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Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:15 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Richard ‘Richie Mac’ McDonald, a former member of the popular seventies reggae group Chosen Few, passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. President of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) Frankie Campbell...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican cinematographer Nile Saulter takes comfort in the fact that the local film industry is generally heading in what he calls “a beautiful direction”. The 34-year-old director, editor, and founding member of New Caribbean Cinema is on the cusp...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:06 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Godfrey ‘Bobby’ Anderson, the son of late, great, reggae singer and songwriter Bob Andy, said his father often used a line of American singer Frank Sinatra’s popular song My Way to describe his life’s journey. “My father would say that ‘like ole...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Ever since the passing of reggae pioneer Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, various members of his family and the entertainment fraternity have paid heartfelt tribute to the legend on multiple platforms. The most recent comes from his granddaughter,...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:16 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Music analyst Clyde McKenzie says the messaging of coronavirus (COVID-19) campaigns, both locally and globally, needs to be examined. This amid uproar over Buju Banton’s denouncement on social media of mask-wearing as one of the protocols...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Ever since the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), often referred to simply as the Recording Academy, announced the January 31, 2021 date for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, the music industry has been waiting impatiently for...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:19 PMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Mr Boombastic, Shaggy, has completed another trip around the sun, and the reggae and dancehall artiste is less concerned with ageing and more focused on longevity and the fact that he has found his purpose. In a recent interview with The Gleaner,...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:12 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

For those who don’t know exactly what it means to be a water-baptised, Holy Ghost-filled, Zionist singer, the latest album, Jerusalem, by Kukudoo, the gospel artiste, gives a fairly good idea. Known for his signature revivalist style and his “Hai...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:29 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The fact that National Heroes Day 2020 falls on the same day as the birthday of reggae legend Peter Tosh is a coincidence which is certainly not lost on those in his inner circle, and they have translated that into a call for the ‘Steppin Razor’’s...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:26 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The family of reggae icon Toots Hibbert has labelled the events which unfolded at Dovecot Memorial Gardens on Thursday October 15, as “unfortunate” and have expressed pleasure that the Bam Bam singer will be interred at the National Heroes Park in...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:17 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Gospel singer Jenieve Hibbert-Bailey, daughter of music icon ‘Toots’ Hibbert, is praising God for what she terms “answered prayers” after her father’s funeral had to be abandoned yesterday because the burial order could not be found. The...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The cover of ‘Toots’ Hibbert’s funeral programme declared that the Hibbert family was “celebrating the life of a legend”, but in reality, there was little to indicate the legendary status of the man for whose life few had gathered to give thanks....

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:14 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Doreen Hibbert, the widow of music legend Toots Hibbert has confirmed that Dovecot Memorial Gardens in St Catherine is the place where the reggae star will be interred this morning. That will follow a private thanksgiving service without any...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

She’s most famous for being a dancer and a fashionista, and her rich legacy in the dancehall is as much about her dance moves and costumes as it is about her lifestyle, which was drenched with heaping tablespoons of the savoury and exotic. And, two...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The executive producer of Carib Life ATL, the new reality series to make its debut in the fall, had always preferred to be known simply by his moniker, Bware. And yes, it is definitely because he had something to hide. As a dancehall selector who...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

A fabulous half-century in show business is being celebrated this year by Jamaica’s pre-eminent popular band, Fab 5, and theirs has been a journey marked by monumental highs, an enduring legacy and fascinating anecdotes. The passing of American...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:05 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

The death of Barry O’Hare on September 19 sent shock waves throughout the music industry, especially since many persons were not even aware that the multitalented music and audio engineer had been hospitalised. On Friday, members of the music...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:10 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Amid suggestions from annoyed fans that COVID-19 should just be named the next villain, MGM, Universal announced that the highly anticipated Bond flick, No Time To Die, would not be released on November 25 as promised. A statement posted to their...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2020 | 6:22 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Millicent Dolly May Small, the girl who made the world stop, look, and listen with her massive hit song, My Boy Lollipop, would have celebrated her birthday today. Interestingly, ‘official’ sources record her as being born on October 6, 1946, in...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:07 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Wilbert Hibbert, the nephew of late reggae superstar, Toots Hibbert, dedicated Wednesday to fasting and praying for nothing short of a miracle, as it relates to the final send-off for his beloved uncle. Jamaica is in the throes of a pandemic, and...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 9:57 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Reggae historian Roger Steffens has pledged to lobby for late Jamaican icon, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals, to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So far, two Jamaican artistes, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, have been...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rolling Stone has revised its groundbreaking list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – first compiled in 2003, and tweaked in 2012 – and critics are applauding it for being less testosterone-heavy and also for including more artistes of colour...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Physically and mentally a world away from the cabin fever gripping the multitudes who remain in full or partial lockdown across the globe, multidisciplinary artiste, producer and yogi Jah9 is healthy and happy. Speaking to The Gleaner from her...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:11 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican dancehall producer Trevor ‘Baby G’ James, while not pointing fingers or bashing anyone, has expressed concern that the pandemic has caused the death of persons in the music business, and in other spheres, “who have so much history to...

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

It has been said in the music business that he who owns the master is the master, and this is true on a global level. The Twitter rants and antics by American producer, rapper, fashion designer and presidential candidate wannabe, Kanye West, has...

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