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Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

For many, 2018 was a very short year. But for some entertainers, it was enough time to dominate the headlines. From 18-year-old Koffee, who inked a recording deal with Columbia Records UK, to dancehall heavyweight Shaggy, whose collaborative album...

Published:Friday | December 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The sentiment of always giving your best because you never know who is watching is something that seasoned reggae artiste Tony Rebel holds near and dear to his heart.With more than three decades of performing all over the world, the Fresh Vegetable...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It is almost impossible to mention the name Yellowman without thinking of his ingenious dancehall classic Zungguzungguguzungguzeng. The track is delivered in a freestyle fashion, with the deejay jumping through topics ranging from a goat and rooster...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Veteran singer Junior Reid is not new to international projects. His repertoire boasts numerous collaborations with foreign acts like The Game on the 2006 track It's Okay, and other singles with acts like Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and Fabulous. This...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Two years ago, something did not feel right for 21-year-old Steve Grant, while pursuing a civil engineering degree at the University of Technology, Jamaica (Utech). He had secured a job and saved his earnings to attend college, but something was...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Scores of Jamaicans were eagerly awaiting Banton's arrival in the island as they camped out at the Norman Manley International Airport last Friday to welcome 'The Gargamel' home.Home. A foreign word for the Untold Stories singer, who has spent close...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Music insiders are declaring that Jamaica is filled with extraordinary talent like that of Dalton Harris. But they also point to the deficiencies that prevent those entertainers from rising to the fore.Harris became the first Jamaican to win the UK'...

Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican film-maker Lone Wolf is determined to change what he views as a one-dimensional approach to creating films in Jamaica.His first online series Campus, set in a college and follows freshman Shawn (Oshane Panton), who finds himself in a battle...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

How does a love song develop into a party hit?Bounty Killer can help answer that. The veteran deejay teamed up with rapper Wyclef Jean in 1998 to produce a song called Ain't Nobody with R...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Cocoa Tea has not lost any of the necessary ingredients for stirring up a good performance. This was evident at Saturday's staging of St Mary Mi Come From, held at the National Arena in Kingston.The Settle Down singer had the crowd singing every...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Patrons had to settle for an abbreviated show when A St Mary Mi Come From ended prematurely at the National Arena in Kingston on Saturday night.At minutes to 3 a.m., the show's principal , Capleton, took to the stage and told the half-full venue, "...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Melodica player and composer Addis Pablo is bridging the gap between music and fashion in his recent cameo performance in a Supreme ad. The American clothing enterprise has partnered with Hohner - a German company that creates musical instruments -...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The music landscape has evolved since reggae singer Anthony Cruz first emerged on the scene in the 1990s. Advanced technology now allows several entertainers to act independently without a distributor. Cruz is moving with the times by using social...

Published:Wednesday | October 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

"Living in the wild wild west, it's not easy to stay alive. Living in the wild wild west, it's not safe to go outside."These are some of the lyrics from Indie Allen's latest single, The West, which speaks about the crime affecting his home parish of...

Published:Monday | October 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It's no coincidence why producer Ainsworth 'Mitchie' Williams, decided to call his label Oranje Streetz Musick. He spent his teenage years on Orange Street in downtown Kingston, where he developed an ear for music, working in record shops like...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

If you had presented a musical award to Carlene Davis in the early 1990s, she would have probably expected it. With secular hits such as Dial My Number, Going Down to Paradise, and It Must Be Love, Davis said her "younger self" would have loved that...

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Come next February, Orange Street will get a facelift when Rockers International Records rolls out its refurbished building under the name Rockers International Vinyls and Museum. The historical site, founded by veteran reggae singer Horace '...

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