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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

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

Entertainment awards usually mark great accomplishments in an entertainer's career, showing that his or her contributions to the industry is appreciated and valued.However, the number of local awards shows has been on the decline in the past five...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Although given the title of King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man's versatility as an entertainer has afforded him the privilege of being added to various carnivals across the Caribbean. The featured entertainer for the launch of One World Rebellion's...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Mark Anthony Myrie's children have a lot of lost time to make up for. Speaking to his daughter, Jodian Myrie, weeks before his release, she reiterated how special it would be for each of his 17 children.Having been separated from her father for 10...

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The opening charity night for the Annual Concert Season of Dance has fanned the flame that the Movements Dance Company has dubbed 'Candlelight', an evening of music, movements and worship.Candlelight, a charity event, being staged by Movements, will...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Raymond 'Lil Ray' McKayle, promoter of the longest running free house music event in New York City, Clubhouse Jamboree, is on a mission to change Jamaica's view of house music's origin as he moves to introduces a new festival called Jamaica Frenzy....

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whether it is in a club in London, at a local stage show or on a university campus, recording artiste Romario 'Laa Lee Ranks' Ricketts told The Gleaner, "By now, the listeners of my music must realise the way I create my projects and my music means...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Minutes after Dalton Harris was declared winner of the 2018 edition of UK talent show 'The X Factor', Prime Minister Andrew Holness congratulated the Jamaican singer on Twitter, sharing, "The entire Jamaica is proud of you. Your phenomenal talent is...

Published:Friday | November 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It is not unusual to find a disc jockey who also produces the music he plays. More and more, local disc jockeys are also identifying as producers. ZJ Liquid, Y Rush, Kurt Riley, DJ Nicco, Boom Boom, ZJ Chrome, and a host of others have contributed...

Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Carnival in Jamaica took on a global flare last Saturday for the launch of Xodus' 'Cosmopolitan - The World in One Band'.This year the designers were tasked with producing costumes that meet and exceed the expectations of the increasingly demanding...

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

The hours before and after school as well as holiday breaks provide opportunities for children to engage in activities that build confidence. This includes not only academics, but the creative arts both within the school grounds and community-based....

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:02 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Being confident was not always a strong suit for actress Camille Davis. The Jamaican actress known for her roles in the plays Saving Alligator High and Class of '73 says she struggled to find her self-worth and the courage to enter into film,...

Published:Friday | November 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Trinidad and Tobago soca songstress Fay-Ann Lyons makes it her duty to continue the legacy of her father - veteran calypsonian Superblue. Having been exposed to music from childhood, her passion to create and share that love for her culture came...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was the financial group's first attempt to meld the social and cultural history of Jamaica along with its own story, in the form of a live show. The chorale De Cho-R'us, which opened the show, definitely set the pace for its theme, 'Celebrating...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A steel orchestra that can make it past five years in Jamaica has a chance at long-term survival. After a decade, you become a bona fide franchise. Such is the story of Silver Birds Steel Orchestra, which celebrated it 11th anniversary over the...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In Jamaica, it is easy to get lost in the mix of street dance, especially for a dancer who is trying to introduce new styles or create a merger between dancehall and other genres.For this reason, Red Bull has selected 16 dancers across the island to...

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

Admiral Bailey gave all the instructions for the dance move called the 'butterfly' that Carlene Smith is credited for popularising in 1992. Anyone who knows the '90s dancehall track Butterfly will not be able to resist mouthing the lyrics as they...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Four weeks ago, 71-year-old reggae icon Bunny 'Jah B' Wailer suffered a minor stroke. But according to his manager Maxine Stowe, "despite the situation, the entertainer is not showing any signs of dismay", she told The Gleaner.Stowe told The Gleaner...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

While conferences usually take place in a formal setting, the organisers of the Jamaica Music Conference have decided that this year's event will be "more of a treat" to the participants."It is public information that the nature of the local...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If ever a reggae band had a significant beginning and an even more powerful story, it is Chalice - a seven-member reggae group that began in 1980. Its origins are in Gibraltar Hill, St Mary. Two years later, their debut album, Blasted, produced two...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The openers for the first staging of One Night Stand at the Hope Zoo on Saturday night were the up-and-coming 8 band, who said that they felt privileged to have warmed the stage for veteran band Chalice. They also got great feedback from the...

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whether painting a beautiful landscape, doing the choreography for a dance, or writing the lyrics for the next hit single, a career in the creative industry is emotionally driven and time-consuming.For painter Afyah Prendergast, being able to create...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The launch of Rastafari Rootzfest 2018, which took place at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road on Wednesday, was filled with informative and passionate speeches, as well as captivating performances by reggae singers Richie Spice and Lila Ike - two...

Published:Friday | November 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Lila Ike describes her performance at last year's Rastafari Rootzfest as mediocre. Not because she did not have the best lyrics or sound, but she was overcome with anxiety."It wasn't my best performance - I allowed myself to get nervous. As a young...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

One Third has re-emerged from the shadows of the entertainment scene with the launch of their five-track EP, The Journey."It is not a return. Never classify it that way because we never left; we were still doing music in one respect or another,...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the Government's announcement of a ban on single-use plastic such as straws and styrofoam, many event professionals are taking on the challenge to develop more environmentally friendly setting for their parties.Local parties create a large...

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