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Stories by Melville Cooke

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Singer Tarrus Riley does not even crack a smile when he responds to The Gleaner's query about the line-up for tomorrow's ninth consecutive staging of the free concert he hosts at Emancipation Park, New Kingston."I have spoken to Tarrus Riley and he...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

On Friday night at the Talk of the Town Restaurant at Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, high above the damp city streets, The Jamaica National (JN) Group presented its first corporate branding campaign.One of the group's more prominent...

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Cham's Lawless set has made the Billboard Reggae Chart for the week ending July 1, 2017. It is at number seven, a place below Morgan Heritage's Avrakedabra, which has moves up two places from last week's number six slot.Cham's set features Get Drunk...

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

LAST PERFORMANCES - Frankie Paul's final major Jamaican performance: Startime, Mas Camp, National Stadium, January 9, 2016. Organiser of the vintage music series, Michael Barnett, said it was "mind-blowing". At a concert where...

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

In 2013, the year before the event was moved to Grizly's Plantation Cove and grew into the Jamaica Sound System Festival, the then Bass Odyssey anniversary event was held in Runaway Bay. St Ann. Yaniq Walford of Bass Odyssey estimates that event...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:06 AMMelville Cooke

Before the song, No Violence in Love, in February, there was the public service advertisement with that title, spearheaded by Donovan Watkis and Debbie Bissoon. Timed to coincide with Valentine's Day 2017, it featured 21 well-known personalities...

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

The attention Lloyd Parkes' album Time A Go Dread is getting, is stirring thoughts of expanding his band's role.Renowned as a backing band, especially touring with the late Dennis Brown, and supporting performers on the long-running Startime series...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

It is that time of the year again, when Christmas carols are on the radio, coming from the choirs and the audio systems in the supermarkets, urging observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, spending and consumption of wine, sorrel, cake and song in...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

A few years ago, I was walking from the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) to The Gleaner Company when, at the corner of North and Orange streets, I saw a boy being verbally brutalised by a woman.It has stayed with me for a...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Sending your child back to school for 'September morning' is always an interesting experience for a parent or guardian - and that is not mentally engaging but in the curse usage, as in "may you live in interesting...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

On the night of The Great Blackout - Saturday, August 27, soon after power was restored along Molynes Road, in St Andrew, I had reason to be at an all-night tyre shop for an extended period. It is a fascinating place to...

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Stephen 'Ragga' Marley's Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life is the highest placed album by a Jamaican on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for the week of September 10, 2016.He is two places above his brother Ziggy, whose self-titled set is at...

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

So there I was at a stop light along Lady Musgrave Road in St Andrew, when a man rides up on a bicycle, a bulging sack balanced on the handlebars. I look across through the open passenger window, expecting anything...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Those of us of a certain vintage, will remember a televised national family planning advertisement where a woman with quite a number of children in tow, and looking like another was 'in the oven', knocked on a door to ask for a...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

I saw behaviour cruder than oil in its most unrefined state about a week ago at the Texaco gas station near Cross Roads (you know, the one only a certified madman would try to rob, because police officers and security...

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

So there I was at a supermarket in Liguanea last Tuesday night, getting my storm supplies. It was a swift operation and, heading to the cashier, I looked down at the trolley I was pushing, at what I going to pay for and nearly...

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Our Music, Our Festival, the tagline for the recent Reggae Sumfest 2016 in Montego Bay, St James, seems to have resonated with a number of the performers.I was, unfortunately, not able to be there, but courtesy of the high-quality video coverage,...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Apart from those very rare (non-existent) instances in which a person's first romantic relationship ends up being the one that they stay in until their death (hopefully not at the hands of the person they are involved with), everybody who enters...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

I found myself home alone last weekend. This is something that has not happened in about six years. And the time before that was in 2000. So, last weekend included, in 16 years there have been four occasions in which I was left by my...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

We need a relationship abuse hotline. Or, if there is one, we need to publicise it at the same level we do Crime Stop. However, there would be no financial reward for those whom we encourage to '...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

Last Sunday, Father's Day, I was at Sovereign Centre in Liguanea, waiting on a 'box food'. Standing close to the line, but maintaining sufficient distance to keep the child he was holding away from the adults who may...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

I consider myself a pretty good father (that is unreserved self-praise). I have been there from the plus sign on the pregnancy test through to feeding, diaper changing, washing clothes, reading stories, doctor visits,...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

This time next week, it will be Father's Day, and (unfortunately), as usual it will not be celebrated with anywhere near the intensity of Mother's Day.I could go as far as saying it will not really be celebrated at all, but...

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

As the professional track and field season cranks up, with the Olympics in Rio looming large, I take this time to commiserate with the sports widows who will find themselves all alone for a few weeks while their...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke

It is not only OK for a girl who is growing up to have male friends, but it is an essential part of a young woman's development to have relationships with boys who see her as just another person. So it is quite fine for a wee lass...

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