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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”....

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Friday’s passing of elder statesman of reggae music Bob Andy has plunged the industry and legions of fans worldwide into mourning for a giant whose decades-long, storied career led to him being bestowed the title “music royalty”. A singer,...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With three months to go before the annual July 1 celebration of International Reggae Day (IRD), conceptualiser Andrea Davis, while not jittery, has said that the COVID-19 pandemic will have an effect on how the day is played out. She is more...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The arrival of coronavirus on a global scale was the catalyst that prompted a tsunami of cancellations of entertainment events worldwide, and in Jamaica, it started intense conversations about the staging of two major calendar events: carnival and...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Bob Marley and the Wailers’ militant Get Up Stand Up, the opening anthem from their 1973 iconic Burnin’ album, remains as relevant today as it was over four decades ago. It has been embraced as the definitive rallying cry for oppressed people to...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Zac Jone$ is another entertainer who has a zany spelling to his name – a dollar sign at the end instead of the letter ‘s’ – however, that trait doesn’t translate into his music. The California-based Jamaican rapper is as upstanding as they come,...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The humorous, youthful-looking Patricia Chin, affectionately known as Miss Pat, has dedicated six decades to building the careers of reggae music and its stars, but at last Sunday’s Reggae/Black History Month Grounation 2020 series, the VP Records...

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

For his newest album project, dancehall deejay Papa Michigan had one desire: for it to be different. And, fortunately for him, the man who wears “different” like a badge of honour, DJ DreGhost, was only too happy to oblige. “When he said he wanted...

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

Legendary singer Tony Gregory has an enduring discography, almost 60 years deep, and during those six decades, he has amassed a fan base that stretches across the globe. While the adulation from the majority of his fans stems from his relatable...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:36 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In chapter four of the great book of Judges, we meet Jael. She is not a harlot and doesn’t seem to have a scandalous past, but Bible commentators accuse her of other sins – “sacrificing the sacred rights of hospitality to her dark purpose”, “the...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:30 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Holy Bible is suffused with escapades of great men, and on the flip side, there are also incredible stories of great women, a couple of whom are even defined by the term ‘harlot’. Simply put, a harlot is a woman who prostitutes her body for...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

One dozen years have passed since Jodian Pantry hitched her wagon to a star when she placed second in the Digicel Rising Stars competition. The then 18-year-old Pantry had been no stranger to popularity, having placed second in the Jamaica Cultural...

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