Hype, glitter, glam, sex and dancehall sells in Jamaica. Like sharks sniffing out a fresh kill, corporate Jamaica is drawn to the contemporary - which often equals young, dancehall and non-serious material.
Gospel artistes sing colleagues praises
As much as it is downplayed, there is hierarchy in gospel as much as there is in secular music.With the all the hype that a Munga and/or a Mavado now enjoys, they still need a few more hits before they can compare with a...
Mary J Blige owns up to voice, vices
The Queen of hip hop, soul and R&B, Mary J. Blige, can move the hardest of hearts with her emotional and soulful singing. This year Blige did just that at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, leaving behind goosebumps and rave reviews.
Kathy Brown completes album 'Mission'
Pianist Kathy Brown's debut album Mission: A Musical Journey is appropriately entitled in more ways than one. For one, it captures many of the influences on her personal musical journey from the classical and folk music she heard at home in Mandeville through to the African...
Different careers, different stages
There is a notable difference between the name on the cover of the album and the way she is normally introduced when playing live. There is no 'Dr.' in front. "I am so used to referring to myself as Kathy Brown, I decided this first album would reflect me.
Nadine Sutherland sees Billboard 'Action'
There was U.S. Billboard chart action for the Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous combination of the Dave Kelly penned and produced 'Action' in 1994, but chart positions come and chart positions go, bubbly ditties about the all-time "tender satisfaction" are spun and forgotten.
Fun video, serious politics
The video for Action, which still gets rotation on Jamaican stations and is a regular on Tempo, was a landmark in itself.