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Stories by Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:24 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

While discussing the local music industry’s current turmoil, in an Entertainment Forum hosted by The Gleaner, on Tuesday, some panellists came at the ready, with their own diagnoses for why contemporary dancehall music, produced locally, has yet to...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Rising reggae star Runkus, has a new song out, and for this project, he goes back to the drawing board. Titled 99%, it is Runkus’ first solo release this year, and it was driven by some self-evaluation which took him back to his roots. “My last...

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

From a local standpoint, the power of Jamaica’s creative and cultural industries is inarguable, but it is not measured. Framework to determine such values, such as the overall monetary measurement of the local music industry, or profits and losses...

Published:Tuesday | August 6, 2019 | 12:17 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Last week’s finale for ASHE’s annual summer school programme was fantastic for two reasons. It showcased some of Jamaica’s next multifaceted talents; and it showed that the children had a willing, engaged audience – which actually spilled out of...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

There was no more room, not even a foothold in the doorway, to house all the bodies trying to get into ASHE’s makeshift Vibez Theatre for their summer school musical finale, Island In The Sun. Some patrons even had to be turned away at the door,...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:25 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

With footballer Kyle Butler as chief executive officer and Leon Bailey as chief financial officer, Craig Butler plans to stand in the background as the advisor behind some serious plans for the latest entertainment brand, Empire Entertainment....

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:06 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Performing arts company ASHE was in fine form in Florida last weekend. Ifidel Williams, integrated marketing and communications lead for the ensemble, said the members had their Miami audience in stitches, and later, dancing out of their seats in a...

Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Reggae legacy act Naomi Cowan’s summer is off to a scorching start. Following an appearance on national morning-time television and a performance on the roof top of an exclusive member’s-only club in Soho, New York, she was slated to perform at...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Today heralds a long-anticipated release from In.Digg.Nation-managed singer, Sevana. Her new single, Nobody Man, is different from what fans have heard the songstress do before, because it’s dancehall and she’s deejaying. More so, the song takes on...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Since the Reggae Sumfest brand was acquired by Downsound Entertainment’s Josef Bogdanovich two years ago, the festival format is turning away from having one night branded ‘Dancehall Night’ and another dedicated to reggae. But breaking habits are...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:05 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

This is a story of never say never. Reggae artiste Blvk H3ro, and those close to him, would never have anticipated that the scatting, do-wopping, perpetually swankily dressed performer would take on a cover. “I’m not really a cover artiste. I don...

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:15 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many thought that when social-media application Vine bit the dust a few years ago, its demise would have brought down with it the popular personalities who had built reputations and fan bases there with often hilarious six-second-long videos. What...

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Many Rastafarians do not celebrate personal birthdays. Global reggae music star Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, may fall into that group’s majority – according to the artiste’s long-time collaborator, music producer Donovan Germaine....

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

“That was epic, crazy! Fight all bruk out! People ah fight fi picture! People ah play tug-o-war wid mi shirt! The people at Carib must be upset because we block up the whole of the place,” lead actor Kadeem Wilson excitedly told The Gleaner. The...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:19 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Emirates NBD, one of the largest banking groups in the Middle East, is on a fraud-awareness campaign, an admirable and necessary action as scamming rears its formidable head. However, what’s intriguing about this particular campaign is that the...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:18 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Online film and television streaming platforms are not new. In fact, they are plentiful. But that isn’t stopping a group of Jamaican entrepreneurs from going after a piece of the steaming streaming pie. Globally, online consumers have developed...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:08 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Controversial 6ix Boss, Squash, makes a call to Murda People in one of his biggest hits. But Squash isn’t a believer. In murdering people, that is. He says that he’s a nice guy. However, he truly believes that the violently outrageous and...

Published:Saturday | July 6, 2019 | 12:10 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Heeding the call of their customers, SPF (Summer. Playground. Fantasy) Weekend promoters have added an entire day, complete with a brand-new culture and cannabis-friendly concert, and reintroduced a beloved DJ music festival to their usually highly...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

With the advent of streams and light-speed downloads, music ages much more quickly than it used to. So 2017 stunner Pine...

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2019 | 12:26 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Under the leadership of a pair of Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts graduates, Edith Dalton James High School is poised to become one of the island’s performing arts powerhouses. Boasting more than 50 awards and medals in...

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2019 | 12:21 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Lila Ike and Sevana, the two women in Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation label, are on a trip with their fearless leader, taking on the US east coast. It is the first time for Sevana in the Big Apple, and for Lila, she is in promotion mode following the...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

The synergy between cannabis and Jamaican music; the relevance of radio in the advent of social media; the technical art of sound engineering; the question of appropriation or misappropriation and the correlation between music and violence are all...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:11 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Neo-roots reggae singer, Samory I, is as busy as his forebears. With no ambition for accolades, the soulful singer wishes instead to push his message of equality for all. As he jets off for a European summer tour, with stops in seven countries,...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:28 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

Possibly an attempt to satisfy the curiosity of eager fans waiting to hear the fate of their favourite MI5 agent, the producers of ‘Bond 25’ have released ‘first look’ or behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled film. Curiously,...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:12 AMKimberley Small/Staff Reporter

There is a perception, that life after incarceration is arduous – often paved with pathways leading back into the belly of stately restraint. To change that, particularly for the musically inclined inmates at both the Tower Street and St Catherine...

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