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Pat Kelly hailed as great talent

WITH Tuesday’s passing of veteran singer Pat Kelly, broadcaster/show promoter Michael Barnett says Jamaica’s music fraternity has lost a great talent. “He has made a fantastic contribution to Jamaican music. He was also a studio engineer for many years, so he mixed a lot of songs from that era and this was probably why his...

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Kenya receives the Cure

A Kenyan show promoter has described Jah Cure’s July 6 show in Nairobi as “the biggest concert Kenya ever seen in over 15 years”. The singer was headliner for Umoja Splash Festival which took place at Uhuru Gardens in the East African country’s capital. According to the promoter, Kenya Don, Jah Cure performed for over...

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Alpha band for Sumfest stage

The Alpha Institute Band, winners of the 2019 Jamaica’s Best School Band (JBSB) competition, will perform at Reggae Sumfest on July 20. They will share the stage with some of reggae’s biggest stars, including Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Chronixx. Reggae Sumfest takes place July 14-20 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. The Alpha Institute...

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Vegas aces GED

BETTER late than never, just ask Mr Vegas. The 44-year-old recently attained his high school diploma. The singjay took to social media last Thursday to show off his General Education Development (GED) diploma. “Look who received his high school GED Diploma. It’s just the beginning,” he said, under the post. The GED consists of four...

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Reggae rocking Minnesota

The academic appeal of Jamaican culture, particularly reggae music, continues to take root globally. The Univeristy of Minnesota, located in Minneapolis in the United States, recently played host to an International Summer Institute for Reggae Studies, where participants were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of a number of master artistes and scholars...

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Adonvi says it’s not about hype

Deejay Adonvi believes dancehall music is not what it used to be. He is encouraging his peers to get back to basics. “Right now, there’s space in dancehall an’ every artiste doing their thing. I am not knocking anyone and wha’ it is that they are doing. However, we need to get back in the...

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Grace Jerk Fest finds new home

After spending 14 years at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will move to a new home for its 18th staging on November 10. The Miramar Regional Park is the new location. Promoters explained the reason for the venue change. “The new location has better infrastructure. We are always looking for ways...

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Xyclone blows over Billboard

Dancehall artiste Xyclone earns his third consecutive Billboard album entry, as The Year of The Wolf debuts at number three on this week’s Reggae Albums Chart. The 10-song set was released June 28 by Red Square Productions/Wolf Nation Distribution. It has collaborations such as Meck It Clap (remix) featuring Konshens; We Run The Roads with...

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Int’l Reggae Day strums for 2020

Andrea Davis, conceptualiser of International Reggae Day (IRD), has put this year’s staging behind her and is already looking to 2020. She was, however, unwilling to share the details but said the theme is confirmed and plans are in the making for a number of cities. This year’s events, Davis reported, met the targets of...

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18 vie for Miss Universe Ja crown

Pageant season is up and running. Of the 45 girls who showed for Saturday’s eliminations, 18 were selected to compete for the 2019 Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty and Wellness pageant. The event took place at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa in Kingston. “There is a great deal in store for this year’s pageant, as...

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