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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | June 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With its move to Jamaica’s proclaimed ‘tourism capital’, Montego Bay, St James, the organisers of the Jamaica Rum Festival and its partners are envisioning a premium rum experience for spirit lovers worldwide. “As the first event of its kind...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The telephone line opens, and Runkus is heard gelling words to a syncopating rhythm. Once he runs out of rhymes, the recording artiste pauses and acknowledges that he answered a call and immediately, laughter pours out. “I’m actually building a...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Along the Hellshire main road, Jermaine Morris has created a street-side eating venue. There the menu stimulates all your senses, and the main ingredient is crabs. The crab farmer and chef, more popularly known as ‘Crabby, Out A Road’, or ‘Indian...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last year, Sharon Marley did a rendition of Rita Marley ballad, Just One More Morning from the classic 1988 album We Must Carry On, after being absent from the forefront for approximately 20 years. “Everything started happening very quickly after...

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After one and a half year of intense research and travelling, Epican Medicinals, on Wednesday, unveiled new strains to the local cannabis market. The launch event took place at its Market Place location, and was supported by the company’s...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tessellated’s rise and success has been a swift one. The producer, songwriter and recording artiste can lend his creativity and flavour to any sound or concept and not just his own music. The single Pine and Ginger was ample proof of this. It was...

Published:Thursday | June 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Grammy Award-winning dancehall artiste and songwriter Sean Paul is dipping his hands into the culinary pot with two spicy collaborations. A lover of all things Jamaican, the entertainer knew that a marketing concept around the Scorcha album...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I wonder if this [decision] was made for me,” said Eric Donaldson upon hearing that the Jamaica 60 Festival Song Competition was back on. The veteran singer-songwriter applauded the efforts of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport...

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Secretly, Shanique Bethune had always wanted to settle down with a drummer. A creative artist and dancer, she was always dancing to the beat of her own drum when it came on to love, but little did she know that there was a rhythm in the making that...

Published:Monday | June 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is exploring alternative means of “rallying the nation” after announcing that the Jamaica Festival Song Competition...

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

CH4SE is one of over 130 recording artistes offering a unique take on Ed Sheeran’s romantic ballad Perfect, in hopes that the cover will provide exposure and represent his ability and range as a singer. A performer coming from a dancehall beginning...

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

The Caribbean is so much more than sun, sand, and sea, says Dominic Christopher, co-founder of Deh Abroad Village, a New York-based organisation focused on creating a network for wealth creation and cultural awareness. “Our region is flavourful –...

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the reopening of the entertainment sector, Aidonia is looking forward to a jam-packed schedule for the summer. The recording artiste delivered a high-powered performance on Saturday at the Campari ‘Respect The Bitter’ campaign launch, held at...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Close friends of DJ Smoke are grateful for the support a GoFundMe created to fund the noted disc jockey’s heart surgery has received thus far. They hope the campaign will hit the target of US$35,000 so that DJ Smoke, whose given name is Ryan...

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Guinness Sounds of Greatness (GSOG) is gearing up to take the show on the road with ‘Back Pan Di Street’. Returning to its traditional format, the 14th staging of the popular sound clash competition has high expectations for the battles between the...

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Milli Music has released a complete dancehall riddim compilation in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT). The project has been introduced as an album and artwork in collaboration with MarvmentNFT Marketplace, which not only provides revenue to...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

(As Jamaica marks its diamond jubilee, the Entertainment Desk continues its weekly ‘Jamaica 60’ feature in celebration of the island’s rich musical heritage). Deteriorating ligaments and eyesight, along with all the changes that come with ageing...

Published:Monday | May 30, 2022 | 12:35 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In an interview with The Gleaner, I Swear recording artiste Chuck Fenda opened up about getting older, “wiser”, and his plans to “light more fire” for his big 50th birthday anniversary celebration. “Really and truly, I want to turn up the torch a...

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2022 | 12:40 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The inaugural staging of Thursday Night Live, held last Thursday at The Cove Restaurant in collaboration with 8Rivaz, featured a dynamic mix of entertainers and provided an intimate live music experience. Far from the busiest night inside the...

Published:Friday | May 27, 2022 | 12:26 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If the music of roots-reggae star Chronixx does not give it away, the dedication that he has put into participating in righteous causes at the national and global level shows that he is on a mission of upliftment. To write, sing, produce and...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer Ding Dong feels he is no expert on the education system and how another person parents, but says that there is a way to be tough with children without laying a hand on them. Ding Dong is the father of two sons and is also a...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The inaugural Reclaiming Wellness and Reproductive Health Tour was launched on Monday. Aimed at promoting holistic well-being and educating Jamaicans on maintaining their immune system function and restorative male and female health, the public...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Her passion for reggae and dancehall music was ignited in her pre-teenage years and Amel Rachedi has never found another rhythm that lights a fire in her heart, quite like the Jamaican genres. The songs recorded on the popular Bookshelf and...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican theatre industry, in the first half of May, is mourning the loss of two legendary figures, Trevor Nairne and Barbara Gloudon, whose contributions, like their shoes, are immeasurable. Last Friday, the news of Nairne’s passing hit the...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A chorus of mothers took advantage of a night out, put on their best outfits, and showed up for ‘Mummy Mingle’ at the Hyundai Showroom last Friday, for an evening of ‘mumosas’ and conversation, courtesy of Young Mummy Diaries. Held under the...

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