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Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Barracks Entertainment Production Company will officially open the doors to its new home and youth theatre hub, the Barracks Theatre, this Friday, June 28, with a gala performance of their newest play, Ananda Alert. Beginning at 8 p.m., the evening...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Soulja Boy won’t be charged for allegedly kidnapping a woman. Cops carried out a raid at his home in February to investigate a claim that the Crank That rapper had kidnapped and assaulted his girlfriend. He was then sentenced to eight months in...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Joe Bogdanovich, owner and producer of the Reggae Sumfest festival, has expressed shock and sadness at the death of Bahamian musician Mdeez, who was booked to perform on Festival Night One at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. “We were informed last...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Janet Jackson says her brother Michael Jackson’s legacy “will continue” through his music. The 53-year-old star has chosen not to comment on the controversial Finding Neverland documentary, which features allegations from Wade Robson and James...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:24 AM

Actor, talk show host and consumer advocate Vernon Derby feels that dancehall and reggae artistes can play a significant role in bringing about a change. Artistes will be encouraged to perform songs which can uplift the people of Jamaica and the...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:24 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

If there’s one thing Hollywood does well, it’s milking a franchise for all of its worth, before eventually moving on to the next big thing, as soon as the audience is ready to put it out to pasture. At least, that’s how it used to be. Nowadays, a...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMKimberly Small/Staff Reporter

Last weekend, the audience at GATFFEST’s inaugural Film Pitch competition left The University of the West Indies (UWI) Assembly Hall with a bellyful of nachos and cheese, popcorn, and stories. Tales of a sentient prosthetic leg, a guerilla...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Ras Michael Junior, also known as Michael Enkrumah, wants to break all barriers that hinder unity on his visual album Wicked Walls. The 10-track set accompanies a documentary and was produced by the reggae singer himself. Although it was released...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The seventh annual GATFFEST Film Festival kicked off last Friday evening at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre, with videographers and photographers jostling to get the best shots of the carpet arrivals, among them distinguished guests...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Big Yard Music Group’s CEO, Robert Livingston, an artiste manager and producer whose list of accolades in the music industry is quite distinguished, has also had his (un)fair share of infamy, ironically from the same persons who he teamed up with...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

A quaint, rustic, small square structure nestled in Devon Bradshaw’s backyard acts as the home base, central meeting spot, rehearsal and hangout spot for The Jolly Boys mento band. This is Axx recording studio in Norridge, Portland. “There can’t...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

Elephant Man is a music junkie, period. A saunter through his mansion in Havendale, St Andrew, revealed stereos blasting local radio station ZIP 103FM near the poolside while music from a flatscreen TV filled the halls of the main floor. Ele...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Contrary to the belief that Jamaica’s reggae music is being appropriated by entertainers across the globe, especially in the United States and Europe, Leicester resident and founder of Britain’s Got Reggae, Cyrlene Braithwaite, told The Sunday...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:11 AMRoy Black

Between 1960 and 1967, Prince Buster tread a musical path that many may find difficult to follow. He announced his intention to dominate the recording and sound system businesses in Jamaica from as early as 1961, when he warned in the recording...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner - Gleaner Writer

For decades, artistes, tourists, and music lovers have passed through the venerable King Jammys Recording Studio at 38 St Lucia Road in Waterhouse, west Kingston. All things being equal, the establishment will be home to a museum by the end of...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:30 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP): A night dedicated to an artist as prolific as Denzel Washington is bound to be an emotional one. The Oscar-winning actor, director, and producer is the face of some of the best-known films of the last few decades, including Fences...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:26 AM

The Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica and Missions of EU Member States recently hosted the screening of Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe in Montego Bay, as part of the 2019 EU Film Festial. This was the festival’s first journey to the...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:25 AMYasmine Peru/Senor Gleaner Writer

It was Off Broadway meets Reggae and Dancehall, when legendary toaster Big Youth and prolific singer song-writer Half Pint got up close and personal with fans at Cabaret Wednesdays, held at 2A Strathairn Ave, St Andrew. If the shouts of approval...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:38 AM

There are two movies opening this weekend that feature iconic anthropomorphic dolls. Be very careful which one you choose. Toy Story 4 has the usual gang of lovable toys led by Woody and Buzz. (Bring tissues.) Then there’s the remake of Child’s...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Keton Cole, CEO of New York based Solja Life Records is gearing up to kick-start his inaugural ’90s dancehall US tour. The tour manager told The Gleaner, that with ’90s dancehall still one of the biggest eras in Jamaican music, he and his team...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast” is a statement often misattributed to Shakespeare, but it is an early line from a play by another English poet and playwright – William Congreve. He lived in Jamaica for some years. Also a politician...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

There is a perception, that life after incarceration is arduous – often paved with pathways leading back into the belly of stately restraint. To change that, particularly for the musically inclined inmates at both the Tower Street and St Catherine...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:12 AM

As busy as he is working on numerous projects, in addition to his regular duties leading Grafton Studios operations, Mikey Bennett has also been lending his time to the Tower Street Correctional Facility. In support of the Rehabilitation of...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tafina Wilson chuckled when she recalled the first time her mother, reggae vocalist Pam Hall, realised that she knew the lyrics to all her music. “I was 15 years old when I told her I wanted to do backing vocals for her. It was for Reggae Sumfest...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Big Deal singer Christopher Martin really is a big deal, and believe it or not, he has a measure of humility for which he is not given enough credit. For example, how many reggae or dancehall artistes can truthfully say that the blind genius,...

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