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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Chi Ching Ching was very busy this summer as he toured with Grammy award-winning artiste and good friend Sean Paul for the Rock Di World tour. The dancer-turned-recording artiste arrived on the scene in the early 2000s and caught the attention of...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:04 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is a certain standard and quality of music that reggae and dancehall lovers expect - rhythm-driven tracks matched with lyrics that either speak out against injustices or highlight the artiste's journey and success.Agent Sasco is not...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The music of deceased entertainers should maintain a presence on social media to keep their contributors to Jamaica's culture trending. This is according to Grammy-nominated producer Cristy Barber, and Cordel Green, executive director of the...

Published:Saturday | September 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"The international community had always been more welcoming of our music, which seems to be our biggest disadvantage right now," said Sean 'Sinimax' Maxam, the most outspoken of the four. Kemar 'Zeeno' McFarlane, Kedo 'Baak' Witter and Andre '...

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Alliance, Monster Shack Crew, Gaza and the Portmore Empire, Gully and JOP (or 4th Generation). A few years ago, most popular dancehall artistes were aligned to one of these camps.Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Price, has always been known for taking in...

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"It is a weird balance between being a writer and a recording artiste," Stephanie Hava Wallace, told The Gleaner. There have been periods where the singer/songwriter had disappeared from the scene, leaving fans to question her whereabouts. But part...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Being a successful dancer certainly seems to has its perks - countless doting followers, and a lifestyle that affords the opportunity to travel overseas - and has attracted a lot of young people to the profession. But Chevoy 'Kool Ravers' Grant says...

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:03 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From reggae/dancehall recording artistes like Bugle and Naomi Cowan, to musicians, dancers and poets like Suzanne Couch and Tara Price are using their voices, instruments and social-media platforms to raise awareness of mental health.Some of these...

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last weekend, the curtain came down on an almost monthlong celebration of Jamaican's 56th anniversary in Washington, DC, Syracuse, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.The activities kicked off at the Jamaican Association of Maryland on August 4,...

Published:Friday | August 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If there's one thing that is missing from Jamaica's music it is definitely not the show of patriotism. Ska, reggae and dancehall music are the doors to the spiritual era that each dominate, and the patriotism of the artistes from each genre is one...

Published:Friday | August 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the middle of a street dance, under flashing lights, a man stands wearing a multicoloured, almost scary mask. Well, the first thing a Jamaican may ask is, who is this poppy show, and what is his purpose in the dancehall space? Known for his...

Published:Friday | August 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Shawn Antoine is pure talent - and definitely one that has earned the respect of the music fraternity because of his willpower and support of the movement to make good music....

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Using nothing but black electrical tape, Miami-raised entrepreneur Joel Alvarez has made a thriving business out of doing intricate art on nude models. The Black Tape Project has been around for 10 years, providing Alvarez with the opportunity to...

Published:Saturday | August 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was an intimate and friendly atmosphere at Murray's Fish and Jerk Hut in Clarendon on Thursday, to celebrate the dark smooth liquid - rum.It was a hot and airless night, on National Rum Day, presenting an evening of live music and sweet cocktails...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fredrick Lyn is one of few Jamaicans working in visual effects (known as VFX) in the international film industry. Lyn left Jamaica in 2011 to attend the Art institute of Vancouver to study 3D modelling for games and animation.In his relatively short...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the spirit of Jamaica's motto, 'Out of Many, One People', Anime Nerds of Jamaica (ANJ) has continued in its thrust to stage events that focus on the fusion of Japanese and Jamaican culture.One such event is the very popular Anime Picnic. It is...

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Wayne J's newest single, Better Days, is not meant to be just another song in the child star's musical catalogue.The 15-year-old deejay, who was raised in Waterhouse and currently attends Hydel High School in St Catherine, makes a winning blend of...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

New York-based producer and recording artiste Emilio 'Track Starr' Bowens has been floating around the hip hop and dancehall faternity for some time, dropping singles, remixes, or freestyle projects that have garnered the attention of major labels...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

At the beginning of the '90s, a six-foot tall young man going through puberty, was granted the opportunity to be the face of high-fashion campaigns and travel the world. Never did he imagine that one day he would be cast in popular international...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The upscale all-white party Daydreams has been going on from its start at Solaris Estate, St Thomas, and eventually in Ocho Rios, for approximately 12 years. Daydreams' organisers Wright Image Entertainment, have also expanded its market to Florida...

Published:Saturday | July 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For American actress and producer Vivica A. Fox, "Jamaica is my tropical getaway." The award-winning actress has travelled to the island annually for the past five years for either work or vacation - sometimes a combination of both.She says it is...

Published:Friday | July 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cherine Anderson uses the word 'fluid' to describe her journey from the entertainment industry to managing a business.Anderson started out as an actress while still a teenager in Dancehall Queen (1997) and One Love (2003), then toured the world as a...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Combining its original concert model with a few changes to the overall setting, Action Entertainment is expecting that Gosplash will attract an even wider audience, including conventional worshippers.Under the theme 'The Worship Encounter', the...

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...

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