Major labels a force in copping a Reggae Grammy

By Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter As reggae artistes wait with bated breath to hear who will cop a spot in the final five when the Reggae Grammy nominations are announced today, the importance of having the support of a major recording label is once again rearing its head. With a... ...read more

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New Miss Universe Jamaica to be named December 12

A new Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) will be announced on Saturday, December 12. The 2020 Bahia Principe Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant was originally set for November 28, but was postponed due to inclement weather. “The... ...read more

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Reggae, Rasta and the COVID-19 vaccine

By Anthony Turner/Contributor New York: Will Jamaican dancehall artistes and members of the Rastafarian reggae community, who earn a substantial income touring the USA, Canada, Japan, and Europe, be willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available? Reggae artiste... ...read more

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Tyler Perry continues his humanitarian work

Filmmaker and mogul, Tyler Perry continues his humanitarian work and has given meals to 5,000 families in need. The 51-year-old director-and-actor opened the doors of his own Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta for four hours on Sunday, with his... ...read more

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Pamputtae charts new course – Says she was told dancehall would not accept her because of ‘fatness’, ‘blackness’

By Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer “When you're a single mother, things automatically change up,” says Eveana Henry, known professionally by the moniker Pamputtae. The dancehall diva tells The Gleaner she has been on a journey of “self-love” and with that, has put a lot of energy in... ...read more

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No lockdown, curfew for Jah9 in Ethiopia – Completes ‘Note to Self’ challenge

By Yasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer Physically and mentally a world away from the cabin fever gripping the multitudes who remain in full or partial lockdown across the globe, multidisciplinary artiste, producer and yogi Jah9 is healthy and happy. Speaking to The Gleaner from her... ...read more

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Ras-I releases ‘Kingman Ting’

Young Rasta crooner Ras-I has been riding the radio waves with his recently released single, Kingman Ting. The track was released on September 18 on digital platforms and it has been racking up social-media views with teasers from the visuals for... ...read more

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Five Questions with Ishawna

By Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter She is fierce. She is bold. She is legendary. She is dancehall's ‘top doll', Ishawna. Since her introduction in music back in 2005, the 33-year-old deejay has been paving a way for herself in a highly competitive industry. Today, with more than a... ...read more

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Producer Baby G speaks lockdown, loss and liberty

By Yasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer Jamaican dancehall producer Trevor ‘Baby G' James, while not pointing fingers or bashing anyone, has expressed concern that the pandemic has caused the death of persons in the music business, and in other spheres, “who have so much history to... ...read more

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Chuck Fenda to light another fire with fresh sounds – Reggae singer aims to foster upcoming talent

The song that introduced everyone to the softer side of Chuck Fenda was the 2007 collaboration Coming Over, which featured the gentle sounds of songbird Cherine Anderson. The time-honoured hit single, which was produced by Christopher Birch, is one... ...read more

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