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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...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Elva Ruddock, the late Queen of Comedy, would have celebrated her 54th birthday yesterday. According to close friend and colleague in comedy Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, the day would have been marked by some type of celebration. He said the...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

This year’s Mother’s Day has undoubtedly been impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Plans to show appreciation to the one you call ‘mama’ have been thwarted due to worldwide quarantine conditions. But while there may not be the usual elaborate dinner at...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Since it was announced on Monday that the 2020 staging of Reggae Sumfest had been cancelled, fans of the annual music festival have been requesting an online staging of the event. Pointing out that they would be willing to spend ticket money on pay...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Ishango is a name synonymous with photography and videography in Jamaica. With a career spanning a decade, the artist, real name Ishaka Abu Shango, has worked with a number of local celebrities, including Usain Bolt, Christopher Martin, and Romain...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:18 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Tomorrow, April 20, is the day marijuana is celebrated across the globe. 4/20, as it is called, is usually marked by major music shows in different cities worldwide as ganja lovers ‘light up their spliffs’ in recognition of the herb. Celebrations...

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

As the COVOID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the world, the face of live entertainment as we knew it has been altered. In a matter of weeks, major music festivals and concerts across the world have either been postponed or cancelled. Now...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Even as content creators are being encouraged to build on their online platforms during this time of self-isolation, artistes are being reminded not to go overboard in the name of entertainment. In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner last week,...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

There is an atmosphere of doom and gloom currently blanketing the globe as the coronavirus continues to spread. With entertainment and sporting events coming to a complete halt in many countries, quarantine and chill have become the new norm. As...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Organisers of Jamaica Carnival are the latest to announce the postponement of their season of events due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Jamaica. They have now joined BRT Weekend, UWI Carnival and Sterling Gospel Awards who are among the big...

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

As the world celebrated the 75th birthday of one of the world’s greatest musicians last Thursday, attendees at a public symposium were given some sound business advice as panellists analysed Bob Marley’s rise to fame and the structures he put in...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Today, veteran reggae artiste Junior Byles turns 72 years old. As the singer continues to suffer from mental-health issues, with recent videos that seemingly show him wandering the streets of Kingston, his daughter, Christine Byles, wants to dispel...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For most entertainers, longevity in music is high on their list of priorities. However, with the entertainment industry as fickle as it is, there is a constant changing of the guard. And so when a solo artiste or a group manages to rack up at least...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

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