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Stories by Yasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:28 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

O’Neil Scott, better known as ‘Nazzleman’, won the 2016 and 2018 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Festival Song Competition and in 2020 he is back again on the hunt for the title. This time around, things are a little different, as...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

LUST has a reputation for being the kind of talented, fun group, that is able to effortlessly pull in its audience and take them on a fantastic journey on any day of the week. This evening, they will be harnessing those skills, and much more, like...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Three-time Festival Song winners Toots and the Maytals could very well notch up a fourth victory if their song in this year’s contest secures the most votes from a very discerning public. But, honestly, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, the frontman for...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party Shadow Minister of Entertainment, Dwayne Vaz, has a prescription for the reopening of the entertainment sector, which, he says, if followed, should see a smooth transition from lockdown into party central. Ranking...

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Just the mention of the name Marvia Providence sends a tingle to the toes and, immediately, feet start tapping and bodies begin swaying. Before you know it, all the ‘warriors’ – prayer and otherwise – are in full flight. That’s the effect of the...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

With several confirmed dates scattered across the globe for the year 2020, along with a strong promotional machinery behind his recently released ‘ Masterclass’ album, gospel artiste Stitchie has decided to suspend all performance-related activity...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Young reggae singer Kim Nain believes that every day should be celebrated as International Women’s Day (IWD), and in anticipation of this, at the end of January, she released what she hopes will become her women’s anthem, I Am Woman. An original...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

With over 100 events unfolding over a blissful 30 days, all of which enjoyed varying levels of success, Reggae Month 2020 is being hailed by many industry players as the best ever. The calendar was chock-full of ­activities, among them the weekly...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Conscious reggae singer Samory I makes no secret of the fact that legendary reggae artiste Dennis Brown is one of his musical heroes, and he eagerly accepts any opportunity to pay tribute to the singer, who has been bestowed with the title, Crown...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell, the son of late Xterminator producer, Fattis Burrell, is truly satisfied with the outcome of a project on which he was working: a song that late Third World lead singer William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke had recorded for his father...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jah9 is a vibe. She’s a reasoning, a conversation, and a study. She’s a Note to Self, as proclaimed in the title of her latest 15-track album, which will be officially released on March 13 by VP Records. A kind of solitary figure in the music...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Very early in the New Testament, we run into two women who seem to have badness running through their veins. This wily mother-daughter duo has craftiness down to a science. The mother, Herodias, who was the granddaughter of King Herod the Great,...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:29 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two decades after his passing, the legacy of the Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Emmanuel Brown will be celebrated with the release of a single on his birthday, February 1. Producer Tads Dawkins, on whose Tad’s Records imprint the song will appear,...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Novelyn ‘Lovey Silk’ Banton is amazed that a quarter century has passed since that day she will never forget. “It doesn’t feel like 25 years. As a matter of fact, it feel like him (Garnett Silk) just don’t come home in a long time now,” she told...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican artiste OMI says that 2019 has been extremely good to him and predicts that 2020 will be even better. The Cheerleader singer is thrilled to be ending the year with the release of yet another single, his fourth from his upcoming sophomore...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

In the ‘60s, Barbadian singer and dancer Jackie Opel settled in Jamaica, where he became an integral part of the development of Jamaican music form ska. Fast-forward a few decades, and his countrymen – from Rihanna to David Kirton – are no less...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dubplates and specials are integral to the sound system culture, and in a space where there is an overwhelming number of sounds, specials are used to distinguish the various players in the business. David Harper of Killamanjaro stated at a recent...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

The phrase ‘a little child shall lead them’ certainly applies to Damijae McCalla, who just turned 11. A student of Mona Preparatory School, he scooped up an armful of awards at the recently concluded Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

When a young, impressionable, ingénue named Marcia Griffiths set off on her journey in reggae music, she had no idea whatsoever that half a century later, she would be living the words of her own song, which has become an anthem: “ I shall sing,...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite her accomplishments, the name Zia Benjamin may not resound with the impact that it should. But that really does not bother this songstress, who is singularly focused on doing music her way. After doing music at the dictates of others, and...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall, reggae, and the Jamaican culture is a burgeoning business at various levels for many persons across the globe – whether it is those who wear the hat of reggae singer, deejay, singjay, dancer, or dance instructor. But how much of it is...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

With the birth of his Big Ship Records, legendary reggae singer Freddie McGregor was dubbed the ‘Captain of the Big Ship’, a moniker he wears with pride, especially considering that his children are numbered among the vessel’s able-bodied crew. And...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

Amazing and fantastic, were the words of choice from fulfilled patrons who attended Saturday evening’s ‘Uncajed Melodies V’, the annual concert staged by the Classical and Jazz Ensemble (CAJE) of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and the UWI...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

In May 2013, the reggae-loving world was shocked when it was reported that Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert – the frontman of the legendary reggae group Toots and Maytals, had been struck with a 1.75-litre vodka bottle, squarely in the forehead,...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Ken Boothe saunters onto any stage, in any part of the globe, microphone in hand, intent on performing until the sweat trickles down his forehead and snakes down his back, the legendary reggae singer is larger than life and has fans eating out...

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