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Stories by Sade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Ras Michael Junior, also known as Michael Enkrumah, wants to break all barriers that hinder unity on his visual album Wicked Walls. The 10-track set accompanies a documentary and was produced by the reggae singer himself. Although it was released...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:19 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

St Catherine born film-maker Tevin Lennon is using real-life events to bring awareness to serious issues plaguing the country under his K-Base Skyview Visuals production company. His latest movie, Death Do Us Part, tells the story of a husband...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The arts have long been revered as a field that encourages and appreciates human expression. In a sordid plot twist, several art students at the esteemed Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts have come forward in a recent exposé...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:21 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

At least 2,000 patrons were treated to world class entertainment in the name of charity at the second biennial An Evening with Air Supply and Third World. Their voices filled the lawns of the Couples San Souci resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann, as the...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner presents the final in the week-long series High Note , exploring the complexities of substance abuse in local entertainment and methods of treatment. Many entertainers have battled with drug addiction, from Rick James, Kurt Cobain...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

After more than 50 years in the music industry, artiste manager and booking agent Copeland Forbes has seen and heard it all. Managing entertainers like Gregory Isaacs and Ninja Man, Forbes believes one’s circle can contribute to continued drug...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Today The Gleaner continues High Note , a five-part series exploring the substance abuse culture in reggae and dancehall, with singer Ernie Smith sharing his story of alcohol abuse, and beating the habit. “It made me feel better when I was...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Gregory Isaacs once described his cocaine use as the greatest college he had ever attended, yet the one with the most expensive tuition. On the sidelines witnessing his deleterious education, was his wife June, who confirmed his substance abuse...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Today, The Gleaner presents the first in its five-part series exploring the underground substance abuse culture in the entertainment space and its implications. While many Jamaican entertainers have fallen victim to drug abuse, Gem Myers is...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The second staging of Let Praises Rise gospel concert is bringing entertainment with a purpose to St James on Saturday, at the Montego Bay High School. Orchestrated by the Vera Philanthropic Praise Foundation, the event will have part proceeds...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The ska scene mushroomed in Jamaica in the ’50s and ’60s, with acts like Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker and Prince Buster at the fore. The genre was birthed as early producers and sound system operators like Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd sought to...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Honey-sweet vocals and smooth, coordinated dance moves were part of a musical voyage captained by evergreen R...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Eight years ago, Singaporean artiste Masia One was a ghostwriter in Hollywood working for some of the biggest names in rap and hip hop, including Dr Dre, Pharell and The Game. This was not exactly architecture, in which she holds a bachelor’s...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Singer and musician Richie Stephens is upping the ante on his mission to popularise Jamaican music in new spaces and places. Alongside his Ska Nation band, the trailblazer toured Europe last year and exposed ska music in countries like Italy, where...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

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Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

As thousands of revellers take to the streets of Kingston today for Carnival Road March, halfway across the world in Singapore, Suka Suka Sundays – a free reggae street party and jerk festival – will already be in full...

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It was a real birthday I-lebration for reggae elder statesman Bunny Wailer (Jah B) as fans and loved ones gathered at Rebel T International’s HQ in Kingston on Saturday night for his 72nd birthday. The last surviving member of the three most famous...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

When esteemed music producer Michael ‘Mikie’ Bennett talks about veteran deejay Shabba Ranks, his eyes light up. The two first met in 1988 after Ranks completed a recording session with producer Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James, and Bennett said he...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

On meeting singer Lvna, one cannot predict the artistic powerhouse that awaits, based on her demure nature. The Gleaner caught up with UIM’s first lady at the studio’s base in Kingston, where she said she had spent the past two years moulding a...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Thief in the Night, the upcoming debut album from producer-turned-artiste T’Jean, speaks volumes to his musical journey and mission. Widely known as a producer affiliated with Grafton Studios, UIM Records and his own label, Izreal Records, T’Jean...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Branding in the music industry is not a new concept. From personalised fan clique names to slangs and signature colours, there are many ways, besides the music, which artistes distinguish themselves. For the past two years, fans of Runkus have...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s sound system industry has endured many changes since its development in the 1940s, from evolving audio formats to rising dubplate and operational costs. Many sounds have fallen by the wayside as a result of this, but, three decades after...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It has been proven throughout musical history that a song’s recording date bears little significance to its full potential. Earth a Run Red, a one-drop single depicting social conditions, was a 1998 production recorded by Richie Spice that only hit...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

At the core of some of reggae and dancehall’s biggest hits are esteemed recording studios, but beyond the property owners are the people responsible for building the spaces where the magic is made. Martin Mitchell is one such person who has played...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

If there is one thing for sure about Keiva di Diva, it is that she is the life of any party. This proved true when she pulled a full house to her 40th birthday party celebration last week at the Rhythm Bistro Lounge in St Andrew. The dancer-turned-...

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