Sun | Apr 5, 2020

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Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:28 AMYasmine Peru - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Producer Mikie Bennett, in a recent interview with The Sunday Gleaner on the influence and impact of Vybz Kartel on the music, noted that the controversial dancehall artiste is the “most dominant figure we have had in dancehall in many years”....

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:28 AM

It must have been a case of déja vu last Friday for supporters and critics of dancehall heavyweight Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer. It was six years ago, to the day, that he and co-accused – fellow ‘Gaza’ artiste Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Musician, artiste and producer Craig Parks, more popularly known as Leftside, like many other entertainers, has been utilising the live-stream option on social media platforms more. “There are times things are available to us and we take it for...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Sunday Gleaner Writer

In a constantly evolving #MeToo era, the all-encompassing, potent messages of Bob Marley are given a distinctly feminist flavour in Women Rising, the second instalment of the yearlong docuseries Bob Marley– Legacy, in celebration of Bob Marley’s...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Around the world, people have been pooling skills, talents, and resources in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Factories have been re-purposed and product output temporarily altered. Even entertainers have taken time to keep...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

When the judgment was read out at minutes to 10 on Friday morning via electronic link, Bianca Samuels, one of the lawyers for Sean Campbell, let out a barely audible gasp, questioning what she had just heard, “Dismissed?” Samuels, her father Bert,...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

One of the moments that stand out for Delano Forbes, the current CEO of Phase Three Productions, was when his parents lost everything in a fire in 1999 and they had to literally start from scratch, as there was no insurance to cushion the blow....

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In this time of crisis, all film productions have come to a halt. Nonetheless, the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) Propella programme is still a go. The short-film programme, designed to take film-makers on a capacity-building...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 11:00 AM

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including 'Lean on Me', 'Lovely Day' and 'Ain’t No Sunshine', has died from heart complications, his family...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:31 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, there is an air of expectancy in some sections of the Jamaican diaspora in the New York Tri-State area. It can be summed up in two words – Vybz Kartel. News that Kartel will know his...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:25 AM

Here are five more movies about the Apocalypse (or apocalyptic-type events) that you can binge-watch this weekend. Even if you’ve seen them once, they’re worth watching again. The Book of Eli Denzel Washington as the strange drifter Eli who...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

BUSY SIGNAL was recently named Dancehall Artiste of the Decade by the International Reggae and World Music Awards organisers. The deejay, who has religiously contributed to the growth of dancehall while exploring other genres, has hailed the...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:13 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered no gifts, except perhaps the opportunity for some people to slow down. As harmful as that may be to the economy of the entertainment space, it may also turn out to be extremely helpful, particularly for those who...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

FESTIVALS ACROSS the world have been postponed or cancelled, but Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival has decided on a third option – to take it all online. Instead of flocking to Seven Mile Beach, Negril, for a weekend of yoga, green eats, reggae, dub and...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:11 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

(Part 2 of an article based on an interview with Dr Edward Baugh, author of a recent biography on Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Part 1 was published last Friday.) BAUGH’S “FIRST encounter” with Walcott excited him, he told me, but it was really a...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The family of late British reggae pioneer, Delroy Washington, has started a GoFundMe drive to assist with funeral expenses and other memorial costs. The account, which was established on Tuesday, four days after Washington’s death in London from...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:07 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

At the end of the Bull Bay quarantine comes some more good news for residents, especially the young and spritely. Freedom Skate Park, a massive undertaking that has been years in the making, is finally now very near its own end. Kevin Bourke, one...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It is the fervent hope of International Reggae Day (IRD) conceptualiser, Andrea Davis, that the COVID-19 pandemic will jolt the music industry into a positive change. Noting that reggae music had always been defined by its ability to inspire not...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

His campaign to market new music to the Jamaican audience got off to an uneventful start due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but Canada-based reggae artiste Davaki MyLaud said that he wants to rekindle a relationship with the land of his birth. He was...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Music fans can rest thankful that even with the requirement of social distancing, they can still stay connected with their favourite artistes. On Monday night, emerging deejay Matt Camps executed his first, self-branded online radio show, dedicated...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:21 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

It is the new norm. Lights are out and theatre doors are closed, indefinitely, as leaders across the globe spearhead the battle against COVID-19 with social distancing. The result: actors and their supporting teams are out of work. So it was for...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The death of British reggae pioneer Delroy Washington, who passed away last Friday, is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. His friend, Winston Francis, another veteran reggae singer who is also based in the United Kingdom, confirmed this to...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The outbreak of the coronavirus has forced the world into uncertainty, and news about the number of cases and deaths feels relentless. In Jamaica, an island known for myriad entertainment options, the citizens are adjusting to the silence or...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Tributes continue to pour in for late reggae singer and songwriter Keith ‘Bob Andy’ Anderson, who made his transition last Friday. Among the organisations that have saluted the reggae legend is the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB). In a...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:09 AMKimberly Small/Staff Reporter

Young producer and musician Runkus has a lot to be proud of these days. While known to boast his blessing as “Paula and Determine son”, he’s begun shedding previous shame to take up his position as one of Jamaica’s paradigmatic producers in the new...

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