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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Sweden is home base for Eleanore Hansson, a classically trained musician who has gone through several transformations in her career and taken numerous flights before landing in Jamaica. In Hansson’s childhood home, the sounds of generational icons...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She is the picture of a regal lioness. Surviving in an industry that was once decreed a man’s world, Marcia Griffiths is a strong and agile hunter for what she wants, gracefully overlooking the pride to which she feeds her talent and wealth of...

Published:Monday | March 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The stars were truly shining down on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival performers, especially on the third and final night, as the billed acts paid homage to the veterans who paved the way, both those we’ve lost and those who continue to...

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2021 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The prayers of several families have been answered through the Carla Dunbar Ministries, led by Reverend Dr Carla Dunbar, who has been offering marriage and family counselling for more than a decade – some of which she does on a pro bono basis. Why...

Published:Friday | March 5, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Making music for the masses is no difficult feat for Sizzla Kalonji. From his emergence on the reggae and dancehall scene in the ‘90s to now, he continues to exceed expectations. The lyrics, “Perseverance for the utmost best should be your...

Published:Friday | March 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ghanian recording artiste Stonebwoy credits Sean Paul for inspiring him to turn his love for the Jamaican musical genres of reggae and dancehall into a career. “The reality is, I got into dancehall simply because it is deep in our DNA and so,...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“What’s in the darkness, must be revealed to light. We’re not here to judge, what’s good from bad, But to do the things that are right.” These are lyrics from Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Pass It On from the original Burnin’ album, released in 1973...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In Ce’Cile’s at-home studio, where she usually spends most of her time, the bookshelf is running out of space. During our interview, she could be heard walking from one end of her house to the next to share the names of the books one can read if...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The mindset that drove Dwayne Morris as a curious teenager to play around with an old piano in the corner of Frome Technical’s auditorium still guides him in his endeavours as a music educator and executive in the entertainment industry. The...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2021 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

February is more than 28 days (or 29 days in a leap year) of remembrance. It bears a cornucopia of celebrations for many cultural communities across the world. From the worldwide observance of Black History Month, China and its Chinese New Year,...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Exactly one year ago, on February 5, 2020, on the eve of what would have been their father Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley, through the Ghetto Youths Foundation (GYF), officially opened the Cornerstone Learning Centre...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2021 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“My son is fourth generation of the Morgan family. It is important that I share with him the values and morals I was taught. The things we do in our lives are representative of our family, so I try to level with my son as much as I can and educate...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Alkaline has reinvented himself countless times over the past decade. From a 16-year-old novice entering the studios, contorting his voice to create a distinct sound and memorable hooks, to the controversial counter-culture icon who debuted in 2011...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:48 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett has taken on the task of courting food lovers as she makes her restaurateur début this Valentine’s Day with the grand opening of her Dining With Curvy – The Restaurant. “For me, it’s about love,” Barrett said of her...

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He may be the son of a ‘Burro’, but he ain’t no fool. Leno Banton says he is very crafty and can take reggae and dancehall lovers to school – old school. As the son of a music industry legend, the up-and-coming recording artiste knows he has big...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Celebrated for its discovery of and work with some of the top runway models – men and women like Oraine Barrett and Nadine Willis – Kingsley Cooper’s Pulse has pioneered a modern modelling industry in Jamaica and throughout the wider Caribbean....

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Afro-dancehall sensation Stonebwoy, whose given name is Livingstone Etse Satekla, does not show signs of slowing down any time soon. He’s been on the move, travelling and getting his business together even throughout the global health crisis. One...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A true global ambassador for culture, peace, and educating people through music, Stonebwoy has become one of the most recognisable performers to emerge out of West Africa. He is an idiosyncratic talent who is defying boundaries, and through music,...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For many reggae and dancehall recording artistes, achieving mainstream success has opened a gateway to establishing homes in the foreign countries or bustling cities where their music has experienced a breakthrough. Los Angeles, New York City,...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“There are many layers of roots intertwined making up [reggae’s] history,” these are the words of Reshma B, who, from one interview with record producer Clive Chin, unearthed stories which once combined metamorphosed into the fertile feature-length...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The shift towards digital and online has resulted in a major reduction in social interaction and play for children – even more so in the past year. According to Levene Sheriff, marketing officer of Pizza Hut Jamaica, toys are still integral for the...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There’s a mysterious air about Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor as he sits around a small studio setup awaiting the guests who RSVP’d to be part of an intimate virtual listening session for his latest project, Process earlier this week. It’s an apt title....

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 12:30 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The camera shutters of many independent photographers remain closed — some to the detriment of their studios as the restrictions on all events remain in effect. According to Stefen Ewers, some businesses lend themselves better to working remotely,...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last Thursday, Jamaica lost one of its most gifted photographers, said Collin Reid, a fellow lens man and friend of the late Peter Ferguson. “If I were to name the top five within our field, Peter would have to be in the list, and one of the things...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As the popular adage goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and the Trinidad-based event production company Caesar’s Army has taken the time to lay the necessary building blocks as it creates and maintains an empire within the Caribbean carnival...

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