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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Dub poet Malachi Smith has performed in Taiwan, St Kitts and Nevis, Canada, South Africa, Colombia, Nicaragua, "all over the United States" (where he lives), and, of course, repeatedly in the land of his birth, Jamaica.Still, his school tour of...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tribal Seeds, the band from San Diego, California, founded by brothers Steven and Tony-Ray Jacobs, is heading into the 2017 Christmas season on top of the Billboard Reggae Charts.Their Roots Party set has hit number one in its chart debut and sits...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In 1980, Bob Marley and The Wailers performed at the Rufaro Stadium in Mbare after the British flag was lowered at midnight, when the clock ticked over the 17th into the 18th and a racist Rhodesia became an independent Zimbabwe.The newly named...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Meaning of Christmas came easily to Barrington Gardiner, the acrostic song flowing "through my brain, into my hands, on to the paper," as he tells The Sunday Gleaner.So he wrote a line for each letter of the time of year when little children...

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:01 AMMel Cooke

Last week's Mas Camp, Kingston, leg of Chronixx's Chronology tour, made a huge impact, not only in terms of the audience turnout, but also his performance. And that goes not only for him but Protoje as well, both putting on extended showings with...

Published:Thursday | December 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Live Wyya never intended to be a 'backing band' - providing music for vocalists at concert appearances - in the long term. Co-founder, bass guitarist Carl 'C-Wyya' Edwards, said doing that was a strategy to get to perform their own music,...

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The drive-in movie may have died in Jamaica when Hurricane Ivan wrecked Palace Amusement's Harbour View open-air cinema. However, GT Taylor, organiser of the annual Christmas Extravaganza large-scale concert in St Elizabeth, is offering a drive-in...

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In his paintings of poets now mounted in the entrance level of the UWI's Regional Headquarters at the Mona Campus, Dr Earl McKenzie did not try to replicate the features of the men and women of verse."They are not identical, but more imaginative. It...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:10 AMMel Cooke

Sam Carty does not make a flat-out declaration that he invented the word 'jamrock' for his entry in the 1981...

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Based on previous stagings of the E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF), Dr Rachel Mosley-Wood can confidently forecast the attendance pattern at the 2017 renewal. It begins today at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre,...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 8:57 AMMel Cooke

 

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Saturday night, Sanchez sang for his school, St Andrew Technical High, and his school put a song in his heart with an unexpected award for 30 years of musical excellence. A banner proclaiming the landmark was held on stage for the appreciable and...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Al Green, the soulful voice of For The Good Times and Love and Happiness, who turned a preacher man and gospel singer, was a favourite of a very young George Nooks. He was so enthused that as a schoolboy he...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A walk down Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in June 2017 was an aural trek through Jamaican popular music. From Tony Gregory's Gypsy to Gyptian's Hold You, songs by Tarrus Riley, Vybz Kartel, and Konshens, among others, Jamaican music...

Published:Saturday | November 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

It would be remiss of me to not remind those who would forget (deliberately or otherwise), as we often do when people have done good but remember mishaps readily, or simply do not know of Worrell King's efforts to preserve Peter Tosh's presence in...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On his birthday, Tuesday, October 31, singer George Nooks took time out of his routine - and the city - to give thanks for getting to another chronological milestone. It was a long weekend away leading up to the special day and Nooks appreciated...

Published:Friday | November 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The fifth annual Jamaica Music Conference takes place from next Thursday (November 9) to Sunday, November 12. While Joan Webley, member of the local conference's management committee, notes its growth, she is hoping that its impact will extend well...

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Before announcing the shortlist of entrants for this year's Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, chair of the Jamaican Writers Society (JAWS), Tanya Batson-Savage, underscored the importance of recognising - and rewarding - excellence in literature."Awards...

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Levi Roots may take comfort in getting to do twice as many songs on Friday night at Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, as he did the previous week.However, since the first time around Music and Food was staged on Friday, October 20, he got to do a...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

When the turntable duo of Alric and Boyd was formed, the reverberations of radio divestment were still being felt on Jamaica's media landscape, with IRIE FM all of two years old, there was still a JBC FM Stereo and the voices of persons like Buju...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Cherine Anderson sings Kingston State of Mind with a riveting intensity, whether she is giving a face to the murder toll ("Another man lose him life tonight/babymother she a bawl Jesus Christ") or, in a higher pitch, questioning the existence of the...

Published:Saturday | October 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A couple days ago I was reading an interview (published in February) with selector David Rodigan in The Guardian, about his autobiography, My Life in Reggae.The article ends with Rodigan saying "I'm just waiting for the Jamaican artistes to start...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Somewhere during the shooting of the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, someone asked a then 13-year-old Cherine Anderson if she was going into acting or singing. Co-director of the film about how a higgler by day, Marcia (Audrey Reid) became a dancehall...

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Singer Lymie Murray says that on his birthday, Tuesday, October 24, he maintained his commitment to his art just like any other day."If it is Christmas, Easter or my birthday, we are true to the cause of music," Murray said. So, throughout the day,...

Published:Thursday | October 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The strength of Natalie Corthesy's poetry collection, fried green plantains (2017, Nasara Publishing), lies in its reframing of the familiar to vividly convey the poet's opinion, while nudging the reader from accustomed viewpoints.However, it is not...

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