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Published:Monday | June 6, 2022 | 8:03 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Dancehall sweetheart Samantha J appears ready to get back into the music industry ring, and she’s throwing punches. With new-found drive and energy, and dare we mention it, a fit bod, the recording artiste who gave birth to her son, Trillion, in...

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2022 | 12:41 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

A consummate follow-up to his 2021 Grammy Award-nominated album, Sean Paul’s Scorcha is a light-footed strut around the dancehall playground. The highly acclaimed reggae and dancehall artiste quickly transitions from one theme to the next; from...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Thriving in a smoky blur of local acts crossing over into the pop realm, fusing the sounds of reggae and dancehall with other genres and capturing the attention of the techie generation is the multi-hyphenate Indie Allen, who not only captured but...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In a moment when all her goals seemed possible, Esther Antoine nearly lost her mind and then her life. The unexpected death of her youngest child in 2008 left the singer, songwriter, author and her family in a daze as it was discovered that the...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The people of the Caribbean became creative in preserving African traditions over the years, fashioning new words, and recombining and recreating the sounds of the percussions, essentially defying colonial bans on the traditional cylindrical drums...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

As Trinidad and Tobago’s government continues to question the total revenue generated by the National Carnival Commission from its $15 million investment in its ‘Taste of Carnival’ season that ended on March 1, one native is celebrating success and...

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Demarco’s influence lies not only in the fact that he has made an unforgettable mark on a generation of recording artistes, penning, performing and producing songs, but also because he has managed to maintain his relevance with an audience known to...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

California-based musician, disc jockey, and actor Lennox Brown, known simply as Lennox B, knows how to get into character. With over a decade of experience, working as a stand-in for actors such as Blade superstar Wesley Snipes, two-time Golden...

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With almost $45 million riding on his latest investment, chief executive officer of the label formerly called UIM Records, Andrew Myrie, is optimistic about the prospects. “I dedicated approximately 12 years of my music production career to UIM. I...

Published:Sunday | March 13, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Licensed beauty therapist and entrepreneur Kareen Lamme has produced a buzzworthy documentary that makes viewers do a double-take. With a reputation for using her clients as muses and transforming them into her idea of art, she tackled a challenge...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Reggae-dancehall artiste KipRich says, for the season of Lent, he will be making an effort to drop his habit of procrastination and is hopeful that he can overcome it thereafter. At the core of the Christian practice of Lent, which lasts for 40...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

It’s not uncommon to find producers and songwriters taking a stab at the music industry as recording artistes – and sometimes it happens in reverse. A good 14 years after writing and co-producing Sean Paul’s hot track Temperature, alongside Rohan ‘...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The expectation of the local entertainment industry is that it will return to some level of normality in the current year as it relates to gathering restrictions and the approval of permits for events. Carlene Smith, known more popularly as...

Published:Sunday | February 20, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

With any film star, there’s the actor, and then there’s the persona. Leon Robinson, or ‘Just Leon’ as he has humbly preferred to be credited over the years, has always had an interest in cultivating the latter. Most Jamaicans had been introduced to...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

More than a month after Opposition Senator Floyd Morris called for a motion for Usain Bolt to be declared a national hero, the Jamaican sprint legend said that he is humbled to know there are people who hold him in such high regard but that he...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

No matter the role, Kimberly Huie trusts herself to embody the character and deliver. The Jamaican-born actress recently landed a role in the new drama series, Kings of Napa, a role which seems to have been made for her. “I learned of the project...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Thirty years and more than 60 albums later, Luciano has cemented his name as one of the most successful and consistent reggae recording artistes of all time. Picking up countless accolades, from receiving the Key to Kansas City in 1999 and being...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“I can’t remember the exact year. It was in Africa. I was on a flight with Shaggy and a few other industry professionals, and the private airplane was hijacked,” said well-known producer, musician, and record label owner Christopher Birch. It was...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Omaall ‘Majah Bless’ Wright is a wearer of many hats, but he will tell you that he is a father first. He has been blessed with twins Ngozi and Tafari, who have followed in his footsteps up a creative path. “It started with my daughter Ngozi, who,...

Published:Sunday | December 5, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

One will recall travelling through the countryside near any river before dawn, capturing the sights of women with baskets of clothes settled down for a day’s worth of washing. Some were accompanied by little children whose laughter echoed into the...

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

What does it take to create a new genre or sub-genre? The answer, according to producer Dale ‘Dizzle’ Virgo, whose multifaceted career has broken ground from this small island, “is a change of one’s entire outlook”. Whether working from the comfort...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

“We are all alike,” said Yaksta to the room full of men from the Windsor Farm training programme as part of the Dragon Be The One campaign. The recording artiste, in a reasoning session which was held at the Twickenham Park Training Centre on...

Published:Sunday | October 24, 2021 | 2:29 PMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Against the backdrop of losing loved ones, reggae-dancehall entertainer Nesbeth has continued to make music rich with positivity for over a decade. “I am always that type of person to be thankful for whatever I am blessed with. I really think if...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Saudi Arabian-Jamaican actress Sharea Samuels is sharing the pain she feels after having two unsuccessful pregnancies. The Bullet Boy actress, model, dancer and professional surfer would have given birth last August had the first pregnancy gone as...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Prominent Jamaican musicians and entertainers who have transformed the way our local reggae and dancehall genres are transported to the ears of listeners worldwide will be recognised in the 2021 National Honours and Awards. Ernest ‘Ernie’ Ranglin,...

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