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Stories by Shereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, since its inception in 1996, has been an event geared towards a more mature audience. During the show’s over two-decade history, Jamaica witnessed stellar performances from some of the biggest global stars in...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The world was only a quarter of the way into 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic put several countries across the globe under lockdown. With travel bans, curfew and public gathering restrictions in place, millions of people went online for...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2020 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For film-maker Saeed Thomas, falling in love with arts and entertainment was as simple as it could get. He was a student at The University of the West Indies, Mona campus, hanging out at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts when...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:13 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

When the franchise holders of Miss Universe Jamaica announced last month that the 2020 staging of the pageant would go on as planned, they were bombarded with questions on how they would manage to pull it off amid the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Over the past few years, as conversations surrounding mental health gain momentum in Jamaica, several entertainers have come forward to announce their own struggles with issues of depression and anxiety. Entertainers, by the very nature of their...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

When up-and-coming artiste, Marcy Chin, made her onstage debut back in July during the virtual staging of this year’s Reggae Sumfest, she caused a lot of chatter. On a night which saw sizzling performances from some of dancehall’s biggest stars,...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Industry insiders are today sounding an ominous warning to party promoters who have been clashing with law enforcers when they attempt to pull the plug on unauthorised entertainment events to quit while they are ahead. The entertainment industry...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The entertainment industry remains one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. For an industry that thrives on face-to-face interaction and public gatherings, lockdown conditions have crippled the space. Now, with coronavirus infection rates...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:33 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The moment one sets foot inside Romeich Major’s office, one immediately realises that, when it comes to his business, the 35-year-old entrepreneur takes no prisoners. In fact, he made sure to warn The Sunday Gleaner team that our conversation would...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:17 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

A visit to the ‘About Us’ section on the website for the Spartan Health Club gives a brief synopsis of the facility that has birthed many a fitness enthusiast throughout its four decades long history. But, for those who have come to know the...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:20 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Music industry insiders are today urging politicians to let Thursday’s results at the polls serve as a huge lesson in how they handle the affairs of the people going forward. With a number of veteran politicians having lost their seat in Gordon...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:03 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For every Protoje project released so far, the motif of time has been a constant. Since the reggae artiste emerged on the music scene in 2011 with his debut album, Seven- Year Itch, time has been a recurring theme in all his albums. There was the...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

“Dem say mi nah go nuh weh (and youth), yuh nah go make no money. Dem say mi soon affi run away but dem a dream.” Those are poignant lines from Popcaan’s 2010 hit single, Dream, in which he forecasts his musical success. The song chronicles the...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:13 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Billboard’s recent omission of dancehall legends Beenie Man and Bounty Killer from the cover art for their story on ‘The Verzuz Effect’ has been dubbed by many in the local music fraternity as a blatant disregard for the Jamaican culture and its...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Less than three weeks after the entertainment industry was given the green light to commence a phased reopening of the sector, the Government has announced that newer, stricter measures are on the horizon for the industry. In an emergency press...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2020 | 10:32 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

When Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore walked across the stage on Festival Night Two of Reggae Sumfest last night to collect this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, satisfaction was written all over his face. A big smile plastered over his face, he beamed with...

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2020 | 10:31 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Back in April, when the organisers of Reggae Sumfest announced that this year’s staging of the show would be cancelled due to COVID-19, many were left disappointed. Although they knew it was for the best, everyone – from loyal supporters to...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

It was an interview The Sunday Gleaner had to reschedule several times over the course of a week, but when it finally materialised, the reason for the hold-up became evident. As we spoke to ailing reggae singer and percussionist Denver ‘Feluke’...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Reggae music is widely considered world music, a global genre capable of connecting and touching all people despite race, gender and socio-economic status. Still, despite its immense global contribution, it remains a struggle for the genre to get...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

In May, reggae artiste Dre Island released a 13-track album titled Now I Rise. The compilation, which features fellow artistes Popcaan, Jesse Royal, and Chronix, has been touted by many as the album that could potentially give the artiste the...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Reggae legend Buju Banton says his just-released album, Upside Down 2020, is “an offering to the world”. The project, which was released on Friday, is the first since Before the Dawn, for which he was awarded the Grammy a decade ago. “Music has...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

UK based dancehall artiste Don Andre has released a brand new track titled Responsibility and, to say the message is timely, would be an understatement. Arriving just in time for Father’s Day, the single urges men to do everything in their power to...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The loss of a parent is usually magnified on special days one would use to celebrate them. Today, as the world observes Father’s Day, many will experience some bittersweet moments. While some will be able to dote on the man who helped to mould them...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Although it may not have been a new phenomenon for restaurants, sports bars, and lounges to incorporate live music into their entertainment package, these ‘chill spots’ over the past two to three years have been credited with breathing new life...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:31 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Government has indicated that it will be taking a cautious approach in the reopening of the entertainment industry, which has taken a $26-billion hit since the sector was locked down in March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

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