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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall-fusion singer Rre can now add beauty entrepreneur to her résumé. Rre, who wears many hats as a strategic key account manager with Digicel Group Limited, partnered with long-time friend Kristalle Chin to make her dreams of creating a...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The stage, set front and centre of the Caymanas Golf Club on Saturday, came alive as celebrity guests of Coppershot Music delivered performances worthy of a 25th anniversary celebration. Coppershot Music’s dynamic duo of Marc Chin and Cutty...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Songs like We Wish You a Reggae Christmas by Yellowman, The Night Before Christmas by Eek-A-Mouse, Silver Bells and Natty No Santa Claus by Jacob Miller and Ray I, and I Saw Mommy Kiss A Dreadlocks by Barrington Levy all have one thing in common –...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To say that Annalecia ‘Unruly Squid’ Sutherland is a no-nonsense businesswoman may be somewhat of an understatement. In the public eye, she often wears a serious face, which may be misinterpreted as her not wanting to be bothered, but really, it is...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Andron Cross, a Grammy-nominated reggae music producer who is making strides in the genre from the streets of Miami, emphasises that establishing a respectable name in music production does not happen by chance. The producer of Koffee’s debut...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Work hard, play hard” were the words of advice Andrew Bellamy, Xaymaca International’s co-­director, had to give subsequent to the ­reveal of the band’s 2020 carnival ­costumes last Saturday at 1 a.m. inside the National Indoor Sports Centre....

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Eleven years ago, reggae-rocksteady lost its godfather, Alton Ellis – the man that sang the 1967 hit I’m Still in Love – but his son, Christopher, is determined to preserve the legacy. As a pioneer of rocksteady music, Alton managed to keep the...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A new comedy series is coming to town, with plans to kick up a storm for its first staging. Organisers of Laugh Out!, which is slated for tomorrow at the Sts Peter and Paul Conference Hall on Old Hope Road, have put together a programme that will...

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the growth in the local film industry, more and more persons appear to be interested in exploring their creative side. However, Fabian Thomas, executive director of Sankofa Arts...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The life of Franklyn ‘Chappie’ St Juste, a master film-maker who has influenced many within the entertainment industry, will be celebrated today at The University Chapel on The University of the West Indies, Mona. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. His...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Six weeks ago, recording sweetheart Tosh Alexander was celebrating her latest single, Games, officially being added to Pandora’s ‘Women in Reggae’ playlist, and now she is preparing to be part of one of the most prominent panels, the Caribbean...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

One of the pleasures of a life surrounded by dance is the ability of it to move a person, whether physically or emotionally, to smile then to tears. It is safe to say, this is the way Tony Wilson, artistic director and founder of the Company Dance...

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In an effort to share her opinion about the inappropriateness of Jamaica’s carnival celebrations, radio personality Ramona Samuels posted comments under The Gleaner’s Instagram post about Xodus Carnival’s band launch. She expressed: “Time to...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The first band to unveil its costumes for the carnival 2019 season was Xaymaca International, executed in an unforgettable showcase of intricate design details and music for its ‘Iconic’ theme. The presentation of its ‘Dancehall Queen’ section...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Those schoolgirl days of telling tales and biting nails are gone. But in my mind, I know they will still live on and on. But how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn’t easy but I’ll try.” These are the...

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Xodus Carnival is the second of three bands to launch for Jamaica’s 2020 carnival season, raising the bar even higher with its extravagant production held last Saturday. A rope dancer in silver, moving against the dark sky on a riser, was the first...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of meditational chants and drums, beating like a healthy heart, echo from the suburban roadway of Hillcrest Avenue in St Andrew. It serves as an invitation to passers-by to follow the pounding to a circle of positive energy at the home...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As soon as music plays, the mind and body of a dancer or choreographer starts to move. There is no denying the rhythm, and while each region may have its own genre of popular music, it is almost unnatural to find dancers, whether on the local or...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With approximately 24 weeks left for Jamaica’s 2020 carnival road march, the veteran band Bacchanal Jamaica has led by example by being the first to host its launch. There are approximately nine main sections in the band, designed under the theme ‘...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She speaks one language – dance. If ever an opportunity arises to start a conversation with the owner and artistic director of the Dance Forever Contemporary Theatre Company, Michelle Allison Pilgrim, don’t let it pass. The Trinidadian is on an ­...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the late ‘90s, Leshorn Whitehead emerged on Jamaica’s reggae music scene, being a conscious voice that could easily be singled out in a medley. The industry was introduced to Chuck Fenda, an artiste with music heavily concentrated on the plight...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Let me first say to Popcaan, I have been watching you and there is nothing unruly about you,” was the starting sentence of the member of parliament (MP) for St Thomas Western, James Robertson’s, speech. As the guest speaker at the Unruly Fest...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On the verge of announcing its official premiere, LHDT Productions, the producer of the international reality TV series Dancehall Divas are covering all ground to safeguard its stationing as a means to capture its target markets. It has been over a...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Being a male dancer comes with its perks, says Orrette Beckford of Dance Theatre Xaymaca. After all, since fewer males than females are known to study dance, the comparatively stronger sex is often in demand when it comes to castings. Beckford is...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Identifying his son’s potential to become a celebrated name in Jamaica’s popular genres 13 years ago, Wayne Smith Sr introduced Wayne ‘Wayne J’ Smith Jr to the music industry at the tender age of three. Seven years later, he burst on to the scene...

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