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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was the simmering dancehall hit, Who Am I (Sim Simma), that introduced dancehall sensation Anthony Moses Davis, or as many would know him, Beenie Man, to the world. Recorded and released in 1997, the playful confidence of the deejay is showcased...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Rita Marley Foundation has, since 2013, held annual essay competitions for high-school students. However, this year, secondary-school students will be able to submit entries for the first songwriting competition. Although the I-Threes singer...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Of the multitude of musical influences that have an effect on Jamaica’s musical styles, American rhythm and blues music has, arguably, left the most lasting impact. Reggae music has been widely regarded as a variation of rhythm and blues, although...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Visually-impaired producer, Poye ‘Buka’ Robinson, is a strong believer in the power of music and its role as an inspirational tool that may be used to elevate individuals facing challenges in the same way it helped him to overcome the tragedy of...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Visually-impaired producer, Poye “Buka” Robinson, is a strong believer in the power of music and its role as an inspirational tool which may be used to elevate individuals facing challenges, in the same way it helped him to overcome the tragedy of...

Published:Saturday | April 6, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bescenta is an example of slow and steady wins the race. The reggae singer emerged in early 2000 with strong ambitions that manifested through socially conscious lyrics primarily focused on motivating youths. He received his first breakthrough...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Music and business have always been combined passions for Tyler Chung, more popularly known as DJ Tyler. There’s no saying that the affable son of popular entertainment and business mogul, Brian ‘Ribbie’ Chung, has not used his father’s industry...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the usual Saint International and Campari style, the Jamaica Avant Garde Designer of the Year event, ‘The Red Glamour Celebration’, brought out the perfect mix of fashion industry executives and influencers to its finals held at the Courtleigh...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Nineties dancehall entertainers Errol ‘Jigsy’ King, Mr Easy, Mega Banton, and Lushy Banton will soon embark on a city-hopping tour across the eastern American states. The deejays are kicking things off on Memorial Day weekend in May, in North and...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Spoken word performer, George the Poet, firmly believes that social media have helped poetry thrive. The poet’s comments came in a BBC News article on World Poetry Day, celebrated annually on March 21 since the United Nations Educational,...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A few months after last year’s inaugural staging of Professionals in Concert, Rite Moves Entertainment embarked on yet another creative venture to prepare sponsors, students and staff of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) for the next...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Celebrated as a golden affair, the third annual Sterling Gospel Music Awards (SGMA) promised to surpass its reputation by sweetening the deal for the gospel music industry through rewarding not only recording artistes of the genre, but individuals...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Arguably, the biggest and most talked-about concert of the year is Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom, which takes place tomorrow at the National Stadium. Music lovers are not the only ones anticipating the big concert; Airbnb operators, car-rental...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s tourism industry can benefit from the addition of the Jamaica Rum Festival (JRF) to its annual calendar of events, and the inaugural staging seems to have put it right in the travel agent and tourist spotlight. According to Valon Thorpe,...

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Day two of the Jamaica Rum Festival has earned the reputation of being a diversified portrayal of the island’s culture that not only includes a celebration of rum, food, and local musical genres, but also for its strong spirituality. For many...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:47 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To the uninitiated, a spirits festival, especially one focused on rum, might seem like an excuse to partake in drinking alcoholic cocktails and fall into an inebriated state where all inhibitions are dismissed. As appealing as that may sound to...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Entertainment minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be applying to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for World Heritage designations and inscriptions of other genres of music. UNESCO,...

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To select only 50 contributors to the development and evolution of reggae music was probably an extremely challenging task for the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and its committee for the Reggae Gold Awards, says Copeland...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:43 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Michael Nicholson, one of Jamaica’s top local actors, who has been branded primarily as a comedian, has taken on the role of a father in the 30-minute television drama Real Friends, which has returned for its second season on Television Jamaica (...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It seems to be a habit to recognise persons posthumously, but it is one that is not easily avoided, Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange admitted to The Gleaner while attending the Reggae Gold Awards at the National Indoor Sports Centre, on...

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tickets for Protoje’s ‘A Matter of Time’ live concert, which originally reserved the bandshell inside Hope Botanical Gardens were sold out, not once, but twice before Saturday night. With a larger number of patrons anticipated to attend, the...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tarrus Riley, Peter Lloyd, Richie Stephens, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, and Pam Hall are among the recording artistes who have contributed to Journey – Break Every Rule, the documentary film on the life and work of the nation’s first female prime minister...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Senior FAME FM presenter DJ Denvo Thombs has made training persons in the art and craft of mixing a part of his daily schedule. A decade ago, he launched the Play It Loud Professional DJ Training Course, Dub Jamaica DJ Academy, and the Kidz Mix DJ...

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The much-anticipated carnival road march is about 12 weeks away, and the calendar has become jam-packed with fetes that already have soca lovers feeling ‘sweet fuh days’. However, there are a few spirits that have been dampened as...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There's no debate that music videos have always been a vital part of the industry. With the continuous transformation of digital media and social networking, animated video creation is now very popular.As the technology becomes more accessible, and...

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