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Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Music producer and People’s National Party politician Patrick Roberts is in partial agreement with Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who used a recent sitting of the House of Representatives to criticise certain aspects of Jamaica’s popular culture,...

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

Director of Contractor Music Group Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards is upbeat that a major collab, which he produced by drawing on artistes from England, Mexico and Jamaica, has racked up a whopping one million streams on streaming giant Spotify in just...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Following some of the financial affairs of Bunny Wailer being exposed in the public sphere, his son and co-executor of his estate, Abijah Asadenaki Livingston, is seeking to separate fact from fiction. He blasted what he said “seems to be a...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

At 75, and being able to celebrate another birthday, especially during the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, is nothing to take lightly. And no one knows that better than Tommy Cowan, the impresario who has seen and done more than most. But if the...

Published:Monday | March 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Fans of ‘royal couple’ Queenie and Dowey would realise by now that the bride actually had, not one, but two fabulous wedding dresses – an exquisite, traditional lace, fairy-tale gown and the stunning, ultra-modern, pearl white mermaid sweep dress,...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) on Tuesday evening unveiled the nominees for the 39th staging of the ceremony. Unlike previous years, the event was virtual, and streamed live on the award’s website. The virtual conference...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

On Sunday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that starting today, until April 13, burials will be allowed on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The guidelines state that no more than 15 persons can be present, and the burial...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The soundtrack for seminal Jamaican film, The Harder They Come, has been added to the prestigious Library of Congress National Recording Registry, making it only the second reggae album to be so recognised. In 2007, Burnin’, the sixth studio album...

Published:Monday | March 22, 2021 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

One month after walking his daughter down the aisle, King Yellowman is still beaming with pride, and enjoys reliving the treasured moment. “It feels good. The wedding was very well organised,” the devout family man told The Gleaner. “It was easy...

Published:Saturday | March 20, 2021 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Even as dancehall artiste David ‘Mavado’ Brooks joined the list of artistes plunged into mourning for the loss of their mothers, moves to extend the olive branch by colleagues, mainly Bounty Killer and Popcann, are being hailed as positive. It...

Published:Friday | March 19, 2021 | 12:24 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dancehall star Konshens will be very present these next few months with new music, and he’s turning up the sound today in a major way with the release of the hard-hitting, say-it-like-it-is single Can’t Stay Sober. Paradoxically, the message on...

Published:Thursday | March 18, 2021 | 12:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born chef, Christopher Pinder, is enjoying preparing food for the people of Denmark, a place he has called home for close to 20 years. The chef, who owns a restaurant in that Scandinavian country, gets really excited when his diners ask for...

Published:Thursday | March 18, 2021 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Farmer, writer and performer Ras Takura is thrilled that his Dis Poem Wordz...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:28 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

After what he says was a “very rough year”, veteran sound system owner Winston ‘Wee Pow’ Powell, who celebrates his birthday today, is understandably not in a celebratory mood. Nonetheless, he will ring in the milestone at his Burlington Avenue...

Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 10:31 PMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

With the announcement that legendary reggae artiste Bunny Wailer would be buried on the 142-acre estate known as Dreamland Farm, many in the entertainment industry have asked questions about where the countries icons should be buried. Published...

Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

When the Recording Academy announced on Sunday that Got to be Tough, by pioneering ska and reggae band, Toots and the Maytals had won the Best Reggae Album category of the 63rd Grammy Awards, there were at least two persons who were not surprised...

Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The ‘Poor People’s Governor’ Bounty Killer has told The Gleaner that his soon-to-be-released album will be “a definite treat for dancehall fans”. And, as if to prove it, on Thursday he gave a sneak peak of a scorching-hot collab with longtime...

Published:Saturday | March 13, 2021 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Palace Amusement Ltd’s decision to close Carib 5 and Sunshine Palace cinemas was in direct response to the new COVID-19 protocols announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. However, the padlocking of the New Kingston Drive-In had nothing to do...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:19 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Not even COVID-19 can keep a festive girl down. Ms Legendary, Ishawna, has continued to carve out her niche in the dancehall space. During 2020, in between releasing songs, she performed on Reggae Sumfest, secured an ambassadorship with...

Published:Friday | March 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Following a family meeting last week, the children of reggae icon Bunny Wailer have released a joint statement about their focus moving forward, who is authorised to speak on behalf of the family, while also making a case for the return of their...

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Frankie Campbell, frontman for the musical aggregation Fab 5, is hailing the start of Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, noting that the vaccine seems to be the best way out of this predicament the world has found itself in, and “the sooner...

Published:Wednesday | March 10, 2021 | 12:21 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Claudette Kemp is one of the few female managers in a music business dominated by males at every level. And not only has she held her own for close to two decades, but she has received the respect and admiration of many along the way, even being...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dreamland Farm, the 142-acre estate located snugly on the border of St Thomas and Portland, will be the final resting place for reggae legend Bunny Wailer, who passed away on Tuesday, March 2, at the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew. This...

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2021 | 12:18 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jazz, blues, ska, reggae-fusion and more lit up the virtual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival stage on Thursday as the winners of the Band Quest competition raised the bar high on a glitch-free opening night, with performances that will long be...

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) will this year hand out the first-ever Toots Hibbert Award for the category Best Album/CD, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and the U-Roy Award...

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