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Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Nineteen-year-old reggae singer Koffee can now boast the title Grammy Award winner after walking away with the trophy for Best Reggae Album for the Rapture EP at the premiere ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California,...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Jamaica Live was designed to showcase live, original Jamaican musical content to audiences across the world and it has all the right ingredients – reggae and dancehall stars, excellent musicianship from multiple local bands and vivacious hosts. But...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:17 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

From the moment I first saw the trailer for Sam Mendes’ 1917, I was intrigued. In it, the main character is running towards the camera and suddenly the film is cropped to only be seen through the text ‘1917’. It was a neat trick of editing that...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 9:02 PMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Last November, young Jamaican Kevoy Burton was excited about landing a lead role in Joseph, a feature-length film co-written, co-produced, and directed by Marcia Weekes, blurring the borders between the Caribbean and Africa. At the same time,...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:20 AMShereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter

For most entertainers, longevity in music is high on their list of priorities. However, with the entertainment industry as fickle as it is, there is a constant changing of the guard. And so when a solo artiste or a group manages to rack up at least...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The local music scene and social media quickly became abuzz last November after it was announced that reggae newcomer Koffee had been one of the nominees of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. She created history by becoming the youngest solo act to be...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small - Staff Reporter

Reggae Month is often associated with music, but February 2020 has much more in store – particularly for local cinephiles. In the coming weeks, the famous Henzell property, 10A (West King’s House Road) – which has been transformed into a...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:14 AMMarcia Rowe - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It is no secret that raw talent abounds in Jamaica. The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) has, since 1970, been a beacon of hope for those wishing to hone those talents through one of their schools – dance, drama, art,...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

An Internet search may not be the fastest medium to find on-the-up entertainer Siobhan (pronounced Sho-van). Even with a unique name like hers, which is of Irish origin, a Google search would first present musicians from Ireland like one of the...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

This may sound rather dramatic, but it was an apocalyptic vision that changed the path for reggae singer Pliers and led him to record his very first gospel song. Pliers’ end time scene was played out about two months ago, and to this day, he is...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Roots reggae sibling group Morgan Heritage – namely Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan, Peter ‘Peetah’ Morgan and Memmalatel ‘Mojo’ Morgan – have embraced a new challenge, the inaugural staging of the iJAM Music Festival. Scheduled for Orlando’s Tinker Field in...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

While Beach Road Trip (BRT) Weekend gears up to make its debut in Jamaica, organisers are making it clear they are not here to start any competition with the other party weekend that already exists on the island. In an interview with The Gleaner...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer I-Octane is beaming now that his daughter Octavia, an aspiring recording artiste, received the opportunity to perform on a major stage. Last Sunday in the wee hours, the proud father invited his 10-year-old daughter to share...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 3:15 PM

Reggae singer Romain Virgo has double reasons to celebrate today. It's the singer’s 30th birthday and his wife, Elizabeth, has given birth to twins.  The sex of the babies are still unknown but an overjoyed Virgo took to social...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:18 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because of the approach taken by the Edna Manley College’s School of Drama and the Sistren Theatre Collective, community drama in Jamaica is about helping communities to solve social problems. Often, the dramatic work is created through discussions...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the genesis of her career, dancehall entertainer Ce’Cile has always sought to break new ground so that she could plant the seeds for success – and she flourished – adding a bit of change that the local music industry needed to see from female...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 1:22 PMShereita Grizzle

In 2014, Soyini Phillips won the first Miss Universe Jamaica Central Pageant. Now, at 23 years old, the beauty queen, TV presenter and journalist is the new pageant manager. Pointing out that it has been a lifelong dream of hers to contribute to the holistic development of young women, Phillips described this latest achievement as an honour...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:15 AM

Thomas Markle doesn’t think he’ll see his daughter, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, ever again. The retired lighting director hasn’t had contact with the former Suits actress since before she married Prince Harry – the father of her eight-month-old son...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

This year is shaping up to be a big one for the local gospel industry – in terms of album releases from major artistes. In addition to Kevin Downswell hitting the road again for his successful Realignment Tour later this summer, to coincide with...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell is not a man ever short on words, or air from the diaphragm. Last week, the performer invited a small group of close friends and relatives to gather in a private listening session for not one, but two singles. In...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Frankie Campbell, frontman of legendary Jamaican band Fab 5, while questioning the inclusion of a sound clash on the stage of the just-concluded roots reggae festival, Rebel Salute, is also calling out emcee Mutabaruka for his “utterances”. For...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:16 AM

A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler,...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. 1917 is a war...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For the reggae and dancehall fans present at Rebel Salute early Sunday morning who wondered who Akeem Campbell was, their curiosity was satisfied when one of 2019’s breakthrough artistes, Chronic Law, stepped on to the stage as the sun rose in the...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 6:21 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Next month’s annual staging of Reggae Month in Jamaica will see the introduction of Sound System Echoes – The Showdown at Sundown, a clash featuring 12 sound systems. The new feature, introduced to appease disgruntled reggae lovers who feel Reggae...

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