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Stories by Stephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

For an aspiring artiste, music festivals are especially useful in building a career, and nobody knows this better than Toronto-based, independent artiste Chelsea Stewart. She is billed as an opening act for the upcoming Reggae Sumfest Festival...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Itopia Life Herb House, the second medical cannabis dispensary to open in Kingston and the fourth in the entire island, has found its space at the home of Jamaica’s artsy Henzell family on West Kings House Road. the newly launched company will be...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Ina Sotirova’s AGWE is moody and atmospheric, all transported to life with animation. Set on a Caribbean island inhabited by slaves who survived a shipwreck, AGWE is partly inspired by the director’s education in and interaction with African...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

If one thing is true about people from the Caribbean, it’s their ability to adapt, almost seamlessly, to new environments and grow, despite the situations presented to them. This couldn’t be more so for Kirk Patterson, an actor, dancer, and musical...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Most children of entertainers grow up with a love for the industry. When you are the child of musical icons like dancehall’s first king, Yellowman, and reggae’s premiere romancer Beres Hammond, following their footsteps into the industry seems...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

The annual ‘Classics in June’ fundraising charity concert has made its name as a showcase for the talent that exists locally in the classical music sphere. For the past 15 years, it has been a ray of hope that the genre, although not native to the...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Like thousands of teenagers in the mid ’60’s, David Rodigan heard the backbeat of ska and fell in love. That was the initial stimulus for Rodigan’s becoming enthralled by Jamaican music, which developed into a career that has been going strong for...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Music and business have always been a combined passion for Tyler Chung, more commonly known as DJ Tyler. There is no doubt that the son of popular business mogul Ribbie Chung, has used his father’s industry connections to his advantage, but the ‘...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

These days, Love & Hip Hop star Safaree Samuels is in Jamaica a lot. But it is not all about sand and sea for the ‘yardie’. In addition to enjoying the natural beauty with his fiancée, Erica Mena, and stopping by the local street dances...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Music, for singer-songwriter Tressan Michelle Barnett, stands out like a heatwave in the hottest season of the year. It’s no wonder the Jamaica-born singer uses the sobriquet ‘SumeRR’, with an emphasis on the letter ‘r’, which rolls off the tongue...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

In her latest single, What You Gon’ Do?, Pam Hall says that she is tired of the same old story of being ignored by a man. The sparse rhythm puts all the focus on Hall’s vocals as it cascades over the tropical pop production by United States-based...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Six years ago in Europe, during a conversation with Luise Fall (a German doctor married to Khalifa Fall, one of Senegal’s top Sabars, (traditional dance of Senegal), Dance Jamaica Academy founder Latonya Style expressed an interest in visiting...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2019 | 12:31 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Malaika, Mahari and Mikaili Foster have been inseparable from birth. The 16-year-old triplets have formed the gospel music group, ‘The Foster Triplets’. The Westmoreland natives were born to Markquin and Nicole Foster, who have raised their...

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