While some artistes have come under fire for openly discriminating against certain groups, promoters are now joining the cause through formal agreements. GT Taylor is one of those promoters to have taken a stance against intolerance.
Derrick 'Black X' Robinson has literally walked the walk to back up his talk, putting his feet where his mouth is. After doing warm-up walks of a mere (by his standards) 33 kilometres from Ocho Rios, St Ann, to Port Maria, St Mary, then from Port Maria to Kingston, he started walking for causes.
Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, platinum-selling dancehall producer, in a recent Gleaner interview, said music was not a regular 9-5. His statement suggested up-and-coming recording artistes would have to find regular jobs to support themselves until they achieve success in music.
The local entertainment industry is largely seen as male dominated. The majority of music and event producers are men, however, a set of young women appear to be making significant progress in the fields of radio and television production.
The second Orrett Rhoden International Music Festival of Jamaica will feature the celebrated Jamaican pianist Orrett Rhoden exclusively in three concerts where he will feature Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederic Chopin.
Two days ago, we celebrated the 56th birth anniversary of perhaps Jamaica's most loved musical icon - Dennis Brown OD. Although he was crowned 'The prince of reggae', his ardent followers considered him 'The King' insofar as his ability to 'hold and motivate' a dance crowd was concerned.
It is no secret that Jamaica is a breeding ground for talent, both in the entertainment arena and otherwise. There has always been a willing cadre of promising young acts in the Jamaican music industry just looking for their chance to take over from the established stars; but these up and comers are, and have always been, mostly males.