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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:20 AMMel Cooke

While current Minister of Mining and Transport, Mike Henry, has insisted on the viability and necessity of a revived train service, Ken Boothe has consistently been singing about a time when the lines were well kept and the diesels were humming.The...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On one end of show bands from Jamaica are outfits like Inner Circle, which marks a half-century this year; and Fab 5, well into its 47th year; and Third World, which was formed in 1973.At the other end of the age spectrum are the bands performed...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Bog Walk High School, Jamaica's Best School Band for 2017, made their musical mark on the stage of the Vera Moody Concert Hall, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, on Sunday night. However, at the moment their victory was...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Two documentaries were shown at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Friday evening, the anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie's April 21, 1966, arrival in Jamaica.The audiovisual recordings...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:02 AMMel Cooke

Dawn Penn wrote the words of You Don't Love Me (popularly known as No, No, No, which the vocals begin with and is, along with the title, part of the refrain) when she was experiencing the painful aftermath of love. Responding to The Sunday Gleaner,...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tonight, the Twelve Tribes of Israel will celebrate the anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica through an avenue the entity is well versed in - song.The organisation's representative, Ashes Issachar, told The...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Part of Samory I's preparation for the upcoming release of his debut album, Black Gold, has been physical. And it is not only his vocal chords that are being whipped into better shape through extended sessions to tracks or with a band, but also the...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus are marked between Good Friday and Easter Monday - April 14 and 17, respectively, this year. While not on a definite schedule (there were expectations in some quarters on the cusp of the...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

An extended delay to the start of Bunny Wailer's 70th birthday celebration on Sunday ended with a smooth transition to reggae rhythms and hand drumming. A trio of male drummers played along to Wailer's recording of Soul Rebel, the volume of...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow, April 10, is the 70th birthday of Neville 'Bunny Wailer' Livingston, OJ. Part of the celebratory activities is the launch of the RASPECT Cause Campaign A Jamaica/South Africa collaboration on ganja rights, for which Bunny Wailer is the...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The name of Sunday's event at Little Ochie, Alligator Pond, St Elizabeth, indicates that it is for lovers of the beat from the Eastern Caribbean, which is now in full flower of its annual season. However, although the event is named Soca on the...

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Magnum New Rules, two weekends ago at the National Stadium Car Park, was not only another concert in a slew of live performance events which take place in Jamaica.It was a highly publicised return to the Jamaican stage of deejay Alkaline, whose...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It has been about a decade between the release of Queen Ifrica's full-length debut, Fyah Mumma, and current set, Climb, with the 2010 Montego Bay in-between. One of her observations about the set is that it is "love on many levels"."It has been a...

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

About the time the green-and-black clad men of Red Hills Road were in the early stages of celebrating their 2017 Champs victory at the National Stadium on Saturday night, a large audience was cheering for The Jays' refrain of "yaho" at the Ranny...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Heavily influenced by Rastafari to have a Pan-African ideology, Africa has made its way into Jamaican popular music lyrics at points chronologically far removed as The Skatalites' African Roots and Agent Sasco's Africa on his Theory of Reggaetivity...

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow's Stars R Us, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, St Andrew, starts about the same time the grins of the winners and groans of the losers will cap off 'Champs' at the National Stadium. Those on stage for the latest...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There will be a major change on the cover when the next print edition of Jamaican business telephone numbers is published in October 2017. A 'w' will be missing, as the former Yellow Pages has been recently officially rebranded as Yello across its...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is no shortage of songs about Africa in Jamaican popular music. There are different approaches, chief among them Africa as the motherland, with Peter Tosh singing in the title track of his 1983 album, "They took me away from you Mama/Long...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A week ago, Yello, the rebranded and revamped Yellow Pages telephone directory, was officially presented to the public at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew. The function was short on official speeches, with addresses by company executives,...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

From the artwork (the outline of a map of Africa which frames Warrior King in profile) to the themes and music (the first track, His Majesty, is a retelling of Haile Selassie's royal credentials on a Niyahbinghi- dominated track), The Rootz Warrior...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Echo Minott has told the story of a woman being beaten and her interaction with the law before. With the issue of domestic violence high on the national agenda - tambourines and all - it is a good time to hear his story again."Me an my girl was...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With the name Dis Poem Wordz and Agro Festival, naturally, words are central to the Portland event, which started in 2011. For the 2017 staging, though, the event's founder, poet Ras Takura, is placing special emphasis on the Agro Festival element....

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With International Women's Day last week and the high number of reports of women being hurt physically by their partners and ex-partners, domestic violence is high in the national consciousness. However, the focus has generally been on men beating...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:13 AMMel Cooke

Among the hopes which actress, director and producer Dahlia Harris (whose credits include Judgement and God's Way) for this week's Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival, is to encourage diversity. "There...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The handcart is one of the most basic means of transportation, powered by sheer human muscle and willpower to ferry goods and sometimes people over short distances where it is impractical or impossible for motor vehicles to reach. The handcart is...

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