Bandstand: All for one and one for all! | Entertainment

Crafting an image to accompany their sound has largely become the focus for contemporary musicians. But the only signature image some will ever own is a silhouette behind bright stage lights. The world’s most fanatical music lover attending numerous live shows for recording artistes may never know the names of the men (or women) who cue show time with the tap of the drumsticks. This is what the life of a backing band is like. Nonetheless, backing bands are an important part of the local music industry, performing with entertainers…

Banded together – Like father like sons: the story of the Ashbournes | Entertainment

As the adage goes, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’. But if there are two trees, the harvest from the orchard is bound to be bountiful. In almost every sector of the local music industry, many will be familiar with the name Peter Ashbourne. Those many may, however, be unaware of the fact that this musician’s contributions to the local musical landscape have fed into his personal life and produced a family of performers who tread along similar paths, paved by a passion for music. All four members…

Theatre is therapy for Earl Warner’s daughter Zahra | Entertainment

Zahra Warner was only eight when her father – Bajan theatre director and writer Earl Warner passed away but she remembers their primary relationship and grew up on the knowledge of his work in the Caribbean. The 27-year-old drama therapist says that her own career is a result of what she observed as a child and learning about her father’s work through mourning his absence. “Truth is, I avoided it (theatre) in its direct, pure form for most of my early teenage years because of the weight of my father’s…

The Music Diaries | Orange street – Mecca of Jamaican music | Entertainment

Growing up along Orange Street in downtown Kingston – the heart of Jamaica’s popular music during its embryonic stage – I was privileged to be among some of the greats who created the foundation music of ska and rocksteady. Music Street and Beat Street, as Orange Street was then called, was a constant buzz of activity, with a multitude of record stores and recording establishments that acted like a magnet for dozens of aspiring artists whose dream was to become musical stars. Some of the more prominent music establishments along…

Children of late reggae legends salute their fathers | Entertainment

Today is Father’s Day, and while many are gearing up to treat their fathers to breakfast in bed, take him out for lunch or dinner or shower him with gifts, others are left with just memories because their fathers are no longer with them in the flesh. Today, we salute some of the legendary fathers who contributed greatly to the development of Jamaican music. And who better to talk about what type of fathers they were than from their children?   Sugar Minott – My dad, my friend   Speaking…

Players’ stories, awards make musicals’ agenda | Entertainment

Occasionally, the peri-pheral matters – the AOB (any other business) items on the agenda – turn out to be more important than the major ones. Arguably, that’s what happened with two musical concerts in Kingston on June 3. The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica’s (NYOJ) show at the YMCA on Hope Road was followed within half an hour by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s (JMTC) at Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue. The fair-to-middling music by the nine-year-old NYOJ was overshadowed by the background information given about the musicians, while the really…

J’can music has private-jet power – Jr Gong complimented by Jay-Z’s ‘Bam’ efforts | Entertainment

NEW YORK: Several months ago, rap icon and music industry executive Jay-Z sent his private jet from the United States to the continent of Africa to fetch Damian Marley. Jay-Z was gambling on a smash single collaboration with Bob Marley’s youngest son and wanted to make sure nothing would slow down the project. The song, Bam, was recorded in Los Angeles, California. However, the six-minute music video was shot at Hellshire Beach, St Catherine, and Trench Town, St Andrew. To facilitate the video shoot, Jay-Z flew Gong by private jet…

Morgan revives Black Eagles with marijuana mission | Entertainment

Singer Denroy Morgan did the 1981 smash single I’ll Do Anything for You. Some of his 32 children are in the Grammy-winning band Morgan Heritage. As a member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America, Morgan is acutely aware of the empowerment ganja potentially holds for Rastafarians and others and feels that now, there is a great need for more bands with a focused message to showcase music in a serious, professional, creative and disciplined light. With this in mind, he has revived Black Eagles, a…

A futile exercise as entertainment | Entertainment

As a committed non-football fan, the next few weeks of World Cup 2018 frenzy mean very little to me. Sure, there will be the moments that make an impression – the spectacular free kicks, the hot girls in the stands who stretch the names of the country they are supporting on their shirt fronts, the moments when giants fall and there is weeping and moaning and gnashing of teeth. However, in the main, I will again remain unmoved, and I am pleasantly amazed at how passionately people support football teams…

J’can music has private jet power | Entertainment

NEW YORK: Several months ago, rap icon and music industry executive Jay-Z sent his private jet from the United States to the continent of Africa to fetch Damian Marley. Jay-Z was gambling on a smash single collaboration with Bob Marley’s youngest son and wanted to make sure nothing would slow down the project. The song, Bam, was recorded in Los Angeles, California. However, the six-minute music video was shot at Hellshire Beach, St Catherine, and Trench Town, St Andrew. To facilitate the video shoot, Jay-Z flew Gong by private jet…