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'Get Up, Stand Up' against bullying - Optimist International allowed to use Bob Marley and the Wailers song free

The Bob Marley Estate has given the Optimist International Caribbean District (OICD) permission to use the Bob Marley and the Wailers hit Get Up, Stand Up free for a year as the official song of the OICD's anti-bullying human rights campaign. The...

A kiss from Kate - Winslet drops a smacker as Hollywood recognises finest

Kate Winslet was among the big winners at the Hollywood Film Awards - and celebrated by kissing Allison Janney on stage. The actress, who starred in Mountain Between Us, was presented with the Best Actress award by Shailene Woodley for her role in...

JN Group emphasises being Jamaican - Gospel singer Kevin Downswell, entity's first brand ambassador

On Friday night at the Talk of the Town Restaurant at Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, high above the damp city streets, The Jamaica National (JN) Group presented its first corporate branding campaign. One of the group's more prominent deve...

Ity business-like about MBA

The first few times Ian 'Ity' Ellis sat in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) class last year, some fellow students were scanning the room for a hidden camera, believing it was yet another prank for the Ity & Fancy Cat Show. There ...

Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween | Run for your life

While on a family vacation at a campground, Madea, Bam and Hattie decide to explore, unaware that it is haunted. When monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed, the group must fight for survival. This comedy horror is the 10th in the Made...

Way short of the mark - Feluke concert raises less than quarter of funds needed

Denver 'Feluke' Smith will be heading to Mexico for the second stage of aggressive cancer treatment as early as this weekend. Two weeks ago, friends of the ailing musician rallied around to organise a benefit concert in the hopes of making light Fel...

Music to be unleashed at St Andrew Parish Church

The St Andrew Parish Church will come alive on October 8 as some of the most talented men in classical music will display their talents at a concert in aid of the church. Dubbed 'Men perform for Christ', the event will see performances from the li...

'A Brief History of Seven Killings' series coming for Amazon

The visual adaptation of Marlon James' Man Booker prize-winning, 'A Brief History of Seven Killings', has found its director. Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO series Insecure, will tackle adaptation for Amazon Studios. Matsoukas is d...

Solid Gold of the highest quality - Ernie Smith's musical half-century celebrated at Pegasus

Powered by its historic importance and great anticipation, many persons turned out for last Friday's Solid Gold, A Celebration of 50 Years of Music With Ernie Smith. They were not disappointed. From well-designed and choreographed lighting to a...

Battle of the Sexes | A battle to change the world

Battle of the Sexes is a massively entertaining account of the momentous tennis match between athletic legends Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. After a high-volume tennis career, Riggs becomes a boisterous gambler who holds a mundane executive...

Flood of love for Feluke

On Sunday night, a once-abandoned boy sat in the front row in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, Old Hope Road. He, Feluke, was witness to a collection of performing artistes dedicating their time and skill to raising funds to ge...

'Boy Blue' to 'Boops' to 'Dancehall Queen' - Audrey Reid an excellent fit role as 'Marcia'

Audrey Reid makes her entrance a few seconds into the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, pushing a cart laden with drinks and other items for sale over a slope towards the camera, then to her spot in the competitive bustle of informal Jamaican street...

Last laugh - 10th and final season for Ity and Fancy Cat show

The element of surprise has remained at a high for nine seasons of the popular Sunday night Ity and Fancy Cat show on TVJ, produced by Ellis International Limited. Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Alton 'Fancy Cat' Hardware had to learn to balance performing ...

5 Questions with Walshy Fire

Walshy Fire of Major Lazer has put on blazing performances and produced scorching tracks.Today, he gives The Gleaner a peep into his creative mind. 1: Is there a secret to retaining enough energy to tour as extensively and tirelessly as Major Laze...

Shaggy, Love and Hip-Hop's Tara Wallace to host IED Awards in NY

For the past four years, the Image Entertainment and Distinction (IED) Awards show has honoured and highlighted influential celebrities, philanthropists, businessmen and women who proudly serve their communities. This year's will be no differen...

Jamaica Folk Singers gives thrilling 50th

The dynamism of the Jamaican Folk Singers was on full display over the weekend. From their rich repertoire, they presented a wide cross section of songs that provided more than just entertainment. It was a canvas painted with fine vocals, controll...

Jamaica's first reality superstar? - Gabby Davis joins cast of Love & Hip Hop: Miami

A number of mainstream female personalities can to some degree, attribute success to their participation in reality-television programming. Celebrity legacy kids Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie became magazine and tabloid favourites during the exi...

Rita Marley, Cindy Breakspeare 'merely women'

Roger Steffens has a stellar roster of interviewees for his book, So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley (WW Norton & Company). Through careful selections from interviews over three decades, Steffens puts together Marley's life...

So much things to say about the man, not the myth

So much has been written about Bob Marley (maybe over 500 books), the preface of So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley says that it is hard to think what more could be written that is fresh and engaging. In addition, so many pictur...

Noise abatement backlash in JA, not so in foreign land - More calls for entertainment zones locally

Jamaican partygoers and event organisers have been very vocal with their disagreements regarding the stipulations outlined by the Noise Abatement Act and the cut-off time for parties. Several local events that have ended abruptly by police enforcin...

Jamaican Anime draws on students' skills

Night Vision Media Limited recently premiered their Jamaican anime series, Abeeku and the Maroons, inside Annex 2 of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication. The trailer opened with the idyllic sound of crickets chirping, accompanying the...

'Matey Chronicles', a comedic look at infidelity

Infidelity can be traced back to the biblical days of King David, and for many years, such relationships have remained a secret. But with the creation of the wide world web, all that can change in an instant. The web's allows for anonymity. Its ...

No talent, no problem - Pageants more about beauty than talent, says franchise holder

The tradition of local beauty pageantry, watching women parade in bikinis and bedazzled gowns, has been a staple, standard part of the deal. For many patrons, the excitement lies within the breath-baiting interview segment. For others, the highlig...

5 questions with ... Romain Virgo

What is something no one would guess about you? No one would know that I'm the loudest mouth when I'm around my friends and family. They also wouldn't guess that I also got jokes. What's your ideal weekend? An ideal weekend for me would be spending ...

21st Hapilos Digital Music Awards exceed expectations

Earlier this week, 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution hosted its first public Digital Music Awards at the Knutsford Court Hotel. The aim of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, has been to create awareness in digital media, including online streaming, ...

Quickies

Johnny Depp sells fourth penthouse for US$1.82 million Johnny Depp has sold the fourth of his five penthouses for $1.82 million. The Pirates of the Caribbean star listed the quintet for a combined $12.78 million and he now has just one left to offlo...

'Annabelle: Creation' offers cheap scares

The fourth film in the 'Conjuring' universe, Annabelle: Creation, takes the horrifying tale of the haunted doll back to its roots. Though, if you expected the origin of this nightmare to be anything more than a painstaking venture, be gone all ye...

Artistes pledge to help make change - Agent Sasco among We Transform ambassadors

We want to make a change'. That's the general consensus among the entertainers and popular personalities who have been chosen as ambassadors for the Save a Child, Change a Nation initiative. The plan, which falls under the Ministry of National Secu...

Damian Marley banks on Stony Hill digital sales

Since the July 21 release of his fourth solo studio album Stony Hill, Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley, admits that his focus is less on album sales and more on sharing his music with fans through live performances and digital streams. Popular digit...

Ja welcomes Israel's first sound system

In a recent interview with The Gleaner, Yaniq Walford, organiser of Bass Odyssey presents Jamaica Sound System Festival 2017, said: "Sound systems thrived for decades because it appealed to Jamaican people, and altering it is what will kill it ......

US$1m for new look Fiction

Fiction Nightclub stood at its location in Marketplace for 10 years. Now newly conceptualised, refurbished, and fully reopened over the weekend, the nightclub has been transformed into a multifaceted entertainment spot, with the promise of 'new...

New look Fiction nightclub reopens

After being closed for two months, the doors of Fiction Nightclub were reopened last night, and the entertainment nightspot has a brand new look. The new Fiction boasts a lounge, which is called the Living Room and which owner David Annakie say...

Armed Response | Action, horror and suspense

A team of highly trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous t...

Patrons, participants, reflect, compare Grand Gala experience

It was the perfect culminating activity. The concept was refreshing and exciting. This was due to a consistent measured number of dances, fireworks, and other forms of entertainment used to keep the energy level of the festive occasion on a high. ...

Can't get enough of Emanuella

After a successful opening of the Laugh out Loud Comedy Tour at the Lime Golf Academy on Tuesday night, the focus is now being turned to The Mannings School, giving western Jamaica its chance to see Emanuella in action. "Western Jamaica has bee...

Miss St Elizabeth is Festival Queen 2017

Miss St Elizabeth, Dainalyn Swaby, was crowned the winner of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2017. But it was no surprise. Before the announcement, she was declared winner of three secti...

Beautifully brutal 'Atomic Blonde'

From one-half of the directing duo that brought John Wick to life, comes yet another film about a character with a very particular set of skills. This time, the titular atomic blonde is Lorraine Broughton, played by Charlize Theron, a spy for th...

Exciting launch for DJ Nicholas' - 'The Audiologist'

Gospel minister and artiste, DJ Nicholas recently hosted an album launch for his latest effort, The Audiologist. The event was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road in St Andrew over the weekend, and saw fans and well-wishers...

Sumfest 25 ends strong

The thousands at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay, on Saturday for Reggae Sumfest 2017's closing night were reminded how powerful and lasting reggae music is. Jah Cure, who called for the release of Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel,...

Serena Williams tweeted pregnancy wishes

Serena Williams asked for pregnancy advice on Twitter. The 35-year-old professional tennis player is currently expecting her first child with fiancÈ Alexis Ohanian, and on Wednesday, she took to Twitter and admitted to tell 8.81 million followe...

Patrons dressed to impress at Sumfest ‘All-White’ party

Musically speaking, 'Sparks' ignited, Crazy Neil went wild and at 2 a.m. Wednesday, the damage done was evidenced by the 'Smoke' that filled the atmosphere at the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest All White party at Pier One in Montego Bay. Three big DJs ...

Jamaica’s music on show at Philharmonie de Paris

Jamaica's music is quite popular in Europe, but France is the only country to have mounted an exhibition on it. "It is quite a costly exhibition, €800,000, but it was worth it because 30,000 have seen it to date and 50,000 are expected to view it ...

Promoters consider clause to cut artistes' sets

Following the unsatisfactory ending to recently staged overseas-based shows, Best of The Best and Groovin' In The Park, due to conflicting views on time schedules between artistes and event organisers, some promoters are now of the view that th...

Quickies

Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says that entry to this year's Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost. The announcement was made at the recent launch of the event at Jewels Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay...

Banger over smartphone - Peter Metro records humorous cell phone comparison

In the era of the smartphone, the cellular phone, which cannot go online, is dismissed as the banger. But while the Samsung Galaxy, iPhone and other high-end models are prized, in his humorous way, deejay Peter Metro has recorded high praises f...

Stephen Marley to perform at Reggae Sumfest

International superstar Stephen Marley has been added to the line-up of artistes for the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest, being held from July 16-22 in Montego Bay. The eight-time Grammy award-winning artist and producer, who also goes by the mo...

Inside the Event | 55 years for Manhattans, Jamaica

As far as marking anniversaries goes, tomorrow's Startime concert at the National Arena could hardly have been better timed. For while the US group famed for its heart-tugging songs such as Kiss and Say Goodbye, We Never Danced to a Love Song an...

Jennifer Hudson can't wait for Miley Cyrus to 'rock her stuff'

Jennifer Hudson says she can't wait for Miley Cyrus to "rock her stuff" on 'The Voice US'. The 35-year-old singer will sit beside the Malibu hitmaker on the judging panel when the upcoming season of the American talent competition airs later this...

'Despicable' attraction - Third Minions movie tops holiday weekend

Studio estimates on Sunday said that Universal Pictures and Illumination's Despicable Me 3 earned US$75.4 million over the weekend. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Trey Parker, Despicable Me 3 easily topped the holiday weekend charts from 4,...

Dancehall truck brings Jamaican flavour to LA Carnival

Jamaica's dancehall and reggae music were brought to the streets of the City of Angels (Los Angeles), California on June 24, when organisers of Reggae on the Road introduced a 'big truck' to the LA Cultural Festival for the first time, pumping 80 ...

Halle-wood moment made no difference - Halle Berry admits her Oscar win in 2002 'meant nothing for diversity in Hollywood

The 50-year-old actress was handed the coveted Best Actress gong for her performance in Monster's Ball - but in light of the subsequent lack of progress for minorities in the movie industry, Halle has confessed her success now feels hollow. She...

Ochi seafood fest promises to be huge

The 10th anniversary staging of the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, set for Emancipation Day, Tuesday, August 1, at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, was launched recently at the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records in Pineapple, Ocho Rios. According to organi...

J'can gospel film wins big at Caribbean film festival in Hollywood

The BarriVision-produced Christian movie 70 x Seven , copped top awards at the recently concluded CaribbeanLens Film Festival in Hollywood, California. The Gleaner caught up with writer and director Judith Falloon-Reid, who shared her joy on the vic...

More kids for Kanye

Kanye West reportedly wants "five or six" children with Kim Kardashian West. The 36 year-old reality star was warned by doctors against falling pregnant again after giving birth to the couple's two children, four year-old daughter North, and 18 mon...

Romain Virgo thrills at Appleton Signature Nights

Great vibe was in ample supply as the 'Love Doctor', Romain Virgo, proved his stardom, and then some, at Appleton Estate Signature Nights at Kaluga Kafe in Old Harbour. Virgo led patrons through his hour-long set as they rocked to the melodious...

Transformers: The Last Knight | Rethink your heroes

The Transformers leap into action once more as humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone. In order to save the future, the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth must be discovered. The fate of the w...

Dr David Boxer : A multifaceted curator, artist

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) is greatly saddened by the passing of the highly esteemed and treasured Dr David Boxer, former chief curator emeritus of the National Gallery of Jamaica and himself an artist whose achievements are consistently in...

‘Cars 3, just what the series needs

The famed Cars franchise races back into cinemas. After the spy-themed fever dream that was Cars 2, the series has taken a cue from other trilogies before it and returned to its underdog story roots. The focus switches back to Lightning McQueen this ...

Caribbean's Next Top Model to be filmed in Ja - FACES inaugural gala set for Kingston

Caribbean's Next Top Model (CaribeNTM) Season four will be shot in Jamaica. Host and chief judge, Trinidadian Wendy Fitzwilliam, a former Miss Universe, made the announcement at a press conference at the Spanish Court Hotel, Kingston, recently. ...

Beenie Man for Satdeh Night Live ... Hosted by the original Dancehall Queen Carlene

They were the power couple of dancehall in the '90s, now courtesy of Satdeh Night Live, Carlene, the original Dancehall Queen, and Beenie Man will share centre stage once more, on Saturday, June 24, at House of Dancehall, Cargil Avenue. On this...

Meeting Protoje leads to full-time consulting, tours

Reid said he became acquainted with Protoje through a fellow visual artist and Edna Manley graduate, Matthew McCarthy. "[McCarthy] used to do visual work for Protoje, before he moved into painting and murals," he said. McCarthy, who was branching ou...

Entertainment Listings

This and every Friday, NK Deli and Salsa Society of Jamaica present Pre-Game Fridays, 2-4-1 Happy Hour, at New Kingston Conference Centre (upstairs New Kingston Business Centre). Free salsa classes at 6 p.m. Latin dancing continues until 10 p.m. M...

A power-packed concert by powerful women and men

The 17th annual Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity Concert, which was staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday, left the large audience satisfied. There were smiles on many faces as it ended and the comments on the show mad...

A Relaxing Jazz Cruise 2017

Patrons who turned out for Jazz Cruise 2017 all had a grand time aboard the Caribbean Queen. Loaded with its cargo of revellers, the cruise slowly made its way out of the Kingston Harbour to Freddie McGregor's Big Ship Sailing. And as it navigate...

Estelle is also a voice actress: Garnet from CN's 'Steven Universe'

Based on her music output, it may seem Estelle has been out of the recording studio for awhile. However, the singer has spent many hours behind the microphone, using her voice as the vocal talent for Garnet, one of the main characters of Cartoon N...

Win tickets to Wha Sweet Nanny Goat

To win two tickets to the gala showing of the play Wah Sweet Nanny Goat this evening at the Phoenix Theatre, New Kgn, tell us: What is the tagline for the play? Call 932-6271 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. today to have a chance of winning. ...

Gospel concert at JC had everyone dancing

Quite a few members of the audience started dancing in their seats near the beginning of Sunday's concert at Jamaica College (JC) in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium; but when it ended three and a half hours later, nearly everybody was dancing o...

Selectors go old school at BRT All-White

Taking their brand on the road, BRT Weekend promoters again entered new territory, bringing their California staging of the six-party weekend event to Palm Springs, a city in the Sonoran Desert of southern California for the first time. The promot...

Editorial | They aren't Mr Montague's police

We appreciate that Robert Montague would wish not only to lift the morale of the constabulary, but personally identify with its members. He, after all, is the minister of national security and, therefore, has portfolio responsibility for the po...

Five good choices this weekend

WET FETE Get soaked at Wet Rush Reloaded tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Olympia Crown Hotel, 53 Molynes Road. Adm: $1,000 pre-sold, $2,000 at the gate.   EXPO Take the little ones to the Children's Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at the Hope...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | Winds of ill-fortune

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Ja...

Roots, rock, reggae, revival in Negril

The Reggae Revival Concert and Beach Party was the highlight event of the one-week Tmrw.Tday Culture Festival, which ends tomorrow. As the name suggests, the concert was heralded by some of Jamaica's contemporary reggae artistes affiliated with...

Cameal Davis Tests Band Waters

Having entertained a variety of overseas audiences visiting the island, the Cuttin' Edge band is projecting that its future might reflect much of its current pastime. Based at Jewels, Paradise Cove in St Ann, the melodic group of six has been blaz...

Packed street festival for Jack Ruby

One of the more telling signs of just how much Friday's second Jack Ruby Festival: The Black Experience was a street festival was a green suitcase with wheels pulled through a section of the large crowd on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann. The l...

Der Rosenkavalier at Carib 5 tomorrow

Renee Fleming will sing her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin in the Met's new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and Robert Carsen directs the new production (the company's first new staging of the pie...

Xaymaca takes soca on the sea

With a creatively decorated ship and consistent high-energy music, Saturday's Xaymaca Cooler Cruise pulled out hundreds of patrons to all three floors of the Treasure Queen ship, docked at the waterfront, downtown Kingston. From as early as 5 p...

It's a done deal - Wray & Nephew are title sponsors for JA Carnival 2017

  Wray & Nephew has announced their partnership with Jamaica Carnival this year as title sponsors. Delivering the news at a recent media announcement held at @twentythree on Dominica Drive were Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, (JWN Ltd; ...

Five good choices this weekend

DRINK UP Chill out at Come Drink With Me at Jackpot Sports Bar, 42 Giltress Street, starting at 8 p.m.   MOVIES See the action-packed John Wick: Chapter 2, showing at the cinemas this weekend.   EXERCISE Flex your body with Dynamic Yoga for Arthri...

Giving credit on radio - (Why 'juggling' only is a disservice)

  On Tuesday morning I participated (mostly by listening) in a discussion put on by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) and National Integrity Association. Named Reggae Roun Di Table, it was about payola as part of the process toward...

Red roses to June Isaacs from Gregory - Widow loved 'Cool Ruler' through drug issues

  June Isaacs, Gregory Isaacs' widow, smiled as she said she received red roses "all the while" from her late husband. She also smiled, though with less outright joy than at the memory of the flowers, as she recalled the effect of his cocaine...

Golden Globes audience grew by 1.5 million over last year

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company says Sunday’s Golden Globes show enjoyed a bump in its audience over last year’s.  The awards broadcast, aired on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting, was seen by 20 million viewers. That’s a boost of 1.5 mil...

Early acts named for 9 Mile fest

Julian Marley, Sizzla and rapper DMX are part of this year’s 9 Mile Music Festival, scheduled for March 11 at Virginia Key Beach in Florida. The Miami New Times reports that Capleton, Charly Black, singer Kreesha Turner and sound system The Mighty ...

Kingston Book Festival 2015 starts Sunday

Buoyed by over two dozen events, the fourth edition of the Kingston Book Festival (KBF) will spread from bookstores to libraries, to bars, the streets, and even the prisons of Kingston. The dynamic and growing festival will take place from March 1 to 8.

Gospel takes the lead in Reggae Month celebrations

Pulling in the largest turnout to date for the 2015 celebration of Reggae Month, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA's)-organised Reggae Praise was a success. This was due to Christians and non-Christians alike braving intermittent showers to attend the inaugural staging.

Marley sons ready for dad's 70th 'Redemption Live' concert

A number of Jamaica's top entertainers and reggae icons are gearing up to pay tribute to world reggae icon Bob Marley at a 70th birthday, free concert being hosted by Digicel on Saturday, February 7, commencing at 6 p.m.

Police to Crack Down on Wayward Party Promoters in Negril

Commanding Officer of the Negril Police Station, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mercedes Currie says her department will be relentless in its prosecution of wayward party promoters and venue owners who continue to breach the Noise Abatement Act and other laws, despite numerous warnings.

Live Pay-Per-View HD for Rebel Salute 2015

As Flow breaks new ground in first time sponsoring the event

Telecommunications company Columbus Communications Jamaica, CCJL, operator of Flow, is going all out for its first time sponsoring Jamaica's premier reggae music festival, Rebel Salute.

Gully Bop Gets Int'l Attention

Jamaica-born, United States-based dentists offer help

Two New York-based Jamaica-born dentists - Dr Dwight Williams and Dr Kerisa Harriott - are offering their services free of charge to ensure that new Internet dancehall sensation Gully Bop has a brighter smile.

Bunny Wailer Calls Out Marley Estate on Recent Cannabis Deal

"The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed," says veteran entertainer Bunny Wailer. In light of the recent deal between the Marley estate and international cannabis company Privateer Holdings, Wailer, who has long been an advocate for the legalisation of marijuana, believes that the venture should not be allowed to gain success.

Ziggy does guest slot with Warwick. One of all-star guest vocalists on 'Feels So Good

"I couldn't think of another way to go with Ziggy since reggae is his  point of power and it fit perfectly with the song he chose to do with  me," Warwick told...

Red Stripe backs Shorts Circuit

After 13 years, the Shorts Circuit event has established itself as one of the most enjoyable and exciting parties on the entertainment calendar.

Tommy Lee to fix dispute with producer

Tommy Lee Sparta and his management team are working to repair their working relationship with production house UIM Records, after the deejay accused the record label of not releasing his songs, in a recently leaked telephone recording.

Khago comes up big at Vibes Link FM Awards

DANCEHALL deejay Khago's Nah Sell Out came up big at the inaugural Vibes Link FM Awards at the Club Eclipse in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday.

 

Octane's management severs ties with LiveJam

The management team of internationally acclaimed reggae singer, Byiome Muir, more popularly known as I-Octane, has released a statement to the media, declaring that they are completely distancing themselves from Barcelona-based LiveJam Entertainme

Road Elf goes head first

Deejay Road Elf (formerly known as Terro 3000) has teamed with dancehall duo RDX on the single Head Top.

Sean Paul, Demarco, I Octane for Montreal Int’l Reggae Festival

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Promoters of the11th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival have announced a second wave of artistes to be featured on the show scheduled for August 15 to 17 at the Old Port of Montreal, Canada.

Busta Rhymes Hit With $790K Tax Bill

Uncle Sam has Busta Rhymes all in check after slapping the rapper with two tax bills worth a little under a million bucks, TMZ reports.

Angela Bassett Directing Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie

The network has announced a biopic about the late singer's tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown. The film will be directed by Angela Bassett, Houston's 1995 "Waiting To Exhale" co-star

Assassin, Vegas, Spice and New Kid Alkaline for Sumfest Dancehall Night

For Immediate Release:  Friday, April 25, 2014

Kingston, Jamaica; The organizers of Reggae Sumfest have confirmed the lyrical Assassin and new sensation Alkaline for Dancehall night, July 17 of, the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest. ‘The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth’, is already shaping up to be 2014’s most memorable event and returns to its home base Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 – 19.

Reggae Sumfest offers reduced tickets to early birds

Local and international fans of the Greatest Reggae Show on earth can now purchase tickets at reduced rates for the event scheduled for July 13-19 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.

Wiz Khalifa ‘Play Hard’ for Reggae Sumfest

Kingston, Jamaica: US Rapper and Black and Yellow hit maker Wiz Khalifa has been confirmed for the 2014 staging of Reggae Sumfest.

DJ Franco brings soca to Jamaica

In Jamaica, soca might seem mostly reserved for certain sections of society, but selector DJ Franco wants to help the masses to understand and appreciate the genre even more.

From tragedy to triumph — Shae Mill rises after family's murder

Multitalented musician Shae Mill (Shae Miller) has released her latest single, Sweet Love (Even If I Lie), a song she expects to widen her audience base and boost her career as a vocalist.

Sting 30 featured in Billboard Magazine - Greatest one-night show on earth continues to make waves

  Source of Photo and Article:  Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer The impact of Sting's 30th anniversary show continues to resonate across the globe with the recent publication of a review of the show in Billboard Magazine. The article, written by...

Cindy on trial - Marley relationship goes public

Cindy Breakspeare said she knew the King of Reggae, the man who would later become the father of her love child, because they would say hello to each other in passing.

Celebrating the Gong - Major Marley 69th birthday observances centred in Kingston

The major Kingston-based celebrations marking Bob Marley's 69th birthday were slated to get under way at 5:30 this morning with a Nyabinghi drumming session at his former home, 56 Hope Road (now the Bob Marley Museum). Organisers at the museum said some of Bob Marley's children and grandchildren will be cutting his birthday cake, which will be shared throughout the day.

Alkaline To Satisfy Post-December Demand

Relatively new label, Cahban Records, is set to host its first live concert for dancehall artiste Alkaline.

Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Beenie Man join Jazz and Blues line-up

MARCIA Griffiths, Chronixx, Chalice and Moses Davis, who performs under the stage name Beenie Man, will add a tasty mix of sweet reggae to this year's staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival scheduled for January 30 to February 1

Ninja Man Hosts Birthday Party At Turtle River Park

Deejay Ninja Man's birthday party is set to take place on Saturday, January 25, at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann, and will feature a number of top Jamaican artistes.

STITCHIE... traces his journey from dancehall star to spiritual man in the autobiography

  Power of Determination.  Reggae gospel act drop autobiography STITCHIE... traces his journey from dancehall star to spiritual man in the autobiography   HAILED as an original when he entered the dancehall arena in the 1980s, deejay Stitchie gav...

Buccaneer walks comeback plank

BUCCANEER... believes he has what it takes to be competitive in an industry that caters to young acts

DEEJAY Buccaneer, a prolific hitmaker during the 1990s, is making a comeback with The Darkside, a 20-track album which features previously released material.

Toots under pressure

Toots Hibbert, lead singer of the act Toots and the Maytals. TOOTS Hibbert has earned the title 'reggae great' due to an enduring career that has produced classic songs like 54-46 and Pressure Drop, but that meant nothing to an intoxicated fan who struck him with a bottle during a concert in May.

Gay-Rights Groups, Queen Ifrica Highlight August

In August, the issues of old Jamaican culture versus a New World culture came to the fore. Queen Ifrica and a Canadian gay organisation became embroiled in a tussle over free speech and not seemingly infringing on the rights of others while exercising it. But there were other interesting things about August that made us stop and look.

Gospel acts deliver at FirstFest

DESPITE its premature ending, FirstFest held on the grounds of Jamaica College in St Andrew on New Year's Day was an amazing event.

Nature's Way paid off in 2013

THE principals at Nature's Way Entertainment says the label enjoyed a fruitful 2013 with the release of a number of singles, as well as negotiating licensing and distribution deals.

Christmas Reggae Extravaganza show to hit the spot in Jamaica

Anticipating another successful staging of his annual Christmas night stage show with another fantastic line-up.

Caldhino on a musical high

Dancehall artiste and Edith Dalton James High School graduate Kemar 'Caldhino' Flash is satisfied with the progress that he has been making in the music business.

Wild celebration as Tessanne wins The Voice

Chin defeated her strongest rivals Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin to capture the top position in the popular NBC talent competition.

Tessanne advances to top 3 in The Voice

  KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Tessanne Chin was the first contestant to advance to the final round of NBC's The Voice competition Tuesday night. Chin's passionate rendition of 'Bridge over Troubled Water' Monday night maintained the top spot on the iTune's...

Farewell to Reggae's crown prince Dennis Brown

  Jamaica celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Its entertainment section looks back at some major events the newspaper covered during that period. Today we look at the passing of reggae singer Dennis Brown. REGGAE has produced many great sing...

Bring The Sting Adds Wyclef

  The countdown begins for the biggest dancehall clash of all time, Bring The Sting. With just two weeks to go for the event, the line-up, which includes the American Rapper 2Chainz and reggae legend Supercat (who brought out Kriss Kross in 1992, t...

Tessanne Hits Top 10 On ITunes

  After a heart-warming and mind-blowing rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water #TeamTessanne fans turned their campaigning up and propelled Tessanne into the top ten of the iTunes USA top 100 charts.    With parties revving into full gear acros...

Classics keep Tibet current

  The St Mary-born Tibet says this year has been a busy one show-wise, with most of his dates being overseas in Barbados, Japan and the United States. He is still in demand despite not releasing a new album in seven years and no new songs on the ma...

Tifa, Romain score big

TIFA and Romain Virgo scored big at Thursday's Triple Century Live show at cricketer Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston.   Dressed in a fetching black leather suit, Tifa declared, "Tonight, I am going to do things a bit differe...

A Good Day for Tessanne

  Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin continues to make the rounds on the US television networks. Chin, who made it into the top 5 of the NBC talent show, The Voice, on Tuesday, was guest on Fox affilliate KTTV yesterday. Hide DescriptionTessanne Chin Go...

Beres, Snoop Lion (Dogg) among five nominated for Reggae Grammy

    KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Albums by Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Ziggy Marley, Sly and Robbie & the Jam Masters and American rapper Snoop Lion have been nominated for the Best Reggae Album category at next year's Grammy Awards.   Nominations were an...

Who will it be?

  Mystic Power: Alpha Blondy With a career spanning more than 30 years, the 60-year-old singer from the Côte d'Ivoire has made a name for himself, especially in Africa and Europe. He earned his sole Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album with 200...

Major Mackerel is adamant that he's "coming back".

  Once a staple in the 1980s with hits such as Pretty Looks Done and Dutty Bundle, he is determined that he will find his place in the current state of dancehall.   "I was absent from Jamaica for a while. But now I'm back and slowly but surely get...

Saddle To The East rides again

  AFTER a seven-year hiatus, the Saddle To The East live show will ride again. The charity event is scheduled for December 24 at Goodyear Oval in St Thomas. It is a joint effort between founder and dancehall artiste Bounty Killer and Upliftment, a ...

Sting, the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth, celebrates 30 years

  Sting, the greatest one night reggae and dancehall show on earth, celebrates 30 years of live entertainment. Promoters DownSound Records and Supreme Promotions are taking the celebration across the globe by offering the STING 30th a Pay-Per-View ...

Prosecution continues case against Vybz Kartel and his co-accused today

  In the case against Vybz Kartel and his four co-accused…. The sister of the deceased man has admitted that her brother had been charged with illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent. She made the admission during cross-examination...

Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award for Freddie

He is a pioneer of ska and reggae music and remains an icon of the genres. The Institute of Caribbean Studies will honour the legendary contributions of Freddie McGregor by presenting him with the 2013 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) Gala at the JW Marriott on Friday in Washington DC.

Lava pushes Dann-I's growth

Rising reggae/culture singer Dann-I has come full circle as an artiste. A former member of the group Que (which placed fifth in the Digicel Rising Stars competition in 2005), Dann-I is now a member of singer I-Wayne's Lava family.