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Stories by Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the revitalisation of downtown Kingston takes form with development and activity being fed by serial artwalks, popular restaurant and confectionery franchises, and even the recent soft opening of Port Royal Pier, the Kingston and St Andrew...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Coming soon … Jamaicans will finally get to see Joseph, the emotional, transnational feature starring Jamaican actors Kevoy Burton and Christopher McFarlane, Ghanian actor Mawuli Gavor, and Barbadian entertainers Alison Hinds ( Roll It Gal) and...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For their latest pop-up on Valentine’s Day, Xaymaca International took the vibe in a completely different direction. Ditching the usual outdoor lawn spaces that require worn-in sneakers and sandals for all the gyrating set to take place, Sweet Soca...

Published:Saturday | February 15, 2020 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the memories were rolled back on Thursday evening at the dance and thanksgiving farewell service at The Little Theatre, Dr Kingsley ‘Ragashanti’ Stewart choked up as he tearfully recalled the larger-than-life shadow cast over him by late noted...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) turns Reggae Month celebrations on to itself for its highly anticipated Honour Awards on February 25, at the Little Theatre, The Gleaner sought out some honourees to put in this spotlight – to take...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Reggae Month activities are not just focused solely in the corporate area. Thanks to Kumar Bent, live music lovers of the breadbasket parish of St Elizabeth, the musician’s home parish, are invited to lace up their boots and join the trek on Kumar’...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Hailing from France, independent curator Sebastian Carayol is one of the three collaborators behind the newest exhibition, covering the ground floor of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Together, the triumvate of Herbie Miller, director of the...

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2020 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In anticipation of the 13th iteration of Reggae Month, industry professionals, executives, and advisers were gathered for The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum to seek to determine the importance of dedicating an entire month to reggae. The panel...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

“It always comes from the margins,” said Lenford Salmon, senior advisor to the Minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, who admits that the nation has been late to the party - in recognising and attempting to harness the power and...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Pressure Buss Pipe is on a upful mission. Today, he will stand at the centre of a gathering of contemporaries, fans and well-wishers, to celebrate the official Jamaican launch of his latest album, Rebel With A Cause, at Dubwise Jamaica. “I hope the...

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2020 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Congratulations continue to roll in for Koffee, the teenager who made history as the first woman to walk away with the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. On Sunday night, at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Koffee walked away with the...

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: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:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Your Day Is Tomorrow is the latest production to be adding to the continuously growing library of locally made short films. Written and produced by Sosiessia Nixon, the film is also produced by iKon Media, a busy production house that has flown...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:25 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

A well-known rule in storytelling is to write what you know. Writer and producer Sosiessia Nixon followed that rule with the script for her third short film, Your Day Is Tomorrow, an iKon Media Film production. Starring popular YouTube personality...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:22 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Despite not naming the notorious deejay Vybz Kartel, recording artiste Diana King has criticised Jamaica’s penal system for allowing dangerous convicts to release songs and albums and sustain successful music careers behind bars. King, herself a...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

In effort to send their patrons home a little earlier than they’re accustomed to, Rebel Salute organisers are imposing strict time slots for some performers, as short as 15 minutes. As some revel in their moment in the spotlight, and sometimes...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:27 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Recent news that dancehall artiste Flourgon and his legal team have reached a settlement in their US$300-million lawsuit against international pop star Miley Cyrus has understandably stirred applause and congratulations throughout the dancehall and...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:13 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Just before his daughter’s second birthday, studio engineer Orville ‘Rorey’ Baker started a search for reggae music to build her listening library. However, this dad had a hard time finding music that he deemed suitable for his little one’s...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:33 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

As they gear up to celebrate their 20th march through Kingston, Bacchanal Jamaica closed the decade with Rum for Christmas, the first of its kind. Decor comprising shiny blue and silver fabric, and one patron sporting a Santa Claus hat, were the...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:23 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Under the theme ‘The Magic of Christmas’, the Sickle Cell Unit (SCU) feted over 80 children (15 years and under) and 50 adults during its seventh annual Christmas Treat. Held on Thursday, December 19, the treat was a well-thought-out affair and...

Published:Thursday | December 26, 2019 | 12:14 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

For yet another Boxing Day, The Ward Theatre stands empty of the traditional eye-­widening, heart-pounding festivities that usually come with the Pantomime. Facilitated by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, the theatre is in the...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:27 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Local film production is on a steady incline, and the Ashe Company will not be left in the valley. The standard-bearing performing-arts troupe is usually commanding a live stage with its actors, singers, musicians, and dancers. However, early next...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:37 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Hailed as the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) marquee event of the year, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in St William Grant Park – the finale extravaganza of an agency which has consistently pushed a mandate to ‘...

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