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Saluting the Crown Prince

The organisers of Reggae Sunsplash are assuring patrons that the festival will return to the entertainment calendar in November this year, despite murmurings to the contrary. Tyrone Wilson, executive producer of the festival which has not been held for the past 14 years, noted that plans are progressing steadily for the three-day event which will...

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JMC hailed a success

Organisers of the just-concluded Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) are claiming success with this year’s staging. The occasion was held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston on February 13-20, 2020. Joan Webley, director of the JMC, noted that this year it was recognised that there needs to be an urgency in providing solutions to some of...

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Elgood locks horn with system

The Rastafarian religion emerged in Jamaica during the 1930s and over the years grown in acceptance across the world. One identifying feature of Rastas is their dreadlocks, but many are still condemned for their matted hairstyle in Jamaica. This continuous chastisement led British film-maker Rick Elgood to create a documentary that would help shed some...

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Jamaica’s ties with RCA Records

Having signed with Columbia Records UK in 2018, that label is looking to take Grammy-winning singjay Koffee to a bigger audience in the United States. To do that, she has been linked with RCA Records. “Koffee is signed to Columbia UK for the world, but the US licensee is RCA Records,” Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, president of...

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‘COME OUT IN YOUR NUMBERS’

EWAN Simpson, chairman of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), says even though the turnout at Reggae Wednesdays has been steadily increasing, more support is needed. “So far, we have been pleased with the production. We have been able to combat many of the challenges that faced us. However, what I’d like to see is...

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Deniece, Sanchez toast of Red Rose

Patrons came for American singer Deniece Williams, but stayed for Sanchez at the fourth Red Rose For Gregory show at Liguanea Golf Club in New Kingston on Saturday evening. Dressed in their finest red-and-white gowns and dress shirts, heels and pointy-toed shoes, the audience was treated to a delightful performance from four-time Grammy winner Williams,...

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Marleys open learning centre

Ghetto Youths Foundation (GYF), founded by Stephen, Damian, and Julian Marley, fulfilled its vision to be generationally impactful in communities where opportunities are scarce with the opening of Cornerstone Learning Centre in Trench Town last Wednesday. “This project came directly from the community as a request to from a bridge for support. Young people in...

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More Power to Stacey

Jamaica-born, Canada-raised supermodel Stacey McKenzie is making moves in the world of film and television as an actress. The freckle-faced McKenzie has recently completed two screen projects. She made a guest appearance in the finale of the hugely popular series Power, which aired on the American cable network Starz, and also has a role in...

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‘JAMAICA WE SAY’

Yasus Afari, head of Sen Yacum Entertainment, says the 17th Poetry in Motion will have strong Jamaican themes. The event will be held February 23 at Manchester Golf Club. Poetry in Motion will also feature the presentation of prizes to the winner and runners-up of the Golden Poetry Competition. “We opened applications on January 15...

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‘I man on yah’

For fans wary of message-heavy, roots-reggae songs that bemoaned the turmoil in Jamaica during the 1970s, Pluto Shervington’s easy-listening songs were welcome comic relief. But in 1976 the singer released I Man Born Yah, a song many thought was a middle finger to the socialist government of Michael Manley. The following year Shervington left Jamaica...

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