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Stories by Stephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

He is well known for being a US Virgin Islands reggae ambassador, even though there are still some fans who mistake the name Pressure Busspipe to be a born-Jamaican artiste. Still, he embraces it. “African heritage is one blood within the culture...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In the age of fashion revivals, Tarrus Riley’s hip-hop-esque-style feels fresh. Whereas past generations of reggae royalty represent widely in Rastafarian garb – prioritising mood above all else, the contemporary singer is part of the league...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Walking into the Little Theatre, home of the annual pantomime, may feel like a travel back in time when the cast of the pantomime returns – whenever that is, said one actor. The dressing rooms are ready for the actors but the lights have been...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:32 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Spragga Benz is doing well these days on The Journey Chosen, which is the title of his ninth album which will be released next week. It has been exactly one year since the Franklin Town-born megastar set an almost stratospherically high bar for...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Brought up on a diet of reggae, gospel, and jazz, 21-year-old Ariana Stanberry finds herself blowing to the tune of those genres. The love for music runs through her veins, she says, and the energy is pumped into her alto saxophone. “Every person...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

He is not called the ‘Armagideon Man’ and ‘Messenger Man’ of reggae, roots, and culture music for no reason. Jamaica-born Willie Williams answered his calling in the 1960s to be a voice of reckoning in music. Some of his successful tracks include...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Alpha Institute music students and their instructor are over the moon with the recent completion of their international exchange through the March for Music Education, which was launched in March 2019. The institution, which has been dedicated to...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Carnival in Jamaica’s annual road parade, originally scheduled for today, Sunday, April 19, may have been moved to Sunday, October 25, but its postponement does not stop ­organisers and supporters from celebrating the tradition. Physical distancing...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Musician, artiste and producer Craig Parks, more popularly known as Leftside, like many other entertainers, has been utilising the live-stream option on social media platforms more. “There are times things are available to us and we take it for...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Ian Hutton is moved to tears every time he sees Gevanni, his 17-year-old son, sing a tune, and now that the he has made it on to one of the biggest televised talent platforms in Britain, The Voice UK, the emotions are heightened. “It is because I...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

As officials work to contain the virus that the World Health Organization has labelled a global public-health emergency, anti-Chinese and discriminatory messages have continued unabated. COVID-19 and news surrounding its outbreak have sparked...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Female singers in Jamaica’s reggae-dancehall sphere like Queen Ifrica, Yeza Rebel, Jah9, and Etana have embodied their African heritage by embracing the kaleidoscopic patterns of the world’s second-largest continent – explicit in their style and...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

As of last Friday afternoon, the state of New York had 421 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This news follows the declaration of the state of emergency by its mayor, Bill de Blasio. There were also directives that gatherings of more than 500...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It’s not the unrestrained bellows that make one want to hold their ears and scream, “Shut up yuh mouth, nuh!” Instead, Chris Malachi’s buttery, ‘soul-stirring’ voice and powerful lyrics in BAWL send a message that listeners will be forced to play...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage today, as the world unites in recognition of International Women’s Day. The official theme, ‘I am Generation Equality – Realising Women’s Rights’, which is aligned with the United Nations...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“She’s a dancehall queen for life, gonna explode like dynamite … ” are the familiar lyrics of the 1997 Beenie Man and Chevelle Franklyn collaboration Dancehall Queen, inspired by females untrammelled by conventional stereotypes of society – bold...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With the introduction of digital music in the mid-1990s, consumption became increasingly popular as more and more persons were able to discover new music from across the world. The developments in sharing and streaming music impacted the way...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Historically, the music industry has challenged its players to be ­competitive, forcing hopefuls to put in the extra legwork to get discovered and keep their music firmly planted at the top. Toronto-born singer Chelsea Stewart is a new-wave talent...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who was instrumental in having the then National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), currently the Recording Academy, establish the reggae category in 1985, believes it...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Within the last decade, gospel music has appeared to break free of barriers with regard to the style and space in which it is presented so much so that the vessels of praise and worship, the recording artistes, are being invited to larger platforms...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In dancehall music, sex appeal sells, and female artistes have been known to use it as a strong marketing tool. Producers and fans alike tend to be more attracted to the women with greater sex appeal and sometimes can eliminate the older women, who...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

If the walls of Studio One could talk, the stories of some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians and recording artistes to emerge throughout the 1950s to 1970s would surely come to light – as vivid as the one that illuminated the mural that was unveiled...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The local music scene and social media quickly became abuzz last November after it was announced that reggae newcomer Koffee had been one of the nominees of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. She created history by becoming the youngest solo act to be...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

An Internet search may not be the fastest medium to find on-the-up entertainer Siobhan (pronounced Sho-van). Even with a unique name like hers, which is of Irish origin, a Google search would first present musicians from Ireland like one of the...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The phone rings, and a sleepy-sounding Shadz, wondering who could be calling her at 10 a.m., answers. Shadz: “Hello.” Caller: “Hey, you in town?” Shadz: “No, I am home in St Mary.” Caller: “How quickly can you get there?” Shadz: “In two hours...

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