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Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Garreth M. Daley is a veteran in Jamaica's film industry with almost two decades of work under his belt. Spending much of his life behind the scenes shooting commercials, music videos, and documentaries, Daley's career story board includes live...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Shelley Sykes-Coley has been writing professionally in her previous capacity as a marketing specialist for over 20 years - but for the last five years has invested time and energy into her first publication.The book, Chat 'Bout!: An Anthology of...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The recurring question on Sunday night the reason for the Escarpment Road New Testament Church entering the JCDC's Festival Song Competition instead of utilising the platform of the Gospel Song Competition.The group stood out with 47 out of a total...

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The break in 2017 of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition seems to have resulted in the largest audience to Sunday's finals since the competition was launched in 1966.Sunday evening's finals at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre started off on...

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Reggae Sumfest small stage has introduced a few of the fiercest names in reggae and dancehall to a wide music-loving audience and has even acted as the platform to 'buss big'. The list includes reggae entertainers Warrior King, Bushman and...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Over the years, there have been many memorable events promoting Jamaica's culture through music. Outside of the artistes, there is one other individual who is very instrumental in doing that - the disc jockey or DJ - who pulls guests to the dance...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Balance seems to be the key to Josef 'Joe' Bogdanovich's youthful energy, as he has adopted a more holistic approach to life. As the principal of Reggae Sumfest and Downsound Entertainment,...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Two weeks before the scheduled release of the all-female album Big Woman Tingz, Diana King's ThinkLikeAGirl (TLAG) label has discontinued its association with the project. The project was conceptualised less than a year ago by the Girls Using Ubuntu...

Published:Saturday | July 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is no better time to learn about your culture, history, and identity than during the summer break . That is what Lesley-Gail Atkinson Swaby, PhD student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), is using to attract persons to the inaugural...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On the surface, Upendi Jamaica's attempt to dissect life into different colours in the production Prism did not achieve what it was meant to. Budding director, performing and literary artist 19-year-old Orlando Heslop, alongside a team of...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"Reggae and dancehall is in a class by itself," Capleton reasoned. The lyrics, messages, rhythms and the images of the artistes, he says, are so idiosyncratic to the Jamaican culture that the music becomes the definition of strength and the brand....

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It's easy to find Caribbean restaurateurs in New York, harder to find ones that have the authentic flavours that the islands are known for. Having beans and rice does not really sound that visually appealing to the average Jamaican roaming the...

Published:Tuesday | June 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, was filled with members of the Caribbean diaspora and reggae lovers from all over the state on Sunday, awaiting the entertainers billed to perform at 'Groovin' In The Park 2018'. The festival has had a...

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Entertainers often create their distinct stage look, and the same goes for fashion designers and their collections. Occasionally, fashion draws on musical culture for inspiration, which is what Alessandra Bell, founder of UK-based resort line...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last year saw a record number of attendees at Groovin' In The Park. The eight-year-old concert attracted more than 20,000 patrons and featured reggae musicians such as Freddie McGregor, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, U Roy with Lloyd Parks and We The...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For decades, the island has been attracting producers from overseas, and continues to position itself as the entertainment hub of the Caribbean. Billboard-charting producer Johnny Blaze, and Stadic (recognised for his contributions to the soca genre...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

What does Jamaica celebrate? Reggae music, dance and dancehall, visuals arts, literature, food - just to name a few themes of festivals held on the island.Besides being fun and entertaining, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of social...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There are some things that Rhode Island native DJ Paul Michael says cannot be compared - the skills of the legendary David Rodigan with his own and the reggae-dancehall culture in New York to that of Jamaica.It is not uncommon for him to be likened...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"For Jamaicans to say Warrior King has been away for a while may be accurate, but it is in no way a disrespect to my country," Warrior King told The Gleaner.The reggae singer said that he acknowledges the fact that more than 90 per cent of the songs...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Calabash's Friday after-hours session Midnight Ravers Live Concert, which featured up and coming reggae recording artiste out of Protoje's Indiggnation camp, Lila Ike, followed by Naomi Cowan, the daughter of Tommy Cowan and Carlene Davis and the...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Calabash International Literary Festival is famous for a few things, although for some persons, it rarely brings to mind anything other than poetry and prose. The waves against the shore, the gusto of the aspiring poets who impulsively line up...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Samantha J is continuing to take the music world by storm. Last year, the Jamaica-born recording artiste was signed by Sony Music in Europe (prior to which she was a client of Columbia Records, an auxiliary arm of Sony Music Entertainment) and is...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Call them what you may social media celebrities, video bloggers (vloggers for short), jokers, or lyrical comedians. Recording artiste is another name that social media influencers such as: T'Wani Roo Price, Trabass, Bella Blair and Prince Pine are...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the recording studios in the United States to the cool 'rainforests' in Port Antonio, international hitmakers, including Grammy award-winning artiste Drake, top British Breakthrough Act Dua Lipa, and 2018 Juno Award winner Jamaican Shawn Mendes...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dating is challenging. There are dates that start out with sparks but burn out faster than a cigarette, and other matches thought to have been made in heaven could easily be compared to hell. Those are the types of experiences that storyteller...

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