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Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams is urging promoters to wait until the green light is given by the Government before “pressing play on the party button”. This comes after news that an event held at Devon House on Friday violated curfew orders and...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Chairman and CEO of Downsound Entertainment Joe Bogdanovich has revealed that he and his team will be taking the 2020 staging of Reggae Sumfest to the virtual space. The announcement was made via press release on Friday. In that statement,...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:18 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

As lead vocalist for the band, Wayne Armond’s work is distinct on tracks such as Good To Be There, Still Love You, and Revival Time. Although he has enjoyed much success as part of the 40-year old-group, in recent times, Armond has been toying...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Sunday Gleaner Writer

In the midst of an ongoing conversation about blackness, the injustice meted out to certain folk based on race and the colour of one’s skin, in walks a modern day saviour of the world. And he’s black, Jamaican and a Saint, to boot. Tafari Hinds, a...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor has established himself as one of Jamaica’s finest producers. Having worked with a slew of international acts such as Drake, Shakira, Estelle, Ne-Yo and French Montana, McGregor has become one of the most sought-after...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

A group of entertainment industry stakeholders comprising event organisers, food and service providers, performers, DJs, and production groups, is lobbying for concessions in some of the administrative and ancillary fees common in the industry,...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Freddie McGregor says the music world was blindsided by some of the contents of a recent letter to agents from leading global concert promoter Live Nation. The missive outlines the new post-COVID-19 reality, which will see...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Key players in the entertainment industry are overjoyed at the news that the Government could start considering proposals to usher in a phased reopening of the sector by the end of the week. Prime Minister Andrew Holness revealed that having heard...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With the coronavirus outbreak totally decimating the touring ecosystem for artistes of every genre and entertainment venues still padlocked, it seemed as if things couldn’t get worse for artistes and musicians in this COVID-19 era. But it appears...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson /Gleaner Writer

Brand communication extraordinaire and entertainment lover at heart, she channels the two daily as she drives entertainment policy. A Super talented fashion designer, specifically for the full-figured woman, she turns heads as a body-positive...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 10:56 AM

Judith A. Gayle is a prime example of God's ability to transform brokenness to wholesomeness and a life of despair to a life of divine purpose. Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Judith did not have the privilege of completing high school, but that...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Shantae Leslie is a teenager raring to go, and not even a global pandemic will stop her from reaching for the stars. She immediately got the attention of several of the world’s leading agencies when her photos lit up social media after the highly...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:22 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The organisers of International Reggae Day (IRD) are no strangers to virtual shows and streaming. This year, however, with COVID-19 restrictions having halted public gatherings, celebrations for the 26th anniversary of IRD will be fully virtual. “...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Last Friday, International Reggae Day (IRD), the global celebration of Jamaican culture produced annually on JulyOne, had its virtual launch event on VP Records’ YouTube channel. From their Kingston base, the legendary King Jammys sound system...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Some of the biggest names in reggae, dancehall and classical music have united to let their voices be heard, clear and strong, on an inspiring remix of gospel singer Kevin Downswell’s 2012 hit, Stronger. Jessica Yap, Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall,...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2020 | 12:18 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Dancehall artiste Raine Seville says she has been putting her time in quarantine to good use and is more ready than ever to reclaim a place in the dancehall industry. The singjay told The Gleaner that she has been working with RDX and Mineral Boss...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2020 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

From humble beginnings at Collies Road in Olympic Gardens, where he was regarded as an exceptional goalkeeper, Bobby Grantley Dixon rose to achieve international acclaim for his skills in the recording studio, in the process earning the moniker ‘...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2020 | 12:28 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Big Ship Captain Freddie McGregor was in full celebration mode last Saturday evening at his virtual birthday concert which saw him sending out real-time shout-outs to all his “massive and crews” across the globe. “All my UK massive, this one is for...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

In May, reggae artiste Dre Island released a 13-track album titled Now I Rise. The compilation, which features fellow artistes Popcaan, Jesse Royal, and Chronix, has been touted by many as the album that could potentially give the artiste the...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMRoy Black - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Ska King Derrick Morgan remains as cool as the proverbial cucumber as he recounts with dramatic fervour an incident which led to the curtailment of his stage manoeuvres in recent times. Apart from his wife Nellie, who has been his eyes, his best...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With the conversation about the removal of colonial imperial statues coming to life, the Bunny Wailer Foundation feels that now is a good time to insert the Wailers statue project into this narrative, albeit in a positive way. ‘The Wailers Monument...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

Reggae legend Buju Banton says his just-released album, Upside Down 2020, is “an offering to the world”. The project, which was released on Friday, is the first since Before the Dawn, for which he was awarded the Grammy a decade ago. “Music has...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:22 AM

Singer, songwriter, and activist Jonathan Emile has recruited legendary British-Jamaican reggae fusion vocalist Maxi Priest for a remix of his prophetic ballad Babylon Is Falling. The track was released yesterday via Emile’s MindPeaceLove record...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:21 AM

NEW YORK (AP): Kanye West is bringing his Yeezy brand to Gap. The rap superstar will design adult and kids’ clothing that will be sold at Gap’s stores next year. Yeezy is best known for pricey sneakers that sell out online quickly. But Yeezy...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Two albums from master reggae and dub producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s seemingly limitless musical puzzle, Black Ark In Dub and Black Ark Volume 2, were released by VP Records on Friday. The tracks were recorded at his iconic Black Ark studio just...

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