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Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Jesse Royal calls his sophomore album Royal his “most vulnerable project to date”, and with good reason. “All the tracks were me having conversations with me and whoever else me choose to talk to within a specific song,” he told The...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The 2006 hit single These Streets has endured as a millennial sing-along, with videos of international hip-hop superstars like Cardi B paying homage to the track making a viral impression on social media up to three years ago. So it is no surprise...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A former student of dance, Joshua Craigie, who is going by the name Tai-C, finds himself taking a different leap than what he is used to. One into the music and entertainment industry not long after earning his UAL Level Three Extended Diploma in...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Fashion is one of the Miss Universe Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams’ favourite things, and the wardrobe put together for her ‘Journey to the Crown’ could possibly have her singing to the tune of Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music: “...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Miss Universe Jamaica Organization is tooting its horn after Thursday’s parade of the national costumes on the 69th Miss Universe pageant stage. Miqueal-Symone Williams has made Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora feel proud as they watched...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In an era when the reggae scene is focused on a rebirth of the core sounds of the genre, singer-songwriter Wesrok is staying true to himself. “Being different comes with a lot of challenges,” he told The Sunday Gleaner. “I actually love challenges...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

She was guided by a beat, propelled by passion and went in search of the knowledge that would one day help her to build a brand — Lady Rennae — the voice and personality that morning radio listeners would hear. Often tasked with the tricky...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Undeterred by the effect of the ongoing global crisis on their education, the future tastemakers theatre continue to zoom innovative productions into people’s homes. Since March 2020, the students of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:27 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“A lot of people leave their homes to seek better opportunities, and so many do so, not knowing if they will return,” singer-songwriter Kahris shares. Her family moved from Jamaica to Canada in 2013. It brought with it a new environment, a...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Kimberly Nain has been keeping herself busy, more than one can imagine. But it’s not just music that has the singer-songwriter flipping through her notepad and checking her schedule. She is the policy director of International Health for the...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Reggae crooner Beres Hammond and dancehall hitmaker Popcaan sent chills down the spines of many by performing their God Is Love single for the Love From A Distance livestream concert, and earlier this week delivered the full project, which included...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In an industry where emerging recording artistes are pressured to put out music to fill a party playlist, Gabriella Kochella is defying expectations by taking her time. She’s been quietly uploading her signature reflections on love and life to...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“Mankind have to act now, not later … mankind need to see what is happening and where it will lead to. We haffi mek the necessary steps and mek the changes, now, not later, fi the better, and the change starts within yuhself, yuh nuh.” These...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The Bob Marley Museum may be one of Kingston’s must-see sights for more than three decades - sitting in the middle of the well-trafficked stretch of Hope Road against the noisy urban lifestyle. However, a tour of the legendary grounds where one of...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

From a timid trier in high school, experimenting with the sounds of his peers, Mario ‘Dunw3ll’ Dunwell was dropping coins to determine how far the sound waves of a music career could spread. Being a producer in the reggae and dancehall landscape...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Connections are a constant obstacle in the career paths Sanjay is set on. A recording artiste and popular television host, he is often seen only as the latter. “My career as a recording artiste or musician is definitely a work in progress because...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A global collective of Rastafari is presently making preparations to reveal a bold and broad initiative under the banner of the Association of Rastafari Creatives (ARC) said author and publisher Gavin ‘Dutty Bookman’ Hutchinson. “Basically, what...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The dynamic shape-shifting Orisha Sound continues to drift across international borders with a mission to make music that spreads inspiration and connects their worlds. Using that motion as a musical duo since 2017, American multi-instrumentalist...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2021 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In his teenage years, recording artiste Garrison Hawk set his sights on musical skies; not the kind where you could predict the weather ahead but definitely one that could make headlines for being different. “Following the exposure I received in...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2021 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“Love heals everything.” That is the personal mantra of Dr L’Antoinette Stines, dancer, choreographer, lecturer, author, visionary and founder of L’Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force – one of the paramount leaders of contemporary dance. Her...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2021 | 8:54 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Not everything is black and white, especially when it comes to love and making music. Sometimes there are many shades – at least for Elesia Iimura and Solomon Otega, who goes by the moniker ‘OT’. Though from different cultural backgrounds, Elesia,...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Dream Entertainment Limited’s Managing Director, Scott Dunn, voiced his frustrations over the prolonged closure of Jamaica’s entertainment industry and the lack of an apparent way forward in an open letter to the Government of Jamaica. Dunn...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Working from home has a completely different meaning for backing vocalists who are used to being an essential part of the music industry, adding the harmony, contrast and commentary to the music we love. “It was unpredictable,” said Latoya Hall-...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Ronnie Nasralla, who is known widely as an artiste manager and advertising strategist, was integral in the careers of Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, who passed last year, and his band, The Maytals, among others past and present, who shared a passion to...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Last November, marking the 90th anniversary of the Coronation of Q’adamawi Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Asfaw, the Iniversal Development of Rastafari Inc, (IDOR) and the School of Sacrament Rastafari University (SOSACRU) collaborated on a...

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