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Stories by Mel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Teaching practiCe is part and parcel of the potential educator's training process. However, while every teacher is in effect making a presentation every time they step into a classroom and face the students, teachers involved in drama finds...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Salim Browne and Krysten Henry came to the bass guitar via different paths. Henry started out playing keyboards, like her mother, but tells The Gleaner: "I was always watching my father playing bass. I felt like I was playing the keyboard for...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Whether sitting in the driver's seat of a car between Montego Bay and Kingston or sitting in the passenger seat of an aeroplane from Canada to Jamaica, Douglas Prout has long been accustomed to making extended round trips to direct theatrical...

Published:Wednesday | August 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

If it seems like Popcaan's Forever album has been at the No. 6 spot on Billboard's listing of top reggae albums eternally. that's because it has been there for what seems like - well, forever. It has actually sat in that slot for three consecutive...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Somebody has got to be making money from the number of music events being held in Jamaica - and not only the providers of mood-enhancing accessories - alcohol, marijuana, blow-up pools (for the wild water editions), see-through blouses and slingshot...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Yaniq Walford and Michael Barnett generally engage with different aspects of Jamaican popular music. The former immersed in dancehall events as an integral part of Bass Odyssey sound system, and the latter famed for his organisation of the Startime...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Since 2010, Michael Barnett has staged close to 50 Let's Go Dancin' parties in Jamaica - some of them charity-based for organisations such as the Kiwanis Club.Before it crosses the half century mark, the series will make its debut in Atlanta - in...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

When he wanted to get into a rehabilitation centre to deal with his drug addiction, Errol Fabien was a well-known entertainment figure in his home country, Trinidad and Tobago. As it turned out, it was the actor and comedian's popularity that proved...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Owen 'Blakka' Ellis laughs as he says Errol Fabien "never answer we" when he and Samara Johnson tried to engage him during the approximately two hours it took them to walk from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, to Emancipation Park, New...

Published:Tuesday | August 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Running the Jamaica's Best School Band (JBSB) competition brought singer and songwriter Rayven Amani within audition range of the theatre, although she did not get the role she went to Fairfield Theatre in Montego Bay, St James, to try out for."I...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Her siblings gathered around her, all together "on the same piece of earth" for the first time in 20 years, as Nadine Jarrett asked the persons who filled the Vera Moody Hall at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to...

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

"Where does slackness come from.Mi no know But a mi dem a put de blame pon Where does slackness come from Mi no know But nobody nah ask Yellowman."- Shabba Ranks I am surprised that there has not yet been a hue and cry over Yellowman being named an...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

This weekend, singer Pluto Shervington will be one of the performers at the 2018 Merritone Family Funday in New York City, USA, leaving his Miami, Florida, base for yet another of the many performances he does all over the world. With the annual...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

The drums that welcomed celebrants of Irvin 'Carrot' Jarrett's life into the Webster Memorial United Church yesterday afternoon were not beaten at the sonorous pace of a death march. Although the musicians' faces were generally sombre, they played...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Yaniq Walford makes a distinction between Bass Odyssey Entertainment putting on Saturday's Jamaica Sound System Festival at Grizzly's Plantation Cove and Bass Odyssey sound system participating in the celebration of its renamed anniversary event. It...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As he speaks to The Gleaner about participating in the 2018 Rototom Sunsplash, Festival producer Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke (whose music group includes the Anchor Recording Studio and Dubplate Music Publishers) emphasises innovation. And it is this...

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

In his Black Uhuru lead-singer role on the 1986 album Brutal, Junior Reid sings "in the morning as I rise/Put on mi track suit and exercise." Close to the end, he adds, "Look how mi big look how mi strong/Mi sey mi mus' live long." In the times I...

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Last weekend, the current Jambiz production Right Girl, Wrong Address was advertised for Kingston and Ocho Rios. In 'town', as Jamaica's capital and urban St Andrew are commonly called, it was scheduled for Jambiz's Centrestage Theatre base in New...

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

This Friday's 2018 Black River Day in the St Elizabeth capital makes the second consecutive time Stitchie will be performing at the annual event.This time around, he will be on stage in the night, where he hopes to perform to persons who may not...

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

Playwright and producer Basil Dawkins remembers a time when Fridays were a strong theatre-going night - then in came the Happy Hour watering-hole phenomenon, with reduced costs for liquor and, in most cases, free entry. That hit one of the weekend...

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

There is an act that I call riddim rape , which I first saw at a gas station on Mannings Hill Road, St Andrew, at a time when there were still Shell-branded service stations in Jamaica.A car with a few men on board and tunes pumping, drove in not to...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:21 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga's shaping of West Kingston's physical and institutional infrastructure, along with his involvement in music, will be reflected in his being honoured by Tivoli High's graduates in New York, USA.Seaga was integral to...

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

Monte Blake of Merritone - the oldest continuously active sound system in the world - is clear about his objective for the outfit formed by his father Val, and continued by his sons in the next 24 months. "My goal is to get Merritone to that magic...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Clarence 'Count Prince' Miller, particularly renowned for his humorous song Mule Train, is ill in England. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, former Jamaican high commissioner to England, made the revelations Monday evening, as she addressed the gathering for...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Last week, Raging Fyah band's lead singer Kumar Bent announced that he is quitting the group, which earned a Best Reggae Album Grammy nomination in 2017 for Everlasting. The band is slated to perform next Saturday at Reggae Sumfest's Reggae Night,...

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