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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...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

This is the conclusion of a two-part article speculating what Buju Banton's opening song will be the next time he performs in Jamaica. Last week we considered Destiny, Til Shiloh, Our Father in Zion, Close One Yesterday and the 23rd Psalm.1. Give I...

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 12:16 AMMel Cooke

Last Sunday, Winston 'Merritone' Blake was one of the awardees at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. His was not the only posthumous award, as Alton Ellis was also honoured...

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Crime is rampant and, with INDECOM around, chances are the days of the 'name brand' policeman are over. Today The Sunday Gleaner remembers how one in particular, Anthony 'Tony' Hewitt, was enshrined in dancehall song,In 2012, retired Senior...

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Singer Nadine Sutherland and model Chyna Whyne told personal stories about their hair at Tuesday's launch of the Ideaz journal's edition on Notions of Beauty...

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Early last month The STAR, referring to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) website, reported that Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie now has a release date of December 8, 2018. It is anyone's guess when and where his first post-release performance in...

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The VIP area at Jamaican live performance entertainment events is normally closest to the front of the stage, with seating provided for those who wish to pay extra for the privilege of closer proximity, which, presumably, gives a better experience....

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

There are as varied uses of the motorcycle as there are variations of the two-wheeled motorised transportation. Used for delivering pizza or toting three people (illegally) on a trip to school, for spirited riding with a woman carrying the...

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

Lloyd Parkes, bass guitar player and leader of Lloyd Parkes and We The People Band, was in an unusual position when the Red Rose for Gregory concert was postponed on Sunday, February 12. In a press conference at the Constant Spring Golf Club, St...

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On or off stage, Karen Smith has an inviting smile and, merry eyes. Still, those orbs which have reflected on thousands of persons at numerous events, have an added sparkle when she speaks about St Hugh's High School.Next month, the school ties that...

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

When The Sunday Gleaner, asked singer/songwriter Ernie Smith on a recent visit to his St Ann stomping grounds if he had any regrets in nearly half century in Jamaican popular music, he paused before replying."I wasted a lot of time," he said...

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 9:50 AMMel Cooke

June Isaacs, Gregory Isaacs' widow, smiled as she said she received red roses "all the while" from her late husband. She also smiled, though with less outright joy than at the memory of the flowers, as she recalled the effect of his cocaine habit on...

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

This week, The Sunday Gleaner featured reggae legend Ernie Smith's early days in Bamboo, St Ann. Today he tells the story of his first guitar.In September this year, singer Ernie Smith will celebrate 50 years of being involved in Jamaican popular...

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

The house set back from a curve in the unpaved road where singer Ernie Smith stands at ease in Bamboo, St Ann, is not the first one his family lived in. He tells The Sunday Gleaner that May Pen is among his earliest memories, but Bamboo - where the...

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

Last year, Red Stripe did a remake of its 'Life Is Just For Living' advertisement, originally recorded by Ernie Smith in 1972. This time around, Mystic and Wayne Marshall are featured in the song, with Smith again appearing in the visuals as he did...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With the click of drumsticks, musicians' fingers on stringed, electronic and wind instruments, chatter of MCs and melodies of singers and deejays, the ninth Reggae Month celebrations start their run at Mandela Park, Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, this...

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

The Calabash International Literary Festival is being honoured by The Gleaner in the Arts and Culture category "for its continued support of a strong Jamaican literary culture exposing Jamaicans to top local and international practitioners". The...

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

The transformation which one woman has made from the publicly pubic personality of dancehall deejay Lady Saw to the fully clad Minister Marion Hall, is fascinating. I am intrigued, not with her sincerity or hypocrisy, but what it indicates about...

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

In her acceptance speech for a Doctorate of Letters (D Litt) from the University of Leicester last Thursday, poet Jean 'Binta' Breeze connected the ceremony with a long history of performance."I just had to say it has been a lifetime of entering and...

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

For four consecutive Sundays in February, starting on the 5th, the annual Grounation series will celebrate mento music in the lecture hall of the Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston. The theme of the ongoing analysis is 'MENTO: Is ow de...

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