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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | October 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Megaphone in hand, recording artiste Tosh Alexander channels the energy of a sound-clash experience in her dancehall and hip-hop-infused single Cum Yah. “I wanted to remain true to the culture in the delivery style; there comes my decision to do...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the middle of the busy Winchester thoroughfare of the capital’s Corporate Area is a dining space that despite the rise of delivery, take-out, and online ordering technologies, still values the physical, in-house experience. The Cove Coolout...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Touring with Tarrus Riley and recording harmonies for other noteworthy reggae-dancehall entertainers, in her soul-searching era, singer and songwriter, KVY (pronounced KAY), learnt some invaluable lessons behind a microphone. The singer has her...

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Wesrok may be all country on stage, but the businessman and singer has a big heart, demonstrated by the establishment of the Downtown Youth Development Foundation, a charity started by him and the wider business community in the downtown Kingston...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ding Dong’s 42nd birthday party was the place to be on Saturday night. And though the saying goes, ‘when it rains, it pours’, the cloudy skies and showers were not a threat to the dancehall entertainer, whose mission was to make the best of the...

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On every season of ‘Digicel Rising Stars’, there is always one contestant who leaves at least two of the judges speechless as they prepare their critiques. For Season 18, which ends on Sunday, it has been hard to pinpoint the one contestant primed...

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

UK-born recording artiste Stefflon Don is preparing for the release of her Island 54 album and has expressed an interest in working with more music professionals from Jamaica. In a recent interview with The Gleaner, she said that while the word ‘...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The third time’s the charm. That’s truly the prelude to Venetia Shepherd and Adrian Thomas’ story of adventure and love. The first chapter of their happily ever after as husband and wife began with “we do” during a romantic and elegant wedding held...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For dancehall’s Rygin King, a Grammy nomination would be more reason to persevere with his career in music. Although considered slightly controversial to many recording artistes, locally and internationally, who say there is no transparency in how...

Published:Saturday | September 17, 2022 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Former ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ contestant Rosh Reign, who recently changed her name from Rosh Rebel, has places to be. The Montego Bay native wants to create a royal musical empire. Last week, the singer and songwriter returned to the ‘Rising Stars...

Published:Friday | September 16, 2022 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After an attempt to pursue nursing school not going as planned, Nickeil Edwards moved from Manchester to Kingston with a visual map of where she was going and nothing but a dream in her pocket. She scored a job in the telecommunications customer...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With only three episodes left for Season 18 of the ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ competition, the resident judges – television producer Anthony Miller, singer and broadcaster Alaine, and executive director of the ASHE Company Conroy Wilson – injected some...

Published:Monday | September 12, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and reggae recording artiste, Stonebwoy, has officially started the next chapter of his career. When scrolling through the 34-year-old’s social media, one thing is apparent – he has been busy. Even finding time for...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I’m not crazy,” exclaims Israel Harrison, as if declaring from a deep place within that something she was made to believe has now been proven untrue. A few months ago, the model and pageant queen was diagnosed as autistic, a conclusion she already...

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It’s the first day of fifth form for 16-year-old reggae-dancehall recording artiste Julanda Frater, popularly known as ‘Book Boss’ by her peers, and she is on a mission to “get her names in lights and soaring in her studies to new heights”. She...

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Music lovers were treated to a magnificent melting pot of reggae and dancehall, sprinkled with a bit of Afrobeats on Monday, featuring toasters from Jamaica’s popular contemporary reggae collective, other creative mixmasters and a seasoned...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She may not be recording new music today, but veteran songbird Gem Myers is ambitious in her goals to have her existing catalogue of music and the covers of other songs which she includes in her sets send a message. One of the issues that has been...

Published:Monday | September 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

More than just a pretty face, Miss Giajay Naturals Gift and Body Shop Toshami Calvin walked away with the title Miss Universe Jamaica 2022 last Saturday evening at the AC Hotel Kingston. She will head overseas in the first quarter of 2023 to...

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae trailblazers Jesse Royal and Lila Iké are expected to join In.Digg.Nation principal Protoje on his upcoming US tour. In true Jamaican flavour, the New Wave collective will be sending them off in fine style on Monday. According to Lindsey...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With a selection of viral singles and moments, a successful EP, and a collaboration with reggae artiste and songwriter Skip Marley, Ayra Starr finds herself thriving in a hazy blur of genres, making her mark in the ever-evolving Nigerian music...

Published:Monday | August 29, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The third staging of Dragon Spitfire Month-End Fridays was a success. The street dance, which doubled as a stage show, featured entertainment by popular selectors Bishop Escobar and Jahvvy Supreme, along with a guest performance by First Nation...

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Come September, soca fanatics will be expected to put on their best fête outfit and dancing shoes on two nights for the popular soca party, I Love Soca Cooler Festival. It is a welcomed expansion, as the numbers for the event has consistently...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2023 | 1:44 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Roots reggae, art, ital cuisine and cannabis festival Rebel Salute is set to return with a physical staging in 2023 for the first time since Jamaica recorded its first case of COVID-19 two and a half years ago, the organisers announced on Sunday....

Published:Friday | August 19, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainers Laa Lee and Bugle are lending their vocals and recording style to the remix of the catchy Billboard-charting hit, Big Boy, by recording artiste Heph B. According to Laa Lee, the trajectory that his career and music have been...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2022 | 6:03 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Running for five consecutive weeks and bringing several of Jamaica’s top performers to a stage in the corporate area to perform, Thursday Night Live Acoustic Inna Di City hosted a double celebration for its fifth staging and the August 11 birthday...

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