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Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Israel Vibration journey is storied and full of drama, much like the journey of the biblical Children of Israel during their trek from bondage into the Promised Land. Formed in 1975, the reggae harmony group, which had its genesis in Kingston,...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Adding its spice to an already flavourful Reggae Month 2020 was Sunday’s Dennis Brown tribute concert on the waterfront, downtown Kingston. The legacy of Jamaica’s Boy Wonder who grew to become the acclaimed Crown Prince of Reggae was celebrated by...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

There is soul music, and then there is music with soul. Reggae falls in the latter category, and this was ­exposed, expressed and enjoyed at this week’s staging of Reggae Wednesdays, the weekly Reggae Month concert at Emancipation Park in New...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:30 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The colossal dance, music and social legacy of three extraordinarily great Jamaicans was celebrated with much fanfare inside the Little Theatre on Tuesday evening. Lusty shouts of ‘bravo’ filtered through the air as patrons showered appreciation on...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The thought of singing and dancing to a song about the coronavirus may not be particularly alluring, and would probably be seen as drastically downplaying the seriousness of the dreaded virus, which has already killed 2,000 persons. However, half a...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

CVM Television Limited is currently before the court, in an action brought against them by the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP), a performance rights licensing body. The case got under way in the Supreme Court on...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was in 2014 that producer, Dr Brian Heap, staged a three-day production called the 8x10 Festival, which he says is a concept that worked well then, and would still be practical today. An enthusiastic Heap told The Gleaner that it involved the...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Deneice Williams came, saw and conquered, prime time emcee Richie B stated confidently as he took to the stage right after the Grammy award winning vocalist’s outstanding performance at Red Rose for Gregory, on Saturday night at the Liguanea Golf...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae icon Freddie McGregor is still basking in the honour of being the very first recipient of the ‘Black History Month meets Reggae Icon Award,’ which was presented to him recently at a glitzy, red-carpet event in the city of Miramar in Florida...

Published:Saturday | February 15, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

From the infectious sounds of Big Youth's cool and confident crooning, as he eschewed new-age political correctness which dictates ‘the ‘N’ word’ for nigger’, and instead melodiously toasted, “every Nigger is a star”, to Munga Honorable’s brash and...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rastafarian reggae artiste Capleton is one of the headline acts for the concerts which are part of the package at this year’s Jamaica Rum Festival, and he is only too aware that some persons are questioning his presence on the show. Emphasising...

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was real ‘big people ting’ inside the Stella Maris auditorium on Shortwood Road, on Sunday evening, when some of the island’s finest singers and musicians, along with an emcee/comedian, displayed their absolute mastery in their chosen field, in...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The ‘Founding Father of Hip Hop’ is a title that the Jamaican creator of the genre wears very well, and he laughs when asked how it feels to be so acknowledged. “Despite everything, I have never forgotten my roots,” DJ Kool Herc told The Gleaner...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Papa Michigan’s One Love Jamdown, with its strident dismissal of segregation at every level, powered by the lusty Rope In ‘riddim’, certainly embodied the theme for the kickoff staging of Reggae Wednesdays, 'One Big Family'. The old-school deejay...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rastafarian elder and reggae singer, Denroy Morgan, is releasing a new single today. However, that is a small part of a much more serious mission on which he has militantly embarked. He is making a case for the United Nations (UN) to declare...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Most persons with a February 6 birthday are said to be born on the ‘earthstrong’ of reggae legend, Robert Nesta Marley. Derrick Harriott, however, has a slightly different take. “Bob Marley was born on my birthday,” he states very matter-of-factly...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law and reggae music connoisseur Bert Samuels has a deep respect for the music and the message of iconic reggae singer Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, who would have celebrated his 75th birthday today. But he also has a case against the “...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:25 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite appeals from players within the music industry and positive reports of its effectiveness, the two-hour extension granted for the hosting of entertainment events has come to an end. This was disclosed by participants at a recent Gleaner...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In piloting last December’s legislation to secure a temporary extension to the party hours regulated by the Noise Abatement Act, Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang acknowledged that as Government “we must create the balance between the...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Roots reggae sibling group Morgan Heritage – namely Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan, Peter ‘Peetah’ Morgan and Memmalatel ‘Mojo’ Morgan – have embraced a new challenge, the inaugural staging of the iJAM Music Festival. Scheduled for Orlando’s Tinker Field in...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Frankie Campbell, frontman of legendary Jamaican band Fab 5, while questioning the inclusion of a sound clash on the stage of the just-concluded roots reggae festival, Rebel Salute, is also calling out emcee Mutabaruka for his “utterances”. For...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Tonight Rebel Salute will witness a glorious Dubplate Display with two selectors who have a lot of sauce – the legendary sound man Jack Scorpio of Black Scorpio fame and Dynamq, the Sudanese Child, also known as the notorious River Nile Crocodile...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Having created a musical blaze in 2019, with ‘Catch A Fire’ as the celebratory theme for what would have been Bob Marley’s 74th birthday, the Marleys have now set the stage to be redeemed. This year’s diamond jubilee of the reggae legend and...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

“Surreal” was the term singer and performer extraordinaire Nadine Sutherland, used to describe her career hitting the big 4-0 in December 2019. This milestone marks the journey from winning the inaugural Tastee Contest in 1979 to the many triumphs...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prominent Jamaican dub poet, broadcaster and social activist Mutabaruka, while pointing out that the media has not made a big enough deal of last year being dubbed ‘The Year of Return’ by Ghana, says he hopes that dancehall star Popcaan will return...

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