Carnival costumes going like hot bread – High costs not a deterrent | Entertainment

The commercialisation of carnival bands and high cost of costumes has not affected the sales. Directors of Xaymaca International, Xodus and Bacchanal Jamaica, have expressed that the interest has grown not only locally, but also from overseas markets. Charmaine Franklin, one of the directors of Bacchanal Jamaica, told The Gleaner, “We had a preliminary number of costumes working with for each section, but with the outpour of interest from customers, both new and returning, it becomes more evident that more will be added.” Already, there are reports of 75% and…

The Post The ultimate fight for truth | Entertainment

The Post is a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post‘s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and…

The Commuter | Lives are on the line | Entertainment

It is trouble on a train for Michael MacCauley, an insurance agent whose daily commute becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. Michael races against the clock to solve the puzzle in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for himself and others. From the director of Non-Stop, Unknown, and Run All Night Jaume Collet-Serra, The Commuter stars Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Vera…

Diana King marries longtime girlfriend | Entertainment

In 2012, ‘Shy Guy’ singer Diana King declared to the world that she was a lesbian. Her announcement was met with mix reactions, especially from Jamaicans who are often referred to as some of the most homophobic people on Earth.  But on the weekend, the singer boldly took to social media to announce that she had tied the knot with her longtime girlfriend, making her the first reggae/dancehall act to openly announce a same-sex union. “As an artiste, who is LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), born and raised in…

Good music at Young People Tuesdayz | Entertainment

DJ Vaughny Vicious recently kept a party at Lil Copa Club in Bull Bay, St Andrew, during the popular Young People Tuesdayz weekly party series. The response was good, despite overcast skies and rain. “I thank the patrons for coming out, and my selector family were out in their numbers, showing their support,” he said. “It was a good look, considering that it was raining and the weather was unpredictable.” Selectors who performed included DJ Brinkz, DJ Naj and Vybz Kid. Here are highlights from the event. Source link

Jah Bouks’ manager to sue promoter | Entertainment

Patricia Panton, manager for reggae act Jah Bouks, said she will be filing a lawsuit against a United States-based producer who she alleges failed to pay the Call Angola singer for performances in Africa. “I am feeling very disappointed,” Panton said, adding that Jah Bouks is yet to receive payment for shows in Senegal and Gambia late last year. Jah Bouks, along with reggae singer Jah Cure, performed with several African acts at shows in Senegal in December. “We are currently pursuing legal action against him,” she said. When THE…

McGregor wants harmony between generations | Entertainment

Singer Freddie McGregor, who performed at Rebel Salute 2018 on Saturday night in Priory, St Ann, has seen the progression of many Jamaican popular music artistes’ careers in his over five decades in the recording studio and on stage. Where the outcome of those careers has been less than what could have been, McGregor expresses regret. “We try to guide the youngsters. My disappointment is some don’t listen. We don’t want them to be behind bars,” McGregor told THE STAR. ‘We are here for a particular time and period to…

MENTO REVIVAL … Growing demand for music which gave birth to ska and reggae | Entertainment

The demand for mento bands skyrocketed during the Christmas season, leaving the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to conclude that there is still life in this style of Jamaican folk music that influenced ska and reggae. “Mento was a dying art form, so what we do, through our workshops, is build new bands with the help of the schools. So you will find music teachers and bandleaders pulling resources, finding instruments and encouraging students to practise the art,” Karla Mullings, manager of JCDC’s Business and Product Development Unit told The…

Akeem Mignott dreams of great future in theatre | Entertainment

Just as he set foot in the elevator, the fellow passenger’s eyes fixed on Akeem Mignott. “Is this the actor?” the passenger asked. Mignott responded with a wide smile, “Yes, the actor.” Their conversation was short and polite, ending with the revelation that he was recognised from his work in the theatre production, Frank The Freak. “That’s my day. It happens every day. Nuh day nuh pass,” Mignott told The Gleaner. “I have to be careful how I leave the house. I have to be presentableif yuh hair nuh comb,…

Mento Revival – Growing demand for music that gave birth to ska and reggae | Entertainment

The demand for mento bands skyrocketed during the Christmas season, leaving the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to conclude that there is still life in this style of Jamaican folk music that influenced ska and reggae. “Mento was a dying art form, so what we do, through our workshops, is build new bands with the help of the schools. So you will find music teachers and bandleaders pulling resources, finding instruments and encouraging students to practise the art,” Karla Mullings, manager of JCDC’s Business and Product Development Unit told The…