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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

This singer says she is not here to make any trouble, but already, Nordia Mothersille is stirring up a lot of talk as the first female to be signed officially to NotNice Records. Discovered by the record label’s owner, Ainsley ‘NotNice’ Morris,...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Exactly one year ago, Abijah, the conscious reggae singer identified as a lyrical peacemaker, emerged burning a fire with his single, ‘ The Rootsman’. Like a book that is worth reading, the words combined to make a track that informed listeners of...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The likes of Ed Sheeran, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul and, most recently, Ghana’s megastar Shatta Wale never let the opportunity pass to lend their lyrical and vocal expertise to the production of the compilation series, Tropical...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Recordings artistes, locally and internationally, have been treading the musical waters with caution. Several have even decided to shelve major projects such as album launches until the industry sees some level of normalcy returning. Jamiel Foster...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:53 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s not news that the current fight against COVID-19 has overshadowed plans of artistes worldwide, having impacted some of their biggest stages and platforms with the cancellation of not only large-scale events but private ones as well. Birthday...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The wet weather last Saturday (May 2) could not dampen the spirits of award-winning gospel artiste and ordained evangelist Kevin Downswell as he ventured into the St Catherine community of Central Village, where he spent some of his formative years...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

WHAT STARTED as an idea of two Barbadians – Ian Webster and Cheyne Jones – transformed into We Got This, a song which proved enough to stir the collective imagination of 25 recording artistes from 14 countries across the region, disseminating the...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

REGGAE ARTISTE Isha Blender is still coming to terms with the loss of her son, Josiah, on January 5, a mere two days after she celebrated her birthday. The daughter of legendary crooner Everton Blender said the death of a child can be one of the...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In an increasingly disconnected world, a community has been created through Riddim Saturdays – a participatory music-and-songwriting event led by producer Dale Virgo and recording artistes of varying cultures, backgrounds, ages and musical...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Even within the confines of self-quarantine, Julian Marley has not stopped performing. Over on social media, the son of the legendary reggae icon Bob is lighting a fire with live campfire sessions – intimate and organic – where he shares some of...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

AFTER A couple of musical explorations, Dale ‘Dizzle’ Virgo can say that he has discovered his niche. Running a tight ship as a record producer, musician, songwriter, studio engineer, entrepreneur and, in recent times, film-maker, he has charted...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

APPLE MUSIC has touched down in 52 new countries as of last Tuesday, April 21 – Jamaica being one of several from the Caribbean region. It is an expansion that industry stakeholders agree was no easy undertaking, but has been long overdue. “Our...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Longevity in the music business for bands is rare, and Third World proudly continues to defeat the test of time. For close to five decades, one would think that they have done and seen it all, but for the reggae ambassadors, as their latest Grammy-...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Musician Bamm Holt has teamed up with SunCity Radio to provide some COVID-19 relief to disabled persons during the pandemic. Born Scwayne Holt, the grandson of reggae icon John Holt, the artiste has, through the Volts of Holt Foundation’s HOPE...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A diet of pseudo Jamaican food – canned callaloo and boiled dumplings, or cock soup made with squash instead of pumpkin – is the only thing that brings the flavour of home to Oraine Frater and Tara Price, a pair of Jamaican dancers stranded in the...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Numerous dancehall entertainers have experimented with Afrobeats, the launch pad for a new generation of artistes from Nigeria, Ghana, and other English-speaking countries in West Africa. Popcaan, Demarco, Busy Signal, Beenie Man and Tarrus Riley...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2020 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

RICHIE LOOP likens his love for music to that of a relationship with a woman who craves attention. “The very same music you love, she’ll leave you the moment you stop giving her the attention she needs,” the recording artiste surmised in an...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For the past four years, on a Saturday in April, VP Records has celebrated International Record Store Day with its free, vinyl-only sound system showcase at its retail outlet in Jamaica Queens, New York. It is a day dedicated to independently owned...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Like a salmon swimming upstream, Austria-born singer and songwriter Stefan Prieler is on the long and hard journey of finding the right niche. He wants to be added to the list of respected non-Jamaican reggae and dancehall acts, such as Gentleman,...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

RADIO HAS been a staple of international and local media for decades, reinventing itself with each new wave of technological advancement. For Gavin Whylie, co-founder of JamRockOne, radio has been a mainstay in our lives, “with most of us not...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

What was originally inspired to be a song speaking against the abuse of women in our society transformed into a prayer for help, said singer and songwriter Minister Godartiste of his track, titled Eternal Fada. “The [Something Good Riddim] was...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For music producers, it can be challenging to pitch a rhythm to recording artistes who they imagine on a rhythm. It can also test one’s patience waiting to see who will take on the task of creating the next hit, said Grammy Award-winning producer,...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It has been more than three weeks since children have been home from school due to what was initially a forced 14-day shutdown of educational institutions as of Friday, March 13, ordered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in an effort to tackle COVID...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

DUBPLATES ARE the known secret weapons of sound systems across the world, especially as it relates to clash competitions, but it can be challenging to get the real high-power, authentic materials to ‘kill a sound’. Selectors rely on customised...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

BUSY SIGNAL was recently named Dancehall Artiste of the Decade by the International Reggae and World Music Awards organisers. The deejay, who has religiously contributed to the growth of dancehall while exploring other genres, has hailed the...

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