Violence in dancehall lyrics the same old song

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For this instalment of The Gleaner’s Entertainment Forum, our panellists peered into the history of Jamaican music in an attempt to rationalise the pervasiveness of sex and violence in dancehall lyrics. The conversation, however, went tangential…

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Five Questions With Donovan Watkis

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If there was ever a shining example of a jack of all trades, Donovan Watkis would be it. Brand marketer and music consultant, artiste manager, author, devoted father, actor and film-maker are just a few of the many hats Watkis wears on a daily…

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Person of the Week – Stylo G

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Stylo G’s summer was good. In fact, it would be fair to say that it was really good. The recording artiste followed up his Touchdown hit with the dance-friendly Dumpling – and made several international and local appearances, including The Gleaner’…

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Sound systems – a school for disc jocks

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In addition to playing an influential role in the global impact that Jamaican music has made, sound systems –comprising disc jockeys, audio engineers, emcees, sound technicians (oftentimes referred to as ‘box men’), and, in some cases, burgeoning…

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Grammy Museum presents an evening with Spragga Benz - Artiste to perform at Prudential Center October 3

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Dancehall artiste and Shottas actor Spragga Benz is about to add another feather to his cap. When he performs at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center on Thursday, October 3, he will be the first reggae-dancehall act to perform in its…

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Spotlight shines on two renowned poets

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Arguably Jamaica’s best known poets, Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett-Coverley and Lorna Goodison are in the cultural spotlight just now. As of the week of her 100th birthday anniversary on September 7, the former is being officially celebrated by the…

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Fun In The Son links with JCF recruitment drives

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Biennial concert Fun In The Son (FITS), Jamaica’s largest gospel music concert, will not come around again until 2020. However, organisers have put their heads together to fill the gap year with a new community-engagement initiative. Maintaining…

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Brad Pitt ponders the future of film

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Brad Pitt is unsure if film has a future. The Ad Astra actor doesn’t think “youth today” have the attention span to watch a lengthy movie, and he is no longer surprised when people admit to not having seen many cinematic classics. He said: “I…

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King Taj a graduate of the sound system college

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Fame 95FM’s Taj Graham, better known as King Taj, spoke to the value of the education and access to information that a young apprentice can earn on a sound system. Between 2010 and 2015, Taj was one of the youngest disc jockeys to be an official…

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BEST BETS

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Today 40 Shades of Gayle: Black…

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