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Stories by Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:20 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

PABLO MORELOVE and Eugenia Conti are music practitioners in Italy. Morelove is a reggae/dancehall artiste and Conti is a tour manager/promoter. In an interview with The Gleaner, the pair painted a picture of the crisis their country is facing at...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As a choreographer, singer, actor, dancer, and writer, Michael Holgate epitomises what it means to be a jack of all trades. The award-winning writer wears many hats, including that of artistic director of performing arts group, Ashe. But even as he...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:16 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Music industry insider Donovan Watkis believes that now more than ever, artistes should start strengthening their social media and online presence. As the entertainment industry continues to grapple with the stifling effects of the coronavirus,...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Since Friday’s announcement that 2020 carnival events would be pushed back from April to October, owing to the continued spread of the coronavirus in the island, refunds have been the hot topic on social media. Irate revellers from across the globe...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:24 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Some three years ago when reggae artiste Keznamdi penned the verses to his latest single, City Lock, he envisioned the track as a collaborative effort with Canadian rapper Tory Lanez. Call it fate or simply speaking things into existence, whatever...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:19 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Despite calls for the two-hour extension for entertainment events to be carried over into Reggae Month, the amendment to the Noise Abatement Act was reversed. Although some parties remain unhappy about the decision, key industry players say the...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:19 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

After a decade-long court battle with musical giant Downsound Records, dub poet DYCR is ready to get his career back on track. In an interview with The Gleaner, the entertainer says despite the fact that so much has changed in the industry over the...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Imagine getting a call from the foundation of one of Jamaica’s greatest musicians letting you know his family have been noticing your work and would love to have you create a mural in honour of his 75th birthday? That was the reality of local...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The lack of adequate sponsorship has been a thorn in the side of Reggae Month organisers for many years. In recent times, some activities planned under the month-long celebrations have had to be postponed or cancelled as organisers scrambled to get...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Dancehall artiste Bounty Killer wants Jamaican men to understand that when they contribute financially to their spouse’s well-being while in a relationship, they should not feel like they have ownership to said woman. He expressed that once that...

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

With just over two months to go before the highly anticipated Carnival Road March, the competition is on to see who will be the ‘baddest band’ on the road this year. As the soca fever steadily creeps to its climax, the Xodus band showed they are in...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

While Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend gears up to make its debut in Jamaica, organisers are making it clear they are not here to start any competition with the other party weekend that already exists on the island. In an interview with The Gleaner...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Directors of the film, Bad Boys for Life, made good on their promise to have Jamaican reggae group, Inner Circle, be part of one of their US movie premieres. Members of the band were present at Sunday’s blue-carpet affair held at the Regal South...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

On a night when Kingston’s waterfront was transformed into party central, patrons at Midnight to Bal Harbour ushered in the new year in fine style. Women donned their best evening wear, paired with six-inch stiletto heels, while the men, keen not...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

“This is a St Thomas product. I’m so proud of St Thomas tonight. This is my hometown, so whatever me get, me share it with my hometown,” Popcaan said as he addressed the massive crowd that converged on the Goodyear Oval in the parish for Unruly...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:29 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

With Ghetto Splash celebrating three decades in the entertainment industry, Tuesday night’s staging was always bound to be special. Not only did the anniversary show bring out some of Jamaica’s finest in the music industry, but it also brought out...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

There are some songs that put an instant smile on one’s face when they are played. Mek the Christmas Catch You in a Good Mood is one such song. Written in 1981 by Mikey Bennett, it continues to transcend time and has become such a well-loved track...

Published:Saturday | December 7, 2019 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Nineties dancehall front-runner, Frisco Kid, says come 2020, he will be seeking to bring back some authenticity to dancehall music. During his performance at a Gleaner staff meeting on Tuesday, the deejay says in recent times, fans have been...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:26 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Patrick Roberts, event organiser of the annual free concert Ghetto Splash, says that for the second year in a row, the show will go on without a title sponsor. In an interview with The Gleaner, Roberts said that with the festival set to celebrate...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:27 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Grammy-winning artiste Shaggy will feature in ABC’s and the Disney Channel three holiday specials, which kicks off today, Thanksgiving Day, in the United States of America. Shaggy and STING, who both teamed up to win the Grammy for Best Reggae...

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2019 | 12:25 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Nineteen-year-old reggae sensation Koffee yesterday secured a piece of history by becoming the youngest solo act to be nominated in the Reggae category at the Grammys. Koffee copped one of the five coveted spots on the shortlist for her five-track...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore is a name synonymous with reggae music in Jamaica. Almost every conversation about the genre could include the veteran, who has a wealth of knowledge about the industry. Aside from his expertise, Coore has also contributed to...

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

After spending the last four years doing damage control because of issues brought on by a name mix-up, Jamaican actress Shauna Chin is happy to finally be able to move on with her life. Revealing her plans for the future, Chin, who is also a...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:34 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

A notice last week informing Hope Gardens of the discontinuance of a lawsuit filed against them by residents of Hope Pastures has allowed the space to be reopened as a venue for entertainment events. In an exclusive interview, Hugh Anthony Porter...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:16 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Earlier this week when production for the Bad Boys For Life movie came to a close, Ian and Roger Lewis of the band Inner Circle were present on set. The Lewises were representing the ‘Bad Boys of Reggae’, whose 1992 hit Bad Boys has been the...

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