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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Merritone, at 67 years, the oldest active sound system in the world, ventured into new territory for this year's resort segment of its annual Homecoming and Family Reunion week-long celebration. Normally, the all-inclusive hotel stay is three days,...

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Although there was heavy rainfall across Jamaica from Hurricane Irma, so far this year the country has not had a direct hit in a season rife with tempests. However, it does not take a hurricane to prompt Charles Hyatt Jr's memory of being given yet...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are some numbers that stand out about Argentina, one of the perennial football World Cup contenders for many a Jamaican (in addition to that other South American nations). It is home to Ushuaia which, at over 54 degrees south, is widely...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With the month's focus on cancer, The Sunday Gleaner revisits the tale of a man who put its effects into song.Richard 'Influential' Powell's 2009 song, Cancer, reverberates from his parents' graves, the idea germinating as he rode a bicycle away...

Published:Saturday | October 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

From the loader man hustling passengers into cars they would probably have taken anyway to the market vendors enticing people to buy their produce in Coronation Market, Jamaica is full of theatrics.However, there is a formal part of the...

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Hezron has never had a birthday party. It is his wife, Christine Rochester Clarke, who often has to remind him that the date is coming up - as she did ahead of last Thursday.They planned to go out on the town, but with rain and traffic jams, it...

Published:Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There was a time when Marlon Samuda helped provide meals for homeless people in Cross Roads, St Andrew, and downtown Kingston. Then a Hillel Academy student, Samuda told The Gleaner he...

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:04 AMMel Cooke

The Drawing Room Project was started as a 10-day workshop in 2008, and, in 2014, its annual master's level retreat began at Country Thyme in Highgate, St Mary. The fourth retreat is slated for Good Hope, Trelawny, from November 10 - 13, with...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The hook of Junior Kelly's Love So Nice came to him through the combination of a domestic dispute he was observing through the peephole of his apartment in Boston, Massachusetts, and Bob Marley's Stir It Up, which was accompanying his cooking.At a...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Junior Kelly was working a regular nine to five job in Boston when he wrote Love So Nice. He was so confident in its potential that after writing the lyrics in the USA, he returned home to have it produced, and he took a long time to seek out the...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Michael Holgate, director, choreographer and songwriter of GARVEY The Musical, had intended to include Marcus Garvey in Riot Act, a 2015 theatrical production which presented his fellow Jamaican national heroes, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is nothing wrong with the zone of special operations (ZOSO) approach which the security forces are currently undertaking in Mount Salem, St James. However, although the immediate results - we continue to look in morbid fascination at the 'long...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With 10 albums to his credit, the most recent being Urban Poet (2015), in a career propelled by the 2000 hit single Love So Nice, followed by an album of that name, Junior Kelly performs overseas a lot. His birthday on September 23 was special just...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:11 AMMel Cooke

In 2015, poet Malachi Smith visited a Confucius Garden in Tainan, Taiwan. He took a number of pictures there, one ending up as the cover art for his latest album, Wiseman.The connection is not lost on Smith, who suggested a number of album titles...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Ka'Bu Ma'at Kheru has a good chuckle as she recounts some young people being asked if blue drawers are worn or eaten, the youngsters guessing that it is a garment rather than a meal.There is no joking around in the title of her new poetry collection...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In 1989 Junior Tucker was at a pivotal moment in his life. He had just returned to Jamaica from the US, where he had been working on an album with Ray Parker (which included Mr Telephone Man), but felt that the Warner label was not putting...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are two outfits which she has worn at her annual Simply Myrna event which are especially outstanding for singer Dr Myrna Hague. One is black and white, the top made from black lace and her favourite fabric in the rest."It is made of antique...

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:03 AMMel Cooke

As I sat in the auditorium at the Carib 5, Cross Roads, St Andrew, earlier this week and watched, It, I was repeatedly struck by the incongruity of children cursing 'F's and derivatives thereof during the outstanding film. Think about it; the movie...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Leslie Tucker Jnr is known mostly as Junior Tucker for two reasons - he has the same Christian name as his father, and 'Junior' as has been part of his stage name in a career which has spanned 45 years - and counting.Twenty of those years have been...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Glen 'Titus' Campbell is a theatre favourite who treads the boards especially frequently at the Centrestage Theatre, New Kingston, before thousands of persons in Jambiz's productions. However, in addition to learning new scripts, doing intense...

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:05 AMMel Cooke

Professor Mervyn Morris says the earliest poems in his most recent publication, Peelin Orange, The Collected Poems of Mervyn Morris (Carcanet), were written in about 1960. And while he did not write with the specific objective of a particular poem...

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Peelin Orange, The Collected Poems of Mervyn Morris (Carcanet) does not lay claim to being 'ultimate', 'best of', 'definitive' or any other terminal point often (and just as often, mistakenly) used in writing or music. However, in the case of Mervyn...

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 12:07 AMMel Cooke

Four days of recorded and live music at the Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, anchor Merritone's 67th anniversary celebrations from October 8-16. That extended weekend at the all-inclusive, ending on National Heroes Day, caps off the...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Audrey Reid makes her entrance a few seconds into the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, pushing a cart laden with drinks and other items for sale over a slope towards the camera, then to her spot in the competitive bustle of informal Jamaican street...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

David 'Ziggy' Marley is writing a storm song. He is in Los Angeles, United States (US), so he did not experience Hurricane Irma. However, he called his brother Stephen in Miami, Florida, and says that "we talk bout it", leading to the lyrics in...

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