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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:41 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rebel Salute is a festival that is known for battling the elements – and winning. ‘Saluters’ know by now that a little rain never hurts a soul. Instead, it awakens the spirits of dancehall and reggae music lovers. And this is exactly what it did on...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rap music accounts for a large percentage of music being streamed in the United States, and despite the claim of some local producers that the fusion of that genre with dancehall will not be a successful one, there are artistes like Maryland-born...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tanaania Tracey is steadily becoming one of Jamaica’s most dynamic contributors to Google’s video-hosting behemoth, YouTube, as she operates her page on the platform that now has over 30,000 subscribers. Seeing the young social media influencer and...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From unknowing rookie to dance instructor, Jason Chau’s training in the art of dancehall moves served as an eye-opener for the Australian, who said he was informed that dancehall is a controversial sub-genre of music and a medium for lyricists and...

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2020 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Today is the 44th birthday of one of the greatest lyricists in Jamaica’s dancehall – Vybz Kartel, the entertainer who exploded on to the scene between 2002 and 2003. Both years were credited as the dancehall entertainer’s period of emergence,...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I want to become an overqualified recording artiste and songwriter,” says Afaya Pollack, an eighth-grade student who has combined her two passions - literature and music. It was in April last year that she won over the judges of the Rita Marley...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:27 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“It was my first real genre that I fell in love with,” Skinny Fabulous told The Gleaner. The Vincentian singer-songwriter said his interest in music was sparked by dancehall, and, in an attempt to start a career as a recording artiste, he penned...

Published:Saturday | December 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Police detained four suspected cell phone snatchers approximately 2:45 a.m. on Friday as they attempted to leave a jam-packed I Love Soca venue in Kingston. The cops apprehended the men at Sabina Park’s North Stand gateway where they recovered the...

Published:Saturday | December 28, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

I Love Soca has certainly grown into its purpose and objective – to create an experience that ­exceeds that of a soca fête. It has now ­become akin to a festival. The ­spacious venue – the cricket grounds of Sabina Park – was transformed into a ‘...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Spectators may have Gabrielle Davis as a young girl who treats life as just another day at the beach, when truth is, all she has been doing is learning how to use each grain of sand to make castles that last while keeping a sunny and clever...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The standard and sound of reggae music have definitely changed over the past 10 years, says Wayne ‘Unga Barunga’ Thompson, well-known producer and one half of the drum-and-bass duo, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz. “The new generation of artistes and...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Christmas Day, traditionally associated with family get-togethers, is no longer reserved for such activities, say several event promoters. The season has, instead, become synonymous with non-stop parties, with all kinds of celebrations taking place...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:28 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is only one way to describe the Let Live Music Live concert Tarrus Riley hosted at the Emancipation Park last Wednesday – an example of professionalism at its finest. Not only did the performances begin on time, but the set-up of the stage,...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tarrus Riley’s Let Live Music Live concert returns to Emancipation Park this evening, after a one-year hiatus. Riley, who consistently promotes the idea of a crime-free Jamaica, told The Gleaner that he has used the concert as a platform to spread...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If Germany-born singer and songwriter Jackson Browne was hired to serenade the winner of Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh, the most fitting track from his catalogue would be the 1980s single That Girl Could Sing. Although lyrically the song...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fab 5’s Christmas in the Sun single was in rotation three years before the hugely successful album of the same name – produced and recorded by the band – was released in October 1992. The thought of not being able to relate to the European...

Published:Saturday | December 14, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The final Tracks Live Sessions for the year featured a strong showing from some of Jamaica’s talented musicians, seasoned and new. Headliner Tanya Stephens opened on a high note with Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet even though, on the contrary, the raised...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I find a little house pon di avenue it look good from outside, but I never know 19 other people live inside, it is an uptown tenement yard,” sings Carey James in his latest lyrical conversation piece. The rising star has already opened the ears...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall-fusion singer Rre can now add beauty entrepreneur to her résumé. Rre, who wears many hats as a strategic key account manager with Digicel Group Limited, partnered with long-time friend Kristalle Chin to make her dreams of creating a...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The stage, set front and centre of the Caymanas Golf Club on Saturday, came alive as celebrity guests of Coppershot Music delivered performances worthy of a 25th anniversary celebration. Coppershot Music’s dynamic duo of Marc Chin and Cutty...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Songs like We Wish You a Reggae Christmas by Yellowman, The Night Before Christmas by Eek-A-Mouse, Silver Bells and Natty No Santa Claus by Jacob Miller and Ray I, and I Saw Mommy Kiss A Dreadlocks by Barrington Levy all have one thing in common –...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To say that Annalecia ‘Unruly Squid’ Sutherland is a no-nonsense businesswoman may be somewhat of an understatement. In the public eye, she often wears a serious face, which may be misinterpreted as her not wanting to be bothered, but really, it is...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Andron Cross, a Grammy-nominated reggae music producer who is making strides in the genre from the streets of Miami, emphasises that establishing a respectable name in music production does not happen by chance. The producer of Koffee’s debut...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Work hard, play hard” were the words of advice Andrew Bellamy, Xaymaca International’s co-­director, had to give subsequent to the ­reveal of the band’s 2020 carnival ­costumes last Saturday at 1 a.m. inside the National Indoor Sports Centre....

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:24 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Eleven years ago, reggae-rocksteady lost its godfather, Alton Ellis – the man that sang the 1967 hit I’m Still in Love – but his son, Christopher, is determined to preserve the legacy. As a pioneer of rocksteady music, Alton managed to keep the...

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