Changes for 29th Int’l Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

By Marcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer The International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival is a labour of love for its organiser, Myrna Hague. But the self-proclaimed defender of music has found this year, the 29th staging, particularly challenging. “When you have huge challenges, you have to... ...read more

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Gem Myers walked away from the ‘Culture’ – Gem Myers did not take the ‘high’ road

By Sade Gardner/Gleaner Writer Today, The Gleaner presents the first in its five-part series exploring the underground substance abuse culture in the entertainment space and its implications. While many Jamaican entertainers have fallen victim to drug abuse, Gem Myers is... ...read more

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Editors' Forum | Connecting the dots: Linkages in the Orange Economy

By Kimberley Small/Staff Reporter For the Orange Economy to exist beyond an idea, it must first be acknowledged that the cultural and creative industries exist and are thriving but that they do so as in their categorisations – separated. “The industry itself is, unfortunately, not... ...read more

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Rita Marley, awardees toast IRAWMAs

By Yasmine Peru/Gleaner Writer On May 11, the day that marked 38 years since the passing of reggae legend Robert Nesta ‘Bob' Marley, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) held its glitzy 37th staging at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. And, quite... ...read more

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Little | Not much there

By Damian Levy/Gleaner Writer No one liked being a kid when they were one. Everyone couldn't wait until they were big. Being big means staying up late, and eating what you want, and for Marsai Martin's Jordan Sanders, it means a life without bullying. Fast-forward years later,... ...read more

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Jamaican film-maker presents at Venice Biennale

For Jamaican cinematographer Christopher Thomas, it was his hours spent at the Carib cinema in Cross Roads, watching movies with friends, that ignited what would become a long and lasting love affair with film. Thomas, who now resides in Finland... ...read more

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The Smith family – Three generations of musicians

By Janet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer WESTERN BUREAU: Karen Smith is from a musical family. Her mother Barbara plays the organ, and has been the organist at the St James Parish Church for over 30 years. Her 24-year-old daughter Courtni Jackson is studying music performance in jazz and... ...read more

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We are proud mothers! – Mothers of entertainers say motherhood is the absolute best!

By Shereita Grizzle - Staff Reporter Motherhood is described as a journey that encapsulates the best of times and the worst of times. Many mothers have described raising children as the scariest yet most exciting thing they've ever done. With no manual available on how to tackle the... ...read more

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Vintage Voices | Great Jamaican songwriters

By Roy Black Jamaica has a rich legacy of songwriting talents in popular music. To many, Bob Marley may be the first to come to mind. But whereas Marley wrote mainly in prose, there were others who delved deep into rhythmic poetry to express their innermost... ...read more

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Story of the Song | No woman No Cry – an ode to women everywhere

By Sade Gardner - Gleaner Writer A tenement yard in the '60s or 2019 remains an underdeveloped space, rich with sounds of all kinds. As he laid in his room on First Street in Trench Town, Vincent ‘Tata' Ford heard the cry of a mother whose son had been arrested and charged with... ...read more

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