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Stories by Stephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | October 16, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Sebastian Braham considers himself a choir boy at heart. He has walked across church halls, school auditoriums and stages, even in the virtual space, singing praises as a musical minister, but now, the singer is throwing his hat into theatre. “I...

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Born to a Trinidadian father and a Jamaican mother, 10-year-olf American child star Kyrie McAlpin is being raised on strong, traditional Caribbean values. “Growing up in Jamaica, education was always first priority. My parents didn’t play about...

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and podcaster and entertainment hub founder, Daniellia White, is calling on all Jamaicans to join hands and help her prepare care packages for persons battling the disease and in dire need of assistance....

Published:Saturday | September 4, 2021 | 2:26 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Most people know Nugent Walker Jr – ‘NJ’ for short – for being the right-hand man handling the personal and business affairs of the world’s fastest man alive, but at one time, he was on the college to classroom path. Although the course was changed...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

It’s late evening in Jamaica, almost midnight in the United Kingdom, but this megastar is up and about for the interview, which is somewhat strange waters for him to tread. Dalton Harris had withdrawn from the public eye, embraced being a hermit,...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

A unified global protest is under way in the form of the Rasta Rights Matter petition calling for the Government of Jamaica to take immediate action to address the continued harassment and violation of human rights that have plagued the Rastafari...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Jenelle Simpson’s journey towards happiness has been filled with hairpin turns, speedbumps, and roadblocks that always seem to appear during specific development milestones in her life. A senior law clerk, paralegal, motivational speaker, and co-...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

The conversation with Andrew Walcott did not stop at watering plants and investing in the proper tools to get an indoor garden started. He lived up to his ‘Plant Daddy’ title by discussing propagation. Plant propagation simply refers to the...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Recording artiste Tamo J catapulted into the dimensions of reggae-dancehall approximately five years ago and has enjoyed local success since. But the singer-songwriter, who has commanded the attention of his audience, including his peers and...

Published:Friday | April 9, 2021 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

When an actress can grasp and retain the attention of her audience, often leaving goosebumps as she plays a character, you know she is destined for greatness. Take a look in the direction of Jamaican aesthetician-turn-actress Kimberly Patterson,...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Amidst the increase in crime across the Caribbean, several local acts have joined forces to release a new single and music video, titled Brighter Days. Three years in the making, the project speaks about the rights of women and denounces violence,...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

The 2021 Jamaica Rum Festival presented by Appleton Estate is nearing the end, and already its supporters and rum lovers are pining for more opportunities not only to mix, but mingle with fellow enthusiasts. On Wednesday, the festival hosted its ‘...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

In what feels like the blink of an eye, Jason Panton’s son has gone from pre-school to music production. Known widely as the principal of the international roots-reggae outfit Dubwise Jamaica, Panton has a wealth of experience in arts and...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

With its focus on highlighting Jamaica’s musical history and heritage, enhancing tourism appeal and attracting international acclaim for Jamaica as the ‘Reggae Mecca’ of the world, Reggae Month, first staged in 2008, has the mission to also create...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Trotting the globe with her father Frederick Hibbert, or ‘Toots’, as many know him, this reggae-soul intoner learned some priceless lessons from behind microphones that were not always in the spotlight or centre stage. “Lesson one: believe in...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

The appetite of stage show audiences is easily stimulated by an appealing menu of entertainers with wholesome, flavourful and reinvigorated selections. Rebel Salute’s roster for night one provided just that delectable mix. From the first half of...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:38 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

The next event for I Love Soca will be Carnival Wednesday in Jamaica next April; but the ­promoters will have their hands full planning ahead for its New York leg which is slated for summer 2020. The international Caribbean soca ‘Stage God’ Riggo...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

He’s not making a Christmas list or checking it twice, says dancehall entertainer Popcaan, who believes in the value of spending the holidays with family, as much as he believes in the potential of his music breaking barriers. “No, no … the killy...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:36 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Classic dancehall rhythms of the 1990s such as Pepperseed, Joyride, Action and Showtime produced by Madhouse Records producer Dave Kelly have been designated ‘party starters’ for most street selectors. For these productions, Kelly has collaborated...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Some of the most talented historical contributors to Jamaica’s popular music, specifically reggae, have converged time and time again to create world-class productions at Harry J Recording Studios. The 638-square-foot space transformed into a...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

From being one of dancehall artiste Aidonia’s protégés to running the recording race solo, Geddys Ferguson is on track to win the hearts of fusion music lovers. He does not look a day older than when he first recorded with the 4th Genna frontman in...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

It has been instilled in most Jamaicans from the earliest days of childhood that some words are forbidden; simply put, they are ‘bad words’. From the word that means female dog (that has earned the definition of a lewd female) to the various “...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Lyrically powerful and possessing the maturity of any entertainer seasoned in the music industry, Kevinna Melbourne makes it known that she is here to make a change. The recent winner of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Children’s...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

Bridgetown, BARBADOS: For many partygoers, the idea of waking up in the early hours of the morning to attend a fête may be a test of both physical and mental endurance. However, with the emergence of breakfast parties, especially during the...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer

The deadline for applications to the newly added Bachelor of Arts in Music and Performance programme at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, closes next Wednesday, July 31, and the spaces that remain are dwindling, says Dr Sonjah Stanley...

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