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Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, the annual Reggae Month prestigious curtain-closer, will this year see 27 awards spread across 18 categories, as the organisation pays tribute to the stalwarts for their yeoman service...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

While the music of reggae singer, Bobi Wine, is banned in his native Uganda and he is also not allowed to perform in the country, the artiste and politician is less concerned about that just now, as he fights for his life, while under house arrest...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With a Tuesday, January 19 deadline looming and 4,800 of the 6,000 signatures needed to get music icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals in the running for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the organisers of a petition are urging...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Autarchii (pronounced Aw-Tar-Chee), describes himself as a conscious reggae artiste whose mission is to elevate the mind of people through music. Quite focused on music as well as community service, he has a quaint way of painting the interaction...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Ugandan pop star-turned-politician Robert ‘Bobi Wine’ Kyagulanyi is scheduled to give the greatest performance of his life today, as Ugandans go to the polls to choose their president, and he is urging Jamaicans to continue showing their support...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist with the funeral expenses of veteran dancehall artiste, Sister Charmaine, who passed away last week in her sleep. The funeral is scheduled for this Saturday and the viewing takes place at the Crawford...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Producer Germaine ‘Blaqk Sheep’ Clarke had long ditched reggae in favour of dancehall, where he was convinced he had happily found his niche, turning out fast-moving projects which brought ultimate satisfaction. He earned his stripes for producing...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:20 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The year 2021 has started out with a bang for singer Nadine Sutherland, and at a time when the pandemic has reinforced life’s lessons on gratitude and the need to be constantly giving thanks to the Almighty for even the itsy-bitsy blessings, the...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

From the spectacular launch event hosted at the Talk of the Town, Jamaica Pegasus, in December 2019, it was apparent that the stage was set for Reggae Month 2020 to be memorable. It was packaged as 29 days of live roots rocking reggae day and night...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2021 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly one month after he allegedly hosted an illegal party in St Elizabeth, and was warned that he would be prosecuted, popular dancehall deejay Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis was served a summons to appear in the St Elizabeth Parish Court. “The summons...

Published:Friday | January 1, 2021 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Undoubtedly, there are some questions that are absolute no-brainers. When Little Theatre Movement (LTM) executive, Anya Gloudon-Nelson, was asked what she hopes 2021 will bring for theatre, her answer dropped even before the question sign: “That...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Caribbean-American immigrant, journalist, entrepreneur, and advocate, Felicia J. Persaud, is all about celebrating history, and at this moment in time, the name Kamala Harris is nothing short of historic. Persaud has seized the moment to rally the...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

It was on the February 6 birthday of reggae greats such as Derrick Harriot and Bob Marley that the life of a musical genius was snuffed out. Seminal music producer and engineer Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock was shot and killed on that day in...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In the roaring 70s Red Hills Road in St Andrew played host to an endless number of night clubs and was the acknowledged hip strip for city Kingston. In fact, two of Jamaica’s musical legends trace their genesis to Red Hills Road and the clubs with...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On the weekend of November 20, Merritone Disco celebrated a milestone 70 years of great music, 30 years of Merritone Family Fun Day, and the birthday of a legend, Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake, who would have turned 80 on November 19. The event,...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica National (JN) Group’s ‘Together We’re Strong’ concert, streamed live via their social media platforms on Sunday afternoon, was festive in every sense of the word. The love of family, heart-warming messages in song and dub poetry, steel...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

In a pre-COVID-19 era, Digicel Rising Stars finalist Jodian Pantry would by now be putting the final touches to her annual New Year’s Day concert staged in Clarendon, ‘Gospel Tenacity’. The event won’t see the light of day on January 1, 2021, but...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae icon Bob Marley has been honoured with his own, dedicated, radio station on SiriusXM. The new station, launched on December 3 on SiriusXM radios (channel 19) and on the SiriusXM app, is called Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio and it will play...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The numeral five is playing out its significance in the life of legendary reggae band Fab 5 this year, and, as some love to say, ‘numbers don’t lie’. Last November marked 50 years since the Frankie Campbell-led aggregation started its musical...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:23 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Pioneering reggae singer and musician Albert Griffiths of roots band The Gladiators has died, his former manager, Cabel ‘Jeffrey’ Stephenson, told The Gleaner. Griffiths, who had been ailing for some time, passed away on Wednesday morning at his...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican Christmas is one like no other, especially when some of those uniquely Jamaican Christmas songs are factored into the equation. The essence of it will always surround the word ‘family’. And that ‘irie’, familial feeling is exactly what...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

British Reggae singer Peter Hunnigale, known for his lovers’ rock songs, celebrates his birthday today, and it is quite possible that pizza and alcohol are part of the celebratory fare. Pizza and Alcohol is actually the title of his latest...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A discussion which was held earlier this year will fully manifest itself as the curtain closes on a tumultuous 2020 and dancehall megastar Sean Paul pulls out all the stops to thrill fans at a virtual gig for Miller Music Amplified. The performance...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A limited number of masked military men and women, dressed in their khaki uniforms and led by Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, chief of defence staff, along with other senior military members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), social-distanced...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:13 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The desire to end 2020 on a bold and optimistic note was one of the motivations for organisers to break the two-year hiatus and stage the MOBO Awards this year. The 90-minute virtual ceremony, which unfolds this evening at 7:00 GMT (2 p.m. in...

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