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Published:Thursday | April 27, 2023 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Performing with Etana in her ‘Gemini’-era, Ahbi Kufa learned some valuable lessons to make her presence known, all while standing in the shadows behind a microphone. Within a year of supplying the melodious hooks and ad libs for the reggae queen,...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2023 | 12:56 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the minute the musical instruments of the Immaculate Conception High School Symphony Orchestra were being tuned, leading into the rehearsal of Jamaica’s National Anthem, patrons projected that The Distinguished awards gala and dinner would be...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2023 | 12:34 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Melanie Fitz-Henley and Kemoi Burke’s rustic garden wedding is another adventure-filled chapter of their happily ever after. The Burkes’ story began with both declaring disinterest in a relationship, but their feelings grew, and now they’re husband...

Published:Monday | April 17, 2023 | 12:38 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Bejewelled carnival bikinis, men donning bicycle shorts, grand and colourful feathered backpacks, and pretty faces all in a row – it was official that carnival road march day was here in Jamaica. It was chaos when the Xodus-Bacchanal merged mas...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2023 | 9:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Carnival road march day requires stamina. Sometimes masqueraders underestimate walking and dancing the long miles, equivalent to running a marathon. Soca’s biggest names, the experienced marathoners of carnival, each have their own methods to...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2023 | 1:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Countless tours, several brand endorsements and eight World Sound Clash Championship titles later, internationally acclaimed sound system pioneers, Mighty Crown, has announced their retirement. Established in Yokohama, in 1991, the group has been...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2023 | 12:59 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Marking the Third World band’s golden anniversary, Ronnie Tomlinson, public relations and communications manager of the Love and Harmony Cruise, presented the musicians with an honorary award to express gratitude for their contribution to the...

Published:Monday | April 10, 2023 | 12:49 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The 2023 Love and Harmony Cruise has many stories to tell. The atmosphere, entertainment, along with live performances by guest artistes, including ‘the captain’ of the five-day cruise, reggae veteran Beres Hammond, created the high-flying...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2023 | 12:59 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Japan-based brand Pabanda has launched a capsule collection of T-shirts which features its main character WaruPan, which essentially is a panda, alongside veteran reggae singer and musical icon Beres Hammond. Founded in 2017 by Jamaicans Jiri Mills...

Published:Tuesday | April 4, 2023 | 1:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Creator of ‘The Social House JA’, Tara Playfair-Scott, is beaming about the production’s recent success. Currently in its second season, the YouTube reality series has garnered five million views, 100,000 subscribers, and it hit an all-time high of...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2023 | 1:03 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On July 22, spirits will be lifted at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as Minister Marion Hall promises a divine cultural experience to those who will converge for the annual Reggae Sumfest production. “I’m adding Jesus...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2023 | 12:49 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

By the time Queen Ifrica graced the stage at Saturday’s Earth Hour JA Acoustic Concert, the entire audience was aware of her ‘earthstrong’, and would have received their informal vocal training from the preceding acts, to be ready to welcome her....

Published:Friday | March 24, 2023 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

When it comes on to carnival season, local disc jockey and producer, Tricia ‘ZJ Sparks’ Spence, is ready to ‘shell it down’. She is known as a firecracker – energetic, feisty, and always makes her opinions heard, as well as a pioneer – earning her...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2023 | 12:38 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is no doubt that the media and music community dearly miss the late Arif ‘Supa Coop’ Cooper. It has been two weeks since the heartbreaking death of the broadcaster, disc jockey, engineer and producer but many entertainers and colleagues, who...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2023 | 8:49 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The act of fusing and borrowing from music of different cultures has for long been a significant practice in music production, but locally, there is a still a need to sensitise the audience to the various sounds said Steve ‘Urchin’ Wilson, co-...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2023 | 12:34 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Canaan Heights artiste Jahdon is a man of many talents. Currently the principal of his record label, Look Ya Noww Entertainment, over the past decade, he has transformed from being a broom man in the community into an entrepreneur and international...

Published:Monday | March 20, 2023 | 5:22 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ciga Records recently announced that dancehall artistes Beenie Man and Shane-O are now part of their new management portfolio. The deal inked between the label and the two entertainers covers the overall management of their careers, which CEO and...

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2023 | 12:27 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Despite the busy schedule of veteran reggae artiste Anthony B, who has been balancing multiple projects and travel for performances, he still finds time to tap into all the affairs of the people back home in Jamaica. In regard to the recent wage...

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2023 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To be “young, gifted, and black”, Queen Africa says, is an affirmation of self and to the next generation that beauty and power emanate from beneath the surface. The veteran reggae singer, who was the recipient of the 2023 Reggae and Dancehall...

Published:Monday | March 13, 2023 | 12:22 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Growing up with a father like Bobby Dixon, otherwise known as ‘Bobby Digital’ or ‘Digital B’, must have been like looking into a magic crystal ball at the future of music. Without even knowing it, his children, Craig ‘Giark’ Dixon, Sheldon ‘Calibud...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2023 | 12:22 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jada Kingdom has generation A to Z hooked on her every word. The soft-spoken entertainer is not afraid to tell it like it is, from behind or in front the microphone. Her music is diverse, a creative cauldron filled with emotion, metaphorical...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2023 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Just three days before his untimely passing, popular disc jockey and producer Arif Cooper released the first single from a collection of reggae productions planned for 2023. The track, titled So Much to Give Thanks For, features the voice of Ginjah...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2023 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Organising events and community service are two areas for which Portland-born entrepreneur Sonia Patterson is known. She is the director of the Mini Miss Portland Competition, promoter of the Portland Curry Festival and the once-held Portland...

Published:Monday | March 6, 2023 | 1:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the tremendous success of its inaugural staging, the JamCoders Camp will return to The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona in July. The programme which was founded by Jamar ‘Chronixx’ McNaughton, originally announced a January 25...

Published:Friday | March 3, 2023 | 12:16 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With years of experience touring across the world, Morgan Heritage, is set to embark upon its first secondary and tertiary school tour. The Grammy Award-winning reggae band which comprises Mojo, Gramps and Peetah Morgan, sons of the late reggae...

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