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Stories by Yasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

The phrase ‘a little child shall lead them’ certainly applies to Damijae McCalla, who just turned 11. A student of Mona Preparatory School, he scooped up an armful of awards at the recently concluded Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

When a young, impressionable, ingénue named Marcia Griffiths set off on her journey in reggae music, she had no idea whatsoever that half a century later, she would be living the words of her own song, which has become an anthem: “ I shall sing,...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite her accomplishments, the name Zia Benjamin may not resound with the impact that it should. But that really does not bother this songstress, who is singularly focused on doing music her way. After doing music at the dictates of others, and...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall, reggae, and the Jamaican culture is a burgeoning business at various levels for many persons across the globe – whether it is those who wear the hat of reggae singer, deejay, singjay, dancer, or dance instructor. But how much of it is...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

With the birth of his Big Ship Records, legendary reggae singer Freddie McGregor was dubbed the ‘Captain of the Big Ship’, a moniker he wears with pride, especially considering that his children are numbered among the vessel’s able-bodied crew. And...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Amazing and fantastic, were the words of choice from fulfilled patrons who attended Saturday evening’s ‘Uncajed Melodies V’, the annual concert staged by the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and the UWI...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

In May 2013, the reggae-loving world was shocked when it was reported that Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert – the frontman of the legendary reggae group Toots and Maytals, had been struck with a 1.75-litre vodka bottle, squarely in the forehead,...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Ken Boothe saunters onto any stage, in any part of the globe, microphone in hand, intent on performing until the sweat trickles down his forehead and snakes down his back, the legendary reggae singer is larger than life and has fans eating out...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

At 50, Mr Boombastic – Orville “Shaggy” Burrell – is proving that he’s still fantastic. He’s winning Grammys, enjoying sold-out concerts across the world, and leading the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) nominations with all...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

“Attack! attack! Attack! “No ... I need more of a crescendo ... let’s go back. Stop! Let’s clean up the rhythmic pattern. It’s not so good. This is a well-written work. Let’s sink our teeth into it ...” It was an obviously inspired Steven...

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