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Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:11 AM

When Popcaan and his mentor, Vybz Kartel, released notable albums this year, they were touted as dancehall acts who could possibly make the final five for this year’s Reggae Grammy Awards, making them the first dancehall acts to be nominated in the...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Kevin Anthony Jackson, better known as Sanchez, turns 56 today, and unlike previous birthdays, the highlight of the reggae artiste’s day will be the cutting of a cake with his wife and children. “I have lived to see 56 birthdays and have had lots...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Entertainer Halsey thinks achieving a Grammy nomination is all about “knowing the right people”. The 26-year-old singer, who released her latest album, Manic, earlier this year, has joined a growing list of big-name stars who have criticised the...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:09 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

It was not the grand return many expected as it had to be executed via livestream, nonetheless, this year’s staging of Reggae Sunsplash served up some sizzling performances. With scorching sets from some of Jamaica’s top acts scattered across two...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:08 AM

When reggae recording artiste Wesrok realised that his home town community of Swamp Lane in Bog Walk, St Catherine, was feeling the economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, he stepped up to make a difference. Wesrok donated tablets and school...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 2010, musician, beat-maker, and producer Michael ‘Askelle’ Fairman was a final-year student at The University of the West Indies, pursuing a first degree in liberal studies while getting his feet wet in the music industry. After a decade of...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:09 AM

Powered by virtual reality, persons in Jamaica and around the globe will be able to experience the music of several Jamaican composers being performed as a salute to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers who ever lived...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:08 AM

In a recent Instagram post, dancehall artiste, Bounty Killer, condemned the recent execution-style killing of an 81-year-old grandmother and her two grandchildren aged ten and six. The entertainer, born Rodney Pryce, denounced the act as barbaric...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:07 AMKrysta Anderson - Staff Reporter

54-46 That’s my Number, Pressure Drop, Funky Kingston, Bam Bam, Fever and Pomp and Pride. Those are only some of the songs embedded in the incredible mural of reggae legend, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, on Water Lane in downtown Kingston. The awe-...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has a strong legacy of animated storytellers, from poets and playwrights to thespians and musicians, in all categories that are often described as colourful in their delivery. However, storytelling as a part of the culture has not been...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

From Jamaica to the Great Wall of China, it has been a long yet historic walk for audio engineer and producer Shaquille ‘Skunga’ Kong and his father, roots reggae entertainer I Kong, who, in tracing their roots were able to find a connection and...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:07 AM

NEW YORK (AP): John Boyega is only 28, but being a professional actor of 10 years and a veteran of three Star Wars films has given him insight into what it’s like for a young performer breaking into Hollywood. “I always tell young actors who are...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 7:00 PM

A tribute to the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown, took centre stage on Night 1 of Reggae Sunsplash. It was a fitting opening for the concert which was first held by promoters Synergy at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, St James, June 23-30, 1978...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 12:12 AM

Impressive guests keep rolling in for Deiwght Peters’ eponymous talk show. Premier of Nevis Mark Brantley, Dr Wendell Bobb, a renowned sleep medicine physician in Washington DC, and Japanese dancehall choreographer Cornbread will appear on this...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 12:08 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Veteran reggae artiste Junior Moore has been working on a new melody these days. Moore’s ‘Broken Pieces’ was one of 10 murals unveiled on Wednesday, on the vibrant street of Water Lane in downtown, Kingston. Moore is a member of The Tamlins, which...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 12:07 AM

Following great performances from Tanya Stephens, Richie Spice, Ras-I, and show-closer Capleton on Night 1, Reggae Sunsplash brings the curtains down on its two-day virtual music fest tonight. The festival will again be streamed live on YouTube and...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 12:05 AM

For its virtual Last Sundays November 29, the National Gallery of Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA), will feature an online screening of the film Inna De Yard, followed by a discussion with the film’s...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Lesley Hayles is opening a new chapter as a music industry professional by venturing into production. Known in music and social media circles as Lesley Odyssey, the daughter of Bunny Hayles, founder of popular sound system Bass Odyssey, comes from...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

On the local entertainment circuit, she is known as the ‘Curvy Diva’, but the ineffable personality that is Yanique Barrett is so much more than that. A radio personality, television host, model, mother and excellent chef – dancehall’s curvaceous...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:13 AM

NEW YORK (AP): “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on October 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century later, during another pandemic, movies – quotes no longer necessary...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards “are back with a vengeance”. That was the word from founder and CEO of the MOBO organisation, Kanya King, on social media on Tuesday, the day of the official announcement of the 2020 nominees. Branded as the...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Earl ‘Paul’ Douglas, one of the first instrumentalists added to The Maytals, describe the Grammy nomination or best reggae album as “surreal”, even as he still grapples with the loss of a colleague and friend, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert. Toots and...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae singer Maxi Priest was in-studio editing on Tuesday when his phone started blowing up with congratulatory messages. At first, he wondered what on earth was going on. A subsequent call from his manager, Toby Ludwig, confirmed the good news....

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I’m so tired and hungry,” said Runkus, ready to start mischief. He lets out a laugh, and apologises for the sound of breadfruit hitting the oil in a frying pan. “It has been another long weekend, day and night in studio until 2 a.m. in the morning...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:07 AM

NEW YORK (AP): Beyoncé is bringing her black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. Beyoncé picked up song and record of the year...

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