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Stories by Shereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:44 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For too long, Jamaica has swept the necessary conversation of masculinity and mental health under the rug. As a society, discussions surrounding anxiety and depression have been largely ignored, and the consequences of avoiding such dialogue have...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:33 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

At the start of 2019, The Gleaner asked music industry insiders to list artistes they believed would have an impact on the entertainment scene. At the time, Koffee’s name was on everyone’s lips. It’s safe to say that those predictions were right as...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:37 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

When asked to coin a piece recapping some of the top entertainment stories for 2019, I have to admit, I was a little bit overwhelmed. After all, so much happened last year, it would be hard pinpointing those moments that were music’s most impactful...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:39 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The 30th staging of the annual Ghetto Splash may be over but some of music’s up-and-coming acts are still overjoyed at being able to make an appearance. Dubbing the Ghetto Splash event as one of the best platforms for fresh acts to showcase their...

Published:Sunday | December 8, 2019 | 12:28 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Yesterday, December 7, 2019 marked the one-year anniversary of the release from prison of Grammy-winning reggae artiste, Buju Banton, and what a year it has been. Following his release, Banton, who spent eight years in a US federal prison on drug-...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:51 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For every dancehall artiste with crossover dreams, getting signed to a major record label is a top priority. Having a large multimillion-dollar international company working on one’s behalf could be the window to a world of opportunities. Still,...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The Grammy nominations are out, and for the second year in a row, the reggae Grammy category is void of non-Jamaicans. Like last year (with the exception of Sting on his joint album with Shaggy), only Jamaican talent occupies the five nomination...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:36 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

As son of the late reggae icon Jimmy Riley and brother of Tarrus Riley, Ryan Riley has music running through his veins. It may, therefore, come as no surprise that the 33-year-old is also an artiste. Though not as established as his brother and his...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:28 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

News that reggae music is being replaced by Afrobeats on United Kingdom radio stations has turned the local entertainment industry on its head. Selectors, producers, artistes, and radio disc jocks alike have all been weighing in on the issue that...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:25 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

 When Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis started classes at the Mona School of Business and Management in 2017, his classmates thought the seasoned comedian was perhaps pulling off another prank for his TV series, The Ity and Fancy Cat Show. Ellis told The...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:24 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Image is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as the way that something or someone is thought of by other people. In The Gleaner’s most recent staging of its Entertainment Forum, industry insiders discussed imaging as they pointed out that it may be...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Ever since Kanye West announced that he would be turning to Christ, there have been doubts surrounding his sincerity. Questions about whether his decision was real or just a ploy to push album sales spread like wildfire. There have also been...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

“Can you imagine getting your breakthrough at the lowest point of your life emotionally?” That was the question music producer Damage posed to The Sunday Gleaner as he opened up about his battle with depression. On the day that the world...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Internationally renowned reggae artiste Ky-Mani Marley has years of musical experience under his belt. As son of reggae legend Bob Marley, the Grammy-nominated artiste knows exactly what it takes to make music timeless music, songs that will...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:26 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

National Public Radio’s (NPR) most talked-about live concert series may be called Tiny Desk, but the recording sessions are anything but. In fact, they are a pretty big deal. Since its debut in 2008, the live series, held at the desk of NPR’s Bob...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:26 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

“Music is not about talent anymore. It’s about how much money you have.” That was the sentiment shared by ’90s deejay Benzly Hype at a recent Entertainment Forum hosted by The Gleaner. The artiste, who was a member of the now defunct dancehall...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:30 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

An alter ego is defined in popular culture as an alternate personality. From Beyoncé (Sasha Fierce) to Nicki Minaj (Barbie, Roman) to local artistes like Spice (Grace Hamilton), some of the most popular music personalities across the world have...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:26 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Come Monday, October 21, veteran producer Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke will be conferred the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of commander, for distinguished contribution in the field of music. Having done his due diligence in the entertainment...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:19 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Miguel Collins, more popularly known as Sizzla Kalonji, is one of two entertainers who will be honoured by the Government at this year’s staging of the Grand Gala on Independence Day, August 6. Kalonji will be recognised, alongside Rita Marley, for...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:23 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Producer-turned-artiste Esco is one of several reggae artistes involved in a musical campaign against the effects of climate change. Describing climate change as “a global crisis”, the artiste said he was contacted to do a track that would create...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:32 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

THE USE of profanity by entertainers, poor time management by staffers, and what appeared to be a tension-filled backstage spoiled an otherwise spectacular opening night of Reggae Sumfest 2019. On a night that reggae singers Chronixx and Koffee...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:18 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Last Monday, July 1, the world celebrated International Reggae Day (IRD). But while there were several activities taking place worldwide to commemorate the day, locally, July 1 passed without much fanfare. The excitement surrounding the day has...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The dancehall has always been presented as the ultimate playground for sex. Sexually charged lyrics and intimate moments between artistes and fans on stage have ruled the dancehall sphere since the ‘90s. Rexton Gordon also known as Shabba Ranks,...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:06 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Male entertainers and their seeming lack of respect for women, has long been a hot topic on the music scene. The lyrics of certain songs within the dancehall space have come under the scrutiny for what many have described as the degradation of the...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:22 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Motherhood is described as a journey that encapsulates the best of times and the worst of times. Many mothers have described raising children as the scariest yet most exciting thing they’ve ever done. With no manual available on how to tackle the...

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