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Stories by Yasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Ten years ago, not many persons could articulate what exactly was a ‘Grounation’, nor could they boast of having had such an experience. But, Grounation is now an integral part of that Reggae and Black History Month experience, courtesy of the...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The energy of his dub-poetry-chanting, Black-conscious grandfather pulsates through the pores of up-and-coming reggae singer Yungg Muta, who took on the moniker in honour of the man who has moulded him. And, also, his middle name just happens to be...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 1969, not long after Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart started out in business, his graphic artist, Leroy ‘Artist’ Brown, went to his then Graham Heights residence in St Andrew to paint the ATL (Appliance Traders Limited) and Fedders air conditioning logos...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

There seems to be something uncanny going on between ‘Mackas’ and cucumbers. Before dancehall deejay Macka Diamond did her cucumber song and questionably salacious video, ‘The Big Rastaman’ from the United Kingdom, Macka B, also did an ode to the...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

If 50 years of writing, producing, and playing great music could be summed up in 10 songs, what would be featured on that list? That was one of the tasks for Fab 5 band leader and bass player Frankie Campbell during a recent interview with The...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With less than two months to go before a virtual event which will be spread over three nights, and which will have much interaction and engagement with prospective patrons and brands in the run-up, the organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 2010, musician, beat-maker, and producer Michael ‘Askelle’ Fairman was a final-year student at The University of the West Indies, pursuing a first degree in liberal studies while getting his feet wet in the music industry. After a decade of...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:14 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

United Kingdom-based vinyl collector and re-presser Alex Caramellino, also known as Jah Fingers, is lamenting the fact that Jamaica seems to be in a deep sleep as far as the viability of the vinyl records industry is concerned. “In the ‘60s, ‘70s,...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

When the 27th staging of the Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) takes place virtually on Friday, November 20, among this year’s awardees will be Judith Veronica Mowatt. Popularly known as ‘Judy Mowatt’, or simply ‘Sister Judy’, she will be...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It is perhaps only too easy to attach the ‘celebrity pastor’ tag to popular, cutting-edge leader of the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Portmore and Slipe Road assemblies, Bishop C. Everton Thomas. But that title is one which the Singing Bishop eschews...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The family of legendary music producer, ‘Bunny Striker’ Lee, will be honouring his wishes to be laid to rest next to his mother at the Dovecot Memorial Park and Crematorium in St Catherine. “They were extremely close, so the two of them will be in...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With tomorrow being celebrated as National Heroes Day, Maxine Stowe, the manager for iconic reggae singer Bunny Wailer, says that there needs to be a special status conferred on a certain calibre of artistes, who have been recognised by the state...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

One of the executors of the estate for reggae icon Toots Hibbert is now officially seeking legal advice. This was confirmed to The Sunday Gleaner by Ian Wilkinson, QC. “My firm, Wilkinson Law, has been retained by an executor of the estate of the...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:33 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The year 2020 has been challenging at best, calamitous at worst. After nine months, the world is ready to usher in 2021, maybe without even glancing at Christmas, which seems to have the Grinch hovering somewhere in the background. The music...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:03 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

If music was a person, strong chances are it would be named Beres. Periodt (with the ‘T’ at the end for emphasis). The first sentence of this illustrious reggae singer’s biography on Wikipedia states: “Beres Hammond, OJ (born Hugh Beresford Hammond...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

For those who, perhaps, had been wondering what happened to dancehall legend Shinehead, it is simple. He has spent time taking stock and now has “more wisdom to match [his] big mouth”. Actually, Shinehead is still “a legal alien”, he’s still...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In the ‘60s, a young, white English boy had what could be called a galactic musical experience that has taken him on a journey that has been just out of this world. Five decades later, that boy, who is now a man, is being honoured for being an...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Last Thursday, Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, resplendent in a black knee-length jacket-and-pants outfit, which popped with a Jamaican necktie and yellow inner blouse, was beaming as she accepted her Jamaica Reggae Icon award from the Government....

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With the conversation about the removal of colonial imperial statues coming to life, the Bunny Wailer Foundation feels that now is a good time to insert the Wailers statue project into this narrative, albeit in a positive way. ‘The Wailers Monument...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Sweet Sensation is a song which reggae singer Yvonne Curtis has made her own, and has included in her repertoire for decades. Therefore, it was only right that when she did her second music video recently, that was the song she chose. “ Sweet...

Published:Sunday | May 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 1964, Millie Small made one of only two or three trips back to her homeland, Jamaica, and it is an occasion that is engraved in singer Dennis Alcapone’s heart. He was fortunate enough to have actually seen the sensational My Boy Lollipop singer...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Carl Livingstone, the older brother of Bunny Wailer; Danny Livingston, his younger brother; Cedella Marley Booker; Asadenaki Livingston, Bunny Wailer’s son; and Maxine Stowe are some of the persons who feature in Blackheart Man, a mini-documentary...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 2011, Bushman Sings the Bush Doctor: A Tribute to Peter Tosh, was produced in collaboration with Penthouse Productions and released by VP Records. The artiste, Bushman, agrees that the album, all 12 tracks – among them Bush Doctor, Legalise It,...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Merritone Disco is in celebration mode, having reached the biblical milestone of three score and ten, and for them, their mantra accurately sums up their modus operandi: ‘Things of quality have no fear of time.’ Or, as owner Monte Blake puts it,...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Producer Mikie Bennett, in a recent interview with The Sunday Gleaner on the influence and impact of Vybz Kartel on the music, noted that the controversial dancehall artiste is the “most dominant figure we have had in dancehall in many years”....

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