Reggae, Rasta and the COVID-19 vaccine

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New York: Will Jamaican dancehall artistes and members of the Rastafarian reggae community, who earn a substantial income touring the USA, Canada, Japan, and Europe, be willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available? Reggae artiste…

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Major labels a force in copping a Reggae Grammy

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As reggae artistes wait with bated breath to hear who will cop a spot in the final five when the Reggae Grammy nominations are announced today, the importance of having the support of a major recording label is once again rearing its head. With a…

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Tyler Perry continues his humanitarian work

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Filmmaker and mogul, Tyler Perry continues his humanitarian work and has given meals to 5,000 families in need. The 51-year-old director-and-actor opened the doors of his own Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta for four hours on Sunday, with his…

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New Miss Universe Jamaica to be named December 12

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A new Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) will be announced on Saturday, December 12. The 2020 Bahia Principe Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant was originally set for November 28, but was postponed due to inclement weather. “The…

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INDIGGO Conference to be staged in 2021 - Virtual staging postponed until January 23

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Organisers of the premier creative networking event, the INDIGGO Conference, have announced its postponement to next year. The event was to be held virtually, under the theme ‘From Hustle to Enterprise’; however, the organisers said they have…

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Pamputtae charts new course - Says she was told dancehall would not accept her because of ‘fatness’, ‘blackness’

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“When you’re a single mother, things automatically change up,” says Eveana Henry, known professionally by the moniker Pamputtae. The dancehall diva tells The Gleaner she has been on a journey of “self-love” and with that, has put a lot of energy in…

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Soca artiste Erphaan Alves still ‘Grateful’ - Pandemic pushes charity birthday event online

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Trinidadian Soca Global recording artiste and songwriter Erphaan Alves was not going to allow the pandemic to change the plans for his birthday this year. Following in the footsteps of his Pick a Side comrade Kes, Alves, will take to the screens to…

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Vinyl in vogue but Jamaica losing out - Global market for re-pressed reggae records

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United Kingdom-based vinyl collector and re-presser Alex Caramellino, also known as Jah Fingers, is lamenting the fact that Jamaica seems to be in a deep sleep as far as the viability of the vinyl records industry is concerned. “In the ‘60s, ‘70s,…

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‘More work to be done’ - Steel Pulse says Reggae Grammy category needs expansion

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The annual Grammy Awards dates back to 1959, but a Reggae category – at what is arguably music’s most prestigious awards ceremony – did not exist until 1985. That year, a foundation reggae band, Black Uhuru, took home the golden gramophone for…

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Far from normal - Entertainers in the tourism industry restructuring their approach

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Hotels and resorts are cautiously reopening for the Christmas travel season, but it’s anything but business as usual, say hotel industry professionals. The facilities serve as small entertainment hubs within the larger tourism industry, and the…

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