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Published:Thursday | May 12, 2022 | 2:10 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Barbara Gloudon, writer, journalist, actress, and all-round evangelist for the performing arts in general, took her final bow on Wednesday night. Gloudon, 87, passed away only 11 days after her husband, known food technologist and orchid...

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

Local master of the turntables Ryan Williams, more popularly known as DJ Smoke, has called for the entertainment sector to join hands and hearts in aid of raising funds for an urgently needed angioplasty procedure. DJ Smoke first noticed he was...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fifteen-year-old Leon Vassell was crowned SunCity 104.9 FM’s 2022 High School Disc Jock Competition champion last Saturday. The Anchovy High School student, who goes by DJ Leon, says that Delingy of Bass Odyssey has made a great impression on the...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

(Today, the Entertainment Desk begins a weekly ‘Jamaica 60’ feature in celebration of the island’s rich musical heritage.) Proclaimed ‘Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz’ Myrna Hague was out and about on International Jazz Day, April 30, celebrating...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Prior to performing Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes for the audition round of ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ reality series, which was televised recently, singer-songwriter Lenya Wilks bravely shared the story of being involved in a home invasion and also...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Craig Jackson has spent the last two decades navigating one of the world’s most demanding environments. But whether people identify him as a recording artiste named Qraig or by his voice and personal style, one thing he knows people are unlikely to...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of the Jamaican street dances call to Yemi Alade all the way in Nigeria, she says. As soon as a dancehall rhythm plays the singer-songwriter transforms into a dancer. She has a lot to say about the culture and for her it is about making...

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

Call him a mixtape assassin, call him a staunch advocate for reggae music, Rory Cha, more popularly known as Yaadcore, has earned numerous titles since emerging as a selector. Championing the combined power of conscious lyrical narratives embedded...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ornella Smith’s talents are not limited to the catwalk or being captured by a camera lens. She also collaborates with musicians like Sangie Davis and roots bands like Binghistra, led by Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. She entered the public eye as a model in...

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

Marketing consultant, TV host, writer, and entertainment industry insider Donovan ‘JR’ Watkis has a theory that the ejection of the Noise Abatement Act would allow for greater development of Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall music. Speaking to The...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fairly new on the scenes, singer-songwriter Joby Jay is feeling “proud” as she was recently named JaRIA’s Breakthrough Artiste of the Year. She is known for the single Big Girl Ting, which is more than a saying for the singer. It is a lifestyle and...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With an updated look and a strong cohort of designers, the beloved reggae-inspired apparel brand Cooyah re-emerged at its newly renovated 96 Hope Road location last Thursday to resounding applause. It’s a long-awaited new start that was welcomed by...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The 2022 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards went off with minimal hitches. After a late start, the host for the evening, media communications specialist Roxene Nickle, jumped quickly into the programme much to the...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

President of Martin’s International and founder of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), Ephraim Martin, who has been instrumental in giving reggae recording artistes a platform since 1982 in recognition of their achievements...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is the land of wood and water…oh…and beer, which was a source of the inspiration behind the culinary pairing sessions held at the Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen (JFDK) for its inaugural Kingston Beer Fest. When that culinary experience is...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As a reggae-dancehall artiste with several hits and a mentionable following in Africa, Turbulence has done his fair share of jetting to the continent; and when one trip ends, the next is already being planned. He recently returned to Jamaica from...

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Father of entertainer gains greater understanding of his son’s music With live music performances returning to the spotlight slowly, Yaadcore provided reggae supporters a front-row seat to an engaging night with the first official live performance...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Two and a half months after his passing, James Samuels, a member of The Aces, which was the ska group best known for their work with Desmond Dekker, will finally be laid to rest on April 12. Samuels, affectionately called ‘Winston’, passed away at...

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trench Town, the home of two of Jamaica’s leading Premier League football teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys’ Town, will play host to an action-packed football tournament this Sunday. The event, which is organised by Christopher Ellis, the youngest...

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Last Monday’s The Distinguished Awards Luncheon held inside the Montego Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus was full of laugher, empowering energy, the good company of women of diverse personalities supporting the work and sharing their love for each...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For second-time Grammy Award nominee Etana, not hearing her name being called for the Best Reggae Album during the 64th annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony was not a disappointment. “I’m always happy to see others win,” Etana told The Gleaner,...

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the past year, discussions regarding female representation in dancehall and their overall contributions to the entertainment industry have transformed into passionate conversations. Veteran sound system owner and producer Jack Scorpio has added...

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Celebrating the rare distinction of being one of the longest performing harmony trios, the Mighty Diamonds truly personified the saying that ‘diamonds are forever’ with over 50 years in the business. The death of the lead singer of the stalwart...

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Fast-rising dancehall artiste Skillibeng has officially signed on to be part of the RCA Records roster and he is not wasting any time said Richard ‘Skane Dolla’ Ford, the senior vice-president of A...

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The sounds of the talented siren Sevana singing the words “all for me, do it all for me” over a sultry, jazz-infused rhythm in her latest single, Brand New, could have been an indicator of the next step she was planning to take. Sevana, whose given...

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