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Stories by Mel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As the police, especially those in western Jamaica, deal with the motorcycle (especially low-cost ones) as a tangible focal point of scamming and road-safety issues, it strikes me just how much the two-wheeled transportation is entrenched in...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Yaniq Walford is part of the second generation in the family's sound system business, Bass Odyssey, based in Alexandria, St Ann ("From waaay out in the country!" as Bounty Killer says on many a dubplate). She was central to the trans-formation of...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Deejay Michael 'Flourgon' May's lawsuit against singer Miley Cyrus and Sony Music, claiming US$300 million in damages, has naturally stirred interest in the music industry and further afield. That includes persons who believe they may be in a...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Many persons have performed at Redbones over its 21 years at two New Kingston locations, Braemar Avenue and Argyle Road. And many of them are a part of The Best of the Best, which marks the restaurant and cultural hub's final week before relocating...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Each Boxing Day, Jamaica's year-end commercial theatre season opens with a slew of productions with extended runs well into the new year, when they are joined by other productions of varying run lengths.In addition to the major commercial theatrical...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

It may just be my lack of exposure and currency, but it appears that there are fewer large drawings of Jamaican popular music performers on walls around Kingston (at least, the places that I frequent). While I am sure that there is healthy does of...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Deejay Michael 'Flourgon' May's We Run Things is listed by discogs.com as having been released in 1988 by the Redman International label as a seven-inch single. However, after his lawsuit against American singer Miley Cyrus for her use of the phrase...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There are tears in the 15 minutes of Kinto, shed by lead actor Sekai Smart-Macaulay, when the really hard times as a windshield washer literally hit him in the form of a group of thugs who rob and beat him in New Kingston, just after he happily buys...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Among the performers for Jamaica Fun in the Son 2018, which takes place on July 14 at National Heroes Park, are: Kevin Downswell, Papa San, Chevelle Franklyn, Rondell Positive and Carlene Days.However, even as he speaks about the line-up and notes...

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The invitation to Saturday's film screening at Redbones in New Kingston was to a Naija Night and ('naija' a word for Nigeria, which also expresses pride and strength), and some of the country's products were duly on display at the rear of the...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The acknowledgement of one's peers is a complement, and August Morning poet (and painter, as the cover art attests to) St Hope Earl McKenzie's work is repeatedly complemented by the voices of his contemporaries. This is done through their reading...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Dramatist, poet and novelist A-dZiko Simba has been living in Jamaica since the beginning of her 21st year. And it has been 21 years since she was last in England. That stretch of absence is due to end later this month when she attends and does her...

Published:Monday | May 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

If Saturday night's Final Chapter of Startime was a burial for the 31-year-old concert series, nobody remembered to tell the zinc fence-to-zinc fence, stage front-to-skybox audience at Mas Camp it should mourn. Instead, the approximately six-hour...

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Make no mistake about it, the rumpus around music format changes on radio stations within the RJRGLEANER Communications Group not only reaffirms that radio is important in Jamaica, but also points to a matter of control. The shouts from the makers...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There are some standard images which make for that comfort zone of familiarity which can criss-cross with similarity and cliche when used on album covers. One is the spliff and puff of smoke (yawn, y'all can't get anywhere near as revolutionary as...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The picture Joy Fairclough painted of music writing competence in Jamaica, was overwhelmingly bleak as she pointed out the deficiencies of skilled persons to the audience at the JAMPRO building, Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, on Monday morning....

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

What a difference a week makes, when music which originates in Jamaica is being put out fast, furiously and spiritually. The last is because the new number one is Original Love by Christafari the US group which announces its blend of faiths in its...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

With humour, audience member engagement, audiovisuals and his obvious passion, Pierre Lemaire, dean of the School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, engaged participants yesterday morning, as he explained three...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

While matters of intellectual property are relevant year-round, to a country with Jamaica's prodigious creative output, this week there will be an especially strong focus as the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) marks Intellectual Property...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:05 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Drum Festival made its Emancipation Park debut last year, and as music development specialist Avory Crooks-Campbell puts it, "we had such a good time we are back this year". And today's event will...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The name of the album in its entirety - I Am Integrity - and the beat to which a number of vocalists mate their voices - the Integrity Riddim - make the intention of the recently released project clear. Along with the Big Woman Tingz album, I Am...

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As the organisers of Carnival in Jamaica 2018 revel in the record number of visitors it attracted (over 50,000 arrivals have been connected to the season by Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett), I am looking at the calendar of large-scale entertainment...

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As far as the annual round of celebrations for dead Jamaican singers goes, Hugh Mundell does not even get off to a start. And, apart from a line from Junior Reid ("Hugh Mundell, he was shot by the gun") does not get the repeated mention in songs...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:06 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

With the first quarter of 2018 over, and the business of making and presenting music cranking up for the summer season, the new releases are flying thick and fast. With that flurry of discs and digital formats comes, of course, fits and starts on...

Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 12:04 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

There is drama in the everyday Jamaican phenomenon of interpersonal conflict that escalates unnecessarily and publicly. Then, there is the drama of theatrical arts in general, and the very serious, thought-provoking kind in particular. While he has...

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