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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...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A background in music production for secular audiences is not lost on Lucas Musiq. Formerly known as ‘Tzone’ in reggae-dancehall circles, his experience in working with the likes of deejays Blak Ryno, Vybz Kartel (credited on the 2011 single...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica aims to figure out how to safely resume activities in the entertainment industry amid the global coronavirus pandemic, virtual set-ups are becoming more widespread. One company that is exploring this potential is Clearsound Production...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

He comes from a background of compelling story lines. As the son of a king, the ‘King of Dancehall’ that is, Moses Davis Jr held a front-row seat to learning the business of music, but he did not always know that the next chapter would find him...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It was almost midnight in Italy, but Maurice Gregory was up and about. The Grammy Award-winning producer and musician tells The Sunday Gleaner that the pandemic may have affected the music industry, but “it has not impeded on my doing what I love...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Grammy-nominated reggae artiste Chronixx – through his Caring Hands of Rastafari (CHOR) Foundation – has partnered with Endangered Rangers: A Virtual Fundraiser for African Wildlife...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Pioneering a new way to present a stage show, live concert or events to boost customer engagement in a virtual space wasn’t in the cards when Aaron Spence embarked on establishing a brand in the entertainment community five years ago. But external...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

When Jamaica first met Dickie Elijah Bonnick in the mid-’70s, he was a 13-year-old well on the way to being ordained as a minister of religion and a gospel recording artiste. He went by the name Prophet Elijah, using his middle name for the...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has a strong legacy of animated storytellers, from poets and playwrights to thespians and musicians, in all categories that are often described as colourful in their delivery. However, storytelling as a part of the culture has not been...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

From Jamaica to the Great Wall of China, it has been a long yet historic walk for audio engineer and producer Shaquille ‘Skunga’ Kong and his father, roots reggae entertainer I Kong, who, in tracing their roots were able to find a connection and...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:23 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Hotels and resorts are cautiously reopening for the Christmas travel season, but it’s anything but business as usual, say hotel industry professionals. The facilities serve as small entertainment hubs within the larger tourism industry, and the...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:22 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“One han’ cyaa clap,” sums up the most recent programme by the Alliance Française de la Jamaïque (AFJ) — ‘The introduction to Jamaican Patwa’ — which is being offered to French speakers. That is also the bold statement on a poster with an image of...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:15 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Trinidadian Soca Global recording artiste and songwriter Erphaan Alves was not going to allow the pandemic to change the plans for his birthday this year. Following in the footsteps of his Pick a Side comrade Kes, Alves, will take to the screens to...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In 2008 when Grammy-nominated artiste Serani released No Games, it hit the ground running. The single climbed to the top of several international charts in 2009, including the Billboard R...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

From the trenches of downtown Kingston to the beaches of the Caribbean and crowded streets of Tokyo, United States and the United Kingdom; walking through popular European food markets, tasting escargot in Paris and braving the trip across the...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Marc Chin is feeling newly minted these days, having awakened one morning last October with a new title under his name: that of licensed real estate agent. It’s a moment he would describe as mise-en-scène. Translated from French, it means ‘setting...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Gregory David Roberts makes personal and cathartic statements that carry the weight of the secrets he’s held for a lifetime. Now, they are escaping through his music in the recently released Love...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Since releasing his debut project, Let Reuben Live in 2016, Garnet Jah Lij Smith, performing as Garnet Silk Jr, has kept somewhat of a low profile. Not the easiest thing to do when you’re the son of a reggae icon. There are several similarities...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With no set timetable of when live shows and festivals will be resumed, the organisers of the annual INDIGGO Conference are determined not to allow the year to pass without another landmark staging. The three-year-old conference will go live via...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

He is well known for being a US Virgin Islands reggae ambassador, even though there are still some fans who mistake the name Pressure Busspipe to be a born-Jamaican artiste. Still, he embraces it. “African heritage is one blood within the culture...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In the age of fashion revivals, Tarrus Riley’s hip-hop-esque-style feels fresh. Whereas past generations of reggae royalty represent widely in Rastafarian garb – prioritising mood above all else, the contemporary singer is part of the league...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Walking into the Little Theatre, home of the annual pantomime, may feel like a travel back in time when the cast of the pantomime returns – whenever that is, said one actor. The dressing rooms are ready for the actors but the lights have been...

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