‘Graveyard’ video sends life message | Entertainment

The new Tarrus Riley music video for ‘Graveyard’ has come at a time when the call for an end to crime and violence in Jamaica has strengthened. The visuals were released last Thursday, the same day Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared a state of public emergency in the crime stricken parish of St James. The song encourages gunmen to let go of a life of crime and poignantly states that if they don’t, death is sure. Riley assures gunmen who are still alive that “the wickedest man dem live dung…

Reggae goes to the vote | Entertainment

Just ahead of February, Reggae Month 2018, the long process of the music genre being officially inscribed as originating from Jamaica is at a critical point. Speaking at the Pulse headquarters, New Kingston, on Saturday ahead of singer Spiritual’s performance before an audience of invitees, Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange outlined the process that has been in train. “Everywhere you go all over the world, people are playing reggae. We want it to be inscribed as coming from Jamaica,” Grange said, adding that a dossier…

New year in Poland for Omi | Entertainment

Singer Omi, whose breakout single Cheerleader put him on stages worldwide, has not performed in Jamaica for some time. However, Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon of Oufa Media, Omi’s production and management team, told The Gleaner that he and Omi were in Poland for the 2018 welcome celebrations, where the ball was dropped as it is in other locations, notably Times Square, New York City. Dillon also said a new album will be released by Omi this year, although he did not commit to a date, saying that the recording is done…

Solo J’can entry strategy for Spiritual’s ‘Awakening’ | Entertainment

On Saturday night, singer Spiritual performed for approximately an hour at Pulse’s Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, headquarters, presenting tracks from his Awakening album to an audience of specially invited guest. However, the potential audience was worldwide, as the concert was streamed free, an open invitation extended to those who would log on to see the Oufah Media artiste on stage with a full band. Apart from his guests Droop Lion and Iba Mahr, Spiritual was the only solo vocalist for what he told The Gleaner was his first performance in…

Red Rose for Walker’s Place of Safety – Patrons asked to carry donations for children | Entertainment

In addition to donating to Patricia House, this year’s Red Rose for Gregory Concert on Valentine’s Day will be used to collect donations for Walker’s Place of Safety. Gregory Isaacs’s widow, June, said that in light of last week’s fire at the facility which affected more than 30 wards of the State, the Gregory Isaacs Foundation decided to offer assistance. “We have been having this show for part proceeds to go to Patricia House drug-rehabilitation programme, because Gregory had his issues and we wanted to help others who had similar…

Superb ‘The Post’ places truth above all | Entertainment

For the most part, history is an unstable thing. It exists in our memories, both through individuals and collectively in society. Memory, however, very rarely can be relied upon. It is only when recorded that it can be regarded as honest, a true account of the event. In a time when news is considered fake and facts alternative, journalism is needed now more than ever. That’s the point of The Post, a movie about truth, a film which sees The Washington Post fight against the will of a government comfortable…

Unity at the Academy – Sounds, personalities blend at Digicel-funded workshop | Entertainment

Last year, approximately 300 submissions to the Digicel Music Academy from producers, songwriters and singers were narrowed to three of each and taken to Geejam Studios in Portland from December 19-22 for a free all-inclusive workshop, courtesy of Digicel. International soca star Machel Montana was mentor to the performers, Barbados-born singer-songwriter Shontelle Layne, who sang the R&B hit T-Shirt and wrote the Alison Hinds hit Roll, guided the pens. Deputy, who produced hit records like Rihanna’s B***h Better Have My Money, mentored the producers. “It wasn’t really about the genre…

The Music Diaries | Errol Dunkley at it from an early age – Made his first record at 11 years old | Entertainment

When Errol Dunkley made his first record, he was only 11 years old. And it wasn’t an encouraging start for him either because that recording flopped ­ a ska piece done for fledging record producer Prince Buster in 1962 entitled My Queen. It was just about the time when Buster met upon a stumbling block in his quest to buy records abroad to play on his sound system, and alternatively, had to turn to record production, going on to become a recording artiste in his own right. Dunkley heard about…

Story of the Song | ‘Something Special’ slows the pace | Entertainment

At Studio One, 13 Brentford Road (now Studio One Boulevard, St Andrew), Kingsley Goodison saw the process of recording many songs which would eventually be deemed special in the unfolding of Jamaican popular music. A standout among them is Something Special, led by trumpeter Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore and tenor saxophonist Roland Alphonso. Goodison credits the song with restraining the runaway pace of Jamaican popular music set by Ball of Fire – and deliberately so. “Johnny had just come back from somewhere ­ as the Soul Vendors, they had played in…

‘Yardie’ named one of two headliners at Sundance Film Festival 2018 | Entertainment

Two of the four Jamaican actors cast in Idris Elba’s directorial debut, will head to the Sundance Film Festival, set for January 18-28 in Park City, Utah, for the world premiere of the feature film, ‘Yardie.’ Based on the novel written by Jamaican Victor Headley and filmed on location between Jamaica and London in the summer of 2017, Yardie, will premiere at Sundance as one of the festival’s two headlining feature productions, and will contend among 11 other films for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize. Yardie, is…