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Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:14 AMDave Rodney and Anthony Turner/Gleaner Writers

Who remembers the hit song, Informer, which was recorded by Canadian dancehall/reggae singer Snow on the East West Records America /Atlantic label? The song was released in 1993, and it immediately became a smash hit that stayed atop the Billboard...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:07 AM

Michael Manhardt, producer of the box-office hit movie Unplanned, will be in Jamaica for tomorrow’s international premiere of the film at The Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. Unplanned dramatises the true story of Abby Johnson, the former...

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In 1979, Jamaican reggae group Black Uhuru released a song titled after the famous 1967 movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. It was reintroduced last year by Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Dean Fraser, who produced a version that allowed Tarrus...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:17 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

As the decade comes to a close, a lot of film fans will debate ad nauseum about the movies that truly defined the decade. Whatever performance indicators you measure that definition by, it can’t be denied that the character of John Wick is the most...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:16 AMShereita Grizzle /Staff Reporter

On Saturday night, the historic Devon House provided the perfect backdrop for what turned out to be a spectacular evening of quality entertainment. The sweet sounds of jazz reigned supreme at Jazz Under the Stars, as a star-studded line-up served...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For their seventh staging, the GATFFEST Film festival returns with expansive ideas in action. This year, the largest community film festival in the Caribbean will add two particularly special elements – a film market and a pitch competition, both...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:13 AMRoy Black

Electric Boogie is one of several recordings that inspired a dance move. Earlier, there was ‘ The Stroll’ by The Diamonds in ’57, Three years later, Chubby Checker rocked the world with The Twist, which also inspired a dance move of the same name...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Jamaican film-makers Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald have been enjoying the type of exposure amateurs dream of. Their 13 minutes-long short film, Flight, produced as part of the JAFTA Propella Short Film Initiative, is making its way to the biggest...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite her accomplishments, the name Zia Benjamin may not resound with the impact that it should. But that really does not bother this songstress, who is singularly focused on doing music her way. After doing music at the dictates of others, and...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall, reggae, and the Jamaican culture is a burgeoning business at various levels for many persons across the globe – whether it is those who wear the hat of reggae singer, deejay, singjay, dancer, or dance instructor. But how much of it is...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

When choosing her moniker, Shanique Brown faced an identity crisis. Her first choice was her birth name, Shanique, but people immediately assumed that her style would be similar to Denyque, known for her song Supergirl. She then switched to Dakota...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Among the approximately 500 Jamaicans currently employed on the set of the 25th James Bond movie, which has been filming in Portland since the beginning of May, are persons working on the actual production side of the 007 film, along with others...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner presents the final in the week-long series High Note , exploring the complexities of substance abuse in local entertainment and methods of treatment. Many entertainers have battled with drug addiction, from Rick James, Kurt Cobain...

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:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:22 AM

Marlon Simms’ rise to the position of artistic director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) is no surprise. Simms has long been lauded as one of the island’s most skilled male dancers, with the ability to compose classical and...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

After more than 50 years in the music industry, artiste manager and booking agent Copeland Forbes has seen and heard it all. Managing entertainers like Gregory Isaacs and Ninja Man, Forbes believes one’s circle can contribute to continued drug...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:19 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In an imaginative production currently running at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), the ancient art of storytelling is being used as a vehicle for both education and entertainment. Audiences in the institute’s auditorium today and next Wednesday will...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Today The Gleaner continues High Note , a five-part series exploring the substance abuse culture in reggae and dancehall, with singer Ernie Smith sharing his story of alcohol abuse, and beating the habit. “It made me feel better when I was...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The ‘Now Trending’ chart on the Audiomack streaming service’s home page remains one of the most active and frequently updated charts in the digital realm – on-the-hour updates to be exact. The chart is created from a diverse list of artistes, both...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:05 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Vowing to give reggae music a major platform in North, South and Central America, Jamaica-born entertainer and promoter, Kass Smith says his upcoming Riviera Nayarit International Reggae Festival is poised to “connect all the dots...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Daniel Craig, the lead actor in Bond 25, the James Bond film being shot in Jamaica, reportedly hurt himself while running in a scene during filming in Portland. Craig had to be flown out of the island for x-rays, treatment, rest and recovery. A...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Gregory Isaacs once described his cocaine use as the greatest college he had ever attended, yet the one with the most expensive tuition. On the sidelines witnessing his deleterious education, was his wife June, who confirmed his substance abuse...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:18 AM

The opera takes place between 1789 and 1794 in Paris in the town of Compiègne in northeastern France, the site of the Carmelite nuns’ convent. Its historical basis is the martyrdom of a group of 16 Carmélite nuns and lay sisters from Compiègne, who...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Charlotte Field (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for ... well, mostly everything. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen)...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:17 AM

There are repercussions when rules are broken. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run and the stakes are high ... life or death. A global open contract of US$14 million is on his head and he’s being hunted like an animal. John has broken a cardinal...

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