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Stories by Sade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It was a real birthday I-lebration for reggae elder statesman Bunny Wailer (Jah B) as fans and loved ones gathered at Rebel T International’s HQ in Kingston on Saturday night for his 72nd birthday. The last surviving member of the three most famous...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

When esteemed music producer Michael ‘Mikie’ Bennett talks about veteran deejay Shabba Ranks, his eyes light up. The two first met in 1988 after Ranks completed a recording session with producer Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James, and Bennett said he...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

On meeting singer Lvna, one cannot predict the artistic powerhouse that awaits, based on her demure nature. The Gleaner caught up with UIM’s first lady at the studio’s base in Kingston, where she said she had spent the past two years moulding a...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Thief in the Night, the upcoming debut album from producer-turned-artiste T’Jean, speaks volumes to his musical journey and mission. Widely known as a producer affiliated with Grafton Studios, UIM Records and his own label, Izreal Records, T’Jean...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Branding in the music industry is not a new concept. From personalised fan clique names to slangs and signature colours, there are many ways, besides the music, which artistes distinguish themselves. For the past two years, fans of Runkus have...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s sound system industry has endured many changes since its development in the 1940s, from evolving audio formats to rising dubplate and operational costs. Many sounds have fallen by the wayside as a result of this, but, three decades after...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It has been proven throughout musical history that a song’s recording date bears little significance to its full potential. Earth a Run Red, a one-drop single depicting social conditions, was a 1998 production recorded by Richie Spice that only hit...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

At the core of some of reggae and dancehall’s biggest hits are esteemed recording studios, but beyond the property owners are the people responsible for building the spaces where the magic is made. Martin Mitchell is one such person who has played...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

If there is one thing for sure about Keiva di Diva, it is that she is the life of any party. This proved true when she pulled a full house to her 40th birthday party celebration last week at the Rhythm Bistro Lounge in St Andrew. The dancer-turned-...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

There is an ethereal mystique about Ras-I’s Crazy Over You. The jazz-laced production, which incorporates blues chords, impregnated by brass instruments, also features poetic contributions from artistes Runkus and Royal Blu. Co-produced by his Ras-...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

For Mason Di Emperor & The Rebel Soulz band, good music should always be a vessel for spreading messages of love and togetherness...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:17 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

A Grammy Award is highly revered as the ultimate milestone for many musicians, even 61 years after the event was birthed. The category Best Reggae Album was formalised by the Recording Academy in 1992, but some Jamaicans still believe a dancehall...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:12 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

When spoken-word artist Ras Takura started the Dis Poem Wordz...

Published:Monday | February 25, 2019 | 12:18 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Every year, Jamaicans wait with bated breath to hear the winner of the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, either through traditional media or online sources. This is the case as the award is given during an untelevised pre-ceremony, along with...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Gregory Isaacs is notably one of Jamaica’s premier reggae singers. His expansive catalogue includes Mr Cool, the 1996 album which earned him his first Best Reggae Album Grammy nomination as a solo artiste. He would earn three more nominations in...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:15 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Advancement in technology at the turn of the new millennium has offered more ways in which artistes can expose their talent. Entertainers can even act as their own distributors thanks to social media and digital ­platforms like Itunes...

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2019 | 12:25 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Reggae singer Queen Ifrica is no stranger to singing about race. Her catalogue includes Black Woman,Mi Nah Rub, and her latest, Colour of Rejection. Produced by Poye ‘Buka’ Robinson, Queen Ifrica sings about the plights of...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Grammy-winning superstar Buju Banton has promised to deliver an energetic 90-minute set at the Kingston leg of the Long Walk to Freedom tour on March 16.The artiste, who has not performed in Jamaica for nearly a decade, promised fans in a recorded...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican crooner Richie Stephens is no stranger to orchestrating events. After the release of his 2004 hit single Take Me Away he held the annual concert series bearing the same name, which proved a massive success for the entertainer. Come February...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Over the past month, Jade McLaren has shared video calls each Sunday with friend Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 finalist Zandrea Bailey. Yesterday should have been no different, but instead of sharing a video call, McLaren received word that Bailey had...

Published:Tuesday | January 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

For many, 2018 was a very short year. But for some entertainers, it was enough time to dominate the headlines. From 18-year-old Koffee, who inked a recording deal with Columbia Records UK, to dancehall heavyweight Shaggy, whose collaborative album...

Published:Tuesday | January 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

The sentiment of always giving your best because you never know who is watching is something that seasoned reggae artiste Tony Rebel holds near and dear to his heart.With more than three decades of performing all over the world, the Fresh Vegetable...

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

It is almost impossible to mention the name Yellowman without thinking of his ingenious dancehall classic Zungguzungguguzungguzeng. The track is delivered in a freestyle fashion, with the deejay jumping through topics ranging from a goat and rooster...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMSade Gardner/Gleaner Writer

Veteran singer Junior Reid is not new to international projects. His repertoire boasts numerous collaborations with foreign acts like The Game on the 2006 track It's Okay, and other singles with acts like Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and Fabulous. This...

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