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

In accepting another powerful instrument that he has, jazz musician Montgomery Bernard Alexander, more popularly known as Monty Alexander, is speaking into being a decade-long dream to record his first vocal album. All the magic he was certain to...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For its inaugural staging in Jamaica, Best Weekend Ever pulled a kaleidoscope of personalities from the United States, United Kingdom and across the Caribbean. The organisers of the event, which was staged at three different St Ann venues – Grizzly...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There were more calls for love and unity during the Original Dancehall Stylee stage show, part of the Jamaica 60 diamond jubilee celebrations, which featured some of the pioneers who heralded the genre as a way of life. Veteran selector Ilawi of...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Emancipation Day festivities were highlighted by the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade, which commenced at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre and culminated at the National Stadium car park. Welcoming the heat of the sun, parade participants...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

At the beginning of his musical journey, Spanish reggae recording artiste Irie Souljah promised to represent reggae music, deliver relevant messages and deep spirituality. He was only 14 years old when he fell in love with the genre, but pursuing...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Minutes after ordering a cocktail on a Wednesday night at Oceano, it is delivered to the table. It’s the first thing the waitstaff will recommend, and it will leave you adoring the stylish Japanese-influenced restaurant. The one-year-old...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says since the start of the summer, Jamaica’s entertainment sector has been bolstering the tourism industry and that record-breaking arrivals are expected. “This month of July, we are going to break our record of...

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall deejay Masicka is modest when speaking about his songwriting capabilities but from as early as high school, he was recognised for having an exceptional handle on creative writing. He shares that he has written for colleagues but avoids...

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In June, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport invited Jamaicans to submit designs for the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade which is part of the Emancipation and Independence celebrations. According to the Culture Minister,...

Published:Monday | July 25, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Gimmicks, fashion, bold statements and tributes befitting a musical era that has propelled Jamaican culture and its practitioners on to international stages elevated the second and final night of Reggae Sumfest. It was off to a good start with...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Currently in the middle of a Caribbean-wide launch of the Grammy-nominated album, Positive Vibrations, reggae artiste Gramps Morgan is having a good time. The 46-year-old entertainer performed at the 19th annual ‘Let Freedom Sing!’ show in Music...

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

From serving as a bar to providing the mammoth speaker set-ups with a platform, and also for moving portable bathrooms, the trucks and the manpower that moves them have one of the biggest roles on road march day. Without trucks, carnival would not...

Published:Monday | July 11, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Thousands of people revelled for the summer edition of the annual Carnival in Jamaica celebrations on Sunday, marking a slow return to normality after the pandemic put playing mas on pause for three years. The 2020 carnival festivities, which...

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Attorney Bert Samuels is calling the Jamaican Constabulary Force’s (JCF) most recent statement about his client Popcaan “slanderous”. A statement from the JCF, released on Wednesday, stated that Popcaan, whose given name is Andre Sutherland, was...

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The month of July is when we have the most intense sun and highest ultraviolet rays. The higher the level of radiation the greater the potential for damage to the skin. With the Carnival in Jamaica 2022 road march a few days away, many are zooming...

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

On the heels of the Recording Academy’s announcement that an award category for poetry has been added for the 65th Grammy Awards in 2023, reggae recording artiste Skip Marley has accepted an invitation to act in the role of youth ambassador for the...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2022 | 12:37 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Vuvuzelas blowing, phone lights high in the air, cameras flashing and the voices of some of dancehall’s leading acts echoing into the streets were the sights and sounds coming from the National Stadium last Saturday as supporters of the genre came...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Richard Chin plays many roles standing backstage, as a father, motivator, inspiration, and cheerleader of Tessanne Chin. He was recently spotted at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, watching intently as the songstress hit the...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Rum purists may argue that the spirit is best served neat or on the rocks, but Appleton Estate’s Senior Blender Dave Morrison stimulated a new sense of purpose for ‘Cocktails...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Official Spirit of Jamaica 60, J Wray...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Highlighting the growing scope of gastronomic offerings in Jamaica, a new Mexican-themed bistro and bar appropriately named Tacbar recently opened at Devon House, the historical property synonymous with food, fun, and now fiesta. Business partners...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Billboard-charting recording artiste OMI was spotted having the time of his life in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival last Saturday. Naming Romain Virgo as one of the headliners he came to see, the Cheerleader singer said...

Published:Monday | June 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

An overflow of rum and innovative cocktails, food for the picking, branded cups (plus other novelties), interactive activities, and live entertainment, all combined to make the Jamaica Rum Festival (JRF) a sensational experience. A celebration of...

Published:Monday | June 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In 2020, dancehall hitmaker Alkaline was forced to postpone the New Rules concert in Jamaica due to the global coronavirus pandemic. It has had the entertainer’s fans on their toes awaiting the return of the event to Jamaica, which is slated for...

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was go hard or go home for the entertainers that reported for duty at Thursday night’s Acoustic Inna Di City this week for its Sumfest Edition. With headliners like the prince charmer of dancehall D’Yani and the fashionable, smooth ‘skanker’ Big...

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