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Stories by Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Published:Monday | March 1, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Multi-Grammy-winning artiste Sean Paul promised an album that would not just act as a symbol of unity in dancehall, but would also encourage listeners to live life to the fullest. And that is exactly what the entertainer delivered. During a...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:09 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Music producer Jeremy Harding says local support is needed for Spotify to impact streaming numbers for Jamaican artistes and podcasters. On Monday, the popular streaming platform announced that it would be expanding to more than 80 new markets,...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:16 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When award-winning Jamaican actor David Heron speaks of the late Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, it’s hard to believe that the two have never met. Having not met Toots is a regret for Heron, who described the legendary musician as one of his all-time...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The stage is an unusual place for a rose to bloom, but come next week, Manchester musician Bunny Rose will blossom at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival as he brings his acute musical talent to the world stage. Aiming to do so in fine style, Rose...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 12:15 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

In December 2019, the Ashe Company announced that come 2020, they would be looking to expand their horizons on the local film circuit with the launch of their web series, CHILL. The series was expected to start during the first quarter of 2020, but...

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Recording artiste Tosh Alexander is still basking in the endorsement she got from Sizzla Kalonji on her latest single, Can’t Give You A Try. The track, which is a modern spin on Kalonji’s classic, Give Me A Try, was officially released last week...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When one holds a conversation with Sean Paul, it becomes immediately evident why he is one of the most successful entertainers to come out of Jamaica. His passion for music was evident in his voice as he spoke about the industry. His love for...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Describing herself as a “jazzy singer”, recording artiste Zia Benjamin says her music is the very essence of soul. She therefore expressed joy at being added to the line-up for this year’s virtual return of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival,...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ could not be more true for Jamaicans living in the diaspora. As we continue to observe Reggae Month, Jamaicans living in other countries have come out to express their gratitude for being included in...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

French reggae artiste David Cairol could hardly contain his excitement as he spoke about reggae music and what the genre meant to him. The entertainer was speaking at a Gleaner Entertainment Forum earlier this week, when he revealed that in...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:26 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

On January 21, when Protoje released the music video for Switch it Up, his scorching collaboration with Koffee, fans were undoubtedly excited to hear and see the two musical geniuses on the same track. So when the video dropped, it came as no...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:22 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As the world observed what would have been the 76th birthday anniversary of the great reggae legend, Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley, his home base at 56 Hope Road was devoid of the usual merriment. A ban on large public gatherings due to the COVID-19 virus...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Julian Marley has no grandiose plans set to mark the celebration of his late father’s 76th birthday anniversary today. But one thing he knows for certain, is that he will be reflecting on the life lived by the great Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley, and the...

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

It was February last year when dancehall artiste QQ urged his fellow Jamaicans to unite in the fight against crime. The entertainer was speaking out following the murder of Peace Management Initiative officer Kevin ‘Rumm Ramm’ Clarke. Rumm Ramm...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When Lila Iké made her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) series début last August and Protoje in September, the comments section under videos of their performances were flooded with requests to have fellow In.Digg.Nation collective member, Sevana, also make an...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Votes have been cast, tabulated and the winners selected for the inaugural, yet highly anticipated Dubby’s Awards. Those winners are expected to be announced in a virtual presentation set for February 20. Although co-creator of Dubwise Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 12:28 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Veteran reggae artiste Richie Stephens says the recent flare-up of crime and violence across the island has left him feeling sad. In an interview with The Gleaner, Stephens reminisced on the days when Jamaicans would look out for each other and...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Gina May Mair is known on the local music circuit as Brady O’Connor, but most people may remember her for her role as Mrs McDonald in Storm Saulter’s hit movie, Better Mus’ Come. Still, while she admits that acting is less scary, it is music that...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

At the beginning of 2020, reggae artiste Mortimer was listed as ‘one to watch’ by artiste manager Julian Jones Griffith. Describing him as an entertainer with an “organic buzz”, Jones Griffith said Mortimer had been making great music that made him...

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2021 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

I Learnt Some Jazz Today hitmaker Tessellated recalls watching moments from the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and being completely ignited by the performances. Having watched several re-runs of past shows, Tessellated told The Gleaner that he...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Reggae songstress Sevana is reminding people, especially her colleagues in music, that it is OK to not be OK. In a recent interview with The Gleaner, the Mango singer revealed that she had to seek therapy last year as the challenges of 2020 took a...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

With a career spanning more than two decades, multitalented dancehall veteran Delly Ranx has managed to build an enviable music catalogue. Known for songs such as What A Gyal Can Whine, Headache, Sexy Attitude and Pelpa, the entertainer has...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:16 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Reggae music received another huge boost on the silver screens recently when two tracks from entertainers Chronixx and Koffee were listed on the official soundtrack of one of Netflix’s latest thrillers, Fatale. The movie which stars Hollywood A-...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Donna Hope, has blasted as “cavalier and cruel,” recent rumours of the death of Marley matriarch, Rita. On Saturday, several reports surfaced on the worldwide web that the...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Ras Zukes isn’t a popular name on the local music circuit, still, the reggae artiste has managed to rack up millions of listens on popular streaming platform SoundCloud. With more than 11 million streams on his single Eva Ready, Ras Zukes is...

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