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Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There was a time when Irie Souljah was called Jr. Gong and Protoje by bus conductors travelling between Stony Hill and Kingston. He did end up connecting with the real Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, but not in Jamaica. He told The Gleaner that the...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

Spice is at the top of her game. With a recurring role on popular reality series Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and in the midst of flitting from one airport to the next for strings of performances, the international dancehall artiste sometimes locks away...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds is the proud owner of one of the most admired voices in R & B internationally over the last two decades. The 11-time Grammy Award winner performs on Groovin'...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Treasure Beach is known as the home of community tourism in Jamaica and Two Seasons Guest House, a garden oasis located in a quiet neighbourhood, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of welcoming its first visitors in May 2008 and becoming an...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There isn't the slightest hint of laughter in Leighton Smith's voice as he refers to his fourth-place finish in the 2006 Comedy Buss competition. "It was a spiritual thing for me, placing like Lazarus when Jesus told him to come forth," he told The...

Published:Tuesday | May 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberely Small/Gleaner Writer

During her presentation at Sunday's launch of the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation, the first recipient Abbygayle Ffrench, told tales of sexual abuse, poverty and familial abandonment. She also shared her dream deferred, that she has been...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

'Nobody cares'. That's the response of a jaded yet wise Tobias Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, after Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo introduces himself. He's barely able to get out his first and last name before his would-be mentor dismisses him...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMelville Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The depth of Redbones' connection with musicians and their live presentations, was underscored not only by the extended, diverse line-up which closed off its four-event Best of the Best series well after 3 a.m. yesterday but more so the brief...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer

Last Friday was a day of celebration for one of Jamaica's finest vocalists Kabaka Pyramid. Fans journeyed to the iconic Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road, St Andrew, to join Kabaka and his team for the media launch of his first album, Kontraband.The...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Grammy winner Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley is known for his fine vocals, but what many persons are unaware of is his passion for producing and that he has co-produced on his albums.In speaking with Colin Hines at the launch of Kabaka Pyramid'ss...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Marching bands, which have been a source of community strength, face high maintenance costs. There are small fundraisers and inter-community competitions such as Battle of the Bands and, more recently, Clash of the Bands in St James, which offer...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

As the United States celebrates the genius of persons like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, Jamaican popular music history also boasts its own arsenal of visually impaired or blind musical successes.As Fab Five and Unique Vision bands carry on in this...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fab Five Band. The Fabulous Five. Once known as The Broncos, they are now famed for their expert presentations and their impressive collection of veteran musicians, some of whom are blind or visually impaired. Asley 'Grub' Cooper told The Sunday...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Just two days ago, May 25, we observed African Liberation Day. Quite significantly, the late great singjay and music pioneer Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott, who liberated several youth and aspiring artistes from the doldrums of poverty, was born on that day...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Marching bands have thrived for decades. The oldest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean is the Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club Marching Band in St. James, which will be 76 years old in July. The marching band culture is part of the musical...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

'Reasoning' sessions have been a Calabash International Literary Festival mainstay since its inception in 2001, and the trend will continue at this year's 14th staging. The first conversation, set for Saturday, June 2, will see Jonathan Galassi,...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle

A recording contract from a big label is many an artiste's dream. That dream, however, can quickly turn into a nightmare when that contract becomes stifling for an artiste. It's a cry too often heard in the music business; artistes complaining of...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In fulfilling one of its core outputs to contribute to the diversity of Kingston as a UNESCO designated creative music city, The Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) will partner with The Ocho Rios Jazz Festival to present 'Twin Double: The Art of Two', a...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As the police, especially those in western Jamaica, deal with the motorcycle (especially low-cost ones) as a tangible focal point of scamming and road-safety issues, it strikes me just how much the two-wheeled transportation is entrenched in...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

CeCe Winans is the headliner for this year's staging of Gosplash. The event, which is being promoted by Action Entertainment, will take place on Emancipation Day, August 1, at the Liguanea Golf Academy in New Kingston."CeCe Winans cuts across...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ten students in Eastern Jamaica will receive Heart Praise Great Start scholarships to fund the first three years of high school. The scholarships are being made possible through the efforts of Rondell Positive and his team."My purpose is impact....

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman on Thursday apologised to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behaviour after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Yaniq Walford is part of the second generation in the family's sound system business, Bass Odyssey, based in Alexandria, St Ann ("From waaay out in the country!" as Bounty Killer says on many a dubplate). She was central to the trans-formation of...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

All it takes are a few good men and women. With a US$300-million lawsuit on the books, six lawyers from three United States law firms have banded together in an attempt to bring the proprietors of Big Music to justice.The figure is a drop in the...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Samantha J is continuing to take the music world by storm. Last year, the Jamaica-born recording artiste was signed by Sony Music in Europe (prior to which she was a client of Columbia Records, an auxiliary arm of Sony Music Entertainment) and is...

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