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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘The Will’ a perfect theme song for charity concert | Entertainment

When the curtains came down on the 2018 staging of the Powerful Women and Men Perform for Charity concert, the audience made their exit to the lively rhythm of the show’s theme song, The Will. The Will was written by Ewan Simpson, musical director of the National Dance Theatre Company, and Oshin Levy, lead vocalist for the gospel group Levy’s Heritage. Both met in 2012 when Levy’s Heritage entered the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition. Simpson was their musical director. The Gleaner caught up with both at…

‘Hamlet’ shows at Palace Cineplex this Sunday | Entertainment

To be or not to be? Is the burning question in the outstanding performance of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, Hamlet. This amazing production has been experienced by over half a million people worldwide, and will be shown in Jamaica, exclusively at Palace Cineplex this Sunday. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica), and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Hamlet tells the story of a son who is forced to avenge his father’s death, but rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Academy…

Top gospel artistes to entertain inner-city youth for Father’s Day | Entertainment

On Father’s Day, some of the island’s leading gospel artistes will be putting on a free concert for 3,000 young men between the ages of 15 and 25, from inner-city communities. The event, dubbed Meet A Father, Change a Life, will be held at the National Arena. Performers will include Kevin Downswell, Rondell Positive, Ity, Blacka, and Dunamis. The entertainment is part of a special day of activities that has been initiated by a prayer group consisting of men from various denominations who have been meeting every Tuesday morning for…