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Stories by Sade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Eighteen-year-old Van Creed is a musical anomaly. Pairing his skills on the saxophone and keyboard with the production software Logic Pro X, he is the maestro behind several viral remixes surfacing on social media this year. One of his biggest...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:24 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Veteran toaster Echo Minott, will celebrate 40 years in the music industry in 2020 with two major concerts in France and Jamaica. A resident of France for almost a decade, the reggae singjay will be returning to Jamaica in November to fine-tune...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:19 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

There is a kind of fire which roars from mega reggae star Sizzla Kalonji when he speaks about the impact and importance of learning. He has spent most of his life deeply engaged in acquiring and mastering various skills, and has no intentions of...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican actress Samantha Thompson is challenging fat stereotypes in her directorial debut, Beauty...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:14 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Singer Michael Dawkins is hoping to expand his horizons through a recent collaborative effort with longtime Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Solomon Childs. The track, dubbed Revenge, was released last month as part of the compilation album, How it Goes, by...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:22 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Gospel singer Jermaine Edwards was on a family vacation when he received a phone call that mirrored recurring dreams of impacting the world through his ministry and music. He was informed that the Marion County Board in Florida would be recognising...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:14 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Life is good for reggae singer Jah Mason. He recently returned to Jamaica after a two-segment tour in Europe, where he performed at events such as the Plein Les Watts festival in Switzerland, Metaponto festival in Italy, and other summer concerts...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Simply put, Jamaica’s musical influences have always been borderless. The island’s première genre, mento, was rooted in elements of African and European music. Its transitional genre, Jamaica rhythm and blues, saw early Jamaican artistes adopting...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:19 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Her endorsement of Jamaican Creole is not the only thing for which the late cultural ambassador Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett-Coverley is remembered. The esteemed folklorist is also revered for her literary pieces, like the poem Dutty Tough, which...

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Much hasn’t been heard from reggae singer Spliffy Dan in the last two years, but this silence has not been deliberate. He underwent surgery in June 2017 and said that he has been on bed rest until recently. “I’m feeling good now. Spliffy Dan is...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:13 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Something big is cooking at Oranje Streetz Musick. Label principal and producer Ainsworth ‘Mitchie’ Williams is currently finalising an eight-minute collaboration, boasting artistes like Luciano, Stranger Cole, Flabba Holt, Johnny Clarke, Chester...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

He is often associated with being the nephew of reggae singer Gregory Isaacs, but Ray Isaacs has a story of his own and captures this in his latest single, Journey. Produced by Anotha One, the reggae number details the artiste’s experiences and his...

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

While most of his peers sought a nine-to-five job or turned to masonry skills, then 21-year-old Bongo Herman answered the call of the Nyabinghi drum, spending his days in a Trench Town yard with senior drummers, studying the heartbeat of the...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:30 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

When art collective dub poetry duo The No-Maddz debuted music from their Heaven on Earth (HOE) album at an intimate listening party in April, there was a feeling that this 11-track project would be an antidote for the mentally broken, a game...

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Being the guitarist for internationally acclaimed reggae singer Jimmy Cliff definitely has its perks – you get to travel the world, perform for royalty, and network with international artistes. However, for Locksley, the inspiration to revamp his...

Published:Saturday | August 17, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Even a year after placing second in the now defunct Magnum Kings and Queens competition, Bad Gyal Jade refuses to fade into the background and be labelled another has-been. She prides herself as the young dancehall queen, adding that there is no...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Deejay Unknown Gringo is curating his debut EP, The Return of the Unknown Gringo, which he hopes will transcend beyond local soil and showcase his talent. For this reason, he revealed that the seven-track set (already four tracks in) will stray...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:17 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Starface has never been one to think inside the box where her style of music is concerned. According to the singjay, “I’m not going to be stuck in one place because at the end of the day, you don’t know where you’re going to get the hits from. That...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The venue is crammed. The lights go down, and excitement permeates the space. The MC announces the entertainer you’ve been dying to see, and low drums, teased by the backing band, add to your anticipation. This is it, this is the moment you got...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Raised in the musically rich environment of Park Lane, Red Hills, St Andrew, reggae singer Quality saw it fit to include his roots and other historical musical sites in his debut music video for the single Stronger. Released on Emancipation Day,...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:21 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Months after releasing his visual album Wicked Walls, lashing out against psychological and physical walls used to separate people, singer Ras Michael Junior says he has been banned from the United States (US) and is asking US President Donald...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Slim Flex’s affinity for Jamaican music is just as striking as his amusing attempts at speaking Jamaican Patois. The Afrobeat act recalled entertaining his village in Ghana as a child with nothing but palm trees, makeshift instruments, and his...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:13 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Since revealing a slimmer physique in 2015, Macka Diamond has received ‘props’ on her transformation and is ready to share her diet and fitness tips in an upcoming YouTube channel dubbed ‘Naturally Happy’. Set to premiere in two months time, the...

Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Though she is primarily known for oozing sultry vocals on a blazing dancehall rhythm or softer ones on a reggae ballad, Ce’Cile cannot be confined to one kind of expression in the artistic discipline. She recently announced an upcoming children’s...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It is often said that a king is never honoured in his own land, and meteoric entertainer Rygin King believes that the expression best fits his experience. Undeniably one of the most talked about and lauded dancehall toasters of 2018, the...

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