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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

What does Jamaica celebrate? Reggae music, dance and dancehall, visuals arts, literature, food - just to name a few themes of festivals held on the island.Besides being fun and entertaining, well-managed festivals and events offer a host of social...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There are some things that Rhode Island native DJ Paul Michael says cannot be compared - the skills of the legendary David Rodigan with his own and the reggae-dancehall culture in New York to that of Jamaica.It is not uncommon for him to be likened...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"For Jamaicans to say Warrior King has been away for a while may be accurate, but it is in no way a disrespect to my country," Warrior King told The Gleaner.The reggae singer said that he acknowledges the fact that more than 90 per cent of the songs...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Calabash's Friday after-hours session Midnight Ravers Live Concert, which featured up and coming reggae recording artiste out of Protoje's Indiggnation camp, Lila Ike, followed by Naomi Cowan, the daughter of Tommy Cowan and Carlene Davis and the...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Calabash International Literary Festival is famous for a few things, although for some persons, it rarely brings to mind anything other than poetry and prose. The waves against the shore, the gusto of the aspiring poets who impulsively line up...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Samantha J is continuing to take the music world by storm. Last year, the Jamaica-born recording artiste was signed by Sony Music in Europe (prior to which she was a client of Columbia Records, an auxiliary arm of Sony Music Entertainment) and is...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Call them what you may social media celebrities, video bloggers (vloggers for short), jokers, or lyrical comedians. Recording artiste is another name that social media influencers such as: T'Wani Roo Price, Trabass, Bella Blair and Prince Pine are...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the recording studios in the United States to the cool 'rainforests' in Port Antonio, international hitmakers, including Grammy award-winning artiste Drake, top British Breakthrough Act Dua Lipa, and 2018 Juno Award winner Jamaican Shawn Mendes...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dating is challenging. There are dates that start out with sparks but burn out faster than a cigarette, and other matches thought to have been made in heaven could easily be compared to hell. Those are the types of experiences that storyteller...

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-one-year-old Cee Jay Carpio is one of the artists eschewing a formal education or traditional course of study to utilise digital platforms to find, create, or show their work to a whole new audience. He sought an alternative after realising...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As the eldest daughter of Jamaican musical great Everton Blender, recording artiste Isha Blender has always felt pressured to emulate her father. Indeed, her style is strongly influenced by her father's debut album - Lift Up Your Head, with a blend...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

"Don't ask me about years. I am terrible with years," Randy Weston told The Gleaner during an interview yesterday in his Pegasus hotel suite. The 92-year-old jazz musician may not have the best memory when it comes to dates, but owns a fountain of...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Puppet shows aren't just for children. Dancehall culture has attracted Belize-born video director Omar Aldana to promote his puppet creation. Aldana is the owner of popular production company Heavy Films.He makes it his duty to explain first that he...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the fashion component of carnival developing rapidly, organisers around the Caribbean have been on the hunt for fresh faces, diverse creations and adding a modern flavour to their traditional celebrations.In a month, the official season of...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The lyrics, "I gave you no roses, no romance, no candlelight and slow dance/That's just how it is, but maybe we can try again" are from the 1983 R...

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Over the past half a decade, the Jamaica Best School Band (JBSB) competition has seen a boom of performance styles and musical concepts. JBSB's fifth season ended on Sunday, with St Richard's Primary copping first place for the third consecutive...

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ding Dong's Lebeh Lebeh, Fling Yuh Shoulda, Dweet and Flairy have become part of the must-play list on most disc jockeys' Serato (the most popularly used music software), whether for dancehall sessions, soca parties or corporate affairs.For this...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Soca music, sexy costumes, and the free-spirited people dancing under the warm Caribbean sun. This was the 'mas' movement that Xodus created. Almost on the heels of the road march, it was noticed that the majority of revellers were female.The roads...

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As the soca-themed activities in Jamaica grow rapidly, promoters are digging for more concepts to try out, including silent soca parties. The restaurant and lounge 100 Hope Road opened its doors for Suave: The Silent Soca After-Party hosted by...

Published:Friday | April 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Contrary to what many persons think, soaking your feet in warm water after a carnival road march or 5K should not be the first line of treatment.According to podiatrist at Manuchant Medical Dr Angela Davis, hot or warm water only exacerbates the...

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The American recreational concept of tailgating is being widely adopted in Jamaica, especially in hotels such as Sunset Jamaica Grande and Sunset Beach in Montego Bay. But wait, it is also a part of the Carnival activities in Jamaica.Xodus Carnival...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

D'Angel celebrates her birthday this weekend and although reluctant to share her age, the first lady of dancehall says her philosophy as it relates to ageing, is to be thankful for gaining another year."With age comes growth and maturity, everyone...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Still in therapy for an injury endured after falling through a stage in Bermuda last August, Trinidadian soca artiste Destra Garcia took to the stages for Bacchanal Live on Friday night. The Soca or Die singer, determined to please fans, did surgery...

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Local dancehall songbird Raine Seville speaks frankly about dancehall and the positioning of females in the male-dominated industry.When tallying up her singles, the artiste easily names more than ten collaborations with some of dancehall's leading...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A number of local personalities have already jumped on the 'Wakanda Wagon' by staging parties and private screenings or donating to charitable causes for children to watch the Black Panther movie. Dancehall artiste Popcaan donated $100,000 for...

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