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Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner , this week, hosted an Entertainment Forum exploring the topic, ‘ m ake dancehall music great again’, with some of the stakeholders in the music industry. Over the next three days, we will be publishing the views and recommendations of...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:31 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Finally, the name of the newest Bond film, which had the working title Bond 25, has been revealed – No Time To Die. The producers, EON Productions and MGM, released the official title Tuesday on social media, bringing an end to the long wait and...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

When a young Carey Sayles entered a singing competition at his primary school, it was really because his first-grade teacher had recognised his talent and was determined that he would sing – and sing loudly, too. She even locked him in the...

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

When Etana’s Reggae Forever World Tour leaves the Oland Roots Festival in Sweden, it will see the Grammy-nominated singer heading for Montego Bay, Jamaica, where she has a date with destiny. It’s called Reggae Sumfest, a festival whose stage she...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

“Welcome back Spragga. You were missed.” That’s the message posted by a fan, who identified herself as Khadija, in the comments section of the video for the remix of Spragga Benz’s song, Differ. Done originally with British DJ Toddler T, the remix...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Reggae and dancehall-influenced gospel artiste and minister, Omari, who has not performed in Jamaica for close to three years, makes his return on Sunday at Mission Possible, a charity gospel showcase to be held on the lawns of the Ranny Williams...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Twelve Tribes of Israel member Orthodox Issachar will be one of the performers at tonight’s live acoustic segment to be held at the entity’s Hope Road headquarters in St Andrew. The roots-reggae singer, who divides his time between Canada and...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

For renowned comedian Drew Thomas, humour is serious business. Thomas believes that he is a vessel to be used and if he can make others laugh, then his living will not be in vain. “Life is rough enough, and if I can make you laugh and take the pain...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Big Yard Music Group’s CEO, Robert Livingston, an artiste manager and producer whose list of accolades in the music industry is quite distinguished, has also had his (un)fair share of infamy, ironically from the same persons who he teamed up with...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Big Deal singer Christopher Martin really is a big deal, and believe it or not, he has a measure of humility for which he is not given enough credit. For example, how many reggae or dancehall artistes can truthfully say that the blind genius,...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Souls were filled inside The Chapel at The University of the West Indies Mona Campus on Sunday as patrons and performers celebrated another staging of the highly anticipated calendar event, Classics In June. Staged by the Soroptimist International...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Gareth Stuart is the kind of 10-year-old who you can sit down and have a conversation with for hours and not be bored. Seriously, just choose a topic – from sports to academics to religion to, of course, music, which, right now is his passion – and...

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

With Reggae Sumfest one month away, festival organiser Josef Bogdanovich is happy with the way his online ticket sales are moving and is making the bold declaration that he and his team are “totally ready”. “Everything is in order,” a pleased...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Legendary record producer Winston ‘Niney the Observer’ Holness is cautiously making his way back into the game, and he is excited about his soon-to-be-released single on his Observer label. Recorded at his studio on Lyndhurst Road, the single...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

While many Jamaican entertainers choose Florida or some other state in the United States as their second place of residence, singer/songwriter Eric Donaldson has instead opted to spread his wings in South America. He is a legal resident of Brazil...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

The month of June has always been very special for entertainer Roy Rayon. It’s his birth month, and this year, in particular, as he celebrates a special anniversary, his loved ones will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that Mr Festival has a...

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Select passages read by entertainers Wayne Marshall and Carlene Davis, along with the honoree’s manager, Philip Clarke, gave insight into the personality, trials, joys and struggles of legendary Jamaican rocksteady and reggae singer, Ken Boothe....

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

A not-so-holy controversy has been stirred following the release of Holy Mountain, one of the songs from DJ Khaled’s much-touted Father Of Asahd album. The song in question is a collab – like all the songs on the album are – featuring Buju Banton...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

A former gospel song winner, an enchanting church group, which even includes the pastor, a spiffy assortment of locks-wearing singers, a few ‘bald heads’ and two females make up the 10 finalists and one wild card in this year’s Festival Song...

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Among the approximately 500 Jamaicans currently employed on the set of the 25th James Bond movie, which has been filming in Portland since the beginning of May, are persons working on the actual production side of the 007 film, along with others...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

On May 11, the day that marked 38 years since the passing of reggae legend Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) held its glitzy 37th staging at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. And, quite...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Firebrand reggae ‘messenjah’, Luciano, was in full social-consciousness mode on Sunday night at the St Luke’s church’s annual charity concert, Reggae, Jazz and Blues Go Gospel. Lamenting that he has ‘never seen so much wickedness from the day...

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

If anybody had asked Freddie McGregor four years ago if there was hope for reggae music, his answer would have been iffy. But today, the veteran singer is excited that there is a great resurgence of interest in reggae music, and is confident that...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

When St Luke’s Church in Cross Roads hosted the inaugural staging of their Reggae, Jazz...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer

Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have both been signed for this year’s instalment of Reggae Sumfest and will perform onstage together in what is gearing up to be an epic ‘tune-fi-tune’ ‘90s recall segment. Sumfest made the big announcement rather...

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