Arts & Leisure

Mysterious Death of Smiley Culutre

David Emanuel may be a rather non-descript name, but if you have any British connections or affiliations with London’s music scene in the 1980s the name evokes memories of the cheeky Cockney with the megawatt grin. Smiley Culture, as he was more popularly known, died under tragic and suspicious circumstances on March 15, 2011, at …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

Jesus Lara – Mission of an artist

Cuban multi-media talent Jesus Lara Sotelo makes art of the highest order. He paints and writes, draws, photographs, works in ceramic, sculpts. All art-forms are rendered with taste, grace and depth of meaning. The connectedness of the artist to his universe is visible in the emotional proximity with which he examines his subjects. Multiple themes …

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Gregory Isaacs – Another one gone too soon

Jamaicans and the global Reggae music community were rocked with the sad news of the passing of master “Lovers Rock” singer and songwriter Gregory “Cool Ruler” Isaacs on Monday October 25th. Isaacs died in his London home early that morning after losing his battle with lung cancer. The reports on his passing carried by media …

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Carib New York Music Lovers – A Memorable Weekend

All weekend I’ve been partying with the grown folks, but I should revise that term, because in reality the party people were of mixed ages. There were some in their 20s and 30s and then there were also the veterans. The group I’m talking about – NYMLA, or the New York Music Lovers of America, …

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Music, Crime and Violence

Who feels it, knows it. I quote this phrase today in reference to the scourge of crime and gun violence that has now invaded and taken control of the lives of many young Jamaicans. My comments are made not only as an active participant in the Jamaican music industry, but also as someone who has …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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