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Stories by Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:17 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, recording artiste Ce’Cile rediscovered her zeal for music. She begun writing three songs a day and vowed to put together a body of work that will showcase just how much she has grown musically over...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:05 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As a trained dancer, TV host and award-winning actress Neisha-Yen Jones has enough to keep her busy on any given day. Still, as a firm believer in no limits, Jones refuses to be boxed in and has dedicated her life to developing all the talents she...

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2021 | 12:17 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As a Jamaican, reggae artiste KGenius has always appreciated Africa as the place of his ancestral roots. In fact, ever since he was a young boy growing up in Spanish Town, the entertainer felt a deep connection with Africa that he could not deny....

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

AWARD-WINNING producer Dane Ray said he is devastated by the murder of 20-year-old Khanice Jackson and wants the Government to do more to not only protect the country’s women and girls, but to leave no stone unturned if they are raped and killed....

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 12:54 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As Jamaicans faced a weekend-long lockdown, FAME 95 FM hosted the first anniversary of its FAME Frequency virtual party. And with stressed viewers seeking musical relief, the event featured dancehall’s musical medic, Beenie Man, serving up a...

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 12:54 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

In an interview with The Gleaner back in 2019, Jamaica-born dub poet Sonsie X revealed that although she is a Rasta at heart, she loves fashion and is absolutely OK with spitting verses of a raw, sensual nature. Still, her raunchy, sometimes erotic...

Published:Monday | March 29, 2021 | 12:13 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The country may have been under lockdown on the weekend, but the entertainment scene was still very active. On Saturday, a host of virtual concerts provided an ease for Jamaicans whose movements were restricted from noon on Saturday until 5 a.m. on...

Published:Tuesday | March 2, 2021 | 12:06 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Lila Iké, Protoje, Koffee and Chronixx were the big winners at the inaugural staging of the Dubby’s Awards. Lila Ike walked away with the award for Best Reggae Album/EP (Female) for her project, The ExPerience, while Protoje won the award on the...

Published:Monday | March 1, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Multi-Grammy-winning artiste Sean Paul promised an album that would not just act as a symbol of unity in dancehall, but would also encourage listeners to live life to the fullest. And that is exactly what the entertainer delivered. During a...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:09 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Music producer Jeremy Harding says local support is needed for Spotify to impact streaming numbers for Jamaican artistes and podcasters. On Monday, the popular streaming platform announced that it would be expanding to more than 80 new markets,...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:16 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When award-winning Jamaican actor David Heron speaks of the late Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, it’s hard to believe that the two have never met. Having not met Toots is a regret for Heron, who described the legendary musician as one of his all-time...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The stage is an unusual place for a rose to bloom, but come next week, Manchester musician Bunny Rose will blossom at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival as he brings his acute musical talent to the world stage. Aiming to do so in fine style, Rose...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 12:15 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

In December 2019, the Ashe Company announced that come 2020, they would be looking to expand their horizons on the local film circuit with the launch of their web series, CHILL. The series was expected to start during the first quarter of 2020, but...

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Recording artiste Tosh Alexander is still basking in the endorsement she got from Sizzla Kalonji on her latest single, Can’t Give You A Try. The track, which is a modern spin on Kalonji’s classic, Give Me A Try, was officially released last week...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:11 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When one holds a conversation with Sean Paul, it becomes immediately evident why he is one of the most successful entertainers to come out of Jamaica. His passion for music was evident in his voice as he spoke about the industry. His love for...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:07 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Describing herself as a “jazzy singer”, recording artiste Zia Benjamin says her music is the very essence of soul. She therefore expressed joy at being added to the line-up for this year’s virtual return of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival,...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

The saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ could not be more true for Jamaicans living in the diaspora. As we continue to observe Reggae Month, Jamaicans living in other countries have come out to express their gratitude for being included in...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:12 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

French reggae artiste David Cairol could hardly contain his excitement as he spoke about reggae music and what the genre meant to him. The entertainer was speaking at a Gleaner Entertainment Forum earlier this week, when he revealed that in...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:26 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

On January 21, when Protoje released the music video for Switch it Up, his scorching collaboration with Koffee, fans were undoubtedly excited to hear and see the two musical geniuses on the same track. So when the video dropped, it came as no...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:22 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

As the world observed what would have been the 76th birthday anniversary of the great reggae legend, Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley, his home base at 56 Hope Road was devoid of the usual merriment. A ban on large public gatherings due to the COVID-19 virus...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:14 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Julian Marley has no grandiose plans set to mark the celebration of his late father’s 76th birthday anniversary today. But one thing he knows for certain, is that he will be reflecting on the life lived by the great Robert ‘Nesta’ Marley, and the...

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

It was February last year when dancehall artiste QQ urged his fellow Jamaicans to unite in the fight against crime. The entertainer was speaking out following the murder of Peace Management Initiative officer Kevin ‘Rumm Ramm’ Clarke. Rumm Ramm...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:21 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

When Lila Iké made her NPR Tiny Desk (Home) series début last August and Protoje in September, the comments section under videos of their performances were flooded with requests to have fellow In.Digg.Nation collective member, Sevana, also make an...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Votes have been cast, tabulated and the winners selected for the inaugural, yet highly anticipated Dubby’s Awards. Those winners are expected to be announced in a virtual presentation set for February 20. Although co-creator of Dubwise Jamaica...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 12:28 AMShereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter

Veteran reggae artiste Richie Stephens says the recent flare-up of crime and violence across the island has left him feeling sad. In an interview with The Gleaner, Stephens reminisced on the days when Jamaicans would look out for each other and...

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