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Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Though she is primarily known for oozing sultry vocals on a blazing dancehall rhythm or softer ones on a reggae ballad, Ce’Cile cannot be confined to one kind of expression in the artistic discipline. She recently announced an upcoming children’s...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It is often said that a king is never honoured in his own land, and meteoric entertainer Rygin King believes that the expression best fits his experience. Undeniably one of the most talked about and lauded dancehall toasters of 2018, the...

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

You may have Money Fever, Trending, Ohh Lala La or Allergy down as favourites in your Squash playlist, but there is only one song that stands out for Squash of all the ‘bangers’ he has recorded, Overcome. Not his usual party-flavoured or gangster...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

‘Stop the war on dads’ was the message sent by reggae singer Queen Ifrica in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday. “Give good fathers a chance to be in their children lives, one of the reasons why our men are the way they are is because of us...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

For anyone who has ever had the dream of going to Africa, but is unable to do so for whatever reason, dub poet Ras Takura says he will go on your behalf, particularly to the Pan African Historical Festival (PANAFEST) in Ghana. The event will...

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2019 | 12:25 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Canadian singer, Snow, is not a man who is easily influenced by the noise. His words and actions delineate that he does what he wants to do, when he wants to do it. Interestingly, when it comes to his love affair with reggae and dancehall music, he...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Kemar Highcon’s sauce seems to contain the perfect ingredients for corporate outfits Digicel and Pizza Hut, as he is now their latest ambassador. A remake of his breakout single, So Saucy, serves as the jingle for Pizza Hut’s Pepperoni Cheesy...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Lighthouse Productions is making their theatrical debut with Behind the Pulpit, a Christian comedy-drama exploring gender roles in the Church, and which the producers hope will spark social change. Coming to Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston on July...

Published:Saturday | July 6, 2019 | 12:16 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Similar to patriotic Jamaicans gathering before their television screens to watch Usain Bolt compete in any race, a packed crowd gathered at his eponymous Tracks...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Lila Ike and Sevana, the two ladies of Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation camp, are on a trip with their leader taking on the United States (US) east coast. For Sevana, it’s her first time in the Big Apple. For Lila, she is in promotion mode following the...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:14 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall has always been identifiable by the accelerating rate at which acts unleash new music. Observing this, gospel artiste DJ Nicholas is trying a new musical approach, already releasing three singles over the past three weeks. The tracks,...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:17 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Five female acts will be tasked to impress the mixed crowd this month at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, and also online courtesy of streaming services. In a line-up of predominantly men, Etana, Spice, Jah9 and newbies...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:11 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Failing to make a crowd laugh, or ‘bombing’, is a rite of passage awaiting every comedian. But instead of throwing in the towel or being discouraged, comic Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley says those in the field should “grow” a thick skin and use the...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Ras Michael Junior, also known as Michael Enkrumah, wants to break all barriers that hinder unity on his visual album Wicked Walls. The 10-track set accompanies a documentary and was produced by the reggae singer himself. Although it was released...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

St Catherine born film-maker Tevin Lennon is using real-life events to bring awareness to serious issues plaguing the country under his K-Base Skyview Visuals production company. His latest movie, Death Do Us Part, tells the story of a husband...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The arts have long been revered as a field that encourages and appreciates human expression. In a sordid plot twist, several art students at the esteemed Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts have come forward in a recent exposé...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:21 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

At least 2,000 patrons were treated to world class entertainment in the name of charity at the second biennial An Evening with Air Supply and Third World. Their voices filled the lawns of the Couples San Souci resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann, as the...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner presents the final in the week-long series High Note , exploring the complexities of substance abuse in local entertainment and methods of treatment. Many entertainers have battled with drug addiction, from Rick James, Kurt Cobain...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:20 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

After more than 50 years in the music industry, artiste manager and booking agent Copeland Forbes has seen and heard it all. Managing entertainers like Gregory Isaacs and Ninja Man, Forbes believes one’s circle can contribute to continued drug...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Today The Gleaner continues High Note , a five-part series exploring the substance abuse culture in reggae and dancehall, with singer Ernie Smith sharing his story of alcohol abuse, and beating the habit. “It made me feel better when I was...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Gregory Isaacs once described his cocaine use as the greatest college he had ever attended, yet the one with the most expensive tuition. On the sidelines witnessing his deleterious education, was his wife June, who confirmed his substance abuse...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Today, The Gleaner presents the first in its five-part series exploring the underground substance abuse culture in the entertainment space and its implications. While many Jamaican entertainers have fallen victim to drug abuse, Gem Myers is...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The second staging of Let Praises Rise gospel concert is bringing entertainment with a purpose to St James on Saturday, at the Montego Bay High School. Orchestrated by the Vera Philanthropic Praise Foundation, the event will have part proceeds...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The ska scene mushroomed in Jamaica in the ’50s and ’60s, with acts like Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker and Prince Buster at the fore. The genre was birthed as early producers and sound system operators like Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd sought to...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Honey-sweet vocals and smooth, coordinated dance moves were part of a musical voyage captained by evergreen R...

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