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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Niambe McIntosh was five years old when her father, reggae icon Peter Tosh, was shot and killed. For her, his memory lives on in the stories her mother and nine siblings shared with her as a child."Being his youngest child, I don't have many...

Published:Tuesday | October 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The voices and instruments at the Revival Time Music Festival (RTMF) could be heard from the streets - blending secular sounds with the uplifting, rhythmic yet traditional revivalist message inside the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday....

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"How is it so difficult for the Government of Jamaica to build a place that is adequate to present reggae music as how it is supposed to be presented?" That is the question being asked by Mutabaruka, noted dub poet, musician and social commentator....

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

When Minister Joan Flemmings walked on to the stage of the first concert she was booked to perform at some 20 years ago, the music stopped and her microphone was switched off as she sang the first verse.At the time, she was the lead singer of Joan...

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

When Omar Reid, aka 'Reido', began working on the music video for his song Football Style, it took on a life of its own. What was originally supposed to be a three-minute video, evolved into a six-minute documentary merging sport and music.In...

Published:Thursday | October 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Capleton's annual A St Mary Mi Come From was originally a dance, first held in 2000 at the Clemhard's Park in Port Maria before moving to the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa. It eventually outgrew the venue when it matured into a concert.According to...

Published:Tuesday | October 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Popular disc jockey and radio personality Nicole 'Nikki Z' Duhaney, has added her voice to the chorus to save the environment. With the Government set to ban single-use plastics and Styrofoam in 2019, she has become the ambassador for the Alligator...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The family of the late reggae great Peter Tosh has much to celebrate this month. Apart from it being the birthday of the family patriarch, last Thursday, the family welcomed home his youngest son who had been in the hospital for one and a half years...

Published:Tuesday | October 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Signalling to the disc jockey to turn up the volume, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga got to his feet and showed all present in Lecture Theatre 50 at the University of the Technology (UTech), Jamaica, that he can still 'buss a move' as he danced...

Published:Friday | September 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the minute a woman takes an interest in the local music industry, she enters a male-dominated world. Industry professionals will say that for every five male recording artistes, there is one female, and over two-thirds of the performers on the...

Published:Thursday | September 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"My body is intact ... my brain is still working, the only thing that is missing is the ability to see," Derrick McCarthy told The Gleaner.The former National Dance Theatre Company member, performance arts teacher, dance tutor and choreographer lost...

Published:Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On the other side of the Atlantic, reggae, dub and dancehall have long been recognised as the foundation to the scenes that created underground rave, drum and bass and another genre known as grime in the United Kingdom.With that recognition, a few...

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...

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