, is the first concert with that title being put on by The Church of St John the Evangelist. Although the name is new, though, the event is not, and the name reflects its...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The programme for last Sunday's mass at The Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Bamboo, St Ann, was for "the golden anniversary of the recording career of Glenroy 'Ernie' Smith, OD, BH (M)". And since the following day, Monday, May 1, was...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 1:17 AMMel Cooke

No Violence in Love, sung by Iceman and Ikaya (which could make the acronym ‘I&I’ if they chose to make their duets consistent), was released at a time when the seasonal concern for violence against women, especially, and children...

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