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Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 3:15 PM

Reggae singer Romain Virgo has double reasons to celebrate today. It's the singer’s 30th birthday and his wife, Elizabeth, has given birth to twins.  The sex of the babies are still unknown but an overjoyed Virgo took to social...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:18 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because of the approach taken by the Edna Manley College’s School of Drama and the Sistren Theatre Collective, community drama in Jamaica is about helping communities to solve social problems. Often, the dramatic work is created through discussions...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the genesis of her career, dancehall entertainer Ce’Cile has always sought to break new ground so that she could plant the seeds for success – and she flourished – adding a bit of change that the local music industry needed to see from female...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 1:22 PMShereita Grizzle

In 2014, Soyini Phillips won the first Miss Universe Jamaica Central Pageant. Now, at 23 years old, the beauty queen, TV presenter and journalist is the new pageant manager. Pointing out that it has been a lifelong dream of hers to contribute to the holistic development of young women, Phillips described this latest achievement as an honour...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:15 AM

Thomas Markle doesn’t think he’ll see his daughter, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, ever again. The retired lighting director hasn’t had contact with the former Suits actress since before she married Prince Harry – the father of her eight-month-old son...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

This year is shaping up to be a big one for the local gospel industry – in terms of album releases from major artistes. In addition to Kevin Downswell hitting the road again for his successful Realignment Tour later this summer, to coincide with...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell is not a man ever short on words, or air from the diaphragm. Last week, the performer invited a small group of close friends and relatives to gather in a private listening session for not one, but two singles. 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:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:16 AM

A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler,...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. 1917 is a war...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For the reggae and dancehall fans present at Rebel Salute early Sunday morning who wondered who Akeem Campbell was, their curiosity was satisfied when one of 2019’s breakthrough artistes, Chronic Law, stepped on to the stage as the sun rose in the...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 6:21 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Next month’s annual staging of Reggae Month in Jamaica will see the introduction of Sound System Echoes – The Showdown at Sundown, a clash featuring 12 sound systems. The new feature, introduced to appease disgruntled reggae lovers who feel Reggae...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 6:15 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Roots and culture Reggae Singer Bushman is proclaiming that he should have been booked for this year’s staging of the highly anticipated cultural show Rebel Salute despite the unfortunate way in which his set ended last year. Bushman drew much...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:41 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rebel Salute is a festival that is known for battling the elements – and winning. ‘Saluters’ know by now that a little rain never hurts a soul. Instead, it awakens the spirits of dancehall and reggae music lovers. And this is exactly what it did on...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:10 AM

The Sir Sam Mendes-directed war film, 1917, won the Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures gong at the Producers Guild Awards (PGA) on Saturday night. The acclaimed movie, which stars the likes of Mark Strong, Andrew Scott and Richard...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:10 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Considering how many parodies there have been made for movies like Like A Boss, it’s a wonder that they still exist. Then again, it shouldn’t be that surprising. Comedies cost next to nothing to make, and they’re flocked to by the very people they’...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 7:51 AM

It has been a night filled with dark skies, intermittent showers of rain and muddy earth beneath the feet, seats and blankets of the Rebel Salute supporters and entertainers, but although some persons are soaking wet, it has not put a damper on their moods.

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 7:12 AM

Stephanie Lyew / Gleaner Writer  By all accounts, the females featured on Rebel Salute this year have a strong presence - what they weren’t though, was enough. Night one of the music festival only featured three women - Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:53 AM

Each year, to cap the celebrations of Reggae Month, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) honours stalwarts in the music industry for their exceptional contribution. This year, the organisation will issue 25 awards across 18 categories....

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:48 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

“YES!” Young film-maker Deron Douglas could not contain his excitement, when his film, The Tree Speaks was selected as the first-prize winner during the first-ever European Union (EU) Short Film Competition awards ceremony. Douglas’ affirmations...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:44 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For too long, Jamaica has swept the necessary conversation of masculinity and mental health under the rug. As a society, discussions surrounding anxiety and depression have been largely ignored, and the consequences of avoiding such dialogue have...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:37 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

For his newest album project, dancehall deejay Papa Michigan had one desire: for it to be different. And, fortunately for him, the man who wears “different” like a badge of honour, DJ DreGhost, was only too happy to oblige. “When he said he wanted...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:36 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The phone rings, and a sleepy-sounding Shadz, wondering who could be calling her at 10 a.m., answers. Shadz: “Hello.” Caller: “Hey, you in town?” Shadz: “No, I am home in St Mary.” Caller: “How quickly can you get there?” Shadz: “In two hours...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:29 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two decades after his passing, the legacy of the Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown will be celebrated with the release of a single on his birthday, February 1. Producer Tads Dawkins, on whose Tad’s Records imprint the song will appear,...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

At the start of the year, young recording artiste and producer Tessellated, real name Joshua Meeks, has made a major first move. Known for his 2017 hit Pine...

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