Big wins for ‘Belly Woman’!

By Shereita Grizzle/Gleaner Writer The school of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts had the most nominations going into Monday night's 29th staging of the annual Actor Boy Awards, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The School of Drama'... ...read more

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Can Buju Banton perform in the US again?

By Dave Rodney and Anthony Turner/Gleaner Writers Can Buju Banton, Jamaica's Grammy-winning reggae icon, return to the United Sates to perform again? Can he, once again, electrify stages at concert venues in the land that locked him away behind bars for seven years on drug charges, almost... ...read more

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Two decades later, Beenie Man and Mya return

By Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer It was the simmering dancehall hit, Who Am I (Sim Simma), that introduced dancehall sensation Anthony Moses Davis, or as many would know him, Beenie Man, to the world. Recorded and released in 1997, the playful confidence of the deejay is showcased... ...read more

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Sean Paul to perform at Billboard Latin Music Awards

Five years ago, Grammy Award-winning artiste Sean Paul rocked the Billboard Latin Music Awards with an opening performance alongside the group Wisin with their song Baby Danger. And he is set to light up the stage again this year. Yesterday morning... ...read more

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Drum Fest 2019 – A smashing display of beats

By Marcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer Joy and disappointment are always present at any competition, and Sunday's staging of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Drum Fest 2019 was no different. Even as the Louise Bennett Gardens Theatre on Hope Road reverberated to the... ...read more

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A vodka bottle couldn’t stop Toots’ career

By Yasmine Peru - Senior Gleaner Writer In May 2013, the reggae-loving world was shocked when it was reported that Frederick ‘Toots' Hibbert – the frontman of the legendary reggae group Toots and Maytals, had been struck with a 1.75-litre vodka bottle, squarely in the forehead,... ...read more

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Calypso missing from local carnival – Legendary ­calypsonians still welcome the ­genre’s evolution

By Stephanie Lyew - Gleaner Writer Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, calypso music, or kaiso, is characterised by social or political commentary and/or satirical lyrics sung to ballad-style rhythms. This quickly became the soundtrack of the twin island's carnival celebrations. As... ...read more

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Performers, musicians set to get piece of the copyright pie

If the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) has its way – and more than likely, it will – performers and musicians will soon be able to claim their share of the delicious copyright pie. In a move that general manager Evon Mullings says is long overdue,... ...read more

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Singers, take note of your voice

By Sade Gardner - Gleaner Writer It is hard to not to be captivated by the four-octave vocal range of Julie Andrews as she runs on a hill belting out, “The hills are alive with the sound of music …” A 1965 classic, The Sound of Music film cemented Andrews as not only a gifted... ...read more

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The Yale University Whiffenpoofs to perform in Jamaica

The world's oldest and best known collegiate acappella group, the Whiffenpoofs, are set to perform in Jamaica for the first time on May 3. Every year, the most talented senior Yale students are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs. The Whiffs... ...read more

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