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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Xodus Carnival is the second of three bands to launch for Jamaica’s 2020 carnival season, raising the bar even higher with its extravagant production held last Saturday. A rope dancer in silver, moving against the dark sky on a riser, was the first...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of meditational chants and drums, beating like a healthy heart, echo from the suburban roadway of Hillcrest Avenue in St Andrew. It serves as an invitation to passers-by to follow the pounding to a circle of positive energy at the home...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As soon as music plays, the mind and body of a dancer or choreographer starts to move. There is no denying the rhythm, and while each region may have its own genre of popular music, it is almost unnatural to find dancers, whether on the local or...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With approximately 24 weeks left for Jamaica’s 2020 carnival road march, the veteran band Bacchanal Jamaica has led by example by being the first to host its launch. There are approximately nine main sections in the band, designed under the theme ‘...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She speaks one language – dance. If ever an opportunity arises to start a conversation with the owner and artistic director of the Dance Forever Contemporary Theatre Company, Michelle Allison Pilgrim, don’t let it pass. The Trinidadian is on an ­...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the late ‘90s, Leshorn Whitehead emerged on Jamaica’s reggae music scene, being a conscious voice that could easily be singled out in a medley. The industry was introduced to Chuck Fenda, an artiste with music heavily concentrated on the plight...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:29 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Let me first say to Popcaan, I have been watching you and there is nothing unruly about you,” was the starting sentence of the member of parliament (MP) for St Thomas Western, James Robertson’s, speech. As the guest speaker at the Unruly Fest...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On the verge of announcing its official premiere, LHDT Productions, the producer of the international reality TV series Dancehall Divas are covering all ground to safeguard its stationing as a means to capture its target markets. It has been over a...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Being a male dancer comes with its perks, says Orrette Beckford of Dance Theatre Xaymaca. After all, since fewer males than females are known to study dance, the comparatively stronger sex is often in demand when it comes to castings. Beckford is...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Identifying his son’s potential to become a celebrated name in Jamaica’s popular genres 13 years ago, Wayne Smith Sr introduced Wayne ‘Wayne J’ Smith Jr to the music industry at the tender age of three. Seven years later, he burst on to the scene...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dance Theatre Xaymaca is always a dynamic show full of energetic dancers combining drama with multiple genres of music. The company’s artistic director, Barbara McDaniel, seems to have set for her shooting stars new tests for the 24th Season of...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Straddling the line between a celebration of cultish practices and a fun way for children (or children at heart) to play dress-up, Halloween has evolved over the past five years on local playgrounds. Wide interest in Halloween has led to the growth...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 9:43 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Deeply touched by the passing of Jamaican actor and artiste Louie Rankin, multiplatinum-selling South African entertainer Menelik Nesta Gibbons has recorded and produced a song in honour of his life and name. The entertainer said that after...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Prior to receiving his National Award at King’s House yesterday, actor Glen ‘Titus’ Campbell said that he asked permission to do the official shuffle as he collected the nation’s sixth honour – the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer. “I...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“We flew 17 hours to be present to collect our award – from Chile to Miami to Jamaica straight to King’s House, where we got properly dressed in the medical tent,” said Roger Lewis, one of the founding members of Inner Circle Band. For over 50...

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The projector screen at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records rolled up and almost immediately members of the audience at the first of the R...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

When veteran entertainer Sanchez takes command of the microphone tonight at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records at Marketplace, it will be against the backdrop of an illustrious 32-year career. Popularly proclaimed the ‘Prince of Lovers Rock’, Sanchez...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The seeds for Reap Records, nurtured by Maia Chung, were sown two years ago. A noteworthy advocate of local culture and its purpose on the global scale, Chung said she has her sights set on reaping talent and setting records on the entertainment...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With an EP heralding the release of her singles, Longing For You, featuring I-Octane, and Sweet Reggae Music, which has scenic visuals to match the positive vibrations, reggae newcomer Tia will not be ignored. Like a caterpillar that finds comfort...

Published:Tuesday | October 15, 2019 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Schampagne Popping opened at The Barracks Theatre in Kingston last Saturday to a small, but intimate gathering. The start of the play was delayed by 15 minutes due to the small turnout but the actors, like the true professionals they are, made...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Jamaican music deserves to have soldiers who fight for its recognition everywhere across the globe,” said French Guianese recording artiste Alya in an interview with The Gleaner. Alya, who was born in Suriname, noted that France is a big melting...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Possessing an engaging personality, combined with a body that will stop any man mid-conversation, entertainer Stacy-Ann Facey has been shaking things up for over a decade, thanks to her career as a dancer, recording artiste, and actress. A founding...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Imagine your child, one year before his high-school graduation, announcing that he wants to migrate to another country to study dance. It may not be the simplest wish to grant, but for Joshua Craigie’s parents, their son was already living the...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Local theatre professionals have been telling the stories of and for the voiceless for many years, where ‘making light’ of a situation takes on a new definition. Writer, actress and producer Trudy Bell, best known for her roles as Melcita in the...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As a multi-instrumentalist with the capacity to play wind, string, keys and percussion instruments, Shekinah Ade-Gold, has discovered new ways to overcome the psychological chaos that clouds his mental space. It has been a long and winding road of...

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