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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...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:05 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.” When tasked with reflecting on the year ending December 31, 2020, only that famous quote from Charles Dickens adequately sufficed....

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2021 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

They promised a bellyful of laughter and that is exactly what viewers got as they tuned into the inaugural virtual staging of Ity and Fancy Cat’s annual ‘Christmas Comedy Cook-up’. Forced to go online this year as a result of the prolonged ban on...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

YouTube’s end of year numbers are in, and it will perhaps come as no surprise that Koffee’s Lockdown is the number one streamed song out of Jamaica for 2020. The track, which currently has close to 38 million views on the popular streaming platform...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Richard Roache is a name most synonymous with artiste management, but what is not so well known is the fact that he is also an experienced producer. Last year, when he released his latest riddim, Believe, Roache wanted to be a source of inspiration...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, leader of reggae group The Wailers fell ill in 2016, his son, Aston Jr took over the musical reigns. On advice from his father, Barret Jr’s first mission as band leader was to get the original members of the band...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

In May, popular comedic duo Ity and Fancy Cat tested the online waters when they presented their first virtual show, Laugh Online. Having ironed out the intricacies of hosting events in that space, the duo is getting ready to serve up another heavy...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:17 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Her vivacious, outspoken, and irrepressible personality has made hostess extraordinaire Miss Kitty one of the most in-demand talents in her field. In fact, watching her come to life on stage, one would not have guessed that the entertainment...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:09 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The story of the Grinch who stole Christmas has been re-purposed and re-told countless times over the past five decades. But this Yuletide season, Jamaicans at home and abroad will get to experience the storyline in a way that connects uniquely...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Fast-rising artiste and producer, Dane Ray, will tell you that a realignment with his long-term goals is what has solidified his path to greatness. Though he was already on the road to success, having worked on Rygin King’s breakout hit Tuff, Dane...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

‘Christmas still a keep!’ That is the message The Ashe Company hopes to send this holiday season as they get ready to roll out their annual Christmas special. Dubbed ‘12 Days of Christmas with the Ashe Ensemble’, the production will include...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The name Chino’ McGregor hasn’t been buzzing much on the local music scene in recent times. Still, the entertainer who gave Jamaica hits such as Pon Yuh Head, From Morning, and Rich Tomorrow will be quick to tell you that silence on the local scene...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:09 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

It was not the grand return many expected as it had to be executed via livestream, nonetheless, this year’s staging of Reggae Sunsplash served up some sizzling performances. With scorching sets from some of Jamaica’s top acts scattered across two...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

On the local entertainment circuit, she is known as the ‘Curvy Diva’, but the ineffable personality that is Yanique Barrett is so much more than that. A radio personality, television host, model, mother and excellent chef – dancehall’s curvaceous...

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2020 | 12:08 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As reggae artistes wait with bated breath to hear who will cop a spot in the final five when the Reggae Grammy nominations are announced today, the importance of having the support of a major recording label is once again rearing its head. With a...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:00 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When the entertainment industry was turned upside down by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) earlier this year, most critical players in the sector found themselves at a loss. Artistes, musicians, producers, promoters, dancers and choreographers...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2020 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Fast-rising Nigerian artiste, Raybekah, has been blazing up the airwaves in her home country. So much so that she recently caught the attention of her fellow countryman and internationally renowned artiste, WizKid. WizKid began following Raybekah...

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