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Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMStephanie Lyew

Marching bands, which have been a source of community strength, face high maintenance costs. There are small fundraisers and inter-community competitions such as Battle of the Bands and, more recently, Clash of the Bands in St James, which offer...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small

As the United States celebrates the genius of persons like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, Jamaican popular music history also boasts its own arsenal of visually impaired or blind musical successes.As Fab Five and Unique Vision bands carry on in this...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fab Five Band. The Fabulous Five. Once known as The Broncos, they are now famed for their expert presentations and their impressive collection of veteran musicians, some of whom are blind or visually impaired. Asley 'Grub' Cooper told The Sunday...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Just two days ago, May 25, we observed African Liberation Day. Quite significantly, the late great singjay and music pioneer Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott, who liberated several youth and aspiring artistes from the doldrums of poverty, was born on that day...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Marching bands have thrived for decades. The oldest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean is the Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club Marching Band in St. James, which will be 76 years old in July. The marching band culture is part of the musical...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

'Reasoning' sessions have been a Calabash International Literary Festival mainstay since its inception in 2001, and the trend will continue at this year's 14th staging. The first conversation, set for Saturday, June 2, will see Jonathan Galassi,...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle

A recording contract from a big label is many an artiste's dream. That dream, however, can quickly turn into a nightmare when that contract becomes stifling for an artiste. It's a cry too often heard in the music business; artistes complaining of...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In fulfilling one of its core outputs to contribute to the diversity of Kingston as a UNESCO designated creative music city, The Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) will partner with The Ocho Rios Jazz Festival to present 'Twin Double: The Art of Two', a...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

As the police, especially those in western Jamaica, deal with the motorcycle (especially low-cost ones) as a tangible focal point of scamming and road-safety issues, it strikes me just how much the two-wheeled transportation is entrenched in...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

CeCe Winans is the headliner for this year's staging of Gosplash. The event, which is being promoted by Action Entertainment, will take place on Emancipation Day, August 1, at the Liguanea Golf Academy in New Kingston."CeCe Winans cuts across...

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ten students in Eastern Jamaica will receive Heart Praise Great Start scholarships to fund the first three years of high school. The scholarships are being made possible through the efforts of Rondell Positive and his team."My purpose is impact....

Published:Saturday | May 26, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman on Thursday apologised to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behaviour after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Yaniq Walford is part of the second generation in the family's sound system business, Bass Odyssey, based in Alexandria, St Ann ("From waaay out in the country!" as Bounty Killer says on many a dubplate). She was central to the trans-formation of...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

All it takes are a few good men and women. With a US$300-million lawsuit on the books, six lawyers from three United States law firms have banded together in an attempt to bring the proprietors of Big Music to justice.The figure is a drop in the...

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:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On the outside wall of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona, are posters with the photographs of three Jamaican playwrights, Dahlia Harris, Basil Dawkins and Patrick Brown. Under the photos are the titles of about 30 plays...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

On Monday, I went to the Phoenix Theatre on Haining Road, New Kingston, to see the end-of-programme production involving the participants in a seven-week acting course organised by David Tulloch, the theatre's manager. Of the 17 who started the...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Jada Pinkett Smith, the Magic Mike XXL star - who recently candidly opened up about her hair loss - has been dubbed "inspirational" by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and they would like to see her become an ambassador. A spokesperson for...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Avicii's family has announced that his funeral will be a "private" affair. The Swedish-born DJ - whose real name is Tim Bergling - was found dead in his hotel room in Muscat, Oman, on April 20, at the age of just 28 years.Since the tragic news...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Kevin Federline's lawyer wants Britney Spears to pay her ex "at least three times the amount" of child support she currently gives him. The star's celebrity divorce attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, has insisted the Piece of Me singer's own...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In June, the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company RCO (JMTC) will present the Jamaica Junior Theatre's (JJT) 2018 concert, Tale as Old as Time, in association with the Alhambra Inn. This year, the JJT concert will be produced by one of its junior members...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month and jerk flavours will waft in the air at the Festival Lawn, RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, for the 3rd Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival on Sunday, June 10.Bringing a lot of heat to the day's...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle/Gleaner Writer

The 'No Violence In Love' campaign, launched in 2017 to bring awareness to and reinforce positive images in the minds of the Jamaican population in general, this year narrowed its focus to high school girls with the launch of the 'No Violence In...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle/Gleaner Writer

Executive director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, says that in trying to regulate content companies run the risk of infringing on people's rights. This comes against the background of Spotify's recent decision on not promoting songs...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke/Gleaner Writer

Deejay Michael 'Flourgon' May's lawsuit against singer Miley Cyrus and Sony Music, claiming US$300 million in damages, has naturally stirred interest in the music industry and further afield. That includes persons who believe they may be in a...

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