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Stories by Yasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

After an impressive, award-laden four and a half decades in the music business, the original ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, Third World, have presented an album that is as fresh as their 96 Degrees in the Shade was scorching hot. Last Thursday, a crowd...

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In front of a capacity crowd clad in black, green, and gold, the celebrations of Jamaica’s 57th anniversary of Independence unfolded on Tuesday evening at the National Stadium, with what can best be described using the term which has taken on a...

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

While attending Bridgeport High School in Portmore, St Catherine, a young Roje Robinson had aspirations of one day holding down a job with Jamaica’s Cabinet. He had his heart set on becoming the minister of finance. And while he did, in fact, make...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was a vuvuzela-blowing, shoulder-rubbing affair on the grounds of the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday night as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) hosted the finals of its Festival Song Competition. By the...

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Gregory Anthony Isaacs, OD, reggae’s undeniably ‘Cool Ruler’, would have celebrated his 69th birthday today, and according to his widow, June, he had a birthday ritual that he would follow, and a huge part of that involved a birthday cake – or...

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2019 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On his way out of the National indoor Sports Centre after the closing act – Roy Rayon a delighted former prime minister P.J. Patterson stopped long enough to give his assessment of the just-concluded Powerful Women and men perform for charity...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

While dub poet Cherry Natural was not surprised that she actually won the Mutabaruka Award for Best Spoken Word Poet at the recent International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA), she told The Gleaner that she didn’t really have high...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Alice In Wonderland, a hilarious Jamaican adaptation of the Disney classic, will come to life on June 1 and 2 at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston courtesy of a talented bunch of children and Wonderland Productions, whose CEO just happens to be...

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

There is more than a ray of hope on the horizon for peOPLE in the creative and cultural industries who have been yearning for an injection of capital to power their businesses. Banking interests are now taking what some say is a long-overdue...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

There’s a new Jamaican film in the marketplace, but instead of having a name that is directly linked to the island, in a surprising twist, the movie is titled MADE In New York. But, as the multifaceted producer Phillip Warmington tells The Gleaner...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In the convoluted world of entertainment, there are still some small things that are no-brainers. For example, if when choosing a moniker, everybody around you is constantly trying to silence your chatter by telling you to “shush”, then it simply...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Tomorrow, May 4, reggae superstar, Jacob Miller, lead singer of the Inner Circle band, would have celebrated his 67th birthday. Much has been said and written about the man, who was poised to become a giant in the reggae industry, but who lost his...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Josef Bogdanovich, CEO/founder of Downsound Entertainment, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, is a happy man. Tickets for the July 14-20 event are selling as fast as fans of headliner, Buju Banton, can say ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. Sumfest saw a whirlwind...

Published:Tuesday | April 23, 2019 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Back in the day, when topless was almost a movement, Delroy ‘Scoffery’ Escoffery was a prominent member of the ultra savvy UPT crew. Today his life is a far cry from the days when he owned a crazy, modified pickup truck, that drove the girls crazy...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

After a career spanning some 50 glorious years, legendary toaster Daddy U-Roy is still a bit bemused by the longevity and undiluted success of his chosen journey. He is the first to admit that he never imagined that he would have been called...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

What started out as a song dedicated to his wife after seeing her disappointment when Donald Trump won the United States (US) election in October 2016 has morphed into an entire album, and now, singer Aaron Nigel Smith is celebrating the project’s...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae gospel artiste Chozenn has said that his recent International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) nomination is simply a manifestation of the fruits of his labour and a confirmation of his mandate. On Wednesday morning, a jubilant Chozenn...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Elder statesman in reggae music Bunny Wailer is still recuperating from a stroke and will not be ready to take the stage until 2020. Jah B, as the only living member of the iconic Wailer is also called, recently returned from a five-week stint in...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With Reggae Month just concluded, singer Julian Marley says he feels that the time has come for an entire year to be officially declared the International Year of Reggae Music. “Maybe because I’m not there (in Jamaica), I didn’t feel Reggae Month...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was Startime meets Stars ‘R’ Us, inside the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Sunday, as friends of veteran singer, Noel ‘Bunny’ Brown, united to pay tribute to him in song, at a remembrance service that will long be remembered. Organised by the...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:27 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Although veteran singer-songwriter Jimmy James says it’s great to be back in Jamaica, the jovial entertainer told The Gleaner that he is “nervous as hell” about his upcoming performance at Simply Myrna tomorrow night. In a very light-hearted mood...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Following a whirlwind tour of Latin America while wearing the hat, artiste manager, Grammy winning producer Tony ‘CD’ Kelly is revelling in the fact that the music is alive and well outside of Jamaica. This comes against the backdrop of criticism...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Veteran female deejay Janice Fyffe, known to her fans as Lady G, is aiming to make her presence felt again in the music industry in a big way. However, the Nuff Respect artiste insists that she is not back, she is simply ready to work again, and...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It is well documented that reggae and dancehall artistes have long had a love/hate ­relationship with radio, the most effective medium through which their songs are connected to the world. Many a singer and ­deejay have been known to throw...

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