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Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music, but California has maintained a dominant space for the genre, with multiple annual roots and reggae music festivals that pull thousands of fans. The organisers regularly invite local stars like Chronixx,...

“Any word and every word can make lyrics. As long as you can talk it, it can come inna lyrics.” Artiste manager Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser made this observation during The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum recently. Though it is an obvious one – that...
A mourner at Oney British’s funeral.

New York: My earliest recollection attending a funeral in Jamaica was for a friend who had died tragically in a motor vehicle accident at the Petersfield Square in Westmoreland. I was only a nine-year-old, but felt devastated. Families and friends...

Celine Dion has pleaded with Drake not to get a tattoo of her face. The Canadian stars met at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards where Drake, 32, told Celine, 51, that he was “’like a year away from a Celine tat” on his body. Speaking at the time,...

Hundreds of happy, hopeful, and starry-eyed lovers who all want to get married in the near future poured into the Montego Bay Convention Centre for the recent Jamaica Bridal Expo. They came in from all over the island from different age groups,...

If there was ever a shining example of a jack of all trades, Donovan Watkis would be it. Brand marketer and music consultant, artiste manager, author, devoted father, actor and film-maker are just a few of the many hats Watkis wears on a daily...

For this instalment of The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum, our panellists peered into the history of Jamaican music in an attempt to rationalise the pervasiveness of sex and violence in dancehall lyrics. The conversation, however, went tangential...

Stylo G’s summer was good. In fact, it would be fair to say that it was really good. The recording artiste followed up his Touchdown hit with the dance-friendly Dumpling – and made several international and local appearances, including The Gleaner’...

In addition to playing an influential role in the global impact that Jamaican music has made, sound systems –comprising disc jockeys, audio engineers, emcees, sound technicians (oftentimes referred to as ‘box men’), and, in some cases, burgeoning...

Dancehall artiste and Shottas actor Spragga Benz is about to add another feather to his cap. When he performs at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center on Thursday, October 3, he will be the first reggae-dancehall act to perform in its...
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