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,…

Darrio shows musical side on new EP | Entertainment

Dancehall artiste Darrio says he is ready to show his fans a different side of him with his latest project, ‘The Preliminary’. Executively produced by Germaica Austria from Europe, the eight-track EP features two collaborations – one with up-and-coming songstress Kim Nain on the track titled For You, which is produced by Picante Music, and another with veteran reggae legend Everton Blender on the final track, Put In The Work, that was produced by Warrior Music Productions. Other songs on the project include Turn It Up, which is one of…

Wig-wearing comedians come under fire | Entertainment

Wig-wearing social media comedians have lashed back at inspirational Christian speaker Dana Chanel. Chanel, in an Instagram post earlier this week, called out several comedians, including the likes of Jamaican Prince Marni, for what she described as their “degrading representation of the power of a black man’s talent”. In her lengthy post, Chanel acknowledged that she would receive a flaking for her decision to speak on the matter, but expressed that she found it disheartening that black men in today’s society would buy into something that does nothing but “destroy…

Ladies went for ‘sex appeal’ at Lavish Lifestyle Pool Party | Entertainment

  This was one of the parties that females had ticked on their 2018 calendar. Lavish Lifestyle All-white Pool Party was held last Saturday at the Rockfort Mineral Spa, in east Kingston. Females were skimpily clad, showing off curves and all the treasures they were born with. Their male counterparts, local and international guests for the event, partied like there was no tomorrow. “Selector, you can’t lock off the sound yet. We don’t finish party yet,” one flosser said, as he sipped the contents from a Hennessy bottle. His friends…

‘No disability can stop me’ – Dancehall’s little giant determined to make it big | Entertainment

Although he is confined to a wheelchair and stands at three feet four inches tall, Gavin ‘GMG’ Burgess is determined to make it big on the party scene. The 32-year-old refuses to let his physical impediments stop his love for promoting parties in Jamaica and Florida. “After a spinal cord injury accident in 2003, where I lost my mobility and was confined to a wheelchair, I experienced depression and sad days. I got motivated by a longtime friend Rashedi, who is now deceased, to go out and promote dancehall parties…

Campari’s brand influencers perform for charity | Entertainment

Campari Caribbean’s brand influencers: Soca Viking Bunji Garlin and fast-rising dancehall sensation Shenseea were among several artistes who participated in this year’s staging of the philanthropic Shaggy and Friends benefit concert in Kingston. The artistes performed in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica; the only facility of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. “This hospital is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, and we owe it to the future of our region to ensure that the facility is fully able to accommodate them…

Rebel Salute stage used to urge fight against crime | Entertainment

Entertainers are again being called out to lead the charge in the fight against crime. With more than 40 people already murdered since the start of the year, several artistes on the line-up for the first night of the 25th staging of Rebel Salute charged entertainers to begin the fight against crime by using their best tool; music. Big Youth told The STAR that the music can set Jamaica down the right path as it relates to crime, but says that can only be done when artistes stop promoting violence…