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Stories by Stephanie Lyew

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Maybe it's the variety of activities offered, or the chance to get close to top reggae and dancehall artistes, that led to the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise (WTJRC) being sold out before its sixth staging, according to Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley....

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

She is the soca recording artiste who sings, "sokah till I die, sokah give me life," and she is serious about that. But would you believe that growing up, Nailah Blackman did not like the meaning behind the music of her birthplace?As the daughter of...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The chance to visit the island to learn the meaning of street art to the people, culture, and the artists was an opportunity Otto Schade did not have to think twice about. He hopped on a plane from London, where he is currently based, to Jamaica.The...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With the hassle of mapping out traffic and last-minute holiday shopping comes the Christmas entertainment a niche that no other season shares. Office soirÈes, stage shows, and midnight parties that promise music blaring from speakers at every...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

When renowned producer and songwriter Mikey Bennett was 35 years old, he resigned from an executive position at the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company and took on the challenge of making a name in the music industry."It was required of me to take a...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

While Jamaica's colourful musical wheel doesn't typically include the blues, Iron Kyte, a blues-rock band made up of four bourgeoning musicians, has dared to colour outside the lines.Iron Kyte (formerly called Skaibrid) is made up of Brendon Wesley...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The name Marcia Aitken may not mean much to the new generation of reggae and dancehall music aficionados, but once the songs I'm Still in Love With You Boy and My Man are mentioned, some of the lyrical history starts to resurface. Both tracks became...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The group of curious onlookers gathered around 32-year-old police officer Andre Gillespie at the Transport Centre in Half-Way Tree. His weapon of choice was the saxophone, and he had those around him swaying from side to side to his rendition of Ed...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Standing tall, confident, and fearless at 15 to 20 feet in the air dressed in vibrant, multicoloured apparel, stilt dancers always have the audience looking up. Intricate dance routines and moves instantly put the spectator in a trance.Stilt...

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:58 AMStephanie Lyew

Royal Palm Estate (along with its spin-off, The Blackburns) is the longest-running television series in Jamaican history, and possibly the Caribbean’s. It was a staple in Jamaican homes on a Sunday night from 1994 until it hit a roadblock in...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Once you start dancing with Member of Parliament for Eastern St Thomas Dr Fenton Ferguson, it's almost impossible to stop.The sprightly politician who is a lover of ska, reggae and rocksteady, is very knowledgeable of the genres, and...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

As we continue our focus on the six candidates vying for the four vice-presidential seats of the People's National Party (PNP), five- term Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western Dr Wykeham McNeill this week takes a seat in the musical chair....

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Behind the conservation and powerful image of Dr Angela Brown Burke is a down-to-earth individual who appreciates speaking about Jamaica's entertainment industry, while openly admitting that she is in no way an entertainer.Brown Burke is the only...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Opposition Spokesperson on Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell has been to approximately 20 carnivals in the past 23 years - essentially the same number of years that he has been involved in politics."I believe in balance. I do not consider myself a...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The life of an acrobat starts in the gymnasium, learning the basics - splits and flips - until they can master the harder, hair-raising stunts. But aerialist Sheinnek Mahabee of Soul Dynamics Circus took a different route.Ten years ago, facing the...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The six candidates seeking to fill the four vice presidential seats in the People's National Party (PNP) have been invited to speak about their entertainment tastes. Damion Crawford is the second candidate to sit in the musical 'hot seat' and to...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

The six persons seeking to fill the four vice presidential seats in the People's National Party (PNP) have been invited to speak about their entertainment taste.Mikael Phillips is the first to take a seat in our MUSICAL CHAIR.A radiant smile is...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 3:08 PMStephanie Lyew

Former Third World percussionist Irvin 'Carrot' Jarrett has died at the age of 69. Jarrett died earlier today at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston. He fathered five children and was married to his soul mate, Alisia...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

On Saturday,  Sunnation Jamaica went all out for UWI Chancellor’s Week - hosting an elegant breakfast party at the Oriental Gardens at the University of the West Indies. Dressed head to toe in white, each patron was guested...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Today we close our 10-part series Band Stand focusing on the tradition of Duppy bands.Traditionally, 'nine-nights' or 'dead yard' give people the time to gather and mourn the death of a loved one. There is food bread is baked, fish is fried, and...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With a street dance on nearly every corner almost every day of the week, one would be hard pressed to find a live band performing at one's favourite restaurant, lounge, or any such venue. While it might have been easier in the past to find live...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With a live band keeping recording artistes on their toes on tour, it becomes a long series of negotiations getting them to travel together, when a promoter is not quick to agree to pay for the entire team to travel and perform as a unit.According...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Before there was ska, rocksteady, reggae or dancehall, there was mento - traditional folk music with African and Europeans influences.Some musicologists and veteran musicians may even argue that without the prevalence of mento in the 1940s, all...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

With the eighth instalment of Groovin' In The Park officially over, the promoters have already started planning and marketing for the ninth. Partial inspiration for the event, which has now matured into the premier reggae and R...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

If you are not familiar with steel pan music, all you may need to know is that the instrument, made from a 55-gallon metal drum, is played with rubber-tipped sticks, and the sound that is produced is monumental.The steel pan is fairly new compared...

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