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Stories by Sade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Sitting on a throne by the bridge at Cassava Piece, St Andrew, is Tina B, adorned in a crown and black gown, with gold accessories abounding. It’s a striking scene in the Damanic Visualz-directed music video for her single Champion, which premiered...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

The year 2021 was one of strides for Pamputtae and it culminated with her being featured on British DJ Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth (FITB) freestyle show. The episode, which unfolds as Jamaican cypher, will air on February 15 on Apple Music...

Published:Saturday | January 8, 2022 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Dancehall artiste Mr G is calling on his peers, seasoned and new, to make globally appealing music. The veteran entertainer is among those in the music industry who believe that Afrobeats has taken the global spotlight once occupied by one of its...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

With more than 40 years in the Jamaican music industry, Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser has witnessed the rise and growth of superstars and falling stars alike, even working with most as an event organiser, artiste manager and music industry insider....

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Veteran singer Echo Minott is bringing reggae to the south of France through his upcoming event, Breuil-Magné Reggae Fest. Hosted by his NAPEM Records imprint, the show is slated for January 29 at the cultural centre in Breuil-Magné, Rochefort...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

From immaculately placed apple slices atop apple pie cupcakes to delicately drizzled sprinkles on dark chocolate tarts, the keen attention to detail is a clear standout at Purple Spoon Dessert Shop. As owner Alecia English puts it, people eat with...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

For dancehall artiste Tu-Lox, repositioning dancehall to a place of growth instead of hype is a multilayered problem, but not one that cannot be fixed. The musician pointed to Americanisation as one of the primary issues that cost dancehall its...

Published:Tuesday | December 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“When I reach this goal and complete my degree, it’s going to feel like mi a everybody son cause dem help me,” an exuberant DJ KashMatic told The Gleaner. The 23-year-old created a GoFundMe account on the weekend to help with raising CAD$25,000 to...

Published:Tuesday | December 28, 2021 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

With the disruption of the live event scene since the COVID-19 pandemic, sound system veteran Maurice ‘Jack Scorpio’ Johnson has found new musical purpose on radio. The Black Scorpio founder hosts ‘Drewsland Rock’ on The Bridge 99 FM on Saturdays,...

Published:Tuesday | December 28, 2021 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Circa 2017. Dane Robinson is scrambling around in search of his wallet to the wary stares of his date, Kareen Farquharson. “I left my wallet,” he shares upon the realisation that he has accidentally left it, hurrying to the lunch date. Kareen and...

Published:Thursday | December 23, 2021 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Like some of his peers, musician and Fab 5 band manager Frankie Campbell sees the Government’s $90-million special support package for members of the entertainment, cultural and creative sectors as a drop in the bucket. The package will see 1,000...

Published:Thursday | December 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

The life insurance policy for members of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) will be maintained thanks to a $150,000 donation from the Merritone sound system. A handover ceremony was held at Our Place on Hillcrest...

Published:Monday | December 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“Stop it baby girl, please,” a giggling Minister Marion Hall tells her granddaughter. It’s Saturday afternoon and she’s just taken her for a stroll in Nashville, Tennessee. “She’s always wiggling up … I was wondering what she’s doing and she said...

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Whenever you see Dancehall Queen Carlene Smith trekking through a community on her Instagram Live, you know she’s about to make someone’s day through charity. Her recent trip took her to see dancehall veteran Tiger for whom she, alongside her team...

Published:Thursday | December 16, 2021 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Veteran crooner Cocoa Tea is overcoming feelings of depression, thanks to a groovy, upbeat reggae rhythm that reignited a spark within him to resume recording and air his frustrations about the current times. Weh Ya Gone is the name of the Bobby...

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Some know her as Sasha or Sista Sasha, but if you’ve been following her on social media recently, you’ll also be familiar with her new alias, Sashamani. The gospel singer calls it a rebranding that was partly inspired by the virtual times of the...

Published:Saturday | December 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“What are the rights of God’s children?” belted members of the ASHE Academy and Junior Department in their new music video for the single Rights of a Child. The upbeat track, produced by Ottmar Campbell, sees the members highlighting the given...

Published:Friday | December 10, 2021 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“It takes a lot to make a winner,” a soulful Elijah Mawli sings on his new single Winner. The EastSyde Records-produced track is an autobiographical account of once being naïve and reactive, but evolving for the better through the lessons of...

Published:Wednesday | December 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Zac Jone$ first dreamt of having his own cannabis product like Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y while living in Los Angeles years ago. With the launch of the $tony Kush, a collaborative strain between himself and OHJA Herb House, Jone$’s dream is now a...

Published:Saturday | December 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Mr Lexx’s brand has become synonymous with evolution. The entertainer, who popularised the rap-deejay style of delivery in dancehall, is a very talented freestyler, and has become a popular media personality through his social media presence and co...

Published:Friday | December 3, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

In the pandemic-induced ghost town of Cologne, Germany, two producers set out to create a rhythm-juggling project that has now morphed into a vibrant, Afro-infectious love song belted out by Romain Virgo. The single, Good Woman, premières today,...

Published:Wednesday | December 1, 2021 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

The ASHE Company is upping the ante this holiday season with a six-track Christmas EP titled Follow the Star. The self-produced set is slated for release on all major digital platforms on Friday. It comes 11 years after ASHE’s début EP, Different...

Published:Tuesday | November 30, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Institution is a symbolic theme in the relationship of Mark and Naedine Bromfield. The couple met as sixth-formers while attending York Castle and Westwood High School, respectively, and strengthened their relationship while studying at the...

Published:Friday | November 26, 2021 | 8:27 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s first blind-dating series, Mask On or Off, is stopping people in their YouTube scrolling tracks to watch pairs of hopeless romantics meet and remove masked layers in a quest to test compatibility waters. The show premiered on November 5...

Published:Friday | November 26, 2021 | 8:26 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Renee 6:30 cannot recall a time when she wasn’t singing. Even when she danced on stages across the world, she would have her own mental, mini concert, singing the songs in her mind as she moved. For more than three years now, she has occupied a...

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